While President Joe Biden says he wants bipartisan support to pass a COVID relief bill, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said on Sunday that he is “absolutely confident” Democrats can pass Biden’s $1.9 trillion bill without any help or support from Republicans using the budget reconciliation process.
Sanders started out saying that “we all want bipartisanship,” but he quickly added that the unprecedented crisis meant the bill had to get passed right away.
“We cannot have children in America going hungry, people being evicted, schools not open,” Sanders said. “We need to open our schools in a safe way. That’s what we have to do. So the question is not bipartisanship, the question is addressing the unprecedented crisis that we face right now.”
Interviewer Martha Raddatz pointed out that Sen. Joe Manchin (D-OH) has questioned the wisdom of giving stimulus checks to high income earners, but Sanders pooh-poohed those concerns.
“Joe Manchin is a chairman, I’m a chairman, Democrats have majority because of the fact that we won two seats with great candidates in Georgia,” he said. “And, obviously, those candidates won the support of the people of Georgia but that campaign, in many ways, was a national campaign.”
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