Senator Bernie Sanders, Vermont Democrat, and Senator Mary Landrieu, Louisiana Democrat, are crying foul over the tax compromise President Barack Obama made with Republicans.
“It’s what I’m calling the Obama-McConnell plan. We’re going to borrow $46 billion from the poor, from the middle class, from businesses of all sizes basically to give a tax cut to families in America today, that despite the recession, are making over a million dollars. I mean, this is unprecedented. Unprecedented. I want to repeat that,” said Senator Landrieu on Tuesady before a meeting with the Democratic caucus.
“Why the president didn’t think there were forty or fifty or sixty of us to defend him on this principle, I don’t know, but he basically didn’t think anybody of us cared much about it. Well, I want him to know I do care,” Ms. Landrieu added.
Senator Sanders told reporters on Tuesday night that the tax cut deal was a “moral outrage” and plans to block the tax plan in the Senate.
“What I’m saying as a progressive should appeal to conservatives all over this country,” said Senator Sanders. “I think we have a winnable fight here. I think the American people are with us, and I intend to do everything that I can to defeat this proposal.”
Mr. Sanders believes he will find Republicans to bring over to his side on the issue:
“I’m not into naming names,” he said, “but let me tell you something: Obviously I come from a more progressive state than most. But I will be willing to bet dollars to donuts, that in R states all over this country there are people saying, ‘Wait a second, it is insane to give tax breaks to billionaires when the rich have done phenomenally well in recent years,’” he said.