Sen. Sanders reveals hypocrisy on using reconciliation to pass legislation

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TOPSHOT – Former presidential candidate, Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) sits in the bleachers on Capitol Hill before Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th US President on January 20, 2021, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC.  (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

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UPDATED 1:05 PM PT – Sunday, January 24, 2021

Democrats are seeking to manipulate the rules of Congress to further their agenda.

In an interview on Sunday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), who caucuses with Democrats, said the party may be using ‘reconciliation‘ to pass major legislation.

CLEAR LAKE, IA – AUGUST 14: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at the Iowa Democratic Wing Ding. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Reconciliation would allow for a bill to pass with 51 votes as opposed to 60 votes. Sanders indicated that Democrats may use the tactic to pass a massive COVID-19 relief package.

In contrast, Sanders denounced Republican efforts to use reconciliation in the past.

“I criticized Republicans — yeah — for using reconciliation to give tax breaks to billionaires, to create a situation where large profitable corporations now pay zero in federal income taxes,” Sanders said. “Yes, I did criticize them for that and if they want to criticize me for helping to feed children who are hungry or citizens in this country who are isolated and alone and don’t have enough food, they can criticize me.”

Sanders added he and Democrats are working to pass the relief legislation quickly and they cannot wait to do so in the traditional fashion.

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