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.
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.
Sen. Bernie Sanders says Democrats will use reconciliation “as soon as we possibly can” to pass a Covid-19 relief package, which will allow for a 51 majority vote rather than 60.
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) January 24, 2021
“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.