Vermont Business Magazine On the Senate floor Wednesday, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) challenged Republicans to tell him he is “wrong” – that they will not cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid if the tax bill passes and creates a $1.4 trillion deficit. Sanders predicted that in order to pay for the tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations, Republicans will move swiftly to cut Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other programs that working families desperately need.
The Republican budget calls for cutting nearly $500 billion from Medicare and cutting $1 trillion in Medicaid. Efforts to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicare have been a feature of House Speaker Paul Ryan’s budgets, Sanders said.
“Come down here and tell the American people that if this legislation, this disastrous tax bill passes, that you will not be coming back to cut Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, nutrition, education and other programs,” Sanders said.
“If Republicans come down here and say, ‘Bernie, you’re wrong. We have no intention of cutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid,’ I will come here, Mr. President, and I will apologize,” he added.
“That is my challenge and I will be listening eagerly to see if there are any Republicans who will come down and tell me that what I am suggesting is wrong.”
Sanders said the Republican-authored tax bill under consideration in the Senate would increase the deficit by $1.4 trillion in order to give massive tax breaks to the top 1 percent and large, profitable corporations.
Source: WASHINGTON, Nov. 29, 2017 – Senator Bernie Sanders