After the Congress had denied Trump’s Obamacare repeal proposal, Senator and ex-Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders vowed to fight the “horrific” budget proposal that came from the White House. Sanders said that after he had celebrated the defeat of Trump’s proposal, he considered that the next fight must be oriented against the budget approval.
The House Speaker, Republican Paul Ryan stated that he and President Trump agreed on the removal of the proposal to repeal Obamacare after realizing that the 215 votes needed seemed like an impossible task to achieve.
On the other hand, Sanders said that this setback only proved that the American people are not going to accept major tax cuts for the wealthy while more than 24 million people were “kicked off health insurance.”
President Trump, instead, blamed the Democratic party for its lack of cooperation with all the members of the chamber, even when both the House and the Senate have a Republican majority.
This setback is not the first one President Trump has to face in his first three months at the White House. In February, several judges across the country revised one of Trump’s rulings concerning the banning of immigrants from 6 Muslim countries.
We now must take on a horrific Republican budget and efforts at "tax reform" which means huge tax breaks to billionaires and corporations.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 25, 2017
Trump’s next objectives and Sander’s response
After the Obamacare repeal attempt had gone nowhere, the President stated that both he and his party would put all their efforts on the tax reform issue. Sanders instant response was to fight that proposal.
“We now must take on a horrific Republican budget and efforts at ‘tax reform’ which means huge tax breaks to billionaires and corporations,” said the 75-year old Senator from Vermont.
The next year’s budget proposal handed by the White House included a $54 billion addition to the actual funding of the military. Also, the budget included controversial issues like the construction of the wall in the United States-Mexico borderline.
If this budget finally gets approved, that would mean that offices like the Environmental Protection Agency, the State Department and the Agriculture Department would take significant cuts in its funding.
Also, 19 different agencies would stop receiving federal money. The Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities and the US Institute of Peace are among the offices affected by the proposal.
Concerning the tax program reforms, President Trump has stated that he wants to cut the existing corporation tax considerably from 35 to 15 percent.
Regarding individual taxes, Trump wants to “simplify” the nation’s tax bands by reducing the existing number from seven to three, proposing thresholds of 12, 25 and 33 per cent respectively.
Sen. Sanders will introduce new legislation to the Senate in the next days that aims to promote a single-payer health insurance program. The “Medicare for all” proposal was one of his key campaign offerings to the Americans back when he was a Democrat candidate.
This is a major victory for working families and everyone who attended rallies and town hall meetings in opposition to this disastrous bill. https://t.co/vRHtXAY6GF
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 24, 2017
Sanders, Democrats and some Republicans are immersed in this debate while many speculate if the budget Trump proposed will finally be approved by both chambers.
Source: Independent UK