Sanders vows to oppose defense bill: ‘We need to get our priorities right’

Its. Bernie sandersBernie Sanders Sen. Patrick Leahy says he will not seek re-election. If voters gave Biden a mandate, it was not to please progressives. The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by ExxonMobil – Will Biden’s Big Bill Pass the House this Week? PLUS (I-Vt.) He said Tuesday that he will vote against a defense policy bill that is being adopted by the Senate this week, and opposes the Majority Leader. Charles schumerChuck Schumer Christie: Trump’s rhetoric on stolen elections led to January 6 attack Senate Republicans call on colleagues to reject public spending bills without border wall funding Schumer pressures Biden to take advantage of the oil reserves to reduce gas prices MORE(DN.Y.) plan to link a China’s competitiveness bill to legislation.

“The Senate has spent month after month discussing the Better Rebuild Act and whether we can afford to protect the children, the elderly, the sick, the poor, and the future of our planet. As a nation, we must correctly define our priorities. I will vote ‘NO. ” in the National Defense Authorization Law [NDAA]”Sanders said in a statement.

He also criticized a Schumer plan to eliminate competitiveness legislation, which passed in the Senate earlier this year but stalled in the House, on the defense bill. The NDAA sets out broad spending and guidelines for the Pentagon.

“The Senate leadership is likely to attach to the National Defense Authorization Act the so-called ‘competitiveness bill,’ which includes $ 52 billion in corporate wellness, without strings attached, for a handful of extremely profitable microchip companies.” Sanders said. in a sentence.

“This bill also contains a $ 10 billion donation to Jeff bezosJeffrey (Jeff) Preston BezosNASA wants to fly outdated Space Launch System for at least 30 years Blue Origin passenger Glen De Vries killed in plane crash in New Jersey Equilibrium / Sustainability – Presented by Altria – SpaceX crew takes off, but the moon must wait MORE for space exploration, “he added.

Schumer told reporters early Tuesday that he will include the competitiveness legislation in the Senate defense bill once it is formally debated. Without an agreement to speed things up, that could happen on Thursday.

But Sanders voted against competitiveness legislation earlier this year, at the time, against financing for semiconductors and the money that would go to a company owned by Bezos.

Sanders is also a perennial vote against the NDAA, which is passed every year with a wide bipartisan margin. That means Democrats are not expected to need Sanders’ vote to pass it this year. Once the NDAA passes the Senate, they still need to reach a final agreement with the House and pass it.

Sanders, in his statement, questioned why senators willing to pass the huge defense budget are also questioning the ability to afford to expand Medicare, grant paid licenses, and go further in fighting climate change as part of the agenda. Build Back Better by Biden.

All Republicans oppose the climate and social spending bill and the senator. Joe manchinJoe ManchinBiden Signs 1 Billion Infrastructure Bills The Hill’s 12:30 Report – Presented By Facebook – Trump Officials Face Legal Consequences For Challenging Subpoenas The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented By ExxonMobil – Will Big Bill Pass of Biden in the House this week? PLUS (DW.Va.) has emerged as a stumbling block for Democrats in all three areas highlighted by Sanders.

“Isn’t it strange how even as we end the longest war in our nation’s history, concerns about the deficit and the national debt seem to fade under the influence of the mighty Military Industrial Complex?” Sanders said.

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