Former President Donald Trump laid into Senate Democrats following the passage of a $3.5 trillion budget resolution early Wednesday morning, which Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders pledged will move the United States in a “very different direction.”
“Good morning, America! While you were all sleeping, the Radical Democrats advanced a plan that will be known as the $3.5 trillion Communist Plan to Destroy America. This legislation is an assault on our Nation, on our communities, and on the American Dream,” Trump said in a statement.
“It destroys our Borders and the rule of law by granting dangerous amnesty that will flood America’s beautiful cities. It will overwhelm our schools, and make our Nation less safe,” he continued.
“It raises taxes like we have never seen, while also making many things you buy everyday more expensive (gas, groceries, and much more). And don’t forget the crazy Green New Deal. America, you are being robbed in the dark of night. It’s time to wake up!”
Trump statement: “Good morning, America! While you were all sleeping, the Radical Democrats advanced a plan that will be known as the $3.5 trillion Communist Plan to Destroy America. This legislation is an assault on our Nation, on our communities, and on the American Dream.” pic.twitter.com/k0CExZ7EBr
— Logan Ratick (@Logan_Ratick) August 11, 2021
The budget resolution garnered no Republican support, while every Democratic senator voted for it, allowing a 50-49 passage.
The Hill reported when the resolution is turned into actual legislation, it “will be a sweeping bill that touches on almost every facet of American life, including child care, health care, housing, education, job training and manufacturing.”
“It will tackle big Democratic priorities that outside of the budget process would likely fail to defeat the filibuster, including immigration reform, combating climate change and free community college,” the news outlet added.
Democrats’ plan to use budget reconciliation, rather than passing the legislation as a standard bill, allows them to bypass the 60-vote filibuster threshold.
As floor debate on the resolution began Tuesday, Sanders, the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, chastised Republicans for “finding it hard to believe that the president and the Democratic caucus are prepared to go forward in addressing the long-neglected needs of working families, and not just the 1 percent and wealthy campaign contributors.”
“Today, we move this country in a very different direction,” he said.
Sen. Bernie Sanders: “This legislation is going to ask the wealthiest people in our country to start paying their fair share of taxes so that we can address the needs of working families, the elderly, the children, the sick, and the poor.” https://t.co/syyG775ivx pic.twitter.com/J9T5Ekzcj6
— The Hill (@thehill) August 11, 2021
In contrast to his rhetoric, Sanders voted against an amendment to the resolution offered by GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa that would keep the current state and local tax deduction limits.
The limits were put in place as part of the Republican Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.
Increasing the so-called SALT deduction limits would tend to benefit high-income taxpayers in blue states, Grassley noted in a tweet.
Democrats claim they’re concerned abt wealthy ppl paying too little tax On other hand Ds want 2give 6 figure tax cuts to millionaires in their 3.5T tax &spending spree I offered amendment that Congress can’t change state& local tax deduction 2benefit millionaires Dems blocked it
— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) August 10, 2021
Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Krysten Sinema of Arizona expressed concerns about the $3.5 trillion price tag, in light of the nation’s current fiscal condition, but both voted for the budget resolution.
The Hill reported that Senate Democrats will try to unify their 50-member caucus and pass the actual spending bill as soon as September.