Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFunding confusion complicates Meals on Wheels budget fight The Hill's 12:30 Report Five takeaways from the Montana special election MORE (I-Vt.) on Wednesday came out swinging on the Senate floor against the bipartisan Gang of Six deficit-reduction proposal that has received wide support from the White House and Republican and Democratic lawmakers.

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“Their victory will be a disaster for working families in this country, for the elderly, for the sick, for the children and for low-income people,” Sanders said, referring to the influence the Republican members of the Gang — Mike CrapoMike CrapoCongress should ‘phone a friend’ when sanctioning Russia Sherrod Brown looks to defy Trump trend in Ohio McConnell 'not optimistic' Dodd-Frank overhaul will happen MORE (Idaho), Saxby ChamblissSaxby ChamblissGOP hopefuls crowd Georgia special race Democrats go for broke in race for Tom Price's seat Spicer: Trump will 'help the team' if needed in Georgia special election MORE (Ga.) and Tom CoburnTom Coburn'Path of least resistance' problematic for Congress Freedom Caucus saved Paul Ryan's job: GOP has promises to keep Don't be fooled: Carper and Norton don't fight for DC MORE (Okla.) — had in crafting the compromise.

Sanders congratulated those Republican members on what he called their victory, saying they had clearly “won this debate in a very, very significant way.”


“They have stood firm in their desire to represent the wealthy and the powerful and multinational corporations,” accused Sanders. “They have threatened. They have been very smart in a number of ways. They have been determined, and at the end of the day, they will get 80% or 90% of what they want.” 

The plan that emerged from the Senate's bipartisan Gang of Six on Tuesday would reduce the deficit by $3.7 trillion over the next 10 years and increase tax revenues by $1 trillion by closing a variety of special tax breaks and havens.