“It’s time for large corporations to pay their fair share,” Sanders said Thursday during floor debate on the Senate budget. “When you have 1 out of 4 major corporations paying zero in corporate taxes, there are ways to do deficit reduction that are fair.”
Another amendment Sanders said he would introduce to protect veterans with disabilities and the elderly would ensure that a chained consumer price index (CPI) on Social Security payments is not enacted.
“We will not balance the budget on the backs of the men and women who have already sacrificed for us on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan by serving our country,” said Sanders, the chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. “We will not cut their Social Security benefits.”
Republicans have said that entitlement reform is required in order for the House and Senate to agree on a budget in conference committee.
The Senate will continue debate on the budget until Friday, unless time is yielded back. Then it will have a "vote-a-rama" on an unlimited number of germane amendments.