Chairman's Press

08.09.21

NEWS: Senate Budget Chairman Sanders and Majority Leader Schumer Introduce Historic Budget Resolution

WASHINGTON, August 9 - Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Monday issued the following statement after he joined with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to introduce the FY 2022 budget resolution, which includes reconciliation instructions for Congress to craft sweeping legislation to invest in the long-neglected needs of the working class: "The $3.5 trillion Budget Resolution that I am introducing today will allow the Senate to move forward on a reconciliation bill that… Continue Reading


05.28.21

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Sanders Statement on President Biden’s Budget Proposal

WASHINGTON, May 28 - Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, Friday issued the following statement after President Joe Biden released his fiscal year 2022 federal budget proposal: "The budget that President Biden has submitted to Congress constitutes the most significant agenda for working families in the modern history of our country. At a time when more than half of our people are living paycheck to paycheck and tens of millions of Americans continue to struggle,… Continue Reading


05.10.21

MEDIA ADVISORY: Chairman Sanders Announces Senate Budget Committee Hearing on Wasteful Pentagon Spending

WASHINGTON, May 10 - Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today announced that the Senate Budget Committee will hold a hearing Wednesday, May 12 at 11 a.m., on "Waste, Fraud, Cost Overruns, and Auditing at the Pentagon." Over the past 20 years, the military industrial complex has spent over $2.6 billion in lobbying and campaign contributions to influence Congress. Currently, the U.S. spends more on our nation's military than the next nine countries combined and over half of our discretionary spending go… Continue Reading


04.09.21

NEWS: Sanders Statement on President Biden’s Discretionary Budget Request

WASHINGTON, April 9 - Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, on Friday issued the following statement after President Joe Biden introduced his FY 2022 discretionary budget request: "At a time of massive wealth and income inequality, when tens of millions of Americans continue to recover from the worst economic and public health crisis in modern history, I'm glad that President Biden has presented a discretionary budget that begins to address the urgent unmet needs… Continue Reading


04.08.21

MEDIA ADVISORY: Chairman Sanders Announces Senate Budget Committee Hearing on the Cost of Inaction on Climate Change

WASHINGTON, April 8 - Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today announced that the Senate Budget Committee will hold a hearing Thursday, April 15 at 11 a.m., on "The Cost of Inaction on Climate Change." 2019 set the record for global carbon pollution, while 2020 tied for the warmest year on record. Last year also saw the worst U.S. wildfire season and the most active Atlantic hurricane season on record. More than 20% of humanity's total emissions have occurred over the past 10 years, and in the past 2… Continue Reading


03.12.21

MEDIA ADVISORY: Chairman Sanders Announces Senate Budget Hearing on the Income and Wealth Inequality Crisis in America

WASHINGTON, March 12 - Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today announced that on Wednesday, March 17, the Senate Budget Committee will hold a hearing on income and wealth inequality in America. Millions of Americans are unemployed, underemployed or have given up looking for work, while hunger in the country is at the highest level in decades. During the coronavirus pandemic, 63 percent of workers are living paycheck to paycheck, including millions of essential workers who put their lives on the line … Continue Reading


03.10.21

Chairman Sanders Statement on Passage of The American Rescue Plan

WASHINGTON, March 10 - Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Saturday issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted to pass a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package: "As Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, I am proud that we passed the American Rescue Plan, which, in my view, is the most significant piece of legislation to benefit working families in the modern history of this country. This package, among many other things, increases direct payments by $1,400, extends unemployment… Continue Reading


03.04.21

Chairman Sanders Introduces The American Rescue Plan Act

WASHINGTON, March 4 - Today, along with Majority Leader Schumer (D-N.Y.) and the chairs of 11 other Senate committees, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced the Senate's version of The American Rescue Plan Act. The American Rescue Plan Act is a $1.9 trillion rescue plan that will accelerate America's vaccination effort, cut child poverty in half, extend a lifeline to the unemployed, provide aid to working families, ensure that state and local governments can keep p… Continue Reading


02.02.21

Incoming Chairman Sanders Introduces Budget Resolution

WASHINGTON, February 2 - Today, incoming Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced a budget resolution that the Senate will be debating this week to enable Congress to fast track President Biden's $1.9 trillion emergency COVID-relief through reconciliation with 51 votes. Read the report here. Read the section-by-section here. Read the text of the resolution here.… Continue Reading


02.12.20

Budget Committee Democrats Express Frustration Over Lack of Hearing on President’s Budget

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 - The Democrats on the Senate Budget Committee sent a letter to Chairman Mike Enzi today expressing their frustration over the chairman's decision to not hold a hearing on the president's Fiscal Year 2021 budget request. "This year, the President's budget proposes tax cuts of $1.4 trillion while at the same time calling for funding cuts for vital health care programs by a similar amount. Budget Committee members deserve the opportunity to highlight these proposals and ques… Continue Reading


02.10.20

Sanders Calls on Congress to Reject Trump’s Budget “Of, By, and For the 1 Percent”

WASHINGTON, February 10-In response to the release of the Trump Administration's federal budget proposal, Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said:"The Trump Budget for 2021 is a budget of, by, and for the 1 percent. It reflects profoundly unethical priorities and shows that the president is-and it gives me no great pleasure to say this-a liar. Just last week, President Trump told the American people in his State of the Union that he would 'always protect your Medicare'… Continue Reading


11.06.19

Sanders Statement on the Bipartisan Congressional Budget Reform Act

Nov. 6 - Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement as the Committee prepares to mark up S.2765, the Bipartisan Congressional Budget Reform Act: "While I appreciate Chairman Enzi and Senator Whitehouse's hard work in putting together a package to reform the budget process, I do not support the bill in its current form. "Though this bill has some positive aspects, at its core is the creation of a new, expansive 'budget reconcili… Continue Reading


05.06.19

Sanders Statement on the Retirement of Senator Mike Enzi

WASHINGTON, May 6 - U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders issued the following statement regarding the retirement of Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY): Although we have had serious differences on policy issues, I consider Sen. Enzi a friend whom I've enjoyed working with in our time leading the Budget Committee and the Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security. I wish him and his family all the best in his retirement.… Continue Reading


03.26.19

The Senate Republican Budget: Cutting Medicare, Medicaid, and Education to Pay for Tax Breaks to the Top 1 Percent

The Senate Republican Budget is immoral and bad economic policy. In almost every instance this budget ignores the needs of ordinary Americans and what the American people want, while at the same time protecting the interests of the wealthiest and most powerful people in this country - many of whom are the largest GOP campaign contributors. This is a budget that moves this country rapidly in the direction of oligarchy. It constitutes a massive transfer of wealth from the working class to the b… Continue Reading


03.20.19

The Trump Budget for 2020: State Fact Sheets

On March 11, 2019, President Trump released his Fiscal Year 2020 budget, a document that is breathtaking in its degree of cruelty and is filled with broken promises. What follows is a list of some of the most egregious proposals from the Trump Budget. If Trump's Budget for 2020 became law, it would: Repeal the Affordable Care Act, eliminating health insurance for 32 million Americans, abolishing protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and substantially increasing premiums for… Continue Reading


03.13.19

The Trump Budget for 2020: Promises Broken. Billionaires First

The Trump budget is breathtaking in its degree of cruelty and filled with broken promises. Donald Trump promised the American people that he would be a different type of Republican, that he would be a champion of the working American and that he would not cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. But his budget does the exact opposite of what he promised the American people during his campaign. Read the full report here.… Continue Reading


10.15.18

Report: If Not for Republican Policies, the Federal Government Would Be Running a Surplus

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 - Following an announcement Monday from the Treasury that the federal government ran a deficit of $779 billion in Fiscal Year 2018, the Democratic staff on the Senate Budget Committee released a report showing that the federal government would be running a surplus today if not for four Republican policies. Without the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the enormous post-9/11 defense buildup and two rounds of costly, regressive tax cuts, the federal government would be running a $… Continue Reading


02.15.18

Trump's FY19 Budget Would Be Devastating for the Country

On February 12, 2018, President Trump released his Fiscal Year 2019 budget. The Trump Budget is not a moral budget. It is a budget that takes our collective resources and hands them to the wealthiest families and largest corporations in this country and ignores the needs of the most vulnerable among us. What follows is a list of some of the most egregious proposals from the Trump Budget: Eliminate health insurance for 32 million Americans by repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Ac… Continue Reading


12.19.17

Parliamentarian Determines Three Provisions in Republican Tax Bill Are Impermissible

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 - The Senate parliamentarian advised Tuesday that three provisions in the Republican tax bill violate the Byrd rule, including a provision allowing for the use of 529 savings accounts for home-schooling expenses, the short title: "The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act," and part of the criteria used to determine whether the endowments of private universities are subject to the legislation's new excise tax. These provisions may be struck from the conference report absent 60 votes. Sen. … Continue Reading


07.27.17

State Waivers Largely Violate Senate Rules, According to Parliamentarian

WASHINGTON, July 27 - The Senate parliamentarian determined Thursday that portions of Section 207, "Waivers for State Innovation," of the Republican health bill are not permissible under Senate rules. Notably, the part that would have amended Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act to allow states to waive essential health benefits and other pre-existing condition requirements so long as their proposal does not increase the federal deficit violates the Byrd Rule. Under current law, 1332 waivers… Continue Reading

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