At approximately 10:30 a.m. this morning, Senator Bernie Sanders began his filibustering of extending Bush tax cuts on millionaires and billionaires.
“I think we can do better, and I am here today to take a strong stand against this bill, and I intend to tell my colleagues and the nation exactly why I am in opposition to this bill,” Sanders said on his Web site. “You can call what I am doing today whatever you want, you it call it a filibuster, you can call it a very long speech. I’m not here to set any great records or to make a spectacle. I am simply here today to take as long as I can to explain to the American people the fact that we have got to do a lot better than this agreement provides.”
On the Senate floor, Sanders spoke about a lack of infrastructure spending in Obama’s tax cut plan Obama negotiated with Republicans earlier this week.
In terms of tax cuts, Sanders said, most millionaires and billionaires pay very little in taxes. Exxon Mobil, he said, not only didn’t pay any taxes last year, but they got a $156 million tax refund while they raked in billions of dollars in profits.
“This is not good legislation,” Sanders said.