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Bernie Sanders speaking against tax bill in Dayton

Published: Saturday, December 02, 2017 @ 1:18 PM
By: Jeremy P. Kelley - Staff Writer

U.S. Senator and former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is rallying with local leaders today in Dayton, opposing the Republican tax plan that passed the Senate early this morning.

Sanders (I-VT) is joining a group called Not One Penny and at the Dayton Masonic Center for what they’re calling a Protecting Working Families Tour. By 11 a.m., a crowd of a few hundred had already gathered to hear Sanders speak at noon.

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Ed Lacy of Dayton said he hasn’t had a chance to read the tax bill yet. Like many people, he’s heard bits and pieces, and he expressed concern that one policy tweak in the bill might make it harder for people to afford graduate school.

“Bernie has a chance to galvanize people who would like to see a more proper and responsive government restored in this country that will look to the needs of working people and protect the environment and undo some of the corporate excesses that are flying right now,” Lacy said.

The groups rallying Saturday say the Republican tax plan would favor millionaires and wealthy corporations, rather than the middle class that Republican leaders have targeted in their messaging. President Donald Trump lauded the bill in an early morning tweet, saying that America is “one step closer to delivering massive tax cuts for working families.”

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The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Thursday the GOP Senate tax plan would add more than $1 trillion dollars to the budget deficit in 10 years.

Sanders was not able to attend the first tour stop in Louisville on Friday night, because the Senate was working on the tax bill at the time, eventually passing it around 1:50 a.m. Saturday.

The House and Senate now will need to reach compromise on differences in the bills each house passed, in order for the bill to be signed by Trump and become law.

After Sanders’ Dayton event ends, the tour will go to Akron tonight, and Reading, Pa. on Sunday.

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