Sen. Sanders says GOP is ‘wasting Senate time’ instead of passing essential COVID-19 relief

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Published on 4 Mar 2021, 23:42
Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont told the PBS NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff on Thursday that the Senate’s COVID-19 relief package is “the most significant piece of legislation for working families that Congress has passed in many, many decades.”

But he called out Republicans for holding up the process by forcing a reading of the 628-page bill, requiring “nine, ten hours of wasted time.”

“The American people perceive correctly that we are in an urgent moment,” he said. “We ought to move as quickly as we can. That’s what President Biden wants.”

“Mitch McConnell and the Republicans are much more interested in obstructionism and making sure President Biden does not push through his agenda than they are in dealing with the problems facing the American people,” Sanders added.

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