Sanders to visit red states to pitch budget plan
The senate budget committee chairman's plan will seek to increase taxes on wealthy Americans.
Senator Bernie Sanders will this weekend travel to Indiana and Iowa, where he will hold town halls to rally support for his $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation plan.
Sanders describes the plan as "the most consequential piece of legislation for working people, the elderly, the children, the sick and the poor" since the New Deal of the 1930s.
“At a time of massive income and wealth inequality this is a budget that will end the days of billionaires and large, profitable corporations not paying a nickel in federal income taxes," Sanders said in a statement earlier this month.
“Under this budget, however, no family making under $400,000 a year will pay a penny more in taxes and will, in fact, receive one of the largest tax cuts in American history."
The Vermont Senator's proposal will also provide universal pre-kindergarten to three and four-year-olds, guarantee paid family and medical leave, as well as make community colleges tuition-free.
While members of the Republican Party in the Senate are opposed to the plan, polling suggests it is supported by most Americans.
A Quinnipiac poll released earlier this month showed 62 percent of respondents were in favor of the plan.
On Friday, Sanders will hold a town hall in West Lafayette, Indiana. The city sits in a congressional district that Donald Trump carried by nearly 30 percent in 2020.
Sanders will then on Sunday travel to Cedar Rapids, Iowa for another event to sell the proposal.
Indiana and Iowa are considered red states, with both Senators from each state representing the Republican party.
“While it will have no Republican support in Washington, Democrats, independents and working-class Republicans all over the country support our plan to finally invest in the long-neglected needs of working families,” said Sanders in announcing the town halls.