(Host) Senator Bernie Sanders railed against the stopgap funding bill that was approved this week.
He said other senators are trying to balance the budget on "the backs of working people and the poor."
Speaking on the Senate floor, Sanders said Republicans should have been thinking about the deficit when they extended tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans:
(Sanders) "When it came to giving huge tax breaks to the wealthiest people in this country, I didn’t hear my republican friends – say ‘oh we can’t do that, because it’s going to drive up the deficit."
(Host) Sanders said the proposed deficit reduction package will cost 700,000 jobs – and hit working families hardest.
Meanwhile, Republican Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said lawmakers need to find savings by eliminating "overlap" in federal programs.