On the Senate floor, Sen. Sanders said:
I think everybody here in the Senate understands this, the bill we are debating today is a complete waste of time. This is just another reason why the American people have so little respect for the Congress.
There are major crises facing our country and the Republican leadership once again is attempting to repeal Obamacare. I kind of lost track about how many times this effort has been made. I think in the House it was over fifty. I don’t know how many it is here in the Senate.
So let me break the news to my Republican colleagues, although I am sure that they already got the news. And that is Obama is not going to sign a bill repealing Obamacare. I think that is not likely to happen, and what we are doing today is just a waste of time.
The last thing we need is a budget reconciliation bill that throws 17 million Americans off of health insurance and denies nearly 3 million women the health care they need by defunding Planned Parenthood.
The reason why the American people are angry and the reason why the Congress is so unpopular is that the Congress is not addressing the real problems that are impacting their lives each and every day. At a time when the rich are getting richer, poverty is increasing, and the middle class has been in a 40-year decline, we need a budget that improves the lives of all Americans, not just the people on the top.
Sanders delivered the blunt truth to the Grand Old Reality Challenged Cabal. Their reconciliation bill/wish list of taking away health care from seventeen million people while defunding Planned Parenthood is never going to happen. Period. It isn’t going to happen. President Obama will never sign the bill, and Republicans will never have the votes needed to override his veto.
Bernie Sanders took to the Senate floor just a day after having hernia surgery and spoke the complete truth. The American people have nothing but contempt for the Republican run Congress because they keep pulling idiotic stunts like trying to repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood.
There are real problems in the United States that Republicans continue to ignore to chase their favorite delusion that they can force President Obama to repeal the ACA.
Sanders dropped a reality bomb on Senate Republicans and fearlessly spoke the truth to a Senate majority that refuses to live in reality.