Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., called President Donald Trump's budget proposal "grotesquely immoral" and "horrific," telling MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports" on Wednesday it "should not see the light of day in the U.S. Senate."
Sanders, who a member of the Senate Budget Committee, said Trump's plan is "a massive transfer of wealth from working families, from seniors, from children, into the hands of the very, very richest billionaires in this country."
Sanders went into details about what he considered to be unfair about the budget proposal, explaining: "What it says is that if you are the richest person in this country, the richest family, you are going to get over a $50 billion tax break through the repeal of the estate tax . . . for one family. But if you are a low-income pregnant woman, you're going to lose nutrition programs for yourself and your baby, kids are going to be thrown off of Head Start, millions of kids will lose their health insurance.
"Senior citizens will lose perhaps the one nutritious meal a day they get, the Meals on Wheels program. After-school programs would be cut or eliminated; kids who are desperately trying to figure out how they could afford to go to college, working-class kids will see Pell grants cut. Environmental programs will be decimated."
In addition to the immoral aspect of the proposal, Sanders added "this whole budget, like much of Trump's proclamations on many issues, is pretty fraudulent. What they are is doing hocus-pocus accounting. Among many other things, what they are saying is, if we give hundreds and hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to the very wealthiest people in this country, somehow it's going to automatically translate into economic growth and increased tax revenue for the federal government. Unfortunately, that is a theory that has never worked."
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