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Bernie Sanders was interviewed tonight and celebrated the huge effort behind keeping Social Security from being cut in the current budget deal.

Sanders acknowledged the huge rally effort against Republicans, Wall Street and the President.  He also acknowledged the huge fail of the budget to meet the needs of our society but onward upward.

Congratulation to the thousands who worked to Save Social Security and now working to expand it!

This is breaking, sorry no transcript as yet.

Momentum is building~!

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What Senator Sanders brought to the table....

Even as negotiators struggle to write a final fiscal 2014 budget, one of Congress‘ most liberal lawmakers laid out his own vision for what the government’s priorities should be — complete with big jumps in taxes and social spending and cuts at the Pentagon.

Sen. Bernard Sanders, Vermont independent, says that rather than talking about lowering entitlements, the federal government should ask wealthy individuals and major Wall Street companies to pony up to expand the social safety nets.

Mr. Sanders is one of the 29 negotiators working to hammer out a budget. Most of his ideas already have been ruled out by Republicans, who adamantly have rejected tax increases, underscoring the wide gulf between the two sides.

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Originally posted to divineorder on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 07:14 PM PST.

Also republished by Social Security Defenders.

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