Sen. Bernie Sanders reiterates vow to filibuster Obama’s tax rate extension plan

Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent and self-described “socialist,” told reporters hours after Vice President Joe Biden pitched Democrats on President Obama’s plan to extend the Bush-era tax rates that he will do anything possible to defeat it, including a one-man filibuster.

“I intend to do everything that I can to defeat this proposal and bring back something which in fact protects the middle class and unemployed workers and not the wealthiest people in this country,” Sanders said. “I’m willing to anything and everything that I can to win this, including a filibuster.”

Sanders would not answer a question about the number of Democrats who agreed with him, but said he was seeking “a handful” of Republicans to join his cause in opposition to Obama’s plan.

Sanders said he was open to a filibuster Monday on MSNBC.

  • bigdave

    Per Frederic Bastiat 100 years ago: “Dictatorships need not involve an actual dictator. Laws enacted by a congress can have the same effect. Some people seek to improve their own well being not by bringing their goods or services to the marketplace, but by PLUNDERING their FELLOW CITIZENS!(SOUND FAMILIAR?!. The more time spent on WEALTH DISTRIBUTION, the less time on PROVIDING GOODS AND SERVICES (PRODUCTION AND MANUFACTURING). Some leaders are nothing more than PETTY TYRANTS with a sick, compulsive desire to RULE OVER OTHER PEOPLE(SOUND FAMILIAR?!). The DEFENDERS FOR A FREE SOCIETY SHOULD HAVE A HEALTHY DISRESPECT FOR SUCH MEN”. HOW APPROPRIATE FOR TODAY.

  • sas

    I hope Sanders does filibuster this. And I hope true fiscal conservatives, like Jim DeMint, join him. This is a deficit explosion waiting to happen. The people who vote for this should be voted out of office. I hope the liberals continue to skewer Obama over this fiscal irresponsibility.


    Vermont has been turned in to California East. It was invaded about 30 or 40 years ago by the ‘ flatlanders ‘ from New York and Conn. Now everything in the state is Earthy-Crunchy and Hippie-Dippie. Every inch of the land has been bought up and posted against hunting and fishing. The Elitists are pushing the prols into a corner and it is going to be ugly when they come out.

  • JoeJ

    Oh my, what a sight to see – the phony indignation of a US senator.

    America’s 100 – the most cynical dishonest group of people on the planet.

    Let’s see, in how many ways is Bernie’s indignation going to vet votes from the sheepeople.