Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders may have lost out on that labor secretary seat, but the independent self-identified socialist is going to be sitting atop the committee that has a powerful role in guiding tax-and-spend policies to the Senate floor.
The long-feared prospect of Sanders moving from ranking member to head of the Senate Budget Committee has come true with the Democrats’ wins in the Georgia runoff elections.
Sanders said Tuesday he plans “aggressive” moves — using, among other things, budget reconciliation, a process that isn’t subject to the filibuster and requires only a majority of votes. (By the way, if I haven’t mentioned it — thanks, Lin Wood.)
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Republicans are probably saying it could have been worse, given the possibility of Sanders heading the Department of Labor. This was a possibility in the same way that Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren as Treasury secretary was a possibility: That’s some fantasy you