Self-proclaimed socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) has been appointed to the 114th Congress Senate Budget Committee.
Sen. Sanders is an advocate for increased spending on social programs and believes the budget of the Pentagon should be cut dramatically, reports The Hill.
“At a time when the middle class is disappearing and the gap between the rich and everybody else is growing wider, we need a budget [that] reflects the needs of working families and not Wall Street and the top 1 percent,” Sanders said in a statement. “I look forward to working with Democrats and Republicans on the committee to craft a budget that is fair to all Americans.”
There is the possibility of strong resistance amongst the Democratic Caucus to Sen. Sanders, as many of his policy views are to the left of other members.
On Sen. Sanders’ website he outlines his vision of a “progressive” budget.
His budget calls for making “the very wealthy and large corporations pay their fair share of taxes, cuts a military budget that has nearly tripled since 1997, and protects the needs of the most vulnerable in our society—the elderly, the sick, the children, and the poor.”
“No more austerity for working families. It’s time for austerity for the top one percent,” the opening statement professes.
One piece of legislation Sen. Sanders has introduced would raise the payroll tax cap for people making over $250,000 a year in order to secure Social Security for the next 75 years, reports International Business Times.
Sen. Sanders replaces Sen. Patty Murray (D-Washington), who is to become a ranking member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee.