Statement on Funding Bill Passage

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement tonight after the Senate voted 72-26 to approve a House-passed $1.1 trillion bill to fund the government for the remainder of fiscal 2014:

“This is most certainly not the budget that I would have written. At a time when one out of four corporations pays nothing in federal income taxes and income inequality is exploding, this budget fails to ask the richest Americans or most profitable corporations to pay a nickel more in taxes. 

“Having said that, this bill makes some significant improvements to the status quo. It adds $1 billion to Head Start to help some 90,000 kids get the early education that they need. This bill will increase funding for home heating assistance, which is very import for senior citizens on fixed incomes and families with young children in Vermont.

“While this is not the bill that I would have written, the alternative – another government shutdown – would have been catastrophic for our country and for the economy.”