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Sanders Spokesman: “It’s Too Late for Tentative Half-Steps That Sound Republican-Lite”

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A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday issued the following statement in response to a series of tax proposals by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:

“Given the disappearing middle class and massive income and wealth inequality in America today, we clearly have to go a lot further than what Secretary Clinton proposes. We need to raise Social Security benefits by lifting the cap on taxable income above $250,000. We need to pass excellent legislation by leading Democrats in Congress to provide paid family and medical leave. We need to join the rest of the industrialized world in guaranteeing health care to all people as a right, not a privilege,” said Sanders’ spokesman Michael Briggs.

“It’s too late for tentative half-steps that sound Republican-lite,” he added.

Here’s how Bernie Sanders will rebuild our middle class

UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE

Sen. Sanders’ Medicare-for-all health care plan would save the typical family making $50,000 a year more than $5,000.  Under Sen. Sanders’ universal health care plan, 95 percent of the American people would see their incomes go up.

TUITION-FREE PUBLIC COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

Sen. Sanders plan to make public colleges and universities tuition free would save middle class families sending their kids to college an average of $9,400 a year. Sen. Sanders would pay for this by a tax on Wall Street speculation.

MINIMUM WAGE

Full-time minimum-wage workers would see their income go up $6,240 more under Sen. Sanders’ $15 an hour livable wage plan.

RETIREMENT SECURITY

Sen. Sanders’ plan to expand and extend Social Security would boost the income of a typical senior making less than $16,000 a year by about $1,300 a year.  Sanders would pay for that by making the wealthiest 1.5 percent of Americans pay the same percentage of their income into Social Security as everyone else.

PAID FAMILY LEAVE

Sanders has called for three months of paid leave if an employee has a child. Sanders is one of 19 Senate co-sponsors of the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act introduced by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Clinton’s successor in the Senate. In the House, Rep. Rosa DeLauro is the chief sponsor of a companion bill with 112 cosponsors. The measures also would provide paid leave for workers diagnosed with a serious medical condition.

JOB CREATION

Sen. Sanders has a plan to create or maintain at least 13 million jobs rebuilding our crumbling roads, bridges, airports, water systems, dams and other infrastructure.  This plan would be paid for by closing loopholes allowing large corporations to stash their profits in offshore tax havens like the Cayman Islands to avoid paying income taxes. Sen. Sanders also has a plan to create 1 million jobs for disadvantaged young Americans between the ages of 16 and 24, at a time when the youth unemployment and underemployment rate is 51.3 percent for young African Americans, 36 percent for Hispanic Americans and 33 percent for white Americans.  Sen. Sanders would pay for this by closing the loophole that allows Wall Street hedge fund managers to pay a lower tax rate than nurses or truck drivers.

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