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Fri Dec 20, 2019, 06:31 PM

 

Fact-check: Sanders is wrong -- twice -- in claim about defense budget voting record

By Kit Norton


“I am very proud that I am the only candidate in the Democratic primary to have voted against all of Trump’s defense budgets.”
— Sen. Bernie Sanders in a Dec. 17 video posted on his presidential campaign’s social media accounts at 4:00 p.m.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders isn’t a big fan of President Donald Trump’s latest defense spending bill.

Tuesday morning, the U.S. Senate voted 86-8 in favor of the $738 billion National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2020, sending it to the president for his signature.

The day before senators passed the legislation, Sanders published an op-ed in the Washington Post panning the proposal, writing he opposes the bill as he as “all previous Trump military budgets.”

Hours after the Tuesday vote, the Vermont senator and Democratic candidate for president doubled down, posting a video to his campaign’s social media accounts, in which Sanders explained how cutting defense spending could pay for his proposed social programs.

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Sanders has voted against the last three national defense authorization bills but he was not present in the Senate for Tuesday’s vote on the bill he has publicly opposed.

Sanders’ Senate office also said his vote against the defense spending bill fiscal year 2017 was evidence he has voted against all of Trump’s military budget bills. However, the Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2017 was signed by former President Barack Obama on Dec. 23, 2016, and not by Trump.

Read more: https://vtdigger.org/2019/12/20/fact-check-sanders-is-wrong-twice-in-claim-about-defense-budget-voting-record/
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Reply Fact-check: Sanders is wrong -- twice -- in claim about defense budget voting record (Original post)
TexasTowelie Dec 2019 OP
George II Dec 2019 #1
OldRed2450 Dec 2019 #7
betsuni Dec 2019 #2
aidbo Dec 2019 #3
bahrbearian Dec 2019 #4
TexasTowelie Dec 2019 #5
Cha Dec 2019 #6

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Dec 20, 2019, 06:34 PM

1. The fact is he did NOT vote against the one passed this week. He was in Iowa or somewhere....

 

....when the vote took place.

He was talking about that defense spending bill this week, so he KNOWS he didn't vote against it. Wonder why he would say he did?

As a matter of fact, he hasn't cast a vote in the Senate since sometime in July, almost six months ago. Half a year without voting, yet he still draws his $14,500 per month salary as a Senator.

Here are screen shots from that video this week after the defense bill passed:


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Response to George II (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 21, 2019, 09:55 PM

7. To be fair...

 

It's not much different this year than most years he has been in office.
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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Dec 20, 2019, 07:06 PM

2. K&R

 

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Dec 20, 2019, 07:21 PM

3. Lol.

 

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Dec 20, 2019, 08:40 PM

4. LOL

 

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Response to bahrbearian (Reply #4)

Fri Dec 20, 2019, 08:49 PM

5. Just the basic facts.

 

Can you tell me where it hurts?
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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Dec 21, 2019, 12:54 AM

6. Not the first time.. still proud?

 

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