DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Hours after Senate Republicans passed their new tax bill, Sen. Bernie Sanders rallied against it during a visit to Dayton.
Sen. Sanders took the stage before a crowd of about 1,300 at the Dayton Masonic Center Saturday afternoon, arguing the tax bill would only benefit big corporations and the wealthy.
“I was in Washington, D.C. watching in an incredible way the biggest act of thievery in the modern history of this country,” Sanders said.
Sanders said he believes that thievery is from the American people. He argues the bill helps the wealthiest Americans by providing large tax breaks but hurts the middle class with higher taxes.
Sanders said members of Congress did not see parts of the bill until two hours before the vote.
“The reason they didn’t want us or you to see what was in that bill is the more you see what’s in the bill, the more you know how awful that bill is,” he said.
Citing statistics from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, Sanders said he is also concerned about the bill leaving 13 million more Americans without health insurance and raising the national deficit by $1.4 trillion.
“This is a moral outrage, it is bad economics, and we will not allow them to get away with it,” Sanders said.
Several other speakers took the stage, including newly-elected Dayton school board member Mohamed Al-Hamdani, who said he believes the tax plan will hurt the nation’s education system.
“This tax scam that the GOP senators passed last night is bad for middle class America,” Al-Hamdani said. “It’s bad for everybody around here in Dayton. And it’s bad for our kids in our schools.”
People we spoke with in the crowd like Caitlyn Gillespie said they hope Daytonians will take a stand.
“Bernie said it perfectly,” she said. “We need to make sure that as the American people, we are standing for what’s right and protecting Social Security and welfare.”
Saturday’s rally was part of Sanders’s Protecting Working Families Tour, meant to encourage Americans to take action regarding the tax bill. Sanders is also stopping in Akron Saturday before heading to Pennsylvania.