WATCH: “I believe that we do” Bernie says Dems have votes to pass relief package without GOP support if necessary

Appearing on ABC News. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders said he believes Democrats have the votes needed to pass a $1.9 trillion in pandemic relief package through the process of reconciliation, which would allow Kamala Harris to be a tie-breaking vote even without any GOP support.

“I believe that we do,” Sanders replied, answering Martha Raddatz question if he believes Democrats have the votes to do so.

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During a separate appearance, Sanders said “if Republicans are willing to work with us to address that crisis, welcome, let’s do it.”

“But what we cannot do is wait weeks and weeks and months to go forward. We’ve got to act now,” he continued. “That’s what the American people want.”

“These are major policy changes and I criticized Republicans for using reconciliation to give tax breaks to billionaires to create a situation where large profitable corporations now pay zero in federal income taxes.,” Sanders acknowledged “Yes, I did criticize them for that, and if they want to criticize me for helping to feed children who are hungry or senior citizens who are isolated and alone and don’t have enough food, they can criticize me. I think it’s the appropriate step forward.”