Independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont told a press conference on Monday that he would continue to oppose a Republican plan to offset disaster relief with spending cuts. He noted that Republicans had not asked to offset tax breaks for billionaires or wars overseas with spending cuts.

“But suddenly when you need a relatively small amount of money to rebuild communities in the state of Vermont and other states, suddenly we hear a whole lot about offsets,” Sanders said. “I think that is politics of the worst kind. I think that is absolute hypocrisy.”

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