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Sanders to return to Reading for rally against GOP tax plan

'Lion's share of tax breaks [given] to the top 1%'

READING, Pa. - A day after debating tax reform on national television, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders has his sights set on a return to Berks County.

The Vermont senator will hold a Protecting Working Families rally in Reading this weekend to protest the Republican tax proposal.

"The tax bills in both the House and the Senate give the lion's share of tax breaks to the top 1%," Sanders said Tuesday night during the 90-minute debate on CNN, argued that the legislation would primarily benefit individuals in the highest income-level bracket.

Sanders, an independent, was joined by Democratic U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington. They faced off against Republican U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Tim Scott of South Carolina.

"If you're a taxpayer, this bill benefits you," Cruz argued.

Sanders also noted the effect the plan would have on the deficit.

"These guys are going to come back, they're going to say, 'Oh my goodness, deficit is soaring. We've got to cut Social Security, we've got to cut Medicare and Medicaid and education,' and programs that the middle class and working families desperately need," Sanders said.

Sanders will no doubt make the same points during his rally in Reading, which will take place on Sunday from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. at the Santander Performing Arts Center on North Sixth Street.

That's the same venue where Sanders, as a Democratic candidate for president, rallied his supporters in the day before the April 2016 Pennsylvania primary election.

"Sounds to me like Reading is ready for a political revolution," Sanders told the crowd during his 51-minute speech on April 22.

Sanders went on to get more votes in Berks County than his opponent, Hillary Clinton, but she won the state overall and, ultimately, the party's nomination.

Admission to the rally on Sunday is first-come, first-served, and although tickets are not required, RSVPs are strongly encouraged.

Sanders will host the event along with Not One Penny and MoveOn.org.


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