WASHINGTON (AP) - Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has ended his
marathon 8 1/2-hour Senate speech railing against President Barack
Obama's proposed tax cut compromise.
The 69-year-old said "tax breaks to millionaires and
billionaires who don't need it" were unconscionable and worsen the
He spoke for long periods in an otherwise empty Senate chamber.
He was briefly spelled by Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., who also
opposes the bill.
Lawmakers still expect the Senate to approve the bill next week
and send it to the House.
Officially an independent, Sanders is one of the most liberal
senators and typically sides with Democrats.
As he wrapped up his speech after nightfall, Sanders conceded,
"It has been a long day."