Sanders says Biden can't count on him to support 'almost any' spending package compromise


Sen. Bernie SandersSanders says Biden can't count on him to support 'almost any' spending package compromiseBernie SandersSunday shows preview: US reaffirms support for Ukraine amid threat of Russian invasion Filibuster becomes new litmus test for Democrats Gallego says he's been approached about challenging Sinema MORE (I-Vt.) on Sunday said President BidenSanders says Biden can't count on him to support 'almost any' spending package compromiseJoe BidenSunday shows preview: US reaffirms support for Ukraine amid threat of Russian invasion The Fed has a clear mandate to mitigate climate risks Biden says Roe v. Wade under attack like 'never before' MORE cannot count on him to support "almost any" compromise social spending and climate package the Senate cobbles together, emphasizing that he must review the details of a proposal before deciding if he can vote for it.

Asked by moderator Chuck ToddSanders says Biden can't count on him to support 'almost any' spending package compromiseCharles (Chuck) David ToddFulton County DA requests special grand jury in Trump election investigation The Memo: Is Trump the GOP's future or in rearview mirror? Carville advises Democrats to 'quit being a whiny party' MORE on NBC’s “Meet the Press” if Biden can count on his vote “with almost any compromise” the president arrives at with Sen. Joe ManchinSanders says Biden can't count on him to support 'almost any' spending package compromiseJoe ManchinArizona Democratic Party executive board censures Sinema Biden seeks to save what he can from Build Back Better On The Money — Labor chief touts efforts to promote job growth MORE (D-W.Va.), Sanders said, “absolutely not.”

“You're going to have to look at what that so-called compromise is. If it's strong, if it protects the needs of working people, if it deals with climate, I'm there. But we have to look at the details of any proposal,” he added.

The Democrats’ social spending and climate package is currently stalled in the Senate because of opposition from Republicans and Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten SinemaSanders says Biden can't count on him to support 'almost any' spending package compromiseKyrsten SinemaArizona Democratic Party executive board censures Sinema Biden seeks to save what he can from Build Back Better Forced deadline spurs drastic tactic in Congress MORE (D-W.Va.). The two centrist Democrats were unable to get on board with the package despite weeks of negotiations between the White House and Capitol Hill.

Democrats are now considering passing the legislation in sections that have support in the upper chamber. Sanders’s comments, however, further muddy the water for Biden’s chances of passing one of his marquee bills, putting his support of a final compromise bill in question.

During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” co-anchor Dana BashSanders says Biden can't count on him to support 'almost any' spending package compromiseDana BashJan. 6 panel chair says 'significant testimony' shows White House 'had been told to do something' Jan. 6 panel eying subpoenas to force Republican reps to cooperate Hogan says it's 'insane' anyone could watch Jan. 6 and believe it was 'just tourists looking at statues' MORE also asked Sanders to respond to Biden’s comment during a news conference last week, when the president said, “I like him, but I'm not Bernie Sanders, I'm not a socialist” when pressed on his first-year policy initiatives.

Sanders on Sunday said, “I like him, but I'm not Joe Biden,” before noting their “strong differences” when it comes to legislation addressing problems Americans face.

“I'm a progressive who believes that the Democratic Party should make it clear that we are prepared to take on powerful special interests, like the drug companies, like the insurance companies, like the fossil fuel industry, that we have to demand that the wealthy start paying their fair share of taxes,” Sanders said.

“So, look, I think President Biden has done something quite unusual. He has taken a hard look at the problems facing the American people. He's brought forth legislation to try to address that. And I respect that. But, obviously, we have our strong differences,” he added.