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

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Sunday said President Biden 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 Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press” if Biden can count on his vote “with almost any compromise” the president arrives at with Sen. Joe Manchin (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 Sinema (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 th... (Read more)