The president of a progressive group said Monday he was surprised that his group was invited to attend the White House’s annual budget retreat, saying that the group should have been excluded.
“I’m not going to sit on the sidelines and be the spokesperson for the rich,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders Bernard (Bernie) SandersWarren: I will consider running for president after the midterms Bernie Sanders calls for FBI to investigate whether Kavanaugh told truth in hearing Bannon predicts ‘three-way race’ in 2020 MORE (I-Vt.), a prominent Sanders supporter.
“It’s not that we don’t have money in our bank accounts.
It’s that we are spending our money on the things that we care about.”
Sanders has been one of the loudest voices calling for tax cuts for the middle class and wealthy.
But he also has said he supports increasing the estate tax, which applies only to estates worth more than $5.45 million, to a higher rate.
Sanders said he was not sure if he would attend the budget summit, which he attended as the host of the Budget and Policy Summit, an annual forum hosted by the White, House Council of Economic Advisers.
He also said that he thought the administration had not made enough progress on its proposal to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
“There’s a lot of progress that has been made,” he said.
“But the president needs to take the next step and actually implement his agenda that we want to see.”
Sanders’ office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Sanders has repeatedly said he believes the country is on the right track and that Republicans should not be allowed to take a step back on their agenda.
He said during the 2016 campaign that the president had been “incredibly effective” on the issue of taxes.