Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was just announced to the leadership of the Democrats in the Senate.
In that role, Sanders will focus on reaching out to blue-collar voters who have drifted away from the Democratic Party in recent years.
“I’m going to do everything that I can to make sure that the budget that leaves the United States Congress is a budget that represents the needs of working families and a shrinking middle class and not billionaires,” Sanders told reporters after the meeting.
It is believed that Sanders’ populist message will be able to help Democrats make gains among this critical voter group.
“We want to expand on that, and he will be reaching out to all our allies,” Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) told reporters after the event. “We have a tremendous amount of talent in our caucus and we want to make sure everyone is contributing.”
Sanders will also be serving as the ranking member of the Budget Committee starting on January 3rd.
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