And I think that was the right vision,” Sanders added. This Congress, as the Senate Budget chair and a member of Schumer’s leadership team, the 79-year-old is one of the most powerful people in Democratic-controlled Washington. Tester, who quickly endorsed Sanders’ budget blueprint, despite reservations, observed that Sanders likely “had hesitation” in coming down by $2.5 trillion. “Bernie Sanders is like a human embodiment of shifting the Overton Window,” said Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), who serves on the Budget Committee. From left, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer talk during a meeting with Senate Democrats on the Budget Committee, Wednesday, June 16, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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