Sen. Bernie Sanders has just been given a job that’s going to make it hard for Trump to lie to working Americans.
If you were wondering what Bernie Sanders was up to these days and whether he’s retiring to an island paradise to sip mojitos, you can relax. Sanders was just named Chair of Outreach by Senate Democrats in an effort to attract more working class voters.
Sanders, who ran against Clinton in the Democratic Primary, is a ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee. He was given the new position during a closed-door meeting of the Senate Democratic Caucus.
The job will be to reach out to blue-collar voters and will put Trump’s rhetoric of wanting to help working people to an immediate and challenging test.
For the next four years, Sen. Sanders will be in a position to challenge the new president from the trenches.
Sanders told reporters that he has a ‘heavy responsibility to help shape the priorities of the United States government.’
‘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.’
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), whom incoming Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) installed as chairwoman of the Democratic Policy and Communications Center (DPCC) said, “We want to expand on that, and he will be reaching out to all our allies. We have a tremendous amount of talent in our caucus, and we want to make sure everyone is contributing.”
Schumer previously held the job in the 114th Congress as the third-ranking member of leadership. The DPCC chairman has traditionally been in charge of coordinating the floor and messaging strategies.
This move on the part of the Democrats shows not only that the party values and admires the work Sanders did during the primaries, but it’s also an apparent effort on their part to reach out to voters that Clinton and the party may have ignored during the general election.
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