Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg pledged his support for President Obama's proposed expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) during a lunch at the White House on Tuesday.

Bloomberg called the meeting a "thoughtful, honest dialogue" and said the conversation included a discussion of the president's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative to help young men of color, as well as Obama's budget proposal, which was released earlier in the day.

"In his budget submission, the president has smartly included an expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit for childless adults — a program that both the right and the left acknowledge as one of the most effective anti-poverty programs ever created, and one we launched on the local level in New York City," Bloomberg said in a statement.

"Members of both parties should support expanding the EITC, a program that rewards work, lifts people out of poverty, and reduces dependence on government services. Leadership in both houses of Congress should seize the opportunity for bipartisanship, and pass the president's EITC proposal this year."

The president has proposed expanding the popular tax credit to benefit roughly 13.5 million workers who do not have children. The expansion would benefit low-income workers more than 25 years old, and has been touted by Republicans including Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioTrump appears to confirm deal on Chinese firm ZTE Hillicon Valley: Experts worry North Korea will retaliate with hacks over summit | FBI works to disrupt Russian botnet | Trump officials look to quell anger over ZTE | Obama makes case for tighter regs on tech Putting pressure on Trump, House passes bill barring government from doing business with ZTE MORE (Fla.) and Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanDon't let them fool you — Republicans love regulation, too Senate harassment bill runs into opposition from House The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — The art of walking away from the deal MORE (Wis.).

At an event announcing his budget earlier Tuesday, Obama called the EITC one of "the most effective and historically bipartisan ways to reduce poverty and help hardworking families pull themselves up."

"Right now it helps about half of all parents in America at some point in their lives," Obama said. "This budget gives millions more workers the opportunity to take advantage of the tax credit."

White House economic adviser Gene Sperling said Tuesday that "those who are serious about not just talking the talk but walking the walk on reducing poverty and helping low-income working families" should support the proposal.