Sanders, who spoke for nearly 90 minutes on the Senate floor on Monday afternoon, also encouraged President Obama to stand up against “extreme” Republican demands.
“Instead of yielding to the incessant, extreme Republican demands … the president has got to get out of the beltway,” said Sanders. “He has to connect with the needs of working families and ordinary Americans.”
Sanders delivered his lengthy oration from the Senate floor in part to argue for the need to raise taxes on wealthy individuals and corporations, as well as to highlight a letter he wrote to Obama on the same subject.
The Senate adjourned shortly after Sanders’s speech, and is set to return Tuesday at 10 a.m.