Bernie Sanders says he will skip Netanyahu

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders to call on 2020 Democrats to reject money from drug, health insurance industries The hidden connection between immigration and health care: Our long-term care crisis Harris tops Biden in California 2020 poll MORE (I-Vt.) said Monday he will not attend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's March 3 address to Congress.

"The idea that the president wasn't consulted? That's wrong," Sanders said Monday during a speech at the Brookings Institution. "I am not going."
 
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Sanders, who is eyeing a run for the White House in 2016, is the first senator to say he will skip the speech, joining a growing group of Democrats who plan to be absent in protest of Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerAmash's critics miss the fact that partisanship is the enemy of compromise A cautionary tale for Justin Amash from someone who knows Border funding bill highlights the problem of 'the Senate keyhole' MORE's (R-Ohio) decision to invite Netanyahu without consulting the White House.
 
Democrats have questioned having Netanyahu address Congress so close to the Israeli elections, which are held in mid-March. Obama and Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerrySchumer to donate Epstein campaign contributions to groups fighting sexual violence Trump threatens Iran with increased sanctions after country exceeds uranium enrichment cap The 'invisible primary' has begun MORE have said they will not meet with Netanyahu during his visit to avoid the appearance of trying to sway the outcome of that vote.
 
But Democrats are also concerned about Netanyahu using the speech to attack President Obama's nuclear disarmament negotiations with Iran. Netanyahu wants tougher sanctions for Iran, and has warned the talks could result in a "historic mistake" by the United States.
 
Vice President Biden on Friday announced he will not attend the speech because he will be traveling.
 
Reps. James Clyburn (S.C.), the third-ranking House Democrat, and Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.), chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, have also said they're not going to attend.