Release: Sanders Statement on GOP Deficit Talks Walkout

Senator Urges Obama Not to Capitulate

WASHINGTON, June 23 - Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement today after Republican leaders withdrew from budget negotiations led by Vice President Joe Biden:

"The Republican walkout should not result in the president and vice president capitulating to Republican demands. Poll after poll shows that the American people do not agree with the Republican approach, which suggests that the wealthiest people in the country and the largest corporations should be exempt from participating in deficit reduction.

"The American people do not believe, as the Republicans do, that the budget should be solely balanced on the backs of the middle class, the elderly, the sick, the children and the poor.  The American people want shared sacrifice and President Obama must not yield one inch from that principle."