Bernie Sanders speaks during an interfaith roundtable at the Nation's Mosque in Washington on Dec. 16, 2015.
Andrew Harnikā€”AP
December 16, 2015 7:53 PM EST

Today, the Federal Reserve announced that it was raising interest rates for the first time since 2006. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is challenging Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, was not happy with the decision.

In a statement, Sanders, a democratic-socialist who has in the past run as an independent, issued the following statement on his Senate website:

This isn’t the first time Sanders has talked about interest rates. In September he put out a statement saying essentially the same thing when the Fed did not adjust interest rates.

Sanders stance on the issue is in keeping with his campaign theme, which is to do anything to help the middle class, oftentimes at the expense of financial institutions.

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