Senator Bernie Sanders

United States Senator for Vermont

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Friday, March 15, 2013
Sanders to Hold Town Meeting on Global Warming
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will hold a town meeting in Montpelier on March 16 to discuss how global warming is impacting Vermont. Sanders will be joined by environmental experts who will explore what can be done to reverse climate change. Author and environmental activist, Bill McKibben will be giving the keynote speech at the event.
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Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Sanders Statement on Senate Budget Hearing
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today as the committee began hearings on a plan for the 2014 fiscal year that mixes tax increase with cuts to the Pentagon and domestic programs: “The resolution that we will be debating in the Budget Committee today is a step in the right direction.
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Constitutional Amendment Sponsors Renew Push to Undo Citizens United
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today introduced a constitutional amendment to overturn a Supreme Court ruling that allowed unrestricted, secret campaign spending by corporations and billionaires. Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) filed the “Democracy is for People” amendment in the House. The 2010 Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission undermined democracy by opening the campaign spending floodgates. Already nine states including Vermont and more than 300 cities and towns have passed resolutions calling for the ruling to be overturned.
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Monday, March 11, 2013
Sanders: Budget Cuts Hurting Vermonters
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, held a news conference today to discuss the impact of federal budget cuts on Vermont. Sanders was joined by Steve Geller, executive director of Southeastern Vermont Community Action, and Marianne Miller, Head Start director at Central Vermont Community Action Council. They spoke about the impact of across-the-board spending cuts that kicked in on March 1 and will total more than $1 trillion over the next decade, including $85 billion by this Sept. 30.
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Thursday, March 07, 2013
Sanders, Reid, DeFazio Introduce Legislation to Strengthen Social Security
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today introduced legislation cosponsored by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to strengthen Social Security by making the wealthiest Americans pay the same payroll tax that nearly everyone else already pays. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) introduced the companion bill in the House. He joined Sanders at a news conference in the Capitol to discuss their bill to bolster Social Security without raising the retirement age or lowering benefits.
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Friday, March 01, 2013
Sanders Statement on Tar Sands Pipeline
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today issued the following statement after the State Department released an environmental review that paves the way for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico: “No one who is serious about protecting the future of our planet and reversing global warming could support this pipeline project. Tar sands oil is the dirtiest on Earth, and the Environmental Protection Agency has said clearly that tar sands production releases 82 percent more greenhouse gas emissions than conventional oil.
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Thursday, February 28, 2013
Sanders Questions Veterans Service Organizations on Cuts in Disability Benefits
As a Friday deadline neared in Congress’s latest budget showdown, Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today questioned veterans group leaders about a proposal to cut disability benefits. Sanders has led opposition in Congress to reducing benefits by changing how the consumer price index is calculated. “It would mean very significant cuts for Social Security beneficiaries as well as for disabled veterans,” Sanders said at a joint hearing of the Senate and House veterans’ affairs committees.
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Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Sanders Opposes Lew for Treasury Secretary
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today explained his vote against the confirmation of Jacob Lew to be Treasury secretary. Sanders cited major policy differences with Lew on the role that Wall Street deregulation played in causing the recession, his views on too-big-to-fail banks, preserving Social Security and Medicare, cracking down on offshore tax havens and the price American workers have paid for trade agreements that ship jobs to low-wage countries overseas.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Sanders: United States Cannot Afford the Price of Doing Nothing on Global Warming
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today disputed claims by the National Association of Manufacturers on the economic impact of a carbon tax. “The price that America cannot afford to pay is the price of doing nothing to reverse global warming,” said Sanders. He recently introduced climate change legislation that is co-sponsored by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
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Thursday, February 14, 2013
Sanders, Boxer Propose Climate Change Bills
Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) today introduced comprehensive legislation on climate change. Boxer is chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Sanders sits on the environment committee and also is a member of the Senate energy committee.
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