Bernie Sanders

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"How do you go forward right now in this moment in history and not address the terrible climate crisis that we face and transform our energy system?" @SenSanders talks his concerns about the bipartisan infrastructure proposal on #MTP.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders on GOP voter restriction efforts: "We can disagree on all kinds of issues but taking away the right of people to participate in American democracy is unacceptable and the Congress must address that in any and every way." #CNNSOTU
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As we finally honor Juneteenth as a federal holiday, we must never forget the horrors of slavery and how they affect every aspect of our lives today.
Yes. Climate change is real. It is already having a devastating impact in the U.S. and around the world, and it will only get worse. That is why any major "infrastructure" bill in Congress must include a massive investment in transforming our energy system away from fossil fuels.…
Juneteenth becoming a federal holiday is an important moment in understanding our country's history, and the horrors and lasting legacy of slavery. But real justice is when all Black Americans live free of oppression. That is not the work of a single day, but of every day.
In a time of massive income and wealth inequality, we have got to have government finally start standing with the working families of this country, not just the rich. That is what this budget is about.
As Chairman of the Budget Committee, I believe that NOW is the time to address the long-term crises facing working families. And, yes. We can pay for many of these proposals by demanding that the wealthy and large corporations start paying their fair share of taxes.
“Twenty years ago, the American economic and political establishment was wrong about China. Today, the consensus view has changed, but it is once again wrong,” writes @SenSanders.
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The court’s decision to not overturn the ACA and throw 31 million Americans off their health care is welcome. But it's not enough. Health care is a human right, not a privilege. We must join other major countries in guaranteeing health care for all and pass Medicare for All.…
Disability rights are civil rights. It's time to #DemolishDisabledPoverty once and for all. We must expand SSI.…
In the richest country in the history of the world, medical debt should not exist.
Every child deserves a quality education free of hunger.
While 90 million Americans are uninsured or underinsured and while 600,000 died in the pandemic, the CEOs of six health insurance companies made a combined $236 million in 2020, 45% more than in 2019. This is why we need Medicare for All.
After an unimaginably difficult year, today we celebrate Vermont reaching a major vaccination threshold. Let’s thank everyone working to keep our community safe. We must also ensure vulnerable Vermonters are protected after the state of emergency order is lifted.…
Space travel, heavily funded by taxpayers, should not be a play thing for the very rich.…
Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said it all. "What we have in the United States Senate is total unity from Susan Collins to Ted Cruz in opposition to what the new Biden administration is trying to do to this country.” That is precisely why we must end the filibuster.
Last I heard, dental, hearing and vision are part of health care. We must expand Medicare to cover these basic services.…
Income and wealth inequality is soaring, wages for workers have been stagnant for almost 50 years and some billionaires pay nothing in federal income taxes. Hey! Maybe it's time for the government to start representing the middle class, and not just the 1%.
This week, we couldn’t get any Senate Republicans to support legislation to guarantee equal pay for equal work. Do we really believe more time and more negotiations will get them to vote for an infrastructure package that truly addresses the crises we face? I don’t think so.
For decades our government has stood up for the rich and the powerful. It’s time for the government to stand up for the working class of this country.
I don’t want to sound too partisan, but the Republican Party has made clear that they are not prepared to stand up for the American people and address the many crises facing working families today. We can get to work without them.
The time is now to massively invest in our infrastructure and create millions of good-paying union jobs in the process.
The U.S. must lead the way in crushing the coronavirus pandemic everywhere, and I’m pleased the Biden Administration has taken strong action to get more people vaccinated around the world. Everyone, rich or poor, deserves the right to get a life-saving Covid-19 vaccine.…
I applaud Vermont for passing a bill to make voting by mail more accessible. A more inclusive democracy is a stronger democracy.
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55 of the largest corporations in the U.S. paid no federal corporate income taxes last year, but spent nearly $450 million on lobbying. Outrageous. We must get big money out of politics and create an economy that works for all of us, not just the top 1%.…
Enough is enough. Every state in this country has a crumbling infrastructure. Now is the time to put our people back to work by finally addressing the structural problems we face. Let’s get it done.
In 2007 and 2011, Jeff Bezos, the wealthiest man alive, paid nothing in federal income taxes. In 2018, Elon Musk, the 2nd wealthiest person in America, paid nothing in federal income taxes. Yes. At a time of massive wealth and income inequality, we must tax the rich.…
As we see Republican-led voter suppression efforts across the country, I’m proud Vermont is expanding voting rights. Congress must act NOW to remove barriers to the ballot box and make it easier for people to vote, not harder.…
LIVE: The Budget Committee is holding a hearing on President Biden's budget proposal, which is the most significant agenda for working families in the modern history of our country. Now is the time to think big, not small.…
If we are serious about calling ourselves a democracy, we need to end voter suppression and make it easier for people to vote.
On this day in 1944, Allied forces launched the invasion of Normandy to free Europe from Hitler and fascism. Many brave soldiers died defending democracy. We must not forget their sacrifice. The struggle to protect democracy continues. We must not fail.
No, Judge Benitez. AR-15 rifles are not equivalent to a Swiss Army knife. They are military style weapons that can, and have, killed dozens of people in a few minutes. The American people want common sense gun safety legislation. This decision should be appealed and overturned.…
Hmm. When the GOP passed legislation to provide a $1 trillion tax break to corporations & the 1% without a single Democratic vote, I didn't hear my Republican colleagues say "Wait. It has to be bipartisan." Please don't tell me we can't use the same tools to help working people.
Republicans understand that their agenda of tax breaks for billionaires and cutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid is unpopular, so they’re doing all they can to make it harder to vote in America. Shameful. We are going to go forward to protect democracy.
I applaud this step by the Biden administration. The United States should lead the effort to vaccinate the world, not only by providing vaccines to poorer countries but also by helping to make the technology available for countries to produce it themselves.…
For the last 48 years real wages for the working class in this country have been stagnant while the very rich have gotten much richer. Today, the top 1% own more wealth than the bottom 92%. Our job is to defeat oligarchy and create an economy that works for all, not just the few.
If Republicans don't want to cooperate and help us seriously address the many crises we're facing today, then, yes, we have to move forward without them to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure and create millions of good-paying, union jobs.
The U.S. Senate is the only institution in the world where a vote of 59-41 can be considered a defeat instead of a huge victory. Enough is enough. Let us change the outdated rules of the Senate, end the filibuster and pass a bold agenda for working families with majority vote.
On Memorial Day, we honor the brave Americans who gave their lives to defend our country. We reaffirm a grateful nation’s commitment to their loved ones, and to everyone who has served.
Let's be clear. If 10 Republican Senators cannot even vote for a bipartisan commission to investigate the January 6th insurrection, 10 Republican Senators will not vote for anything meaningful to improve the lives of the American people. We must abolish the filibuster & act now.
Republicans want a cold war with China because of its growing authoritarianism. That stance is coming from a party that refuses to acknowledge Biden's election victory, investigate the January 6th insurrection, and is working overtime to suppress the vote. What hypocrisy.
If Democrats stand together to take on powerful special interests and do what so many working families of this country want us to do, we can create an economy that works for all, help save the planet from the ravages of climate change, and strengthen our democracy.
It's a painful day for American democracy that Republicans blocked the creation of a commission to investigate the Jan. 6th insurrection. I applaud the six Republicans who voted for the commission, but I am saddened that so many are too intimidated by Trump to do the right thing.
College athletes are workers. They deserve pay, a union, and to own their own name, image, and likeness. We cannot wait for the NCAA to share its billions with the workers who create it. It is long past time we gave these workers the rights they deserve.…
This is an unprecedented moment in American history. The Democrats in Congress must move forward boldly, protecting the working families of our country and restoring faith in government. Yes, the future of the country is at stake.…
In state after state Republican legislatures are working overtime to suppress the vote and create outrageous gerrymandered districts. If Congress does not pass H.R. 1 and S. 1, millions of voters will be disenfranchised and Democrats will become a permanent minority party.
When we landed on the moon, there was great collective pride in that achievement. Our space program should be something that we ALL take part in. We shouldn’t hand over $10B in corporate welfare to Jeff Bezos or Elon Musk, who are jointly worth $350B, to fund their space hobby.
By 2033, the United States is estimated to have a shortage of up to 139,000 physicians. That is what I mean when I say we’ve got a dysfunctional health care system.
I'm live on the floor of the Senate discussing why I support expanding U.S. production of microchips and semi-conductors but don’t support providing over $50 billion in corporate welfare to large, profitable corporations with no strings attached.…
Today, we honor George Floyd’s life and mourn with his family. One year after his murder, we remain dedicated to rooting out systemic racism and police violence against people of color, and building a nation free of oppression that respects the human dignity of every person.
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