Bernie Sanders

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As the new chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, I am going to do everything I can to protect the needs of the struggling working class.
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CEOs of the largest corporations make nearly 400 times the average worker. That is a disgrace.
I applaud the DOJ’s lawsuit against Google. Right now – in sector after sector – we have more concentration of ownership than at any time in the modern history of this country. Let’s break up monopolies wherever they exist & create an economy that works for all of us, not the 1%.
24 days into 2023. 39 mass shootings in America. 39. How many more people have to be senselessly murdered before Congress acts boldly to take on gun violence in this country?
On some of the most important issues facing our country today, the American people – whether Democrats, Republicans, or Independents – are quite united.
A life-saving drug is not effective if a person who needs that drug cannot afford it. How many more Americans must die before Congress finally has the guts to stop the pharmaceutical industry from getting away with murder? foxnews.com/opinion/greedy…
It is literally beyond belief that 50 years after Roe v. Wade, in the year 2023, we are still debating whether women can control their own bodies. Congress must act to codify Roe v. Wade and make abortion safe and legal again.
I will be re-introducing my bill to extend Social Security's solvency for the next 75 years & expand benefits by $2,400 a year. How? By scrapping the cap. Today, a billionaire pays the same amount into Social Security as someone making $160,000 a year. Let's end that absurdity.
Grocery stores. Schools. Churches. Parades. Lunar New Year celebrations. Places everyone should feel safe. Last night’s mass shooting in Monterey Park, CA is the latest horrible reminder that Congress must act boldly and NOW to protect our people from gun violence.
Congress must have the courage to stand up to powerful corporate interests and their lobbyists and stand up for working families, not just the 1%.
Even a broken clock is right twice a day. While I agree with Trump on virtually nothing, he is right to say: “Under no circumstances should Republicans vote to cut a single penny from Medicare or Social Security.” Let's raise taxes on billionaires, not cut retirement benefits.
I was pleased to meet today with former leader of the Labour Party @jeremycorbyn and his colleagues at the @ProgIntl and the @corbyn_project. I look forward to working together to build international solidarity toward a future that works for all people.
Yes. The purpose of the recent taxpayer investment in Moderna was to protect the health and lives of the American people, not to turn a handful of corporate executives and investors into multi-billionaires. Now is not the time for unacceptable corporate greed. twitter.com/forbeshealth/s…
I sent a letter to Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz today in support of the brave workers fighting for better wages and working conditions. My request to him is simple: Obey the law. Stop firing organizing workers. Sit down with your workers and bargain a fair contract in good faith.
LIVE from the U.S. Capitol: Now is the time for Congress to show the American working class that our government can work for them – not just the 1%. twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…
As workers at a plant in Cedar Rapids enter their 24th week on strike, I sent a letter to Ingredion CEO James P. Zallie demanding the company comply with its duty to bargain in good faith and offer workers a fair contract.
After health insurance companies raised prices 24% last year & made nearly $12 billion in profits last quarter, 38% of Americans now report they or a family member put off needed medical care because it was too expensive. We must end this corporate greed. We need #MedicareForAll.
When we talk about the movement towards global oligarchy, we're talking about two-thirds of all new wealth in the world flowing into the hands of the top 1% since 2020, while 81 billionaires now own more wealth than the bottom half of humanity. Yes. We need a global wealth tax.
TOMORROW at 7pm ET: I will give a speech LIVE from the U.S. Capitol on the state of America’s working class and how we address the existing crises we face.
Today we honor MLK, a man of extraordinary courage. Not only did he help lead the fight against racism, he vigorously opposed the Vietnam War, stood with workers & their unions & challenged the massive income & wealth inequality that he saw. He remains an inspiration to us all.
Corporate greed is the producer of Egg-Land's Best, Farmhouse Eggs & Land O'Lake Eggs, increasing its profits by 65% last quarter to a record-breaking $198 million while doubling the price of eggs & reporting no positive cases of avian flu. Yes. We need a windfall profits tax.
Today, we have a dysfunctional health care system in which we spend nearly $13,000 for every man, woman, and child, twice as much as most developed countries. Yet, despite that huge expenditure, 85 million Americans are uninsured or underinsured. Does that make sense to anyone?
Republicans exploded our debt when they gave huge tax breaks to the rich. Now, they’re refusing to raise the debt limit and pay the bill - risking a global economic catastrophe unless they can gut Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid. Not gonna happen.
Before we can effectively go forward in terms of economic policy, it’s necessary to know where we are at. On Tuesday, I will give a speech at the U.S. Capitol on the state of America’s working class and how we address the existing crises.
It’s no surprise that the NLRB has once again stopped Amazon’s desperate attempts to bust their workers’ union. Enough is enough. Amazon must come to the table and negotiate a fair contract with workers NOW.
As a thank you to the taxpayers of this country who helped fund the COVID-19 vaccine, Moderna wants to quadruple the price of that vaccine. That is outrageous.
When Jonas Salk invented the polio vaccine, he refused to patent it. That decision cost him an estimated $7 billion. When Stéphane Bancel, Moderna's CEO, got taxpayer funding for the COVID vaccine he became a billionaire overnight and is now worth $6.2 billion. End this greed.
In a democratic society, whether it’s Brazil, the United States, or otherwise, people do not have the right to overthrow or destabilize the government because they do not like election results.
I sent a letter today to the CEO of Moderna with a simple message: In the midst of a public health crisis, quadrupling the price of a publicly-funded COVID-19 vaccine is unacceptable corporate greed.
At a time when many Americans are giving up on democracy, now is the time to restore faith in our government. Now is the time for Congress to have the courage to show the American people that our government can work for them, not just the 1%. theguardian.com/commentisfree/…
At a time when many Americans are giving up on democracy, now is the time to restore faith in our government. Now is the time for Congress to have the courage to take on powerful special interests and show the American people that our government can work for them, not the 1%.
Today’s attacks are exactly why I pushed for the Senate to pass a resolution backing free and fair elections in Brazil. This is about whether Brazil is a democracy or not. We stand with the country’s democratically elected government and condemn this authoritarian violence.
Music has always been an important part of Vermont’s way of life, and we have produced some really great musicians over the years. The newest is @NoahKahan. His latest album is a nuanced love letter to our state, to New England, and to growing up and living in small, rural towns.
At a time when half of older Americans have no retirement savings, House Republicans want to enact huge cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Ain’t gonna happen. We need to repeal Trump’s tax breaks for the rich and expand these programs, not cut them.
Two years ago today, a violent mob stormed the U.S. Capitol with the hope of overturning the results of the presidential election. That attack did not succeed, but the struggle to preserve American democracy is far from over. We must stand together against authoritarianism.
Let's be clear: If Trump had the authority to pause student debt payments, President Biden has the authority to cancel student debt. The Supreme Court must reject the Republicans baseless lawsuits to take away student debt relief to 40 million Americans who desperately need it.
To watch my full remarks, please click here: youtu.be/zbKSqE6ct-Y
Happy New Year to all of you. I wanted to take just a few minutes today to talk to you about the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, which I will soon chair. It is one of the most important in Congress and I’m going to need your help.
When it comes to tax avoidance, Trump is not alone. Federal income taxes paid in 2020: Nike: $0 FedEx: $0 HP: $0 Salesforce: $0 Dish Network: $0 Charter Communications: $0 Duke Energy: $0 Yes. Dr. King was right. We have socialism for the rich, rugged capitalism for the rest.
When we speak about essential workers, let’s give a loud shout-out to the thousands of line-crews in Vermont and around the country who have been working crazy hours restoring electricity to those who lost it during the recent storms. These are real life super-heroes.
Southwest's flight delays & cancellations are beyond unacceptable. This is a company that got a $7 billion taxpayer bailout & will be handing out $428 million in dividends to their wealthy shareholders. @USDOT must hold Southwest's CEO accountable for his greed and incompetence.
I support @BCTGM Ingredion workers in their 20th week on strike in Cedar Rapids. If Ingredion can return $250 million this year to shareholders and pay its CEO $10 million last year, it can afford a fair contract that does not increase health costs, decrease wages, or cut jobs.
Wishing a peaceful and merry Christmas from myself, Jane, and our entire family to all those who are celebrating.
I confess. I love Vermont apples (and apple cider, apple pie, cider donuts, etc.) and very much appreciate those who tend the orchards that produce them. For four generations, the Darrows and their team have worked hard to keep the orchard running.
Jane and I would like to wish a Happy Hanukkah to all those who are celebrating around the world this week.
Billionaires buying politicians and elections is a major threat to American democracy.
Congratulations to the 750 environmental groups who successfully defeated Sen. Manchin’s Big Oil Side Deal tonight. Yes. We need to improve our transmission capabilities, but not for fossil fuels. In order to save the planet, we need to rapidly move to sustainable energy.
I voted tonight against the $858 billion Pentagon budget, which is 10% more than last year. At a time when we spend more than the next 11 nations combined on defense, we should invest in health care, jobs, housing and education – not more weapons of destruction.
I agree with the 750 environmental and civil rights groups who have told us that given the threat of climate change it would be unacceptable to build a new fracked gas pipeline and expand fossil fuel extraction across the country. I’m opposed to Sen. Manchin’s Big Oil Side Deal.
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