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Sanders Statement on Health Care

BURLINGTON, Vt. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders issued the following statement on Saturday in response to Hillary Clinton’s proposals on health care: “The goal of health care reform in America should be to do what every other major country on earth does, and that is to guarantee health care for all as a right. The proposal brought forth today by Secretary Clinton, working with our campaign, is an important step forward in expanding health care in America – and expanding health insurance and health care access to tens of millions of Americans. “I congratulate Secretary Clinton for this extremely important initiative. It … Read More

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$15 Federal Minimum Wage Included in Democratic Platform

ORLANDO, Fla. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders scored a big victory here Friday when the Democratic platform committee approved an amendment committing to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour and index it to inflation. “Raising the federal minimum wage sets the moral standard in this country that we as Democrats affirm over and over again that ensuring that we don’t leave a sister or a brother behind is how we roll,” Sen. Nina Turner said at the meeting. “Raising the federal minimum wage is the beginning of creating an America as good as it’s promise.” The platform now … Read More

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Sanders Campaign’s Priority Amendments to Democratic Platform

Please find below, on background, a series of amendments to the Democratic platform that Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign will officially support at the meeting in Orlando, Florida, Friday andSaturday. AMENDMENTS TO PLATFORM 1. TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP AMENDMENT – By Jim Hightower Purpose: This amendment puts the Democratic Party on record opposing a vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the lame duck session of Congress and beyond. On Page 10, Line 30, strike: “On the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), there are a diversity of views in the party. Many Democrats are on record stating that the agreement does not meet the standards … Read More

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700,000 People Call on Democratic Party to Reject Pacific Trade Deal

WASHINGTON – Ahead of the final Democratic platform meeting in Orlando this week, 701,618 people signed petitions calling on the party to go on the record in opposition to holding a vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement after the election. Jim Hightower, a Sanders delegate in Orlando, plans to offer an amendment to the platform stating, “It is the policy of the Democratic Party that the Trans-Pacific Partnership must not get a vote in this Congress or in future sessions of Congress.” Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders agree that the Pacific trade deal should not come up for a … Read More

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A Revolutionary Step Forward for Higher Education

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders today welcomed a proposal by Secretary Hillary Clinton which combines the best features of plans that she and Sanders brought forth during the campaign to make higher education affordable for all and substantially reduces student debt. “As I’ve traveled throughout the country during this campaign, I have heard over and over again from young people and their parents what the high cost of college and student debt is doing to their lives. For some, it means not being able to go to college at all, and that’s the case for hundreds of thousands … Read More

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Sanders Calls for Democratic Party to Oppose Trade Deal

BURLINGTON, Vt. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday urged Democratic Party platform writers to take a stand against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a proposed 12-nation trade pact that he said would have “disastrous” consequences for U.S. workers and the environment. “The Democratic Party must go on record in opposition to holding a vote on the trade deal during the lame duck session of Congress and beyond,” Sanders said. “This is about preventing the outsourcing of jobs, protecting the environment, stopping pharmaceutical companies from increasing the price of prescription drugs, preserving our democracy and respecting human rights.” At a platform drafting … Read More

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Sanders Statement on Democratic Party Platform

BURLINGTON, Vt. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders issued the following statement on Sunday on a Democratic Party platform draft: “The lesson of Brexit is that while the very rich get much richer, working people throughout the world are not seeing the global economy and an explosion of technology benefiting their lives. In fact, in the United States the middle class has been in decline for 35 years while there has been a huge increase in income and wealth inequality. Unfettered free trade has made multi-national corporations more profitable and their CEOs richer, but it also has led to the loss … Read More

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Clinton Delegates Vote Against Clinton Stands on Trade

Sanders Welcomes Platform Language on Banks, Capital Punishment SYRACUSE, N.Y. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders said on Friday that he was “disappointed and dismayed” that allies of Hillary Clinton beat back Democratic Party platform proposals on trade. On the other hand, Sanders said he was pleased that the platform drafters adopted language calling for breaking up too-big-to-fail banks and enacting a modern-day Glass-Steagall Act. Sanders also said he appreciated a unanimous vote for a proposal to abolish the death penalty. Sanders said it was “inexplicable” why Clinton allies on the panel at a meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, voted down … Read More

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Sanders Statement on Supreme Court Affirmative Action Case

NEW YORK – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders issued the following statement on Thursday after the Supreme Court provided a victory for affirmative action by rejecting a challenge to the University of Texas admissions program: “Diversity on college campuses benefits all students. The Supreme Court decision reaffirms that our students are better prepared and our nation is stronger when we create a more diverse and inclusive environment in higher education.” Read More

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Sanders Statement on Supreme Court Immigration Case

WILMINGTON, Del. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders issued the following statement on Thursday after the Supreme Court announced that it had deadlocked in a case challenging President Barack Obama’s plan to shield millions of immigrants from deportation: “Senate Republicans must stop playing politics and confirm a ninth justice to the Supreme Court. “Today’s deadlocked immigration ruling means that more than 4 million aspiring Americans in the United States will be left waiting for much-needed answers to our broken immigration system. We cannot let their future, and the future of so many more vulnerable people, fall into the bigoted hands of … Read More

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Sanders at Latino Conference Denounces Trump’s ‘Bigotry’

“I had hoped and I think most Americans had hoped that by the year 2016 we would be beyond having candidates make bigotry the cornerstone of their campaigns,” Sanders told the annual convention of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials. Sanders said Americans will not put in the White House a candidate who “insults” Mexicans, Muslims, African-Americans and others. “Our country needs somebody who brings us together, not divides us up,” the Vermont senator said of Trump, who favors building a Mexican border wall and a ban on Muslim immigration. In calling for immigration reforms that unite … Read More

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What Do We Want?

“As we head toward the Democratic National Convention, I often hear the question, ‘What does Bernie want?’ Wrong question. The right question is what the 12 million Americans who voted for a political revolution want,” Sen. Bernie Sanders wrote in an op-ed published by The Washington Post. “And the answer is: They want real change in this country, they want it now and they are prepared to take on the political cowardice and powerful special interests which have prevented that change from happening.” To read the column, click here. Read More