Congress Deals a Setback to the Corporate Trade Agenda

Earlier Friday the House of Representatives voted down one of the key provisions in the Senate version of the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). That measure, better known as “fast track,” would pave the way for the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and similar deals in the future. While the House then approved the TPA itself by a razor-thin margin, that vote is purely symbolic. “Fast track” cannot be sent to the President for his signature without additional Congressional action, and the effort to defeat it continues. Bernie issued the following statement in response: “As one of the Senate leaders in the fight against the TPP, I applaud …

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The Middle Class

Breakfast with Bernie

The Los Angeles Times reported on a breakfast meeting Bernie held with reporters on Thursday. In that meeting, Bernie pushed back at coverage which uses the “socialist” label to imply that his views are extreme. “In virtually every instance, what I am saying is supported by a significant majority of the American people,” Bernie said. As Prof. Juan Cole has demonstrated, Bernie’s right. Bernie acknowledged that his agenda “is not supported by the Business Roundtable or the Chamber of Commerce or Wall Street,” adding: “I may be old-fashioned enough to believe that Congress might want to be representing a vast …

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Justice for All

Youth Unemployment and Dr. King’s Dream

By Sen. Bernie Sanders Many years ago I was honored to be among those who marched on Washington with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I was there for his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, and I heard him say that African-Americans live “on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity.” Dr. King taught us that the struggle for justice is economic, as well as social and legal. As he said in Memphis, a few short weeks before his death: “Our struggle is for genuine equality, which means economic equality. For we …

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