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Sanders-Backed Pramila Jayapal Wins Big in Washington Congressional Primary

BURLINGTON, Vt. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday congratulated Pramila Jayapal on her victory in the Democratic primary for Washington’s 7th Congressional District. “Pramila just proved that candidates can run a strong progressive campaign funded by small-dollar donors and win big,” Sanders said. “The people-powered movement that propelled our campaign to victory in states around the country is already changing how campaigns are run up and down the ticket.” Jayapal trailed early in the race, but saw a steady climb in the polls following Sanders’ endorsement on April 13. In addition to campaigning with her, the Vermont senator helped … Read More

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Sanders Addresses Democratic National Convention

PHILADELPHIA – In an address prepared for the Democratic National Convention’s opening night, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday thanked the grassroots movement that energized his presidential campaign, said the political revolution they began will continue and detailed issue after issue – from health care and higher education to the environment and economy – in which Hillary Clinton is the clear choice over Donald Trump. To read the prepared text, click here. Read More

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Sanders Addresses Democratic National Convention

PHILADELPHIA – In an address prepared for the Democratic National Convention’s opening night, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday thanked the grassroots movement that energized his presidential campaign, said the political revolution they began will continue and detailed issue after issue – from health care and higher education to the environment and economy – in which Hillary Clinton is the clear choice over Donald Trump. To read the prepared text, click here. Read More

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Sanders Statement on DNC Chair Resignation

BURLINGTON, Vt. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday issued the following statement on the resignation of Debbie Wasserman Schultz as Democratic Party chairwoman: “Debbie Wasserman Schultz has made the right decision for the future of the Democratic Party. While she deserves thanks for her years of service, the party now needs new leadership that will open the doors of the party and welcome in working people and young people. The party leadership must also always remain impartial in the presidential nominating process, something which did not occur in the 2016 race.” Read More

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Sanders to Address Democratic National Convention

BURLINGTON, Vt. – In an opening night address on Monday at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will make it clear that Hillary Clinton is by far superior to Donald Trump on every major issue from economics and health care to education and the environment. Sanders will stress that the most progressive platform in Democratic Party history includes agreements he reached with Clinton to dramatically expand health care access and to make public colleges tuition-free for students from families with annual incomes up to $125,000 a year. In his remarks, Sanders also plans to rip into … Read More

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Democratic Rules Committee Passes Reform Commission to Reform Electoral Process

PHILADELPHIA – The Democratic National Convention Rules Committee on Saturday approved a unity reform commission charged with reducing the number of so-called superdelegates. The commission will tackle caucus and primary reforms designed to make the nominating process fairer. The commission will recommend reforms to broaden the base of the Democratic Party, make it more responsive to the grassroots of the party and decrease the party’s reliance on large donors. “This is a tremendous victory for Sen. Sanders’ fight to democratize the Democratic Party and reform the Democratic nominating process,” said Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ campaign manager. “We were pleased to work … Read More

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Sanders Endorses Clinton

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Declaring that “Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president and I am proud to stand with her here today,” U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday endorsed the presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee. To read the senator’s prepared remarks, click here. Read More

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Democrats Adopt Most Progressive Platform in Party History

BURLINGTON, Vt. – Pressed by supporters of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, Democratic Party platform writers meeting this weekend in Orlando, Florida, adopted a progressive agenda that underscores the need for bold action on climate change, addresses criminal justice reform and calls for doubling the federal minimum wage. “We have made enormous strides,” Sanders said. “Thanks to the millions of people across the country who got involved in the political process – many for the first time – we now have the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party.” The Platform Committee also adopted an amendment focused on criminal … Read More

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Democrats Pass Most Aggressive Climate Change Plan in Party History

ORLANDO, Fla. – Democrats agreed to the most aggressive plan to combat climate change in the history of the party here Saturday night. The accord commits Democrats to fight for a price on carbon, methane and other greenhouse gases and for massive investment in renewable energy sources like wind and solar power. It will also further advance the goals of the grassroots environmental movement by applying the formula that was used to evaluate and ultimately oppose the Keystone XL pipeline to all future fossil fuel pipeline projects. All federal decision making should look at the proposal’s impact on the climate, according to the … Read More

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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