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Sanders Hosts Union Members Dinner

BURLINGTON, Vt. — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, on Sunday, hosted a dinner in celebration of Vermont’s unions and their members. 425 attendees, representing 25 unions from across the state came out to voice solidarity with one another and recognize the collective power of the labor movement to demand respect and equity for workers across the country. “At a time when the labor movement faces fierce opposition in Vermont and across the country, it is vital that unions come together and stand with each other,” Sanders said during his remarks. “It is important that we continue to fight the Trump administration … Read More

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Sanders Statement on Russian Government Interference In U.S. Elections

BURLINGTON, Vt. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday released the following statement on Russian government interference in U.S. elections: “It is now clear to everyone that agents of the Russian government were, in a disgusting and dangerous manner, actively interfering in the 2016 elections in an effort to defeat Secretary Hillary Clinton. Based on media reports they intend to interfere in the mid-term elections of 2018. There has also been extensive reporting on the Russian government’s interference in European elections. “All of this conduct taken together is a direct assault on the free democratic systems that stand in contrast to the autocratic, nationalistic … Read More

Why We Need Medicare for All

By Bernie Sanders This piece originally appeared in The New York Times This is a pivotal moment in American history. Do we, as a nation, join the rest of the industrialized world and guarantee comprehensive health care to every person as a human right? Or do we maintain a system that is enormously expensive, wasteful and bureaucratic, and is designed to maximize profits for big insurance companies, the pharmaceutical industry, Wall Street and medical equipment suppliers? We remain the only major country on earth that allows chief executives and stockholders in the health care industry to get incredibly rich, while … Read More

Let’s Wrench Power Back from the Billionaires

If we stand together against powerful special interests we can eliminate poverty, increase life expectancy and tackle climate change. By Bernie Sanders This piece originally appeared in The Guardian. Here is where we are as a planet in 2018: after all of the wars, revolutions and international summits of the past 100 years, we live in a world where a tiny handful of incredibly wealthy individuals exercise disproportionate levels of control over the economic and political life of the global community. Difficult as it is to comprehend, the fact is that the six richest people on Earth now own more wealth than … Read More

It’s on Republicans to stop a shutdown

By Bernie Sanders This piece originally appeared in The Washington Post I do not know why President Trump and the Republican Party — which controls the White House, the Senate and the House — are so willing to shut down the government. Maybe they think it will be good for them politically. Maybe they believe the chaos created by a government shutdown would be a welcome distraction from the ongoing Russia investigation being conducted by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. Whatever the motives of the Republican leadership, one thing is clear: A government shutdown would be disastrous for the American people. A shutdown … Read More

Warren and Sanders: Who Is Congress Really Serving?

By Elizabeth Warren & Bernie Sanders This piece originally appeared in The New York Times WASHINGTON — Over the past year, Republicans have made their priorities clear. Their effort to repeal Obamacare would have left tens of millions of people without health insurance. Now Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, wants to ram through an enormous tax giveaway to the wealthy before seating Doug Jones, Alabama’s newly elected Democratic senator. The Republican agenda on health care and taxes may be popular with wealthy campaign donors, but it is widely disliked by the American people. It’s no wonder why. Despite a … Read More

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Sanders Statement on DNC Unity Reform Commission

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders issued the following statement on Saturday following the fifth and final meeting of the DNC Unity Reform Commission in Washington D.C.: “The Democratic Party will not become a vibrant and successful 50 state party until it opens its doors widely to the working people and young people of our country.  I am extremely pleased that the Unity Reform Commission has begun that process, voting nearly unanimously to limit the role of super delegates along with making our caucuses and primaries more democratic. Now it is incumbent on the Democratic Party’s Rules and Bylaws committee and the … Read More

We Must End Global Oligarchy

By Bernie Sanders This piece originally appeared on CNN One of the major, untold stories of our time is the rapid movement toward global oligarchy, in which just a handful of billionaires now own and control a significant part of the world economy. Here in the United States, the top one-tenth of 1% owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90%. Incredibly, according to a recent report from the Institute for Policy Studies, three of the richest people in America — Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffett — now own more wealth than bottom 160 million people in our country. But this is clearly … Read More

How to Fix the Democratic Party

It’s time we come together to enact real reform—only then can we defeat Donald Trump and retake the country. By Bernie Sanders – November 10th, 2017 This piece originally appeared in Politico Donald Trump’s presidency represents an unprecedented crisis for our country. His campaign, and now his White House, seek to divide us using racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia and xenophobia. His economic agenda is the agenda of the billionaire class. He wants more tax breaks for the rich, while cutting education, nutrition, affordable housing and other programs desperately needed by working families. And his refusal to acknowledge the great danger … Read More

We must fund community health centers now

BY SEN. BERNIE SANDERS — 11/07/17 02:15 PM EST This piece originally appeared in The Hill Under the radar of most Americans and the mainstream media is a looming crisis that could strip health care from millions of people and result in the loss of tens of thousands of good paying jobs. With the funding deadline for community health centers having lapsed over a month ago, Congress must act right now or 70 percent of funding will be cut, and the doors of 2,800 health centers will close. Community health centers are an integral part of our nation’s health care system. They provide … Read More

Bernie Sanders warns of ‘international oligarchy’ after Paradise Papers leak

US senator warned that leak of documents exposing offshore tax havens show ‘rapid movement’ toward a group of billionaires controlling the global economy by Ed Pilkington in New York and David Smith in Washington This piece originally appeared in The Guardian Bernie Sanders has warned that the world is rapidly becoming an “international oligarchy” controlled by a tiny number of billionaires, highlighted by the revelations in the Paradise Papers. In a statement to the Guardian in the wake of the massive leak of documents exposing the secrets of offshore investors, Sanders said that the enrichment of wealthy individuals and companies in tax havens was “the … Read More

Bernie Sanders: The health care crisis no one is talking about

October 31, 2017 – Bernie Sanders This piece originally appeared in The Boston Globe The United States faces a major crisis in primary health care, and unless Congress acts immediately it is likely to become much worse. Millions of Americans are at risk of losing their access to health care because Congress did not renew funding for the community health center program at the end of the fiscal year, Sept. 30. Unless we renew funding immediately, 70 percent of funding will be cut, the doors of 2,800 community health centers will close, and 9 million patients will lose access to … Read More