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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

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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