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Senator Bernie Sanders: Puerto Rico Is Not Alone

During a visit to Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria, Sanders said during a press conference that “Puerto Rico is not alone,” after seeing the island. This piece originally appeared in teleSUR United States Senator Bernie Sanders visited Puerto Rico for the second time, where he met with local authorities following devastation from Hurricane Maria in late September. After visiting Playita, an impoverished sector of San Juan that was affected by Hurricane Maria, Sanders said in a press conference held with the Mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz: “I want the Puerto Rican people, like the people … Read More

Bernie Sanders Is Coming to Somerville

This piece originally appeared in Boston Magazine. By Spencer Buell Bernie Sanders is coming to Somerville on Monday, where he will stump for progressive candidates in local elections. The Vermont Senator says he’ll be at Once Somerville, the music venue, at 9:30 a.m. to rally behind a pack of candidates in Cambridge in Somerville who are running for school board, city council, and board of aldermen. The election for those seats is on November 7. He will also “be discussing how we can make local government work for ordinary citizens,” Our Revolution says on its website, adding, “Join Bernie and our candidates for local office … Read More

The Republican budget is a gift to billionaires: it’s Robin Hood in reverse

Donald Trump and Republican leaders claim their plan would provide a ‘big league’ tax cut for the middle class. Nothing could be further from the truth. By Bernie Sanders This piece originally appeared in The Guardian fter failing to pass a “healthcare” bill that would have thrown up to 32 million Americans off of health insurance, a bill that was more unpopular than the Wall Street bailout, Donald Trump and the Republican leadership in Congress are back. Now, they are pushing one of the most destructive and unfair budget and tax proposals in the modern history of our country – … Read More

Sanders: To Lift ‘Outrageous’ Burden of Student Debt, Time for Tuition-Free College for All

“Each and every American must be able to get the education they need to match their skills and fulfill their dreams.” by Jon Queally  This piece originally appeared in Common Dreams In order to lift the burden of debt on millions of students and unleash the potential of current and futute generations, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) declared on Tuesday night that the time is now “to make public colleges and universities tuition free” in the United States. In the speech, delivered at Castleton University in his home state of Vermont, Sanders called for all U.S. students, regardless of background or ambitions, … Read More

We Must Make Public Colleges and Universities Tuition Free

Americans face almost $1.5 trillion in debt in the name of higher education. By Bernie Sanders This piece originally appeared in VICE Impact This is an opinion piece by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont. Our nation needs the best-educated workforce in the world to succeed in the ever more competitive global economy. Sadly, we are moving further and further away from that goal. As recently as 1995, the United States led the world in college graduation rates, but today we have fallen to 11th place. We are now behind such countries as Japan, South Korea, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, and … Read More

Trump: Less Tweets, More Help

By Bernie Sanders This piece originally appeared in El Nuevo Dia Puerto Rico has been devastated. The island lacks electricity, food, water and gas. People are unable to get the health care they need, and physicians warn of an impending health care crisis. As American citizens, Puerto Ricans are entitled to the same kind of response as the people of Texas, Florida, Vermont and other regions of the country that have been hit hard by natural disasters. President Donald Trump should be focusing his energies on helping to rebuild Puerto Rico, not attacking San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz. No President … Read More

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Sanders Statement on Las Vegas Shooting

BURLINGTON, Vt., Oct. 2 – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement Monday in response to the deadly shooting in Las Vegas: “My thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims and all those wounded in the horrific Las Vegas shooting. I also want to thank the first responders who did an outstanding job responding to this tragedy, saving many lives. “Last night’s attack is the deadliest mass shooting in our country’s modern history, and this year there have been more mass shootings than days in the year. In light of the terrible tragedy in Las … Read More

Graham-Cassidy Is Dead. Because the People Rose Up and Killed It.

Disability rights group ADAPT continued demonstrations even after news broke that Republicans will not take Graham-Cassidy bill to a vote on Senate floor. by Julia Conley, staff writer This piece originally appeared in Common Dreams Progressive groups celebrated their latest victory over the Republican-led Congress Tuesday after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced that the Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would not go to a vote this week as planned. The decision came a day after more than 200 members of ADAPT, the national disability rights group, stormed a hearing on the bill, chanting, “Kill the bill, don’t kill … Read More

Sanders: Trump tax plan is ‘morally repugnant and bad economic policy’

BY JULIA MANCHESTER – 09/27/17 11:22 AM EDT This piece originally appeared in The Hill Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) ripped President Trump’s proposed tax framework on Wednesday, calling it “morally repugnant.” “At a time of massive wealth and income inequality, President Trump’s tax plan is morally repugnant and bad economic policy. The last thing we should be doing right now is providing hundreds of billions in tax breaks to the wealthiest people and most profitable corporations in this country,” Sanders said in a statement. “It is particularly obscene to repeal the estate tax that would provide a $269 billion tax break to the top 0.2 percent. … Read More

Bernie Sanders: Time is ripe for Medicare for all

Bernie Sanders – Sept 25, 2017 This piece originally appeared in USA Today In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare legislation that guarantees comprehensive health care to all Americans over 65 through a single-payer, federally funded health care system. This is an effective, popular program. My Medicare for All Act of 2017, with 16 co-sponsors, improves and expands Medicare and, over a four-year transition period, provides health care to every man, woman and child in our country. In doing that, the U.S. will finally join the ranks of every other major country on Earth in recognizing that health care is a right, not … Read More

Bernie Sanders Just Gave the Progressive Foreign-Policy Speech We’ve Been Waiting For

The senator powerfully linked domestic and foreign policy in the context of massive global inequality. By Stephen Miles This piece originally appeared in The Nation hroughout the winter and spring of 2016, Bernie Sanders challenged Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination, proudly laying out an agenda that pulled together one progressive policy plank after another. But in one important area, there was near deafening silence: foreign policy. Well, today Sanders finally delivered the speech many of us have been hoping to hear, from him or anyone else, for quite some time. In laying out a principled and bold progressive vision for … Read More

Republicans’ new repeal bill would probably leave millions more uninsured, new analyses suggest

Noam N. Levey – September 20th, 2017 This piece originally appeared in the LA Times The latest Republican bid to roll back the Affordable Care Act would likely leave millions of currently insured Americans without health coverage in the coming decades, and strip benefits and protections from millions more, a growing number of independent studies suggest. Healthcare safety nets in dozens of states stand to lose more than $200 billion by 2026 and hundreds of billions of dollars more in the years that follow, the analyses indicate. And while the magnitude of the coverage losses is difficult to quantify because the new GOP proposal — … Read More