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‘Our First Stand’ Rallies Set from Coast to Coast

More than a dozen rallies have been scheduled from coast to coast on Jan. 15 in a major show of grassroots support for critical health care programs under assault by Republicans. Read More

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Hill Leaders Call for ‘Day of Action’ in New Session of Congress; Demand Trump Pledge to Veto Cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security

WASHINGTON – Warning that congressional Republicans are about to “ram through a budget bill” to “throw our health care system into chaos,” Senate and House leaders called Wednesday for a nationwide “day of action” to mobilize grassroots support for programs that help millions of working families. Senate and House Democratic Leaders Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) were joined by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the new leader in charge of outreach for Senate Democrats, in sending a letter to congressional colleagues asking for their help organizing rallies or other events on Jan. 15 at locations around the United … 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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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 Outlines Next Steps on Democratic Platform

BURLINGTON, Vt. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday said Democratic Party platform drafters made “major accomplishments” but more remains to be done, including clear language opposing a job-killing trade deal, when the full platform committee meets later this week in Orlando, Florida. One of the key issues that still must be addressed is the opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Sanders said in a column published by The Philadelphia Inquirer. “The platform calls for a historic expansion of Social Security, closes loopholes that allow corporations to avoid paying taxes, creates millions of jobs rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure, makes it easier … 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