Press Release

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 for workers to join unions, takes on the greed of the pharmaceutical companies, ends disastrous deportation raids, bans private prisons and detention centers, abolishes the death penalty, moves to automatic voter registration and the public financing of elections, eliminates super PACs, and urges passage of a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, among many other initiatives,” Sanders wrote.

“These are all major accomplishments that will begin to move this country in the right direction … But, unfortunately, there were a number of vitally important proposals brought forth by the delegates from our campaign that were not adopted.

“My hope is that a grassroots movement of working people, environmentalists, and human-rights advocates will work with us to demand that the Democratic Party include these initiatives in the platform to be adopted by the full committee in Orlando. We need to have very clear language that raises the minimum wage to $15 an hour, ensures that the promised pensions of millions of Americans will not be cut, establishes a tax on carbon, and creates a ban on fracking. These and other amendments will be offered in Florida.

”Further, one of the most important amendments that we will offer is to make it clear that the Democratic Party is strongly opposed to the Trans-Pacific Partnership,” Sanders wrote.

To read the full column, click here.
To read a summary of major provisions included in the platform, click here.