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Bernie Sanders is the independent U.S. Senator from Vermont. He is the longest serving independent member of Congress in American history. He is a member of the Senate's Budget, Veterans, Environment, Energy, and H.E.L.P. (Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions) committees.
Thursday, June 23, 2016(12 comments)
Bernie Sanders: Here's what we want
What do we want? We want to end the rapid movement that we are currently experiencing toward oligarchic control of our economic and political life. As Lincoln put it at Gettysburg, we want a government of the people, by the people and for the people. That is what we want, and that is what we will continue fighting for.
Friday, June 17, 2016(7 comments)
Prepared Remarks...The Political Revolution Continues
Real change never takes place from the top down, or in the living rooms of wealthy campaign contributors. It always occurs from the bottom on up -- when tens of millions of people say "enough is enough" and become engaged in the fight for justice. That's what the political revolution we helped start is all about. That's why the political revolution must continue.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016(7 comments)
Statement on Nevada
Bernie Sanders responds to the situation during and following the Nevada convention
Saturday, May 7, 2016 Poverty In America
When I talk about thinking big and outside the box, about rejecting incremental change, I am talking about the millions of Americans who live in poverty who have been tossed out, left behind, and abandoned by the rich and powerful. We need to create an economy that works for all of us, not just the 1 percent.
Sunday, May 1, 2016(7 comments)
Prepared Remarks -- National Press Club
It's incumbent upon super delegates to take a hard and objective look at which candidate stands the better chance of defeating Trump. And in that regard, I think the evidence is extremely clear that I would be the stronger candidate to defeat Trump or any other Republican. This is not just the subjective opinion of Bernie Sanders. This is based on virtually every national and state poll done in the last several months.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016(7 comments)
Inequality: The Great Political And Moral Issue Of Our Time
Our very soul as a nation has suffered as the public lost faith in political and social institutions. As Pope Francis has stated: "Man is not in charge today, money is in charge, money rules." And the Pope has also stated: "We have created new idols. The worship of the golden calf of old has found a new and heartless image in the cult of money and the dictatorship of an economy which is faceless and lacking any humane goal."
Tuesday, April 5, 2016(1 comments)
Bernie Sanders Statement on Panama Papers
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday issued the following statement after 11.5 million documents were made public from a Panama law firm that helped some of the world's wealthiest people establish offshore bank accounts:
Tuesday, March 22, 2016(21 comments)
Bernie Sanders Middle East Policy Speech: text & video-- the one he would have given to AIPAC
Let me begin by saying that I think I am probably the only candidate for president who has personal ties with Israel. I spent a number of months there when I was a young man on a kibbutz, so I know a little bit about Israel.
Clearly, the United States and Israel are united by historical ties. We are united by culture. We are united by our values...
Saturday, March 12, 2016(4 comments)
Bernie Sanders' Statement on Disturbances at Trump Rallies
"As is the case virtually every day, Donald Trump is showing the American people that he is a pathological liar. Obviously, while I appreciate that we had supporters at Trump's rally in Chicago, our campaign did not organize the protests.
Sunday, March 6, 2016(2 comments)
America's Radical Transformation From a GM Economy to a Wal-Mart Economy
Throughout my political career I have stood with workers and demanded that corporate America invest in this country. Secretary Clinton's position has been very different. Not only did she support the North American Free Trade Agreement and special trade status with China, she also supported disastrous trade deals with Vietnam, Colombia and Panama. Enough is enough!
Friday, March 4, 2016(7 comments)
Sanders Response to Clinton's Speech on Jobs
The American people are sick and tired of establishment politicians who promise to create manufacturing jobs during campaign season, but support trade policies that make it easier to outsource these jobs the day after they get elected.
If Secty Clinton really supported manufacturing jobs she would have joined me on the picket lines against the North American Free Trade Agreement. Instead, she said that "NAFTA is proving i
Wednesday, January 6, 2016(2 comments)
Reforming Wall Street-- Breaking Up Big Banks, Making Ratings Agencies Non-Profit
The American people are catching on. They understand that there is something profoundly wrong when, in our country today, the top one-tenth of 1 percent owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent. They understand that something is profoundly wrong when the 20 richest people in our country own more wealth than the bottom half of the American population -- 150 million people. They know that the system is rigged
Monday, January 4, 2016 Rejecting the influence of billionaires on politics
The economic and political systems of this country are stacked against ordinary Americans. The rich get richer and use their wealth to buy elections, and I believe that we cannot change this corrupt system by taking its money. If we're serious about creating jobs, health care for all, climate change, and the needs of our children and the elderly, we must be serious about campaign finance reform.
Thursday, December 24, 2015(8 comments)
Single-Payer Health Care For All
It is a national disgrace that the United States is the only major country that does not guarantee health care to all people as a right. Today, 29 million of our sisters and brothers are without care. Not only are deductibles rising, but the cost of prescription drugs is skyrocketing as well. There is a major crisis in primary health care in the United States.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015(6 comments)
To Rein In Wall Street, Fix the Fed
To rein in Wall Street, we should begin by reforming the Federal Reserve, which oversees financial institutions and which uses monetary policy to maintain price stability and full employment. Unfortunately, an institution that was created to serve all Americans has been hijacked by the very bankers it regulates.
Saturday, November 21, 2015(1 comments)
Sanders Calls Criminal Justice Reform the 'Civil Rights Issue of the Century'
Bernie Sanders on Saturday called criminal justice reform the "civil rights issue of the 21st century" and detailed a series of reforms needed in a nation where more inmates are behind bars than any other country and a disproportionate number of prisoners are minorities.
Thursday, November 5, 2015(86 comments)
Bad Trade Deal 'Worse Than I Thought
Sen. Bernie Sanders issued the following statement today after the text of a proposed 12-nation trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, was made public:
"Now that the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership has finally been released, it is even worse than I thought. It is clear to me that the proposed agreement is not, nor has it ever been, the gold standard of trade agreements.
Friday, September 25, 2015(7 comments)
Why we must listen to Pope Francis
From the moment he was elected, Pope Francis immediately let it be known that he would be a different kind of pope, a different kind of religious leader. He forces us to address some of the major issues facing humanity: war, income and wealth inequality, poverty, unemployment, greed, the death penalty and other issues that too many prefer to ignore.
Saturday, September 19, 2015(3 comments)
Watch Bernie Sanders Speak on Morality and Justice at Liberty University
I spoke at Liberty University because I believe that it is important for those with different views in our country to engage in civil discourse -- not just to shout at each other or make fun of each other.
It is very easy for those in politics to talk to those who agree with us -- and I do that every day. It is harder, but not less important, to try and communicate with those who do not agree with us.
Thursday, September 10, 2015(1 comments)
War Should Be the Last Option: Why I Support the Iran Nuclear Deal
If Iran moves toward a nuclear weapon, all available options remain on the table. I think it is incumbent upon us, however, to give the negotiated agreement a chance to succeed, and it is for these reasons that I will support the agreement.
Monday, August 17, 2015(1 comments)
If current trends continue, one in four black males born today can expect to spend time in prison during their lifetime. Blacks are imprisoned at six times the rate of whites and a report by the Department of Justice found that blacks were three times more likely to be searched during a traffic stop, compared to white motorists.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015(1 comments)
There's only one right answer on Keystone XL: NO
Stopping the Keystone XL pipeline is not the only thing we must do to address climate change. Ultimately, we need to leave all fossil fuels in the ground and move to a 100 percent renewable energy economy. That's why I also oppose oil drilling in the Arctic, support the fossil fuel divestment movement, and have sponsored legislation in Congress to bring solar energy to ten million rooftops in America.
Thursday, August 6, 2015 The Fight for Voting Rights Is Our Fight Today
The billionaire class does not want Americans to vote. Billions of dollars are being funneled into our elections in a form of legalized bribery, even as American voters -- especially minority voters -- are being discouraged from voting. It is no wonder that government no longer works for ordinary Americans.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015(2 comments)
Remarks by Senator Sanders at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference
People are sick and tired with establishment politics, with establishment economics and with establishment media. They're sick of being told they don't matter. They fully understand that corporate greed is destroying our economy, that American politics is now dominated by a handful of billionaires and that much of the corporate media is prepared to discuss everything except the most important issues facing our country.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015(13 comments)
End Austerity for Greece
Tragically, Germany and other European creditors are trying to squeeze blood out of a stone. Instead of providing an agreement with Greece that allows its economy to grow and create jobs, generate more tax revenue and eventually pay back their debt, Greek creditors have insisted upon even greater austerity: cutting jobs, making deeper pension cuts, increasing regressive taxation and privatizing important parts...
Wednesday, July 1, 2015(4 comments)
We must send a simple message to the billionaire class: You can't have it all. They will argue, of course. So will the politicians who serve them. They will insist that we can't do better, that we can't have the same basic rights as citizens of other countries. It's time to ask them, and ourselves, a simple but very important question: Why not?
Thursday, June 11, 2015(7 comments)
Sanders Announces Family Values Agenda
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today outlined a family values agenda, a package of legislation to provide paid family and medical leave, paid sick leave and paid vacation.
"When you look at what other wealthy countries are doing, what you find is that the United States of America is the only advanced economy that does not guarantee its workers
Friday, May 22, 2015(1 comments)
The TPP Must Be Defeated
Congress is now debating fast track legislation that will pave the way for the disastrous Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) unfettered free trade agreement. At a time when our middle class is disappearing and the gap between the very rich and everyone else is growing wider, this anti-worker legislation must be defeated. Here are four reasons why.
Saturday, May 9, 2015(9 comments)
Bernie Sanders: It's Time To End Orwellian Surveillance of Every American
I welcome a federal appeals court ruling that the National Security Agency does not have the legal authority to collect and store data on all U.S. telephone calls. Now Congress should rewrite the expiring eavesdropping provision in the so-called USA Patriot Act and include strong new limits to protect the privacy and civil liberties of the American people.
Monday, April 6, 2015(2 comments)
This Country Belongs to All of Us, Not Just the Billionaire Class
As the rich become much richer, the level of income and wealth inequality has reached obscene and unimaginable levels. In the United States, we have the most unequal level of wealth and income distribution of any major country on earth, and worse now than at any other time since the 1920s.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015(8 comments)
Sanders Statement on Republican Budget Plan
The best thing we can do in a budget is to move to a full employment economy with jobs that are paying workers a living wage. When we do that, by investing in infrastructure, by investing in education, by investing in research and development, we not only improve the lives of our people, but we also lower our deficits and lower our national debt.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 Senator Sanders Statement on Prime Minister Netanyahu's Speech to Congress
In a statement after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today renewed his support for diplomatic efforts by the United States and other world powers to negotiate an agreement to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015(10 comments)
The pro-worker, pro-growth experiment in Greece is under threat
Greek voters finally rejected the old political order and looked for a new party to restore dignity and economic viability to their tiny nation-state -- and empowered a progressive coalition government led by Syriza that is pro-Europe, pro-America and determined to save their country. Syriza and the EU coalition must work toward a compromise that promotes economic growth for all Europeans.
Monday, February 9, 2015(73 comments)
American's Real Struggle-- Against Billionaire Oligarchy
The real struggle is whether we can prevent this country from moving to an oligarchic form of society in which virtually all economic and political power rests with a handful of billionaires. And that's a struggle we must win.
Thursday, February 5, 2015(4 comments)
We Need A Pro-Worker, Anti-Austerity Agenda
Real unemployment is not 5.6 percent -- including those people who have given up looking for work or people who are working part time when they want to work full time -- it is over 11 percent. Youth unemployment -- something we almost never talk about in this country -- is a horrendous 17 percent, and African-American youth unemployment is over 30 percent. It is totally unacceptable.
Saturday, January 24, 2015(3 comments)
The Koch Brothers Primary
Potential Republican presidential candidates are hobnobbing this weekend with politically potent billionaires at an invitation-only gathering in Palm Springs, California, that U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and others have called "the Koch brothers primary."
Friday, January 23, 2015 Five Years After Citizens United, Billionaires Are Buying Democracy
Our country cannot tolerate domination by the Koch brothers, the Sheldon Adelsons, the U.S. Chambers of Commerce and their friends, and we will not. Five years after Citizens United, our democracy is weaker, but our democracy movement is stronger than anyone could have predicted.
Saturday, January 3, 2015(11 comments)
The Trans-Pacific Trade (TPP) Agreement Must Be Defeated
The TPP follows in the footsteps of other unfettered free trade agreements like NAFTA, CAFTA and the Permanent Normalized Trade Agreement with China (PNTR). These treaties have forced American workers to compete against desperate and low-wage labor around the world. The result has been massive job losses in the United States and the shutting down of tens of thousands of factories.
Tuesday, December 30, 2014(3 comments)
Voice your opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a disastrous trade agreement designed to protect the interests of the largest multi-national corporations at the expense of workers, consumers, the environment and the foundations of American democracy. It will also negatively impact some of the poorest people in the world.
Petition: Another Trade Deal 'Disaster'
Tuesday, December 30, 2014(17 comments)
Bernie Sanders: Fight for Our Progressive Vision
As I look ahead to this coming year, a number of thoughts come to mind. First and foremost, against an enormous amount of corporate media noise and distraction, it is imperative that we not lose sight of what is most important and the vision that we stand for. We have got to stay focused on those issues that impact the lives of tens of millions of Americans who struggle every day to keep their heads above water economically,
Tuesday, December 2, 2014(4 comments)
An Economic Agenda for America: 12 Steps Forward
The long-term deterioration of the middle class, accelerated by the Wall Street crash of 2008, has not been pretty. Today, we have more wealth and income inequality than any major country on earth....
Thursday, September 11, 2014(13 comments)
A Progressive Estate Tax
Unless we reduce skyrocketing wealth and income inequality, unless we end the ability of the super-rich to buy elections, the United States will be well on its way toward becoming an oligarchic form of society where almost all power rests with the billionaire class. The net worth of the top 400 billionaires in this country has doubled over the past decade.
Saturday, September 6, 2014(12 comments)
At AFL-CIO Convention, Sanders Proposes Wealth Tax
With the wealth gap in the United States growing and greater already than in any other major country, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders today called for a progressive estate tax on multi-millionaires and billionaires.
"A nation will not survive morally or economically when so few have so much while so many have so little. We need a tax system which asks the billionaire class to pay its fair share of taxes..."
Friday, September 5, 2014(1 comments)
The Blue State/ Red State Analysis of American Politics Has Never Made Sense
Last week, I visited NC, SC and MS I spoke to large crowds and had the opportunity to meet with some terrific organizers who are helping to lead the struggle for economic and social justice in their communities.
To me, the blue state/red state analysis of American politics has never made sense. In every state in our country, the vast majority are working people struggling to keep their heads above water economically
Friday, August 15, 2014(29 comments)
Let's Stand Together
What happens politically and in elections impacts the future of our country in a very big way. Elections have consequences and will determine whether the jobs in our country pay a living wage, whether women have pay equity, whether all Americans have health care, and whether we transform our energy system away from fossil fuels. If we stand together and fight for the interests of ALL Americans, we win.
Thursday, April 24, 2014 Bernie Sanders Statement on Net Neutrality
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement today in response to a Federal Communications Commission proposal to let companies pay for faster delivery over the Internet:
Thursday, April 17, 2014(31 comments)
Who are the Koch brothers and what do they want?
As a result of the disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court decision, billionaires and large corporations can now spend an unlimited amount of money to influence the political process. The results of that decision are clear.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014(5 comments)
High Court Gives Big Money More Say in Campaigns
To equate the ability of billionaires to buy elections with ‘freedom of speech’ is totally absurd. The Supreme Court is paving the way toward an oligarchic form of society in which a handful of billionaires like the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson will control our political process.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014(16 comments)
Democracy vs. Oligarchy
The great political struggle we now face is whether the United States retains its democratic heritage or whether we move toward an oligarchic form of society where the real political power rests with a handful of billionaires, not ordinary Americans.
Monday, March 10, 2014 Save the Postal Service
The U.S. Postal Service is one of our most popular and important government agencies. It provides universal service six days a week to every corner of America, no matter how small or remote. It supports millions of jobs in virtually every other sector of our economy. It provides decent-paying union jobs to some 500,000 Americans, and it is the largest employer of veterans.