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Sanders’ legislation would cut off government contracts for corporate deserters

As more and more giant American corporations try to dodge U.S. taxes by moving overseas, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today announced legislation to ban those businesses from receiving lucrative U.S. government contracts.

Vermont senators honor Gov. Phil Hoff

In joint remarks before the U.S. Senate today, Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) honored former Vermont Gov. Phil Hoff, who just turned 90 years old.

Sanders’ legislation would cut off government contracts for ‘corporate deserters’

News Release — Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. July 18, 2014 WASHINGTON – As more and more giant American corporations try to dodge U.S. taxes by moving overseas, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today announced legislation to ban those businesses from receiving lucrative U.S. government contracts. Sanders said that he will file an amendment to a Department […]

Vermont senators honor Gov. Phil Hoff

News Release — Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. July 17, 2014 WASHINGTON – In joint remarks before the U.S. Senate today, Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) honored former Vermont Gov. Phil Hoff, who just turned 90 years old. Hoff served three terms as governor. First elected in 1962, he […]

Medical mistakes are third leading cause of death in U.S., Senate panel told

News Release — Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. July 17, 2014 WASHINGTON – Preventable medical errors in hospitals are the third leading cause of death in the United States, a Senate panel was told today. Only heart disease and cancer kill more Americans. “Medical harm is a major cause of suffering, disability, and death – as […]

VA details health care needs

News Release — Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. July 16, 2014 WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs needs $17.6 billion to hire 10,000 doctors, nurses and other health care providers and make other reforms in order to meet the needs of a growing number of veterans and reduce long waiting times for health care, Acting […]

Sanders’ opening statement; VA Acting Secretary Gibson’s prepared testimony on VA health care

We look forward to hearing from Mr. Sloan Gibson, Acting Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, who will discuss with us what he has been doing in the last six weeks since he assumed that position, and what he sees as the major challenges facing VA in the future.

Hundreds of thousands speak out for net neutrality as public comment deadline nears

Ahead of a deadline today for public comment on a Federal Communications Commission proposal to end net neutrality, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said the FCC rule change “would be a boon to the largest corporations in America and a blow to small businesses and start-up entrepreneurs.”

Sanders’ statement on meeting with VA nominee Robert McDonald

Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement today after meeting on Tuesday with Robert McDonald, President Barack Obama’s nominee to be secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs:

$100M in Vermont highway projects stalled

Agency of Transportation worker

The highway trust fund is running out of money and Congress is wrangling over a bailout. If the money doesn’t come through by Aug. 1, Vermont will have to cut 38 construction projects this year.

Supreme Court union ruling ripples in Vermont

The United State Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. Creative Commons photo

A similar clause in a Vermont union contract with the state is premised on the same notion that the federal court just ruled unconstitutional.

Sanders comments on choice of new VA secretary

President Barack Obama is expected to nominate former CEO of Procter & Gamble Robert McDonald to serve as secretary of Veterans Affairs, The New York Times and others report. McDonald will replace Eric Shinseki, who resigned following a scandal involving long wait times in the treatment of veterans at several VA hospitals. Sen. Bernie Sanders, […]

Video: Sanders tries out his stump speech on Vermont Democrats

Sen. Bernie Sanders. Photo by Anne Galloway

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., seen by some as a potential candidate for president in 2016, warmed up the crowd at a Democratic fundraiser Friday night: “There is more income wealth inequality than any major country on Earth.”

Analysis: One party rule?

Gov. Peter Shumlin gives a speech at the Curtis Awards dinner in Essex on June 20, 2014. Photo by Anne Galloway

A Friday night political fete showcased the power of the Vermont Democratic Party. The Dems appear to have it all — deep pockets, a deep bench, a galvanizing message and an experienced party machine — and buy-in from many of their former rivals in the Progressive Party. The next morning, at a state committee meeting the Vermont GOP salved its wounds and attempted to overcome a paralyzing crisis of confidence.

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