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Welch urges FairPoint back to bargaining table

Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., has written a letter to the CEO of FairPoint Communications, urging him to “promptly” reach a settlement with striking workers. “I strongly urge you to return to the bargaining table in good faith and find common ground with the working men and women of your company,” Welch wrote in a short […]

Sanders urges FairPoint to return to the bargaining table

Dennis Barr (left), Lisa LeFebvre-Barr and Matt Orr picket outside FairPoint Communication's central office in Montpelier on Friday, joined by LeFebvre-Barr's mutt Spike. The three are going without pay to protest the company's imposed compensation package. Photo by Hilary Niles/

Over 2,000 employees in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine went on strike Oct. 17 after contract negotiations with the communications employer broke down.

Margaret Newton: Medicare is safe no matter Nov. 4 outcome

We Medicare beneficiaries have nothing to fear.The state of Vermont cannot administer its program.

Sanders visits Dartmouth to urge votes against GOP

Dartmouth graduate student Farah Salam, of Wallingford, Connecticut, speaks with U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., after Sanders spoke on campus in Hanover, N.H., on Oct. 23, 2014, to a group of students and supporters. Photo by Sarah Priestap/Valley News

Sanders said he is trying to gauge the level of support that could be leveraged for a national Sanders campaign.

Sanders reacts to Social Security adjustment

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, said he is “disappointed” by today’s announcement of only a 1.7 percent increase in the cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security beneficiaries and disabled veterans.

U.S. Energy Department awards $3 million in solar energy grants to Vermont companies

Vermont’s congressional delegation – Sens. Patrick Leahy (D) and Bernie Sanders (I) and Rep. Peter Welch (D) – announced today that the U.S. Department of Energy awarded more than $3 million in grants to two Vermont companies to help make solar energy more affordable and accessible.

VA to offer GI Bill scholarships for surviving spouses

U.S. Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced today that the Department of Veterans Affairs will begin accepting applications for college scholarships for surviving spouses of service members who died in the line of duty.

Sanders steps into Chevron-Richmond, Calif., battle

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is stepping into a battle in Richmond, California, where the oil giant Chevron has sunk at least $3 million into a municipal election that pits anti-Chevron candidates for mayor and city council against candidates backed by the owner of a giant petroleum refinery in the Bay Area city.

Vermont receives $17.2 million in home heating assistance

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.) — who have long championed the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) — Thursday announced $17,252,695 in federal home heating assistance to Vermont.

Sanders, Cummings: Act now on ‘staggering’ generic drug price increases

News Release — Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. Oct. 16, 2014 WASHINGTON – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) today called on the Obama administration to address “staggering increases” in generic drug prices. “The federal government must act immediately and aggressively to address the increasing costs of these drugs,” Sanders and Cummings […]

VA chief sees critical shortage in providers

Sen. Bernie Sanders (left), I-Vt., the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman,  and Robert A. McDonald, secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, listen to questions during a media availability after a meeting with medical students and professionals at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., about new recruitment for health care positions at VA hospitals nationwide on Oct. 13, 2014. Photo by Ariana van den Akker/Valley News

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald joined Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday to stress the need for more doctors and nurses for the VA.

Don’t let billionaires buy Senate, Sanders tells labor convention

News Release — Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. Oct. 15, 2014 LAS VEGAS – Speaking at a labor union convention here today, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said the future of American democracy is at stake. “We are not living in a democracy when 60 percent of Americans are not voting, while billionaires like the Koch Brothers […]

Sanders, VA Secretary McDonald urge medical students to care for veterans

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert A. McDonald met with medical students at the University of Vermont today as part of a recruiting drive to bring more doctors, nurses and other health care professionals into the VA.

Sanders calls for Arab Nations to step up fight against Islamic state

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said today that the challenge posed by the self-styled Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is not only an American issue, but a regional and international issue.

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