Congressional delegation: Fiscal cliff deal is a step, but long way from “grand bargain”

Rep. Peter Welch, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Patrick Leahy got together Monday to talk about the farm bill passed through the house in June. VTD Photo/Taylor Dobbs

“This was a made-in-Congress crisis imposed on everyone by factional obstructionism in the House,” Leahy said.

Sanders to chair Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today was named chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

Southern Vermont receives $470,000 to bolster long-term recovery efforts following Irene

The Windham Regional Commission and the Bennington County Regional Commission will receive $470,000 in Economic Development Administration (EDA) funds to bolster long-term recovery efforts in southern Vermont following Tropical Storm Irene, Vermont’s congressional delegation announced today.

AARP warns seniors could suffer from fiscal cliff cuts


The AARP says that 91,000 senior Vermonters now receive Social Security benefits averaging $14,000 per year, and that reformulating cost of living adjustments would cut about $270 million in Social Security benefits to Vermonters over the next 10 years.

Keelan: Bernie, give the funds away

My observation, is that the scope of the nonprofit mission, is not commensurate with the financial capital that is required to adequately execute their mission. And it is here where Bernie could be of great help.

Sanders to GOP: Don’t cut benefits for disabled veterans

In an address today at the National Press Club, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said a proposal floated by congressional Republicans would slash benefits for disabled veterans.

Sanders praises Geithner for decision to keep Social Security off the table in deficit negotiations

Sanders: “This is good news for more than 55 million Americans who have earned Social Security benefits today and every working American who will receive Social Security benefits in the future.”

Senate adds anti-fraud amendment to Defense bill

The Senate today agreed to make the Pentagon compile annual reports on contracting fraud. The provision by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was added to a Department of Defense authorization bill.

Sanders applauds White House for taking Social Security off the table in deficit talks

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today welcomed White House assurances that Social Security benefits won’t be cut as part of negotiations on a year-end deficit-reduction deal.

Veterans Affairs to open new outpatient clinic in Burlington


The new clinic will be more than 16,000 square feet — larger than twice the size of the current facility.

Sanders: Congress must address deficit fairly

These are tough times for our country, and I promise to continue working as hard as I can to address the very serious crises that we face.

Sanders and Welch outline priorities for surviving the “fiscal cliff”


If no deal can be reached, deep spending cuts identified during a 2011 debate over raising the debt ceiling will begin to go into effect in January.

Sanders: Don’t cut veterans’ benefits

In advance of Veterans Day, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) led a drive by more than 50 veterans and seniors organizations to block significant benefit cuts.

Margolis: True blue in the Green Mountain State

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Vermonters may have been unusually Democratic this week, but no state is an island, and Vermont voters were in tune with their neighbors in New England.

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