Sanders bill would break up big banks

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said today he will introduce legislation to break up banks that have grown so big that the Justice Department has not pursued prosecutions for fear an indictment would harm the financial system.

Sanders to Postmaster General: Postal service must keep Saturday mail

Citing a legal opinion by the Government Accountability Office, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today called on Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to withdraw his plan to stop Saturday mail delivery.

Seawright: Energy policies need to take new research into account

A reading of current research suggests that Vermont’s leaders should promote adaptive as well as mitigation responses to climate change.

Senators call for greater Pentagon, VA cooperation on claims backlog

The Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs today urged Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to help the Department of Veterans Affairs curb a growing backlog of claims for disability benefits.

Sanders amendment blocks measure tying Social Security benefits to “chained consumer price index”

A chained CPI would cut Social Security benefits for average senior citizens who are 65 by more than $650 a year by the time they are 75 years old, and by more than $1,000 once they reach 85.

Sanders amendment to Older Americans Act is approved

Older Americans Act programs provide basic necessities such as meals, caregiver support, job training and placement, legal services, and protection from abuse and neglect in nursing homes. The programs are needed now more than ever with the older adult population of the United States rapidly expanding and 10,000 Baby Boomers turning 65 every day.

Senate hearing focuses on veterans suicides

A Senate panel today examined Department of Veterans Affairs efforts to provide mental health counseling for veterans who are committing suicides at a rate of more than 8,000 a year.

Statement of Sen. Bernie Sanders on VA Mental Health Care – Ensuring Timely Access to High-Quality Care

Statement of Senator Bernie Sanders, Chairman Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs — VA Mental Health Care – Ensuring Timely Access to High-Quality Care

Senate Budget Committee adopts Sanders amendment on corporate tax evasion

About one out of four large, profitable corporations now pay nothing in federal income taxes.

Sanders, Reid, DeFazio introduce legislation to strengthen Social Security

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today introduced legislation cosponsored by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to strengthen Social Security by making the wealthiest Americans pay the same payroll tax that nearly everyone else already pays.

Darren Springer named new Public Service Department deputy commissioner

Darren Springer, chief counsel for Sen. Bernie Sanders, will take over as the Public Service Department’s new deputy commissioner, said Chriss Recchia, commissioner of the department, on Thursday.

‘Take Care of Our Heroes,’ VFW commander says

Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today asked the national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars about a proposal to cut benefits for disabled veterans and their survivors.

Sanders: Budget must close tax loopholes

Sen. Bernie Sanders, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, said today he is working with the committee on a 10-year budget which would create jobs, lower the deficit and protect working families and the most vulnerable people in our society.

Chairman Sanders addresses American Legion

Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told the American Legion today that he is “deeply troubled” by unacceptable backlogs in processing veterans’ disability claims.

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