Senators seek USDA support for dairy farmers

As dairy farmers struggle to cope with rising production costs driven up during this summer’s severe drought, a bipartisan group of senators from leading dairy states today asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to review the floor price for raw milk.

Senators introduce bill to reauthorize the Older Americans Act

Comprehensive legislation was introduced today in the Senate to reauthorize and expand the Older Americans Act, the landmark law that supports Meals on Wheels and other essential programs for seniors.

Sanders at Plainfield Community Health Center welcomes primary health care growth in Vermont

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today participated in a dedication ceremony for a $1.2 million expansion of the Plainfield Health Center.

Leahy, Welch, Sanders push for stopgap patch for the dairy safety net until new Farm Bill is enacted

With hopes rapidly fading for a new Farm Bill before the current one expires at the end of September, dairy policy leaders in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House — led by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and joined by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) — are pushing for a temporary fix for the dairy safety net until the new dairy program that is included in both the Senate and House versions of the Farm Bill becomes law and can be put in place by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Vermont clergyman to deliver opening prayer for Senate

The Rev. Marcel Rainville will serve as the guest chaplain and deliver the daily prayer opening Thursday’s session of the Senate. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) recommended Father Rainville for the honor of serving as a guest chaplain.

Sanders “confronts” critics of Social Security at St. Anselm’s College

Sanders took on the self-styled “Comeback America Initiative” as the group – bankrolled by Wall Street millionaires and billionaires – began a series of town meetings on federal budget deficits at St. Anselm’s College.

Sanders welcomes Obama support for amendment to undo Citizens United

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today welcomed President Barack Obama’s statement in support of a constitutional amendment to undo the 2010 Supreme Court ruling inCitizens United that paved the way for a flood of campaign cash from corporations and wealthy special interests.

Sanders says “Vermont at its best” in days after Tropical Storm Irene

“I was deeply moved by the compassion and good will that Vermonters extended to friends and neighbors – as well as to complete strangers – who were stricken by the disaster.”

Sanders, EPA chief tour Vermont National Guard solar installation

In the last three months, the solar project has generated 681 megawatt hours of electricity, over 11 percent more than expected. During the same three-month period, the Guard saved more than $82,000 on electric bills.

Smart grid helps Vermont save energy

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Vermont environmental leaders held a news conference today to discuss smart-grid technology that is making Vermont a national leader in developing a smarter, stronger, more efficient and reliable electric system.

As Social Security turns 77, the most successful program in American history is under fierce attack

“We are now in the midst of the fiercest and best-financed attack against Social Security in our lifetimes,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) warned today on the 77th anniversary of the most successful program in the modern history of the United States. “Hundreds of millions of dollars are now being spent to destroy Social Security and endanger the well-being of millions of Americans. We must not allow that effort to succeed.”

Northwestern Vermont gas prices focus of Senate hearing in Burlington

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Four distributors own nearly two-thirds of the region’s 185 filling stations. They have a right to profit, Sanders said, but “should not be ripping people off in these tough economic times.”

Sanders to hold field hearing on Vermont gas prices in Burlington on Monday

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today announced that the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a field hearing on Monday in Burlington, Vt., to explore gasoline prices in northwestern Vermont.

Bernie Sanders says Walmart heirs own more wealth than bottom 40 percent of Americans

Allegretto found that in 2007, the wealth held by the six Waltons was equal to that of the bottom 30.5 percent of families in the U.S. In 2010, the Waltons’ share equaled the entire bottom 41.5 percent of families.

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