Sanders amendment would help young American workers, stop abuse of foreign students

*+-As the Senate resumes consideration of an immigration reform bill this week, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today proposed an amendment to stop employers from using a cultural exchange program to exploit foreign college students and take jobs away from young American workers.

Sanders proposes limits on surveillance

*+-News Release — Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. June 14, 2013 WASHINGTON -– Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced legislation to put strict limits on sweeping powers used by the National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation to secretly track telephone calls by millions of innocent Americans who are not suspected of any wrongdoing. “We must […]

VA ‘at a tipping point’ as claims backlog begins to shrink, Senate panel is told

*+-Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) welcomed assurances today that the Department of Veterans Affairs has made “significant progress” and is “at a tipping point” in reducing a massive backlog of claims for disability benefits.

Leahy, Sanders, Welch respond to NSA data collecting

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

*+-Sen. Patrick Leahy is seeking to use the leaks to drum up support for another of his digital privacy initiatives — an update to the decades-old Electronic Communications Privacy Act.

Sanders to propose youth jobs bill

*+-With new unemployment numbers for May showing that the jobless rate for young people remains extremely high, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced today that he will introduce legislation this week to help young people find work.

Senate Veterans’ panel to consider legislation for sex abuse victims in the military

*+-News Release — Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. June 5, 2013 WASHINGTON -– With the Pentagon embroiled in criticism over its handling of sexual assault cases, Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Bernie Sanders said today that he will remain steadfast in his commitment to ensure that veterans who suffered military sexual trauma during service are […]

Sanders: Immigration bill needs improvement

*+-News Release — Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. June 4, 2013 WASHINGTON – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today congratulated the Senate Judiciary Committee for drafting an immigration reform bill that would provide a path to citizenship for 11 million immigrants in the United States and help their children become citizens. He also supported provisions in the […]

VDP Chair Dottie Deans reacts to the Curtis Awards

*+-On Friday, the Vermont Democratic Party held its 14th Annual David W. Curtis Leadership Awards Dinner. Several hundred Vermonters came to see keynote speaker, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen speak, as well as U.S Senator Patrick Leahy, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, Congressman Peter Welch, and Governor Shumlin.

Keelan: Bernie’s tonic for happiness

*+-According to an article on Danish politics in the Economist, trouble is brewing in “happy land,” big trouble. Not unlike some other countries in Europe — the cost of Denmark’s socialism is becoming too much to pay for.

Sanders issues statement on Social Security Trust Fund report

*+-News Release — Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. May 31, 2013 BURLINGTON – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a Senate Budget Committee member and founder of the Defending Social Security Caucus, issued the following statement after Social Security trustees today released their annual report on the retirement system’s finances: “The report from the Social Security trustees […]

U.S. Senate overwhelmingly rejected Sanders’ proposal to label GMO foods

*+-The Vermont House of Representatives was the first legislative body in the nation to move ahead with a proposal requiring the labeling of all genetically engineered foods this spring, and a number of other states are considering labeling legislation, but it looks like a congressional mandate could be a long way off. Monsanto, a company […]

WashPo Wonkblog interview with Sanders: Corporations are hiring cheap foreign labor at the expense of American workers

*+-Washington Post reporter Dylan Matthews interviews Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., about why he has qualms about the new immigration bill. Sanders says he supports immigration reform, but he’s skeptical about corporations clamoring for an expansion of guest worker programs at the expense of American workers. The immigration bill would significantly increase the number of H2B […]

Sanders: Let states require GMO food labels

*+-News Release — Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. May 22, 2013 WASHINGTON – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today proposed an amendment to the farm bill that would let Vermont and other states require clear labels on any food or beverage containing ingredients that have been genetically modified. “All over this country, people are becoming more conscious […]

Sanders calls for gas price probe, emergency action by oil market regulators

*+-News Release — Sen. Bernie Sanders May 21, 2013 WASHINGTON – With gasoline prices rising rapidly, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today proposed an amendment to make U.S. federal regulators follow the lead of Europeans and investigate oil and fuel price manipulation. Sanders also proposed a 30-day deadline for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to use […]

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