Sanders welcomes decision to save Saturday mail

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today welcomed a U.S. Postal Service decision to shelve a plan to end Saturday mail delivery.

Sanders statement on Obama budget

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) – chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, a member of the Senate Budget Committee and the founder of the Senate Defending Social Security Caucus – issued the following statement today on President Barack Obama’s proposed 2014 budget.

Sanders, Sherman propose legislation to break up big banks

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today introduced legislation to break up banks that have grown so big that the Justice Department fears the financial system would be put at risk if criminal charges were filed. Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) proposed a companion bill in the House.

Sanders statement on Obama cuts in Social Security, veterans benefits

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today issued the following statement on President Obama’s proposal to cut benefits for Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and others.

Leahy, Sanders, Welch and Shumlin: $1.6 M. disaster grant will help prevent digital isolation In future disasters

U.S. Sens. Patrick Leahy, Bernie Sanders, Congressman Peter Welch, and Governor Peter Shumlin announced Friday that the U.S. Department of Economic Development (EDA) has awarded the Vermont telecommunications Authority (VTA) a $1.6 million grant to help deploy disaster resilient cellular and broadband services to towns impacted by Irene and other 2011 flooding. The

Sanders, Weinberger highlight first use of innovative energy efficiency program

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today recognized the first business to participate in an innovative financing program that helps pay for energy efficiency improvements. Authorized by a Sanders provision in a 2011 appropriations bill, a $1 million grant to the Burlington Electric Department helped launch the on-bill financing program, which helps businesses pay for energy efficient technologies with the savings from reduced utility bills. Burlington Electric matched the $1 million federal grant with another $1 million – providing further incentives to lower the cost of efficiency projects.

Leahy, Sanders, Welch, Shumlin: Vermont to receive nearly $18M in federal community development funds for Irene repairs

In one of the largest single grants to the state to help after Tropical Storm Irene, Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I), Congressman Peter Welch (D) and Governor Peter Shumlin (D) Wednesday announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is releasing $17,932,000 in community rebuilding funds to Vermont from a disaster relief appropriations bill passed by Congress and signed by the President in January.

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.

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