U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Chair of the Senate Budget Committee, is the longest-serving independent in congressional history.

Vermont/DC
Joined April 2009
Afghanistan is facing a humanitarian catastrophe. I urge the Biden administration to immediately release billions in frozen Afghan government funds to help avert this crisis, and prevent the death of millions of people.
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Since June of last year, 17 states have enacted 28 new laws that restrict voting access. Let's be clear. If we are serious about calling ourselves a democracy, we must make it easier for people to vote – not harder.
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As the voting rights bill finally comes to the floor of the Senate, there is only one vote which will really matter. Will 50 Democrats vote to override the filibuster, protect American democracy and pass the bill, or will Manchin and Sinema vote with the GOP and let the bill die?
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As we celebrate the extraordinary life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., let us not just celebrate the man, but remember the values and vision that motivated him.
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Let us stop the voter suppression and allow people to fully participate in our democracy.
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Let us invest in jobs and education, not jails and incarceration.
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Let us realize that a great nation is judged not by the size of its military budget, but how it treats its weakest and most vulnerable citizens.
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Let us guarantee health care as a right for every man, woman and child in this country.
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Let us have, as Dr. King stated, a “better distribution of wealth within this country for all of God’s children."
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Tax the billionaires. Invest in the working class.
Billionaires added $5 trillion to their fortunes during the pandemic, according to Oxfam, exacerbating economic inequality as the pandemic pushed millions of people around the world into poverty cnn.it/3FGfu4g
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We must utilize the Defense Production Act to produce and deliver high-quality, N95 masks to every person in this country.
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This is what the undermining of American democracy looks like. This is what is taking place all across the country. This is why it is an outrage that two Democratic senators have joined Republicans in refusing to pass the Freedom to Vote bill.
Election officials in Texas reject hundreds of ballot applications under state’s new voting restrictions wapo.st/3A8UvWA
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It is a sad day when two members of the Democratic Caucus are prepared to allow the Freedom to Vote Act to fail and undermine the future of American democracy. I hope very much they will reconsider their positions.
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We must have the courage to take on the greed of billionaire CEOs and their lobbyists.
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Instead of providing the kind of wages and benefits that the workers need, Warrior Met has made a totally unsatisfactory offer. Mr. Fink must tell the company’s executives to sit down and negotiate a fair contract now.
Sens. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Tammy Baldwin urged BlackRock CEO Larry Fink to intervene in a strike at a coal company partially owned by the Wall Street firm cnb.cx/3trFayQ
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Millions of people are hurting. They are struggling to put food on the table for their kids. Meanwhile, the rich are better off than they have ever been. That is the economic reality facing this country right now.
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This is a terrible time. But to throw our hands up in despair is not going to solve the problem. We must work together to get out of the crises we face.
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Bernie Sanders retweeted
“The truth of the matter is, a mask is not a mask. An N95 mask is far, far more effective in protecting the individual and also stopping the spread of the virus to other individuals.” @SenSanders on CDC’s mask recommendations and what he is proposing in mask legislation.
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“Which side are you on?” It is a simple yet profound political question. Is the Democratic Party prepared to stand on the side of struggling working families?
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