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Blogger Profile: Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006 after serving 16 years in the House of Representatives. He is the longest serving independent member of Congress in American history. Born in Brooklyn, Bernie was the younger of two sons in a modest-income family. After graduation from the University of Chicago in 1964, he moved to the Green Mountain State. Early in his career, Sanders was director of the American People’s Historical Society. Elected Mayor of Burlington by 12 votes in 1981, he served four terms. Before his 1990 election as Vermont’s at-large member in Congress, Sanders lectured at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and at Hamilton College in upstate New York.

The Almanac of American Politics has called Sanders a “practical’ and “successful legislator.” He has focused on the shrinking middle class and widening income gap in America that is greater than at any time since the Great Depression. Other priorities include reversing global warming, universal health care, fair trade policies, supporting veterans and preserving family farms. He serves on five Senate committees: Budget; Veterans; Energy; Environment; and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Born: Sept. 8, 1941, New York, N.Y.

Bernie Sanders's Blogs

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Bernie Sanders

Senator (I-Vt.)

April 1st, 2014

Democracy vs. Oligarchy

In his 1943 painting "Freedom of Speech," Norman Rockwell illustrated American democracy in action by depicting a man speaking up at a town meeting. A framed poster of Rockwell's painting hangs proudly on a wall in my Senate office in Burlington, Vt.Since 1990, when I was first elected to Congress, ... continue reading

Bernie Sanders

Senator (I-Vt.)

December 30th, 2013

2014: Seize the Moment

The Congress has just ended one of the worst and least productive sessions in the history of our country. At a time when the problems facing us are monumental, Congress is dysfunctional and more and more people (especially the young) are, understandably, giving up on the political process.  The people ... continue reading

Bernie Sanders

Senator (I-Vt.)

October 28th, 2013

For a Budget That Is Both Morally and Economically Sound

As a member of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee, I am more than aware that a $17 trillion dollar national debt and a $700 billion deficit are serious problems that must be addressed.But I am also aware that real unemployment is close to 14 percent, that tens of millions of ... continue reading

Bernie Sanders

Senator (I-Vt.)

September 12th, 2013

The American People Have Spoken: No More War Abroad, More Jobs at Home

At a time of great political division in our country President Obama has found a remarkable way to unite Americans of all political persuasions -- conservatives, progressives and moderates.  With a loud and clear voice the overwhelming majority of the American people, across the political spectrum, are saying NO to ... continue reading

Bernie Sanders

Senator (I-Vt.)

August 12th, 2013

Four Questions for Fed Chair Candidates

By Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth WarrenThe decisions made by the next chair of the Federal Reserve will have a powerful impact on the economic well-being of every person in America. While the largest financial institutions and corporations in this country have been bailed out and are now back to making ... continue reading

Bernie Sanders

Senator (I-Vt.)

May 28th, 2013

What Can We Learn From Denmark?

Danish Ambassador Peter Taksoe-Jensen spent a weekend in Vermont this month traveling with me to town meetings in Burlington, Brattleboro and Montpelier. Large crowds came out to learn about a social system very different from our own which provides extraordinary security and opportunity for the people of Denmark.Today in the ... continue reading

Bernie Sanders

Senator (I-Vt.)

April 13th, 2013

The 'Hoax'

I support Gina McCarthy to be the next Environmental Protection Agency administrator. When her Senate confirmation hearing was held on Thursday, the debate among senators on the Environment and Public Works Committee wasn't really about her qualifications. It was about global warming. It was about whether or not we are ... continue reading

Bernie Sanders

Senator (I-Vt.)

April 3rd, 2013

Too Big to Jail?

We are supposed to be a country of laws. The laws should apply to Wall Street as well as everybody else. So I was stunned when our country's top law enforcement official recently suggested it might be difficult to prosecute financial institutions that commit crimes because it may destabilize the ... continue reading

Bernie Sanders

Senator (I-Vt.)

January 9th, 2013

The Soul of America

Despite such terminology as “fiscal cliff” and “debt ceiling,” the great debate taking place in Washington now has relatively little to do with financial issues.  It is all about ideology.  It is all about economic winners and losers in American society.  It is all about the power of Big Money.  ... continue reading

Bernie Sanders

Senator (I-Vt.)

November 19th, 2012

Stand with Working Families

The Democrats won a major victory on Election Day. Despite dozens of billionaires spending huge amounts of money to defeat President Barack Obama, he won a crushing victory in the Electoral College and received 3 million more votes than former Gov. Mitt Romney did nationally. Democrats won 25 of 33 ... continue reading

Bernie Sanders

Senator (I-Vt.)

September 29th, 2012

Let's Fight for a Progressive Agenda

There are two major economic and budgetary issues which Congress must address in the lame-duck session or soon afterward. First, how do we reverse the decline of the middle class and create the jobs that unemployed and underemployed workers desperately need? Second, how do we address the $1 trillion deficit ... continue reading

Bernie Sanders

Senator (I-Vt.)

August 14th, 2012

As Social Security Turns 77, the Most Successful Program in American History is Under Fierce Attack

In the 77 years since President Franklin Roosevelt signed Social Security into law on August 14, 1935, the retirement program has been one of the nation’s most successful anti-poverty programs. Before Social Security existed, about half of America’s senior citizens lived in poverty. Today, less than 10 percent live in ... continue reading

Bernie Sanders

Senator (I-Vt.)

July 25th, 2012

The Road to Oligarchy

The Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights held a hearing Tuesday on “Taking Back Our Democracy: Responding to Citizens United and the Rise of Super PACs” Here is Sen. Bernie Sanders’ testimony:   “Mr. Chairman, thank you for convening a hearing on ... continue reading

Bernie Sanders

Senator (I-Vt.)

June 27th, 2012

The American People Are Angry

The American people are angry.  They are angry that they are being forced to live through the worst recession in our lifetimes – with sky-high unemployment, with millions of people losing their homes and their life savings.  They are angry that they will not have a decent retirement, that they ... continue reading

Bernie Sanders

Senator (I-Vt.)

June 19th, 2012

Label Genetically Engineered Food

In 49 countries around the world, including all of Europe, people have the opportunity of knowing whether or not they are eating food which contains genetically engineered ingredients. In the United States, we don’t.  That is why I have introduced, along with Sen. Barbara Boxer, an amendment to the agriculture ... continue reading

Bernie Sanders

Senator (I-Vt.)

May 21st, 2012

Let’s End Polluter Welfare

At a time when we have a more than $15 trillion national debt, American taxpayers are set to give away over $110 billion dollars to the oil, gas, and coal industries over the next decade. Clearly, we cannot afford it. When the five largest oil companies made over $1 trillion ... continue reading

Bernie Sanders

Senator (I-Vt.)

April 30th, 2012

United Against the War on Women

The history of American democracy, to say the least, has been checkered. Our nation was founded at a time when people of African descent were held in bondage. After slavery was abolished, they were forced to endure legal discrimination for another 100 years. When our country was formed, women were ... continue reading

Bernie Sanders

Senator (I-Vt.)

April 16th, 2012

Stop the Nuclear Industry Welfare Program

By Sen. Bernie Sanders and Ryan Alexander This nation is facing a $15 trillion national debt, and there is no shortage of opinions about how to move toward deficit reduction in the federal budget. One topic you will not hear discussed very often on Capitol Hill is the idea of ... continue reading

Bernie Sanders

Senator (I-Vt.)

December 9th, 2011

Saving Our Democracy

The Constitution of this country has served us well, but when the Supreme Court says that attempts by the federal government and states to impose reasonable restrictions on campaign ads are unconstitutional, our democracy is in grave danger. That is why I have introduced a resolution in the Senate calling ... continue reading

Bernie Sanders

Senator (I-Vt.)

November 18th, 2011

Democrats, Stop Caving In

Here is something we all can agree on: Federal deficits are a serious problem. Here is something no one seriously disputes: Today's big deficits were caused mainly by big tax cuts for the wealthy, two unpaid-for wars, a horrible recession caused by Wall Street greed, and an expensive prescription drug ... continue reading

Bernie Sanders

Senator (I-Vt.)

November 10th, 2011

Tar sands oil and Keystone XL's dirty secret

Picture this: a large, multibillion dollar Canadian corporation comes to the president of the United States and wants to build a 1,700-mile oil pipeline from Canada all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. After reviewing the project, it becomes clear that instead of reducing America's reliance on oil from ... continue reading

Bernie Sanders

Senator (I-Vt.)

November 2nd, 2011

The Veil of Secrecy at the Fed Has Been Lifted, Now It's Time for Change

As a result of the greed, recklessness, and illegal behavior on Wall Street, the American people have experienced the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Millions of Americans, through no fault of their own, have lost their jobs, homes, life savings, and ability to send their kids to college. ... continue reading

Bernie Sanders

Senator (I-Vt.)

October 11th, 2011

Wall Street Protests

The Occupy Wall Street protests are shining a national spotlight on the most powerful, dangerous and secretive economic and political force in America. If this country is to break out of the horrendous recession and create the millions of jobs we desperately need, if we are going to create a ... continue reading

Bernie Sanders

Senator (I-Vt.)

October 8th, 2011

Rein in Wall Street and rescue the middle class

The protest movement called Occupy Wall Street has struck a nerve. The demonstrators' goals may be vague but their grievances are very real. If our country is to break out of this horrendous recession and create the millions of jobs we desperately need, if we are going to create a ... continue reading

Bernie Sanders

Senator (I-Vt.)

September 13th, 2011

Is Poverty a Death Sentence?

The crisis of poverty in America is one of the great moral and economic issues facing our country. It is very rarely talked about in the mainstream media. It gets even less attention in Congress. Why should people care? Many poor people don't vote. They certainly don't make large campaign ... continue reading

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  • April 1st, 2014

    Democracy vs. Oligarchy

    In his 1943 painting "Freedom of Speech," Norman Rockwell illustrated American democracy in action by depicting a man speaking up at a town meeting. A ...

  • December 30th, 2013

    2014: Seize the Moment

    The Congress has just ended one of the worst and least productive sessions in the history of our country. At a time when the problems ...

  • October 28th, 2013

    For a Budget That Is Both Morally and Economically Sound

    As a member of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee, I am more than aware that a $17 trillion dollar national debt and a $700 billion ...

  • September 12th, 2013

    The American People Have Spoken: No More War Abroad, More Jobs at Home

    At a time of great political division in our country President Obama has found a remarkable way to unite Americans of all political persuasions -- ...

  • August 12th, 2013

    Four Questions for Fed Chair Candidates

    By Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth WarrenThe decisions made by the next chair of the Federal Reserve will have a powerful impact on the economic ...

  • May 28th, 2013

    What Can We Learn From Denmark?

    Danish Ambassador Peter Taksoe-Jensen spent a weekend in Vermont this month traveling with me to town meetings in Burlington, Brattleboro and Montpelier. Large crowds came ...

  • April 13th, 2013

    The 'Hoax'

    I support Gina McCarthy to be the next Environmental Protection Agency administrator. When her Senate confirmation hearing was held on Thursday, the debate among senators ...

  • July 29th, 2011

    Why Americans Are So Angry

    The rich are getting richer. Their effective tax rate, in recent years, has been reduced to the lowest in modern history. Nurses, teachers and firemen ...

  • April 3rd, 2013

    Too Big to Jail?

    We are supposed to be a country of laws. The laws should apply to Wall Street as well as everybody else. So I was stunned ...

  • April 1st, 2014

    Democracy vs. Oligarchy

    In his 1943 painting "Freedom of Speech," Norman Rockwell illustrated American democracy in action by depicting a man speaking up at a town meeting. A ...

  • September 13th, 2011

    Is Poverty a Death Sentence?

    The crisis of poverty in America is one of the great moral and economic issues facing our country. It is very rarely talked about in ...

  • October 8th, 2011

    Rein in Wall Street and rescue the middle class

    The protest movement called Occupy Wall Street has struck a nerve. The demonstrators' goals may be vague but their grievances are very real. If our ...

  • December 30th, 2013

    2014: Seize the Moment

    The Congress has just ended one of the worst and least productive sessions in the history of our country. At a time when the problems ...

  • July 21st, 2011

    Congratulations Sen. Coburn

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