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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.

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Taxpayers Funded A Lifesaving Drug And Guess What Happened Next

(316) Comments | Posted July 13, 2016 | 1:40 PM


The pharmaceutical industry has become a major health hazard to the American people.

Our nation pays - by far - the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. As a result of these outrageous prices, nearly one in five Americans cannot afford...

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War Should Be the Last Option: Why I Support the Iran Nuclear Deal

(317) Comments | Posted September 9, 2015 | 5:05 PM

I support the agreement that the United States negotiated with China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United Kingdom and Iran. I believe this approach is the best way forward if we are to accomplish what we all want to accomplish -- that is making certain that Iran does not acquire...

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Labor Day 2015: Stand Together and Fight Back

(211) Comments | Posted September 6, 2015 | 1:52 PM

Labor Day is a time for honoring the working people of this country. It is also a time to celebrate the accomplishments of the activists and organizers who fought for the 40-hour work week, occupational safety, minimum wage law, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and affordable housing. These working people, and...

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Corporate Greed Must End

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 9:29 AM

Here is the reality of the American economy. Despite an explosion in technology and a huge increase in worker productivity, the middle class of this country continues its 40-year decline. Today, millions of Americans are working longer hours for lower wages and median family income is almost $5,000 less than...

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The TPP Must Be Defeated

(135) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 10:29 AM

Congress is now debating fast track legislation that will pave the way for the disastrous Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) unfettered free trade agreement. At a time when our middle class is disappearing and the gap between the very rich and everyone else is growing wider, this anti-worker legislation must be defeated....

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Break Up Big Banks

(278) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 11:54 AM

We don't hear it discussed much in the media, but the reality is that the middle class of this country, once the envy of the world, is collapsing, 45 million Americans are living in poverty, and the gap between the rich and everyone else is growing wider and wider.


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For a Political Revolution

(46) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 11:50 AM

The good news is that the economy today is much better than it was six years ago when George W. Bush left office. The bad news is that, despite these improvements, the 40-year decline of the American middle class continues. Real unemployment is much too high, 35 million Americans continue...

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If We Don't Overturn Citizens United, Congress Will Become Paid Employees of the Billionaire Class

(699) Comments | Posted March 22, 2015 | 9:29 AM

I recently introduced an amendment at the Senate Budget Committee. It was pretty simple. It asked my Senate colleagues to begin the process of overturning the disastrous Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United, and to bring transparency and disclosure to the political process. The link to that debate on the...

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The Fate of Europe and the World May Rest in Greece

(158) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 11:30 AM

While the wealthiest 85 individuals on the planet own more wealth than the bottom half of the world's population -- and when the top 1 percent will soon own more wealth than the bottom 99 percent -- the people of Greece and the anti-austerity party, Syriza, they elected to lead...

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Five Years After Citizens United, Billionaires Are Buying Democracy

(60) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 10:18 AM

Five years after the Supreme Court's disastrous 5-4 decision in Citizens United, there's a lot to be angry about.

With election spending out of control, and super PACs empowering giant corporations and billionaires like no time since the Gilded Age, Big Money is not just influencing who's elected to office...

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Fight for Our Progressive Vision

(269) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 11:43 AM

As I look ahead to this coming year, a number of thoughts come to mind.

First and foremost, against an enormous amount of corporate media noise and distraction, it is imperative that we not lose sight of what is most important and the vision that we stand for. We have...

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An Economic Agenda for America: 12 Steps Forward

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 11:30 AM

The American people must make a fundamental decision. Do we continue the 40-year decline of our middle class and the growing gap between the very rich and everyone else, or do we fight for a progressive economic agenda that creates jobs, raises wages, protects the environment and provides health care...

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Democracy Day

(20) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 4:46 PM

This week I introduced legislation to make Election Day a national holiday -- Democracy Day.

I am doing this because, as a nation, we should be embarrassed by the abysmally low voter turnout that we experienced in last week's midterm elections.

In 1863 at...

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A Progressive Estate Tax

(68) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 12:11 PM

The founders of our country declared their independence from what they viewed as a tyrannical aristocracy in England. More than two centuries later, today's tyrannical aristocracy is no longer a foreign power. It's an American billionaire class which has unprecedented economic and political influence over all of our lives.

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Why We Need a Carbon Tax

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 2:07 PM

The scientific community is clear: Global warming is real and it is caused by human activity. In terms of droughts, heat waves, floods, forest fires, disease, rising sea levels and extreme weather disturbances, global warming is already causing devastating problems. The simple truth is that if we do not act...

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The Declaration of Independence: A Revolutionary Document

(5) Comments | Posted July 6, 2014 | 3:03 PM

As we celebrate this July 4th weekend, it's important that we not forget the profound vision embodied in the Declaration of Independence.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are...

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Who Are the Koch Brothers and What Do They Want?

(664) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 8:40 AM

As a result of the disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court decision, billionaires and large corporations can now spend an unlimited amount of money to influence the political process. The results of that decision are clear. In the coming months and years the Koch brothers and other extraordinarily wealthy families will...

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Democracy vs. Oligarchy

(83) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 6:01 PM

2014-03-31-freedomofspeech.jpgIn 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,...

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Save the Postal Service

(199) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 8:55 AM

The U.S. Postal Service is one of our most popular and important government agencies. It provides universal service six days a week to every corner of America, no matter how small or remote. It supports millions of jobs in virtually every other sector of our economy. It provides decent-paying union...

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2014: Seize the Moment

(142) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 6:32 AM

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...

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