More and more Americans are feeling the pinch from across-the-board spending cuts that Washington budget wonks call sequestration. Sen. Bernie Sanders voted against the automatic cuts that a big majority now also opposes. Bio-tech and food industry giants won a victory on Thursday when the Senate rejected a Sanders amendment on labeling genetically-engineered foods. On Wednesday, he offered another amendment to the farm bill to make federal regulators crack down on oil market speculators that drive up gas prices. An immigration reform bill that emerged Tuesday from a Senate committee got mixed reviews from Sanders. A bill to reauthorize the landmark Older Americans Act was introduced on Thursday at a seniors’ summit that he organized. And in a Memorial Day weekend edition of C-SPAN’s Newsmakers program, Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Sanders talked about making certain veterans get the benefits they deserve.
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