In the narrowly decided Citizens United decision, the Supreme Court overturned the foundation of America's campaign finance laws that had prevented wealthy individuals and large corporations from gaining even more influence over the American political system.
Senator Sanders strongly believes the constitutional rights and guarantees that make this country great need not be sacrificed in the name of security.
Family-based agriculture not only helps support the economies of our rural communities but it also preserves our open spaces and provides fresh, locally-produced, and safe food for consumers.
Oral health is an integral part of overall health, yet millions of people are unable to get the care they need. Untreated dental conditions can contribute to an increased risk for serious medical conditions such as diabetes and poor birth outcomes.
The true greatness of a country is not measured by the sum of its millionaires and billionaires. Rather, a great nation is one in which justice, equality and dignity prevail for all.
Senator Sanders believes every child should have access to the best education possible regardless of their location, income, gender, religion or race.
As the only member of the Senate majority to serve on both the Environment and Public Works and the Energy and Natural Resources Committees, Senator Sanders is uniquely positioned to fight for progressive energy polices and increased environmental protection.
In the fall of 2008, after almost a decade of rampant greed and excessive risk taking, the global financial industry collapsed. Bernie believes we should break up the giant financial institutions that pose a systemic risk to the financial system and the economy as a whole.
Senator Sanders was a congressional leader in opposing the war in Iraq, and advocating for a responsible end to our military engagement in Afghanistan. He sponsored numerous legislative efforts to safely withdraw American troops from Iraq as soon as possible, proposing that we redeploy almost all our troops within a year.
It is essential for our democracy that we have a vibrant and diverse media readily accessible through open and varied mediums. The consumers of information must be at the forefront of our concerns regarding communications. Senator Sanders continues to fight for the realization of these principles.
Senator Sanders was the first member of Congress to take his constituents across the Canadian border to buy their prescription drugs at a fraction of the price they were forced to pay in the United States. He will continue to fight in the Senate for lower cost drugs and will support legislation that will allow re-importation and enable Medicare to negotiate lower prices for Medicare beneficiaries.
Effective primary health care is the foundation of a high functioning health care system. Primary health care is the care you receive through your local doctor, physician's assistant, nurse practitioner or other qualified health professional to help you better maintain your health.
Senator Sanders is committed to protecting and strengthening the programs that older adults rely upon. He stands firm in his fight to protect Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and the other programs that help seniors remain healthy and independent later in life.
Senator Sanders is a leading opponent of our current trade policies and opposed NAFTA, PNTR with China and other such agreements, which have been a disaster for American workers. The United States has lost 3 million manufacturing jobs over the last 5 years -- 17% of our entire manufacturing sector. Senator Sanders supports moving our trade policy in a totally new direction.
Senator Sanders believes we must make significant investments in our nation's roads, bridges, and transit systems for the United States to remain economically competitive.
For too long, the needs of our nation's veterans were shortchanged and neglected by our government. In recent years, Congress has begun to reverse that trend, taking important steps to improve the care and benefits our veterans receive.