The Week in Review
February 15, 2013
Comprehensive legislation to reverse climate change was introduced in the Senate on Thursday by Sens. Bernie Sanders and Barbara Boxer. A bill to save the U.S. Postal Service was proposed by Sanders on Wednesday. The Navy SEAL who shot Osama bin Laden is waiting, six months after he left the service, for VA disability benefits. Sanders met with him and announced that the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs will hold a hearing next month on the VA’s benefits backlog. And President Obama talked about the middle class Tuesday in the first State of the Union address of his second term.
Global Warming “The leading scientists in the world who study climate change now tell us that their projections in the past were wrong; that, in fact, the crisis facing our planet is much more serious than they had previously believed,” Sanders told a news conference in the environment committee hearing room. To read his full statement, click here. To read a summary of the Climate Protection Act and the Sustainable Energy Act , click here. To watch highlights of the news conference, click here. To Watch Sanders on The Weather Channel, click here.
State of the Union Sanders welcomed President Obama’s call in Tuesday’s State of the Union address to help the collapsing American middle class. Sanders cited new evidence of growing income inequality. “We have 46 million people living in poverty, almost the highest in recent American history,” Sanders said Wednesday on the Ed Schultz Show. “At the same time the wealthiest people are doing phenomenally well.” To listen to the interview, click here.
The Shooter Like hundreds of thousands of other veterans, the Navy SEAL who shot Osama bin Laden has a disability claim stuck in months-old a VA backlog, Esquire magazine disclosed. After meeting the former Navy SEAL, Sanders told Wolf Blitzer that “we have a moral obligation to make sure that all our veterans receive the benefits they deserve.” As chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Sanders said he would hold a hearing in March on the VA claims backlog. To watch Sanders in The Situation Room on CNN, click here.
Save Saturday Mail Legislation to modernize the U.S. Postal Service, save Saturday mail and repeal a crippling law responsible for 80 percent of the mail system’s financial woes was introduced on Wednesday. To read more, click here.
Sequester Senate Democratic leaders reached agreement Thursday on a $110 billion mix of tax increases and spending cuts to head off automatic spending cuts through the end of the year. Sanders objected to the 50-50 mix of cuts and taxes because over the past two years there have been far more spending cuts than tax increases.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announces new legislation to combat global warming. Behind him (left to right) stands Bill McKibben, founder 350.org; Tara McGuiness, executive director of the Center for American Progress Action Fund; Mike Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.