News February 14

Senator Sanders

Obama Budget President Obama called on Congress Monday to enact new taxes on the wealthy as part of a $3.8 trillion budget. "Most Americans would agree we've got to end the Bush tax breaks for the wealthiest people in this country. He's absolutely right on that." Sanders told Ed Schultz on MSNBC. VIDEO, VIDEO

Postal Service Obama's 2013 budget proposal renewed a call to end Saturday mail delivery. The president "is wrong," Sen. Sanders told Reuters. "In the long run, if the Postal Service is to grow and become financially stronger, speed and maintaining the current mail delivery standards are terribly important." LINK

USPS Lawmakers trying to avoid ending Saturday deliveries and massive layoffs are floating ideas to remake the post office with new revenue streams. Sen. Sanders has called for an "entrepreneurial business model," but Republicans are hesitant to allow competition with private companies, Congressional Quarterly reported. LINK

Transportation Sen. Sanders said a transportation funding bill up for debate this week would provide $408 million to address a backlog of repairs needed for Vermont's roads and bridges. Sanders joined Vermont Transportation Secretary Brian Searles at a news conference Monday, The Associated Press, Burlington Free Press, Times Argus, Rutland Herald, Vermont Public Radio, WPTZ-TV, Fox 44, ABC22 and WTEN-TV in Albany, N.Y. reported. LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK, VIDEO, VIDEO, VIDEO

Keystone Pipeline Senate Republicans introduced an amendment to a federal transportation bill that would speed the construction and operation of a controversial oil pipeline between Canada and the United States. Sen. Sanders told Energy & Environment Daily, "I'll do everything I can to defeat it." LINK

Chamber of Commerce Sens. Sanders, Patrick Leahy and Rep. Peter Welch spoke with the Vermont Chamber of Commerce Monday morning about how legislation in Congress will affect business in the state, WCAX-TV reported. LINK  VIDEO

Payroll Tax House Republicans agreed to extend the current payroll-tax reduction for the rest of the year while continuing to haggle over unemployment benefits and a measure to prevent a drop in fees paid to doctors by Medicare. "I don`t think it should be separate," Sanders said on MSNBC. VIDEO

The Onion Satirizing the disappearance of moderate Republicans, The Onion said and "attempt to propagate moderates by crossbreeding highly liberal and extreme conservative politicians ... ended in tragedy when Vermont Sen. Sanders was physically mauled and torn apart by Rep. Lynn Jenkins." LINK

World

Israel Accuses Iran in Bomb Plot Israel accused Iran of responsibility for twin bombing attempts aimed at Israeli embassy personnel in New Delhi and Tbilisi, Georgia, on Monday, fueling a growing confrontation over Iran's nuclear program, The Washington Post reported. LINK

National

Budget President Obama's final budget request of his term amounts to his agenda for a desired second term, with tax increases on the affluent and cuts in spending, especially from the military, both to reduce deficits and to pay for priorities like education, public works, research and clean energy, The New York Times reported. LINK

Vermont

Leahy on Domestic Violence Sen. Patrick Leahy appeared at a news conference Monday on with Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell and Burlington Police Chief Michael Schirling on legislation to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, AP reported. LINK

Welch on Energy Efficiency Rep. Peter Welch unveiled bipartisan legislation to create a nationwide energy efficiency program that he says will create jobs, save homeowners money and reduce carbon emissions, AP and the Burlington Free Press reported. LINK, LINK

State Says Dubie Broke Law in 2010 Race The state attorney general on Monday accused Brian Dubie, the 2010 Republican candidate for governor, and the Republican Governors Association of illegally sharing $93,000 worth of polling data, the Vermont Press Bureau reported.

Wheeler Principal Out Trevor Christopher resigned Monday from his job one year after he bcame principal of the Integrated Arts Academy at H.O. Wheeler, Superintendent of Schools Jeanne Collins said. She and Christopher both declined to discuss the resignation, the Burlington Free Press reported. LINK  

Fletcher Allen Dr. John Brumsted, Fletcher Allen's interim CEO since August, was unanimously appointed by the hospital's board after a nationwide search, the Burlington Free Press reported. LINK

Vermont Yankee Gov. Shumlin said Monday the Public Service Board should start all over on Vermont Yankee's request for a new certificate of public good, the Rutland Herald reported.