News March 30

Senator Sanders

Tax Dodgers Sen. Sanders listed 10 companies that he said are among the worst corporate tax dodgers, according to Democracy Now.  He told radio host Ed Schultz that profitable corporations should do their fair share to balance the federal budget. LINK and AUDIO

Lobbyists Win Tax Breaks The Center for Responsive Politics said the 10 companies Sanders listed - including Bank of America, Goldman Sachs and Carnival Cruise Lines - spent a combined $117 million on lobbying during 2010 alone, and four of them were ranked among the top 25 biggest spenders on lobbying in 2010. LINK

Tax Fairness "Americans dutifully filing their income tax returns probably reacted the same way last week when they learned giant General Electric paid nothing in taxes over the last five years while earning $26 billion in profits. This is so unfair ... Adding grist to the mill was a list of ‘top 10 tax avoiders' released by Sen. Sanders," the Pasadena Star-News editorialized. LINK

Libya Sen. Rand Paul said the U.S. military action in Libya was unconstitutional. "What he left out ... is that 28 days ago [he] voted for Senate Resolution 85, which was proposed by a bunch of liberal senators, including Bernie Sanders" condemning Moammar Gadhafi, calling for regime change and supporting "such further action as may be necessary to protect civilians in Libya," MSNBC reported. VIDEO

Federal Reserve The Federal Reserve is expected to release documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act revealing new information about the organization's discount window lending program, details left out of lending and audit disclosure provisions that Sen. Sanders put in the Wall Street reform law. Bloomberg News reported. LINK

Social Security Sen. Sanders joined Sen. Richard Blumenthal at a rally for Social Security, according to Stamford Plus, "Social Security is the most successful federal program in our nation's history and we cannot allow it to be dismantled by Wall Street and those in the Republican Party who want to take us back to the 1920s when half of our nation's seniors were living in abject poverty," Sanders said. LINK

UVM President Daniel Fogel announced his resignation as president of the University of Vermont. Sen. Sanders said the state owes Fogel a deep debt of gratitude for his decade of service, according to The Cynic student newspaper. LINK


Should U.S. Arm Libyan Rebels? The Obama administration is engaged in a fierce debate over whether to supply weapons to the rebels in Libya, senior officials told The New York Times, with some fearful that providing arms would deepen American involvement in a civil war and that some fighters may have links to Al Qaeda. LINK



Democrats Consider Concessions Democrats and the White House are considering whether they can agree to any of a series of conservative policy restrictions backed by Republicans-and opposed by most Democrats-that could help break an impasse in budget talks, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. LINK

Boehner's Decision: Compromise or Force a Shutdown With a government shutdown deadline just days away, House Speaker John A. Boehner faces a fateful choice over whether to abandon conservative Republicans to reach a final deal on 2011 spending, The Washington Post reported. LINK


Land Conservation Some 630 acres of land adjacent to the Killington section of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail was transferred last week by the Conservation Fund to the National Park Service. It will prevent development along a one-mile section of the trail in Barnard and Bridgewater. The lands will be open for hiking, hunting, fishing, cross country skiing and other uses, AP reported. LINK

Wood Energy Gov. Shumlin is pushing a $500 state incentive for people who want to switch their heating systems from oil to wood pellets. Shumlin says he wants the electricity conservation program Efficiency Vermont to be able to use some of its funds to provide the incentives.

Industrial Cleanup Work is set to begin this summer on a plan to clean up an old industrial site in Springfield. Federal grants of $575,000 will be used in the cleanup of the former J&L Plant 1, AP reported. LINK