News May 25

Senator Sanders

FDA Sen. Bernie Sanders cast the only Nay vote against the Food and Drug Administration bill yesterday. In a statement, Sanders said "I voted against this bill because it does far too little to address this crisis while it perpetuates a prescription drug system that continues to fail the American people." The New York Times, Burlington Free Press, Politico, Wall Street Journal, Talking Points Memo, MedPage Today, American News Report and Fierce Biotech reported. LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK

Nuclear Regulation On Thursday, the White House announced its nomination of Allison Macfarlane to chair the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. In a statement, Sanders said "Based upon her record and experience, I believe Dr. Macfarlane can be a strong chair for the NRC.   In the coming weeks, I look forward to evaluating her record and views." The Associated Press, The Burlington Free Press, The Hill, National Journal, E&E News, LINK LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK

Fed Reform Sen. Sanders has introduced legislation to prohibit banking industry executives from serving as directors of the 12 Federal Reserve regional banks. Sanders said "If this is not a clear example of the fox guarding the henhouse, I don't know what is," Forbes, International Business Times, MortgageOrb, Wall Street Journal, Feirce Finance, Boston.com, MarketNews International reported. LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK

Fed Reform Sen. Sanders discussed his recent legislation to reform the Federal Reserve Thursday on MSNBC's Dylan Ratigan Show saying "...six out of the nine members of the board are appointed by the banking industry and that makes no sense at all. We've got to end these conflicts of interest." VIDEO

Fed Reform Washington Post opinion writer Harold Meyerson described Sen. Sanders' bill to end conflicts of interest at the Federal Reserve as "...a long-overdue reform, as the Fed's regional banks have always been controlled more by private bankers than public regulators." LINK

Affordable Housing On Monday, Sen. Sanders visited the Vergennes Senior Housing center to celebrate the opening of the 25 unit facility. The $6.2 million facility will provide 25 affordable and energy-efficient apartments to seniors, the Addison County Independent reported. LINK

Climate Cyclists On Wednesday, Sen. Sanders spoke to 200+ cyclists who rode from New York City to DC to gain awareness and raise money for clean energy causes, The Atlantic and Natural Resources Defense Council blogged reported. LINK, LINK

Major Gen. Dubie The head of the Vermont National Guard, Major General Michael Dubie, has been confirmed by the Senate to a top post in the U.S. military's homeland defense mission. In a joint statement, Vermont's congressional delegation said, "This is a proud moment for Vermont and a great credit to our exemplary Guard, Vermont Public Radio reported. LINK

Train Service Senators from Vermont and New York are pushing for improved train service to Montreal.  In a joint statement the senators said  "The economic links between Canada and the states of Vermont and New York are vital, and there is great potential to make them stronger still.  A smoother customs experience in Montreal will spur job creation and economic opportunities on both sides of the border,"  Vermont Business Magazine reported. LINK

National

Student Loan Relief The Senate rejected dueling Democratic and Republican plans on Thursday for averting a July 1 doubling of interest rates on federal college loans for 7.4 million students, pushing back efforts to resolve the problem until next month, The New York Times reported. LINK

Vermont

Kiss for Senate Former Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss has announced that he'll be running as an independent for state senate.  Kiss will be vying for one of six seats in the Chittenden district, The Burlington Free Press reported. LINK

F-35s Gov. Peter Shumlin says he supports a plan to bring F-35 fighter jets to the Air National Guard base at the Burlington International Airport. Shumlin says Vermont should be honored to host the F-35. He calls it a commentary on the quality of the Vermont National Guard, the Associated Press reported. LINK