Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) hosted a summit meeting today on Capitol Hill with seniors, veterans and other grassroots groups united to protect Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and veterans from budget cuts proposed by congressional Republicans and some Democrats. The event drew hundreds of opponents of a proposal by President Barack Obama to cut cost-of-living adjustments for Social Security and disabled veterans by revising how the consumer price index is calculated.
The Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs questioned Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki at a hearing on President Barack Obama’s proposed $153 billion budget for the VA in 2014.
On April, 9 Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced legislation to break up banks that have grown so big that the Justice Department fears the financial system would be put at risk if criminal charges were filed. Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) proposed a companion bill in the House.
On March 16, 2013 Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) hosted a conference to discuss how global warming is impacting Vermont. Sanders was joined by environmental experts who explored what can be done to reverse climate change. Author and environmental activist, Bill McKibben gave the keynote speech at the event. Sanders recently introduced bold climate change legislation which includes a tax on carbon and puts an end to subsidies for the fossil fuel industry.
On Feb. 14, 2013, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) introduced comprehensive legislation on climate change. Boxer is chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Sanders sits on the environment committee and also is a member of the Senate energy committee. Under the legislation, a fee on carbon pollution emissions would fund historic investments in energy efficiency and sustainable energy technologies such as wind, solar, geothermal and biomass. The proposal also would provide rebates to consumers to offset any efforts by oil, coal or gas companies to raise prices.
Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday opposed a moratorium on wind power projects in Vermont that he said would send a “terrible message” to the rest of the country and set back efforts to stop global warming. A member of the U.S. Senate environment and energy committees, Sanders urged state lawmakers to reject a three-year ban on wind power projects. “If Vermont ceases new wind development the message will go out all across the country, spread by the well-funded coal and oil companies, that even in Vermont – progressive Vermont – there is not a serious commitment to combating global warming,” Sanders said.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and leaders of The American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and other veterans’ organizations on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 denounced proposals to cut veterans’ disability benefits as part of a year-end deal on deficits. A member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee and the Budget Committee, Sanders said there are better approaches to deficit reduction than slashing benefits for more than 3 million disabled veterans and their families.
A packed hearing room on Capitol Hill was the scene of a summit meeting November 15th with seniors, the disabled, and grassroots groups fighting with Sen. Bernie Sanders and others in Congress to protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid from budget cuts.
Nationwide, hunger is at an all-time high. Last year, almost 45 million people - or one in every seven Americans - received food stamps, more than at any other time in our nation's history. In Vermont, more than one in eight households do not have the money to fully meet their food needs at all times, according to Hunger Free Vermont. More than 12,000 Vermont children depend on food shelves each month and almost 10,000 Vermont seniors face the threat of hunger. So to Sen. Bernie Sanders, it is "unconscionable" that cuts in a federal emergency hunger program have resulted in a 50 percent reduction in food supplies from that program for the Vermont Foodbank.
A major bloc of 29 senators took a strong stand against any cuts to Social Security as part of a deficit reduction deal. "We will oppose including Social Security cuts for future or current beneficiaries in any deficit reduction package," the senators said in a letter circulated by Sen. Bernie Sanders. Read the letter here (pdf).
A $1.2 million expansion of the Plainfield Health Center was dedicated on Monday. In the past decade, Vermont has gone from having two Federally Qualified Health Centers to eight, including 47 sites where more than 120,000 Vermonters get primary health care, dental care, mental health counseling and low-cost prescription drugs. Nearly one in five Vermonters now get primary care from a community health center.