Senator Bernie Sanders met with Connor Myers of Montpelier, Vermont, who is attending the National Young Leaders Conference. The group brings high school students from around the country to Washington, D.C. to help them gain a better understanding of the political process.
Senators Patty Murray, Bernie Sanders and Jeff Merkley discussed priorities in the budget that will create jobs and help revive our economy by developing renewable energy, helping more Americans graduate from college, and making sure Americans have access to affordable health care.
Senator Bernie Sanders welcomed Tamari Kashibadze (left) and Anzhela Mashakada (right) to his office in Washington, DC. The high school students are studying in Vermont for the year as part of the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program. FLEX, a program administered by the U.S. Department of State, provides opportunities for high school students (ages 15-17) to spend a year in the United States, living with a host family and attending an American high school. The goal of the program is to promote long-lasting peace and mutual understanding between the U.S. and countries of Eurasia. Tamari, from Georgia, and Anzhela, from Ukraine, talked with Senator Sanders about their educational experiences in the United States.
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced today “a very significant increase” in funding for child care and Head Start in Vermont and throughout the country. “Without strong early childhood educational opportunities for our children, kids will continue to drop out of school, continuing the cycle of poverty. The comprehensive services these programs provide can break that cycle,” Sanders said. The economic stimulus package that Congress recently passed includes $2.1 billion for the Head Start, enough to double the number of infants and toddlers served by the Early Head Start program. For a separate Child Care Development Block Grant, Congress set aside an additional $2 billion, a 50 percent increase over former President Bush’s last budget. To read more click here
Senator Bernie Sanders met with Emerson Hunger Fellows, Mickey Hubbard (right) and Mark Stovell (left) to discuss projects they have been working on to end hunger in Vermont. The Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship, a project of the Congressional Hunger Center, is a leadership development opportunity for motivated individuals seeking to make a difference in the struggle to eliminate hunger and poverty.
Senator Bernie Sanders met with representatives from Special Olympics Vermont to discuss funding needs for the Special Olympics. Pictured with Senator Sanders below is Kyler Lemery, a member of the Unified Sports team at Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans, Vermont. Unified Sports is a registered program of Special Olympics International, which combines athletes with and without intellectual disabilities on sports teams for training and competition.
Senator Bernie Sanders announced a $5 million grant for the Vermont National Guard that could result in the largest solar energy project in the state and one of the largest in New England. "This project will not only help the Vermont National Guard reduce its electric bill and carbon footprint, but will be a major step forward in moving our state toward a greener economy which relies more and more on sustainable energy," Sanders said. "There is little doubt in my mind that in the years to come the energy mix in this state will be very different than it is today - with a far greater reliance on sustainable energy. I hope that this project becomes a model for what can be done and a catalyst for further action," he added.
In a dramatic step forward on health reform, Senator Bernie Sanders and House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.) introduced legislation to provide primary health care for all Americans. Read more about the Access for All America Act here.
Senator Bernie Sanders met with Colonel Thomas Benckert, Commander, Vermont Wing, Civil Air Patrol, and six Civil Air Patrol cadets from Vermont including Eric Triller who was recently accepted into the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.
Senator Bernie Sanders and his Chief of Staff, Huck Gutman, met with University of Vermont President Daniel Fogel (center) to discuss Pell grants and new opportunities through the recently passed stimulus legislation, which provides funding for educating more primary care physicians.
As part of their annual trip to Washington, D.C., a group of about 40 students and staff from Shrewsbury Sixth Form College in England met with Senator Bernie Sanders to talk about his role in the new congress and the issues confronting America and the world at large today. The group was led by David Charlton, Professor of Political Science at Shrewsbury College.
Senator Bernie Sanders met with representatives of the Vermont Disabled American Veterans organization to discuss their legislative priorities for veterans’ issues in this Congress. The group was in Washington, D.C. for their annual meeting and included Roger Bourgery, Maynard Greenwood, Aura-Lee Nicodemus, Robert Nicodemus and Harley Crandall. (photos by senate photographer)
Senator Bernie Sanders visited in his Washington office with John Churchill, Vermont Chapter Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. They discussed the need to provide advanced appropriation funding to the Department of Veterans Affairs and improve mental health care for our veterans.
Senator Bernie Sanders met with members of various community substance abuse prevention groups from across Vermont to discuss the issues of alcohol, tobacco and drug use especially among youth. These leaders look at positive alternatives, so that alcohol and drugs are not the only source of recreation for youth in Vermont. Specifically the coalition is working at changing community norms, eliminating binge drinking among teens, and educating parents and teens about the marketing of alcoholic beverages to underage drinkers.
Some eight hundred people came out to participate in two town meetings that Senator Sanders hosted in Woodstock and Brattleboro this past Sunday, featuring special guest, the writer and environmentalist, Bill McKibben. The meetings focused on the need for developing new economic models as we take steps to lower carbon emissions.
This week, Bernie met with several of President-elect Barack Obama's cabinet nominees. Shown below are: Arne Duncan (Department of Education); Hilda Solis (Department of Labor); Lisa Jackson (Environmental Protection Agency); and Steven Chu (Department of Energy).
Senator Sanders delivered a speech entitled "Milton Friedman's Legacies: On the U.S. Economic Crisis" in response to the creation of the Milton Friedman Institute for Research in Economics. Photo credit: David Schalliol
Army General Eric Shinseki (left), President-elect Barack Obama’s choice to head the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, confers with Senator Bernie Sanders, a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, in the senator’s Capitol Hill office on Wednesday. (photo by Rebecca Hammel for the U.S. Senate).
Over four hundred Vermont citizens turned out for two Town Meetings on the economy that Senator Sanders held on Saturday in Lincoln and Brandon. People expressed deep concerns about the loss of jobs, inadequate health care, and how to turn the country around.