The Congressional Agenda

Sen. Bernie Sanders held a news conference in his Burlington, Vt., office on Monday to discuss issues likely to dominate a lame-duck session of Congress that begins on Tuesday.

He stressed the importance of a deficit reduction package in which the wealthy pay their fair share and the budget isn't balanced on the backs of the elderly, the sick, the poor and the children. "Common sense suggests, decency suggests, morality suggests, that the wealthiest people in this country are going to have to play a significant role in moving us toward deficit reduction."

In the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, Sanders also discussed the urgency of addressing climate change. "There are now studies coming out that suggest that the worst is yet to come unless we get our act together and significantly reduce carbon emissions," Sanders said. "If Tropical Storm Irene was not a wake-up call, I certainly hope that Hurricane Sandy was."

Read the Senator's statement 'Stand With Working Families' »

Capitol Building at Dusk