The Almanac of American Politics called Sen. Bernie Sanders a “practical” and “successful legislator.” In the House, he was dubbed the “amendment king” for passing more roll-call amendments than any other member.
For more than thirty years, Sen. Sanders has been a staunch advocate for effective campaign finance reform that reduces the influence of special interests and corporations.
Sen. Sanders strongly believes the constitutional rights and guarantees that make this country great need not be sacrificed in the name of security.
Sen. Sanders remains an advocate for expanding voting rights.
Family-based agriculture not only helps support the economies of our rural communities but it also preserves our open spaces and provides fresh, locally-produced, and safe food for consumers.
Oral health is an integral part of overall health, yet millions of people are unable to get the care they need. Untreated dental conditions can contribute to an increased risk for serious medical conditions such as diabetes and poor birth outcomes.
The true greatness of a country is not measured by the sum of its millionaires and billionaires. Rather, a great nation is one in which justice, equality and dignity prevail for all.
Sen. Sanders believes every child should have access to the best education possible regardless of their location, income, gender, religion or race.
As a member of both the Senate Environment and Public Works and the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committees, Sen. Sanders is uniquely positioned to fight for progressive energy polices and increased environmental protection.
In the fall of 2008, after almost a decade of rampant greed and excessive risk taking, the global financial industry collapsed. Bernie believes we should break up the giant financial institutions that pose a systemic risk to the financial system and the economy as a whole.
Sen. Sanders was a congressional leader in opposing the war in Iraq, and advocating for a responsible end to our military engagement in Afghanistan.
It is essential for our democracy that we have a vibrant and diverse media readily accessible through open and varied mediums. The consumers of information must be at the forefront of our concerns regarding communications. Sen. Sanders continues to fight for the realization of these principles.
Sen. Sanders was the first member of Congress to take his constituents across the Canadian border to buy their prescription drugs at a fraction of the price they were forced to pay in the United States. He will continue to fight in the Senate for lower cost drugs and will support legislation that will allow re-importation and enable Medicare to negotiate lower prices for Medicare beneficiaries.
Effective primary health care is the foundation of a high functioning health care system. Primary health care is the care you receive through your local doctor, physician's assistant, nurse practitioner or other qualified health professional to help you better maintain your health.
Senator Sanders is committed to protecting and strengthening the programs that older adults rely upon. He stands firm in his fight to protect Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and the other programs that help seniors remain healthy and independent later in life.
Sen. Sanders is a leading opponent of our current trade policies and opposed NAFTA, PNTR with China and other such agreements, which have been a disaster for American workers. The United States has lost 3 million manufacturing jobs over the last 5 years -- 17% of our entire manufacturing sector. Senator Sanders supports moving our trade policy in a totally new direction.
Sen. Sanders believes we must make significant investments in our nation's roads, bridges, and transit systems for the United States to remain economically competitive.
We, as a nation, have a moral obligation to provide the best quality care possible to those who have put their lives on the line to defend us, and Sen. Sanders is determined to ensure VA is meeting this responsibility.
Sen. Sanders supports women’s rights by challenging ongoing inequalities in our society.