Bernie Sanders lost his fight to be president. But now he’s written a budget that could secure his legacy.
By: Mike DeBonis; The Washington Post He may have made a boldface impression on recent American politics, but after 30 years in Congress, Sen. Bernie Sanders has struggled with the criticism that his legislative impact has been written in fine print — an amendment here, a symbolic vote there and many, many speeches. But not, perhaps, for long: Sanders, just
By: Grace Benninghoff; VT Digger Wednesday’s Senate passage of a $3.5 trillion spending plan is seen by congressional experts as further evidence of Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders’ shift from “rebel with a cause” outsider to leading Democratic deal-maker. “If 10 years ago somebody would have said to you that Bernie Sanders was a team player, you would have been
By: Susan Page; USA Today Bernie Sanders stands at the fringe no more. The quirky independent from Vermont, once seen as more likely to lead a protest than pass a law, was at center stage early Wednesday when the Senate approved a historic $3.5 trillion budget blueprint. If congressional Democrats can hold together – and that is no small “if” – Sanders will have been one
By: Riley Robinson; VT Digger Fossil fuel companies should pay damages for the emissions they caused, 13 Vermont advocacy groups said in an open letter to the state’s congressional delegation. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has made a similar argument before, and he’s now set to cosponsor draft legislation by Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., to establish the Polluters Pay Climate
Bipartisan bill aims to assert Congress’s power over arms sales, emergencies and military operations
By: Karoun Demirjian; The Washington Post A bipartisan group of senators unveiled legislation Tuesday to give Congress a more active role in approving arms sales, authorizing the use of military force and declaring national emergencies, in an across-the-board effort to claw back national security power from the executive branch. The bill aims, for the first time, to define what type
By: Trish Turner; ABC A tri-partisan group of senators on Tuesday introduced legislation designed to claw back national security powers, delineated in the Constitution, from the executive branch that the Senate trio says have been flowing away from Congress after decades of inaction by lawmakers. “The founders envisioned a balance of power between the executive and legislative branches of government