More than 5 million American seniors face the threat of hunger and 1 million a year go hungry, according to a report released on Tuesday by Sen. Bernie Sanders at a hearing of the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging.
On the last school day for most Vermont students, Senator Sanders announced summer school and after-school programs that will receive funds to help more than 2,500 students throughout Vermont. Participants in three of the summer programs -- Linking Learning to Life, Girls Move Mountains and a camp run by the Fairfield Community Center and the Northrop Library -- joined Sanders at a press conference at Burlington High School.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced legislation to make federal commodity regulators halt excessive oil speculation that has driven up gasoline prices. A provision in last year’s Wall Street reform law required federal regulators to clamp down on speculators, but the Commodity Futures Trading Commission has refused to do so. Partly as a result of the failure to enforce the law, the national average price for a gallon of gasoline today is $3.69 a gallon, although supplies are greater and demand lower than two years ago when prices averaged about $2.44 a gallon. Read more
Senator Sanders pressed the Smithsonian Institution to begin selling American-made products in its museum gift shops. On Tuesday, Senator Sanders visited the National Museum of American History to see a gift shop that has recently been restocked with exclusively American-made products. This push is a part of the senator's continued effort to support American manufacturing and American workers.