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.
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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.