This week, Bernie met with several of President-elect Barack Obama's cabinet nominees. Shown below are: Arne Duncan (Department of Education); Hilda Solis (Department of Labor); Lisa Jackson (Environmental Protection Agency); and Steven Chu (Department of Energy).
Senator Sanders delivered a speech entitled "Milton Friedman's Legacies: On the U.S. Economic Crisis" in response to the creation of the Milton Friedman Institute for Research in Economics.
Photo credit: David Schalliol
Army General Eric Shinseki (left), President-elect Barack Obama’s choice to head the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, confers with Senator Bernie Sanders, a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, in the senator’s Capitol Hill office on Wednesday. (photo by Rebecca Hammel for the U.S. Senate).
Over four hundred Vermont citizens turned out for two Town Meetings on the economy that Senator Sanders held on Saturday in Lincoln and Brandon. People expressed deep concerns about the loss of jobs, inadequate health care, and how to turn the country around.
Senator Sanders joined his colleagues from the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, including Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), at a Capitol Hill press conference to announced that they will introduce major global warming legislation early next year, saying Barack Obama's election meant a "sea change" in the battle against climate change. This legislation will be introduced in January to cut global warming gas emissions by spending up to $15 billion a year to spur clean energy innovation and to direct the E.P.A. to set up a cap-and-trade system to stem greenhouse gas emissions.