Week in Review

On Monday Congressional leaders revealed that deficit talks between the 12-member super committee had collapsed. Sen. Sanders discussed the ramifications of the committee's failure with MSNBC and WPTZ. The Vermont congressional delegation announced that Vermont would receive $15 million to help rebuild roads and bridges damaged by tropical storm Irene. On Friday Sen. Sanders discussed local food systems with New York Times columnist Mark Bittman at the Intervale Center in Burlington, Vt.  

Local Food On the day after Thanksgiving Sen. Sanders hosted a conference to discuss local food systems with author and New York Times food columnist Mark Bittman.  The conference was held at the Burlington Intervale Center where 12 independent farms grow and sell locally grown food at the Intervale Food Hub. "The Food Hub is really sort of innovative. It will be interesting to see where it goes, though there's no reason it won't do great," said Bittman, who was in Vermont for Thanksgiving. 

Deficit Talks Crumble Congressional leaders revealed on Monday that talks on a sweeping deficit agreement had failed. Sen. Bernie Sanders said no deal would be better than a bad deal.  Summarizing the aftermath of the super committee's failure, Sen. Sanders told MSNBC's Ed Schultz, "The American people are the winners and the Republicans are the big losers."

Irene Recovery Sens. Bernie Sanders, Patrick Leahy and Rep. Peter Welch announced this week that Vermont will receive $15 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation to help rebuild and repair flood-damaged roads and bridges. "U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood has been has a once again demonstrated a strong understanding of the magnitude of the disaster that has struck Vermont and the need for timely federal help. I appreciate that very much," said Sanders, a member of the transportation subcommittee of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.