Vt. Delegation Reacts to President Bush’s Veto of Children’s Health Insurance Program

Vermont’s Congressional Delegation – Sen. Patrick Leahy (D), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I), and Rep. Peter Welch (D) – issued the following reaction to President Bush’s veto of legislation renewing the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). The legislation protects insurance coverage for 6.6 million children currently enrolled in the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) and pro

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Commission on Wartime Contracting

The Senate on Monday approved a major Department of Defense policy bill that includes a provision cosponsored by Senator Bernie Sanders to create a commission to investigate U.S. wartime contracting abuses in Iraq and Afghanistan. “There is already a lot of evidence that they have overcharged the taxpayers of this country. Money that should’ve been going to our soldiers has been going to make very wealthy people even wealthier,” Sanders told Vermont Public Radio.

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2005 Incomes, on Average, Still Below 2000 Peak

By DAVID CAY JOHNSTON Correction Appended Americans earned a smaller average income in 2005 than in 2000, the fifth consecutive year that they had to make ends meet with less money than at the peak of the last economic expansion, new government data shows. While incomes have been on the rise since 2002, the average income in 2005 was $55,238,

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“Listening Sessions” on Economic and Infrastructure Needs

As a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee of the U.S. Senate I’d like to invite you to join me for a “Listening Session” on the economic and infrastructural needs in your county. This “Listening Session” will be an opportunity for you and other community leaders to inform me and my staff as to how we can best

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Sanders Proposes Strengthening Nuclear Power Plant Safety

WASHINGTON, March 28- On the anniversary of the worst nuclear accident in U.S. history, Senator Bernie Sanders today introduced legislation to provide for independent safety assessments before nuclear power plants may boost output or extend operating licenses.

“In an era of aging reactors being pushed past old limits to produce more and more power, the public deserves to know that safety is the single most important priority at nuclear power plants,” Sanders said on the anniversary of the

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Sanders Seeks Weatherization Funds

Senator Bernie Sanders said today that he would fight to restore $38 million that the Bush administration wants to cut this year from a program that helps working people cope with high energy bills while protecting the environment.

The administration wants to reduce funding to $205 million for the program that supports state and local efforts to help families insulate their homes in order to reduce heating and air conditioning bills. Last year, $242.2 million was allotted.

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