U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Chair of the Senate Budget Committee, is the longest-serving independent in congressional history.
Joined on 7 April, 2009
Israel's vaccine donations to faraway countries have angered Palestinians who say Israel is responsible for the well-being of Palestinians in the occupied territories, where vaccines are scarce
As the occupying power, Israel is responsible for the health of all the people under its control. It is outrageous that Netanyahu would use spare vaccines to reward his foreign allies while so many Palestinians in the occupied territories are still waiting.
President Joe Biden's COVID-19 response team announced Wednesday it would make 25 million masks available to Americans at community health centers and food banks.
This initiative from the Biden administration to give Americans high-quality, reusable masks without cost at community health centers, food pantries and soup kitchens will save tens of thousands of lives – period.
Today is the day millionaires stop paying into Social Security for the year. Meanwhile, working Americans pay into it all year. Enough!
It is time to #ScrapTheCap so the ultra-rich contribute at the same rate as everyone else and we can expand—not cut—Social Security benefits.
Working people in this country are living in great desperation, so of course selfish billionaires are buying ads to try and stop the relief bill. Sorry, Charles Koch. We’re going to pass this legislation, and then we’ll make sure you pay your fair share in taxes.
Opinion | Adriana Alvarez: A minimum wage raise by Congress to $15 an hour would change lives — as it changed mine. - @NBCNewsTHINK
Fast food workers built a grassroots movement to raise the minimum wage to a living wage of $15 an hour. Congress must now stand with them and take action. Working people must be able to live with dignity in the richest country in the world.
While the very rich get richer, working class families today are facing economic devastation. Yes. We need to increase direct payment to $2000 for workers and their kids; raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour; expand the child tax credit and extend unemployment benefits.
NEW: After a week of negotiations w/ the Senate Parliamentarian- Sen. @BernieSanders tells CNN:
“I’m confident that the parliamentarian will advise next week that we can raise the minimum wage through the reconciliation process.”
If Republicans could use reconciliation to try to take health care away from 32 million Americans by repealing the ACA, please don't tell me we can't use the same rules to provide a raise to 32 million workers by increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour. No more excuses.
Walmart & McDonald's pay wages so low that tens of thousands of their workers are forced to rely on food stamps, Medicaid & public housing. I invited the CEOs of these companies to a hearing to explain why they can't afford to pay a $15 minimum wage. Taxpayers deserve an answer.
It is a moral outrage that the wealthiest family in America, the Walton family, still refuses to pay workers at Walmart at least $15 an hour. Over the past 3 years, the Walton family became $84 billion richer, while Walmart's minimum wage has remained stuck at $11. Unacceptable.
There is no rational reason why Medicare pays nearly three times more than Medicaid and about twice as much as the VA for the same exact medicine, but that’s exactly what the CBO just found.
Congress must end this national embarrassment.
.@RevDrBarber, @AFLCIO Pres @RichardTrumka & I just sent a letter calling on Congress to pass a $15 min wage without excuses or delay.
The 32M workers earning poverty wages, many while risking their lives as essential workers, need $15 now. #raisethewage
.@RevDrBarber, AFL-CIO President @RichardTrumka, and SEIU President @MaryKayHenry are exactly right. We must end starvation wages and give 32 million Americans a raise by increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Developed nations with the best healthcare, family leave, vacation & retirement benefits:
2. The Netherlands
30. United States - Dead last
We must end this international embarrassment
Interior secretary nominee has joined pipeline protests and opposed fracking
That's great news. We need an Interior Secretary who has the guts to take on fossil fuel CEOs whose greed is destroying the planet. We need an Interior Secretary who will protect our environment. I'm confident Deb Haaland is that person and I am proud to support her nomination.
A $15 minimum wage is not a radical idea. What's radical is the fact that millions of Americans are forced to work for starvation wages, while 650 billionaires became over $1 trillion richer during a global pandemic. Yes. We must raise the minimum wage to a living wage.
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