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    Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will be squaring off in a debate that will stream on Fox Nation. The upcoming event is part of a set of “Oxford-style” debates under the banner The Senate Project. Graham and Sanders’ debate will be moderated by Fox News anchor Bret Baier. The Senate Project was launched by the Bipartisan Policy Center, the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation, and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, according to a Fox News press release announcing the debate. Bruce A. Percelay, chairman of the board of the Kennedy Institute where the event will be held, said the Senate Project was launched with the hope that “compromise” between parties can be shown to a deeply divided nation. “We initiated this idea in response to what is the most serious division in this country in decades,” he said in the debate’s announcement. “It is our hope that this effort will help demonstrate that compromise in the U.S. Senate is actually possible.” Speaking with Baier on Thursday, Graham previewed the debate, saying despite the...
    Nancy Pelosi blamed 'creature' Donald Trump for emboldening the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade and said the case was 'won a long time ago' as Senator Bernie Sanders demands the upper chamber continuously bring the bill codifying abortion rights until it's passed. 'This is not about a long game. We played a long game – we won Roe v. Wade a long time ago. We voted to protect it over time. We have elected a Democratic House of Representatives that is pro-choice,' the House Speaker told CNN's Dana Bash on Sunday. 'Let's not take our eye off the ball,' she added. 'The ball is: This Court, which is dangerous to the freedoms of our country.' Bash noted that conservatives have had the goal for decades to overturn the 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade that made abortion constitutionally protected and pointed out that some are critical of Democratic leaders, claiming they 'should have seen this coming.' 'Who would have ever suspected that a creature like Donald Trump would become President of the United States, wading a list of...
    The 80-year-old Sen. Bernie Sanders has not ruled out running for president in 2024, should President Joe Biden not seek re-election.  The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Sanders' 2020 Campaign Manager Faiz Shakir wrote a memo telling allies that the Vermont progressive would consider a third bid for the White House.  'In the event of an open 2024 Democratic presidential primary, Sen. Sanders has not ruled out another run for president, so we advise that you answer any questions about 2024 with that in mind,' Shakir wrote.  The 80-year-old Sen. Bernie Sanders has not ruled out running for president in 2024, should President Joe Biden not seek re-election. Sanders attends a Senate hearing in February The 79-year-old Biden has long said he'll run for re-election - though recent polling showed about one-in-five Americans were doubtful he'd complete his first term.  On the other hand, in May 2020, the defeated Sanders said the chances of him running for the White House again were 'very, very slim.'  Sanders, an independent and self-proclaimed democratic-socialist, first ran for the White House in the 2016 Democratic...
    Sen. Bernie Sanders has not closed the door on a 2024 campaign for the White House, according to a leaked memo. The Vermont independent, who ran campaigns in the last two cycles and is now 80, "has not ruled out another run for president" in the event President Joe Biden does not seek reelection, according to the memo distributed to allies written by Faiz Shakir, a senior adviser to Sanders. "In the event of an open 2024 Democratic presidential primary, Sen. Sanders has not ruled out another run for president, so we advise that you answer any questions about 2024 with that in mind," says the memo, according to a Washington Post report on Wednesday. COLORADO CANDIDATE SUES TO ADD 'LET'S GO BRANDON' TO NAME ON BALLOT Sanders spokesman Mike Casca told the news outlet that assertion in the memo was based on a recent poll. “While it’s frustrating this private memo leaked to the media, the central fact remains true, which is that Senator Sanders is the most popular officeholder in the country,” Casca said....
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said Tuesday that he would be open to primarying Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), who do not support breaking the filibuster. One congressional reporter asked Sanders if he would support a primary challenger to senators who do not support changing the filibuster. Sanders responded, “Well, yeah.” Manchin appeared unfazed by the Vermont progressive’s threat to support a primary challenge against him. “I’ve been primaried my entire life. That would not be anything new for me,” Manchin said. “It’s rough and tumble. We’re used to that. Bring it on.” Manchin also said he would not support efforts to revive the “talking filibuster” to bypass the Senate’s centuries-old filibuster rules. The talking filibuster would force senators that want to block consideration to talk on the Senate floor rather than just announcing that they will filibuster the legislation. After senators stop their talking filibuster, the Senate could stop legislation with just 51 votes. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) that this proposal is “not the final word” and would be “solidified” at the Democrats’ Tuesday night caucus meeting....
    New York (CNN Business)Warren Buffett, the ninth-richest person on the planet, says it's not up to him to settle a strike by 450 steelworkers at a company he owns.Sen. Bernie Sanders wrote a letter to the Berkshire Hathaway CEO, requesting that he intervene in a United Steelworkers union strike at the Special Metals plant in Huntington, West Virginia. They've been on strike for three months. Special Metals is a unit of Precision Castparts, which is owned by Buffett's Berkshire."At a time when this company and Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA) are both doing very well, there is no reason why workers employed by you should be worrying about whether they will be able to feed their children or have health care," Sanders wrote. "There is no reason why the standard of living of these hard working Americans should decline. I know that you and Berkshire Hathaway can do better than that," Kellogg strike will end after workers agree to new contractHis letter said employees were offered a contract with no pay raise the first year, only a $2,000 signing bonus, and...
    On Thanksgiving Eve, Stephen Colbert dedicated a chunk of his Late Show monologue to a certain tax-avoiding billionaire, Elon Musk—by all accounts the richest man in the world. “For some reason, there’s always lots of billionaire news,” offered Colbert. “I’ll give you the latest in tonight’s installment of my long-running segment: ‘Rich people, they’re just not like us. Us pay taxes.’” With that, Colbert dug in, addressing Musk’s little Twitter feud with Bernie Sanders over the Vermont senator’s suggestion that Musk pay his fair share in taxes. “First up: SpaceX founder Elon Musk… has been a little prickly ever since Democrats suggested the wealthy pay any taxes,” explained Colbert. “For instance, recently Bernie Sanders tweeted, ‘We must demand that the extremely wealthy pay their fair share. Period.’ To which Musk replied, ‘I keep forgetting that you’re still alive.’” It was a bizarre reply, all thinks considered. “Hey, buddy: You cannot talk to Bernie like that,” Colbert shot back. Then, he did his best Bernie Sanders impression: “You better watch your mouth, space boy! I’m from Brooklyn, the...
    President Joe Biden laughed off a suggestion that he invite senators Bernie Sanders and Joe Manchin to the White House to 'hash it out' as the pair feud over the Democrats' stalled $3.5 trillion infrastructure plan.  Biden, 78, spoke to reporters on the South Lawn on Friday when one asked the president if he thought the Senators would reconcile their difference.  The reporter asked: 'Mr. President, can Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Joe Manchin ever reconcile their differences on your agenda?'  The president laughed, but did not provide an answer.  When she suggested he 'get them together and hash it out this weekend,' the president laughed again before sarcastically replying: 'No problem! I can do that. Not a problem.'   Last week, when Representative Ro Khanna suggested the President have a private conference call between the two, Biden said it would be like 'homicide.' Moderate Manchin and fellow Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona have refused to rubber-stamp Biden's $3.5 trillion plan because of its exorbitant price tag.  Progressive Sanders went head-to-head with West Virginia senator Manchin by publishing an op-ed in...
    Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is going after the pharmaceutical industry and business giants for slowing the path of President Joe Biden's multi-trillion budget plans.  With an infrastructure bill and a $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill tied in knots as leaders try to win over two holdout Democratic centrists, Sanders turned his gaze outside the Capitol, with an op-ed Wednesday on the Fox News website.  He began by touting public polls showing support for individual components of the bill – although other surveys have revealed most Americans still don't know what's in it.  'So, given this overwhelming support, why is it taking so long for to pass this bill? The answer is simple. Follow the money,' wrote Sanders, who also railed against big drug companies and the fossil fuel industry during his presidential campaigns.     Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is blaming opposition from the pharmaceutical, health care, and fossil fuel industries for holding up President Biden's $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill 'As part of our corrupt, big-money dominated political system, the pharmaceutical industry is now spending hundreds of millions of dollars on lobbying, campaign...
    In the back and forth, Sanders' office asked that the draft statement be edited to include criticism of Sinema's stance on the Biden agenda. According to the leaked emails, Mike Casca, the Vermont lawmaker's communications director, told fellow Democrats to insert in the preface, "While we hope Senator Sinema will change her position on prescription drug reform and support a major [budget] reconciliation bill, ..." — but Booker would not allow it. Casca then told the drafters that "Sanders will not be signing" and asked that they "cut 'Senate Democratic Leadership Team'" from the statement's headline. Axois posted copies of the email exchange on its website and social media. Scoop: Bernie Sanders withheld support for a joint statement condemning last weekend's protests against Kyrsten Sin… https://t.co/50kfB84II2 — Alayna Treene (@Alayna Treene) 1633569597.0 Though Sanders, who serves as one of the 12 elected party leaders in the Senate, would not offer backup for his maligned colleague, at least eight other members of Democratic leadership agreed to sign the statement. Along with, Booker, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (N.Y.), Majority...
    Bernie Sanders slammed fellow Democratic senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema for being the only two members of their party's 50-person caucus to vote against President Biden's $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill.  'Two people do not have the right to sabotage what 48 want – what the president of the United States wants. That, to me, is wrong,' the far-left Vermont Senator said during a press conference Wednesday. Sanders's press conference came after Manchin announced he was sticking to his stance that the package should be capped at $1.5 trillion. Sinema said should wouldn't make her negotiations public. Sanders pointed out that 96 percent of both the Senate and House's Democratic caucuses support the plan, with 210 out of 220 members voting 'yes' in the House. 'And, by the way, the president of the United States supports this bill,' he said. Bernie Sanders slammed senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema for being the Democratic caucuses two 'no' votes on Biden's $3.5 trillion spending plan Moderate Senators Joe Manchin (left) and Kyrsten Sinema are the only two members of their party's 50-person...
    Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders blasted reporters Wednesday in the Capitol for not talking about key provisions in the $3.5 trillion Build Back Better Act. “Why don’t we talk about what’s in the bill and the importance of what’s in the bill?” the Budget Committee chairman asked, according to a Politico recording. “What we are trying to do is end or significantly reduce childhood poverty. We’re trying to deal with the existential threat of climate. Trying to make sure that old people have teeth in their mouths. We’re trying to make sure that people are not homeless.” from @politicongress: Bernie Sanders chastised the media for its focus on the timing of both bills — not their contents. https://t.co/Thgqvl7zvL — Matthew Kaminski (@KaminskiMK) September 29, 2021 Sanders wrote large portions of the social spending package, which he has urged Democrats to pass through the reconciliation process since July. In recent days, he has called for the House of Representatives to vote down the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), scheduled for a vote Thursday, if Democrats can not come...
    Conservative Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin's recent vow, repeated on Sunday morning, to oppose a reconciliation bill larger than $1.5 trillion is "absolutely not acceptable," Senate Budget Committee Chair Bernie Sanders made clear this weekend. "We are not going to build bridges just so our people can live under them," Sanders (I-Vt.) said on Saturday night. Invoking a phrase that he and other progressive members of Congress have repeated for months, Sanders added, "No infrastructure bill without the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill." During an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday morning, Sanders told host Dana Bash that "many of us made a major compromise in going from the $6 trillion bill that we wanted" to the Build Back Better Act (BBBA), a popular plan endorsed by President Joe Biden that would invest $3.5 trillion over a decade to improve social welfare, advance workers' rights, establish a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants, and strengthen climate action. Referring to "the enormously unmet needs of working families," Sanders said: "We've got to lower the costs of prescription drugs...
    West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin reiterated Sunday that he will not vote for President Joe Biden's $3.5 trillion infrastructure and social spending package, prompting Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to call his decision "absolutely not acceptable." The West Virginia Democrat suggested the price tag of the legislation should be lowered to around $1.5 trillion, raising concerns that "eight million people are still unemployed" and citing the national debt ceiling. Independent Sen. Sanders completely rejected Manchin's suggestion that the price tag be lowered. "I don’t think it’s acceptable to the president, to the American people, or to the overwhelming majority of the people in the Democratic Caucus," he told CNN on Sunday. "He will not have my vote on $3.5," Manchin said during a CNN interview when asked whether Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer would have his vote. "And Chuck knows that. And we have talked about this. We have already put out $5.4 trillion. And we have tried to help Americans in every way we possibly can. And a lot of the help that we put out there is still...
    Bernie Sanders has slammed newly minted astronaut Jeff Bezos for not paying income tax while Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has attacked his 'tone-deaf' victory lap where he thanked Amazon staff and shoppers for paying for his space mission.  Bezos, who stood down as Amazon CEO in July, successfully flew to space Tuesday morning with his company Blue Origin on the first crewed flight aboard the New Shepard rocket.  The 10 minute flight celebrated a series of firsts, making Bezos the wealthiest man in space, while fellow crew members Wally Funk became the oldest and Oliver Daemen the youngest.  But not everyone joined in the celebrations with the world's richest man quickly coming under fire from several Democrats as soon as he landed back down to Earth.    Several took particular issue with comments Bezos made in a press conference after the trip where he thanked 'every Amazon employee and every Amazon customer' for their part in making the space trip possible. '[I] want to thank every Amazon employee and every Amazon customer because you guys paid for all this,' he said.  'So seriously, for every Amazon customer...
    Amid the protests in Cuba, conservative pundit Ben Shapiro is likening Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to “Hannibal Lecter” and saying that “he is just wearing around” President “Joe Biden’s not particularly sentient face at this point.” “Shocking development that this administration has gotten as radical as it did,” said Shapiro sarcastically on his weekday podcast on Wednesday. “I mean, someone’s warning about it, someone’s warning that this is Bernie Sanders with Joe Biden’s face on it. That basically, this administration was Bernie Sanders is Hannibal Lecter and he is just wearing around Joe Biden’s not particularly sentient face at this point.” The conservative commentator chided the administration for, in his view, not sufficiently backing the Cuban protesters. “What sort of solid support has come from this administration for the Cuban dissenters so far. So far as I can see, none by the way,” he said. “By the way, just your update on Cuba, the Cuban forces are now arresting and unpersoning pretty much all of the dissenters who have been out in the streets.” Shapiro went on to denounce the...
    Some Democrats have been publicly pushing for Justice Stephen Breyer to retire from the Supreme Court so that President Joe Biden can select a successor soon. Some congressmembers like Mondaire Jones and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have joined those calls. Senator Bernie Sanders is publicly not saying the same right now. Chuck Todd asked Sanders about some progressive groups calling on Breyer to retire, and asked, “Do you think this pressure campaign is appropriate and would you like to see him retire now?” “I will let the judge make his own decision,” Sanders said. “I’m not going to tell him what to do.” Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D- RI) recently said that “now would be the right time” for Breyer to retire, given what Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said about blocking any Biden nominee if Republicans re-take the Senate. Whitehouse did add, “I don’t know that senators trying to tell you what to do makes that decision easier rather than harder.” You can watch Sanders’ comments above, via NBC. Have a tip we should know? [email protected]
    (CNN)What happens in Congress in the next few months will determine the future of our country -- and our planet.In this pivotal moment in American history, Democrats in the US House of Representatives and US Senate, working with the White House, have proposed several pieces of legislation which can strengthen working families, protect the planet and save American democracy from right-wing extremism. Bernie SandersWe can create millions of good paying union jobs rebuilding our crumbling roads, bridges, water systems and constructing the millions of units of affordable housing we desperately need. We can also end starvation wages in America by raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. At a time when real wages for American workers have been stagnant for decades, these actions will be a major step forward in improving the standard of living of a declining middle class.Further, we can create millions more jobs by taking the global leadership in combating climate change -- the existential threat to our planet -- and transforming our energy system away from fossil fuels.By extending the child tax credit, we...
    Bernie Sanders may profess to be a socialist working tirelessly on behalf of the common people, but a new book claims that the Vermont senator enjoys the high life - including private charter jets and temperature-specific hotel suites with king-size beds.   Author Edward-Isaac Dovere described 79-year-old Sanders' haughty travel requests while on the campaign trail in 2016 in his new book titled Battle for the Soul: Inside the Democrats' Campaigns to Defeat Trump.  'Hotel rooms had to be away from elevators and from ice machines, so that quiet was guaranteed,' Dovere wrote.  'He didn't like getting upgrades and would often switch with an aide if he got the nicer room— "If there's a bomb in there, it's yours tonight," he'd joke— but he liked suites, and he liked bathtubs, and he insisted on a king-size bed, which had to have a down comforter or another blanket in the closet. He preferred that the extra blanket be dark blue, and made of cotton.'   Among Sanders' most specific demands was that each hotel room be set exactly at 60 degrees Fahrenheit, according...
    Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders characterized Hamas as “terrorist, corrupt, authoritarian” Sunday, while maintaining that the U.S. needs to employ what he claims is an “even-handed approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” Sanders appeared Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” where he addressed his Thursday legislation that would block a $735 million arms sale to Israel approved by President Joe Biden’s administration. WATCH: “You have made the case that how the U.S. government responds in this ceasefire period says something about President Biden’s commitment to human rights more broadly,” John Dickerson, the show’s host, said. “Do you think the administration is being an apologist for the Netanyahu government?” Dickerson asked Sanders. The senator responded by citing a statistic on poverty and unemployment in Gaza and underscoring the “incredible suffering” of the local population. “[A]fter the Israeli attacks, you have wastewater plants destroyed, clinics destroyed, hospitals destroyed. I think the United States has got to develop a even-handed approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” Sanders said. “We have to be pro-Israel, but we have to be pro-Palestinian,” the senator added. (RELATED: ‘I...
    Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said Wednesday it isn’t his call if students should get the vaccine and that the decision should be left up to parents, according to reports. Sanders was asked whether he is in favor of incentivizing teenagers to get the coronavirus vaccine and did not answer, according to WCAX. Sanders, however, said he doesn’t support requiring students to get the jab. “It’s not my job to tell parents or kids to get vaccinated,” Sanders said, according to WCAX. “What we want to do is make sure that it is safe, and I think the evidence seems to suggest that it will be safe.” Sanders received the coronavirus vaccine in December after getting the green light from his physician, according to Vermont Biz. “Following the advice of the Office of the Attending Physician, today I received the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine. As the vaccine is distributed, we must all continue wearing masks and engage in social distancing. That is how we will beat this virus and end this terrible pandemic.” WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 06: DC...
    Madison Summers May 7, 2021 0 Comments Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has a message for President Joe Biden. Speaking to Axios’ Jonathan Swan on “Axios on HBO,” the Vermont senator declared, “I’m not going to get everything I want. Biden’s not going to get everything he wants.” Talking about student debt, Swan said Sanders could potentially “make life more difficult” for Biden. Swan also noted Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) previously said she would not support Biden’s nominees unless he appoints more Asian Americans. Sanders, however, said that he and 49 other senators could then do that, but it would create “chaos.” Watch the video below: The full interview is scheduled to air on Sunday evening. Last month, Sanders and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) introduced a bill, College for All Act, to “make the most substantial federal investment in higher education in the modern history of the United States,” per the press release on April 21. “The College for All Act will end the debt spiral in which too many working families find themselves,” the press release...
    More On: COVID vaccine Clergy urge Cuomo to ‘stop using us as props’ and make churches vaccine sites Why is the COVID-19 situation in India so bad? De Blasio to tourists: Come to NYC and get ‘shot’ Vaxhole allegedly steals 100 COVID shot vials from dentist office Sen. Bernie Sanders said students should not be forced to get vaccinated against COVID-19. “It’s not my job to tell parents or kids to get vaccinated,” the Vermont progressive told WCAX3 on Wednesday while touring a school in his home state. “What we want to do is make sure that it is safe and the evidence seems to suggest that it would be safe.” Sanders, who met with students at a school in Rutland, wouldn’t say if he was in favor of offering incentives to encourage teens to get vaccinated, the TV station reported. The progressive icon’s comments come as the Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 12 to 15 year olds as soon as next week. Right now, anyone 16 or older is eligible...
    During a Wednesday appearance on CNN’s “The Situation Room,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) emphasized the importance of rebuilding the nation’s “human infrastructure.” This comes as Democrats are attempting to ram through a $2 trillion infrastructure plan that largely is not directed toward infrastructure. In arguing in favor of the infrastructure package, Sanders highlighted that “millions of Americans” cannot afford to send their children to college, cannot afford health care, are working at starvation wages, and cannot afford child care. “Look, at the end of the day, everybody in America understands that our infrastructure — our roads and our bridges and our water systems and wastewater plants — are falling apart. They need repair. They need to be rebuilt. And in the process, we create millions of good-paying jobs in doing that,” Sanders outlined. “I think every Democrat understands that; I suspect every Republican understands that. And on top of that, we can create millions more jobs by transforming our energy system away from fossil fuel to energy efficiency and sustainable energy and lead the world fighting climate change.” He continued,...
    Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) slammed the lack of bipartisanship by the Democrats as they push to increase taxes, end the Senate filibuster, grant statehood to Washington, D.C., and more. McConnell, noting the split majority in the Senate and the “narrow” Democratic House majority, said on Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom” that Democrats “misread the election.” He said it was “not a mandate to turn America into Bernie Sanders’ view of what America ought to be.” “So far, this administration is not … interested in doing anything on a bipartisan basis in the political center,” McConnell outlined. “They’d be more than happy to pick off a few of our members and do what they would like to do, but there has been no effort whatsoever by the president or the administration to do anything in the political center. It’s been trying to jam through everything on the hard left. You saw that on the $1.9 trillion COVID package, only 1% of which had to do with vaccines and only 9% of which had to do with health care....
    Madison Summers March 24, 2021 0 Comments Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is not “particularly comfortable” with Twitter banning former President Donald Trump. The New York Times’s Ezra Klein asked during a podcast interview about criticism from conservatives that “liberals have become too censorious and too willing… to censor or suppress ideas and products that offend them.” Sanders first took a swing at Trump in response, “Look, you have a former president in Trump, who is a racist, a sexist, a homophobe, a xenophobe, a pathological liar, an authoritarian, somebody who doesn’t believe in the rule of law. This is a bad news guy. “ The Vermont senator added, “But if you’re asking me, do I feel particularly comfortable that the president, the then president of the United States could not express his views on Twitter? I don’t feel comfortable about it.” However, Sanders acknowledged he did not know “what the answer is.” “Do you want to hate speech and conspiracy theories traveling all over this country? No. Do you want the internet to be used for authoritarian purposes and...
    Senator Bernie Sanders said recently that he’s not “comfortable” with former President Trump’s Twitter ban, arguing it could lead suppression of users across the political spectrum. The Vermont Independent found common ground with many Republicans who accused the social media network of left-leaning bias and political censorship after they banned Trump in the wake of the Jan. 6 attack US Capitol riot. Sanders made the comments to New York Times columnist Ezra Klein Tuesday, after Trump aides announced the former president would soon return to social media with his own platform. “Look, you have a racist, sexist, xenophobe, pathological liar, an authoritarian, somebody who doesn’t believe in the rule of law. This is a bad news guy,” Sanders said. “But if you’re asking me do I feel particularly comfortable that the then-president of the United States could not express his views on Twitter? I don’t feel comfortable about that.” Sanders said Twitter should not be used “for authoritarian purposes and insurrection,” but added, “tomorrow it could be somebody else [getting banned] who has a very different point of...
    Senator Bernie Sanders said in a new interview that he’s not “particularly comfortable” with Donald Trump’s Twitter ban because “tomorrow it could be somebody else who has a very different point of view” that gets banned as well. Sanders spoke with The New York Times’ Ezra Klein for an interview that dropped Tuesday, an “unusually optimistic” conversation — as Klein put it — on everything from the covid relief legislation to the voting rights bill Democrats are pushing for to unionizing Amazon workers. At one point Klein asked the Vermont senator about criticism that “liberals have become too censorious and too willing to use their cultural and corporate and political power to censor or suppress ideas and products that offend them.” Sanders started by pointing to the Twitter ban of the former president and said, “You have a former president in Trump, who was a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe, a pathological liar, an authoritarian, somebody who doesn’t believe in the rule of law. This is a bad-news guy.” But he continued, “If you’re asking me, do I feel particularly...
    Sen. Tom Cotton R-Ark., said Wednesday that President Biden "may not be tough enough" to stand up against far-left Democrats like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Sen. Bernie Sanders and others who want to change the Senate's filibuster rules. BIDEN SUPPORTS CHANGING FILIBUSTER RULES IN SENATE TOM COTTON: "If they don't want to change the rules, but what they want to change the practices and require people to be on the floor for extended periods of time, I've got news for them. I can be there around the clock for days on end. If it's required to stop things like amnesty for illegal aliens or statehood for Washington, D.C. or packing the Supreme Court, that's ultimately what the Democrats want. It's their far left... They're angry that they don't have popular support for their agenda. So they're trying to change the rules and ram it through in this fleeting window when they have power before we win back the Senate and the House next year. That's ultimately what this is about. And that's why the Republicans are going to stand up firmly against that radical agenda... CLICK...
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has slammed Israel for sending coronavirus vaccines to overseas allies before sending them to the Palestinians, even though Jerusalem has sent Ramallah far more vaccines than any other foreign nation. Writing in a tweet, Sanders said: “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.” 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. https://t.co/kx4qFPtRQl — Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) February 24, 2021 He was responding to a New York Times tweet stating: “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.” However, the very same article that the NYT referred to pointed to the fact Israel had...
    Democrats have been pushing for the minimum wage to be increased to $15 an hour, though at this point it’s unclear whether it would ultimately be included in the overall covid relief bill Congress is taking up. A proposal by two Republican senators has a provision raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour. Senator Bernie Sanders spoke with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes Wednesday night and said there is “not one” Republican who supports raising it to $15. Hayes asked Sanders if he thought Democrats could win a floor vote on the issue. Sanders almost immediately said, “No. No.” With a chuckle and a hand-wave, he continued, “No. As of now, there’s not one Republican who will support at $15-an-hour minimum wage.” “The only way that we are going to raise the minimum wage,” Sanders told Hayes, “is through reconciliation or ending the filibuster. In my view, I do not see in the foreseeable future getting significant support from Republicans.” Hayes asked the Vermont senator about a “rhetorical shift” from some Republicans saying they’re now the party of working people, saying,...
    President Joe Biden privately told governors and mayors last week that the $15-an-hour minimum wage proposition in his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 would likely die.  On Thursday night, Politico reported new details about the meeting, which took place in the Oval Office last Friday, and included state and city leaders from both parties includng New York's Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Maryland's GOP Gov. Larry Hogan.  'I really want this in there but it just doesn't look like we can do it because of reconciliation,' Biden told the group. 'I'm not going to give up. But right now, we have to prepare for this not making it.'  Last Friday, President Joe Biden held a meeting with a bipartisan group of governors and mayors. Politico reported Thursday night that Biden told them that they needed to prepare for the $15-an-hour minimum wage hike not to make it into the final COVID-19 relief bill  The progressive wing of the Democratic Party, which includes Sen. Bernie Sanders (left) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (right), has been pushing Biden to have Vice President...
    The photographer behind an Inauguration Day photo of Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has mixed feelings about the widespread obsession with his most recent viral creation. Brendan Smialowski, a photojournalist for Agence France-Presse (AFP), captured the picture showing Sanders socially-distanced, sitting with his arms and legs crossed in a warm jacket and large mittens.  It quickly became the most trending subject on Twitter. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Smialowski said that he didn’t anticipate that his photo would blow up the way that it did. “The picture itself is not that nice. It’s not a great composition. I’m not going to be putting this in a portfolio,” Smialowski said, according to Rolling Stone.  Twitter users photoshopped the image of Sanders into famous paintings, classic album covers, and historical photographs. Actor Ice Cube shared a popular edit inserting Sanders onto the set of his classic movie “Friday.” (RELATED: Bernie Sanders Inauguration Sweatshirt Sells Out, All Proceeds Going To Charity) I think I’ve seen this movie before…???? pic.twitter.com/9Y8D7wFhW5 — Ice Cube (@icecube) January 21, 2021 Smialowski is used to the attention,...
    More On: bernie sanders Here are some of the best Bernie Sanders memes from the inauguration The story behind the massive, 127-year-old Bible used during Biden’s inauguration Bernie Sanders roasted for his Inauguration Day attire Bernie Sanders mural is defaced in ‘suspected’ hate crime Those smitten with Bernie Sanders’ mittens won’t be able to get their hands on — or in — them after all. The 79-year-old Vermont senator’s scene-stealing inauguration look sparked a huge demand for his comfy-looking mittens — but they are “one-of-a-kind” and not for sale. The multicolored hand-knit mittens — which Sanders paired with a muted Burton parka — made Sanders the toast of social media Wednesday, with a flood of memes and his mittens even getting their own Twitter account. It also sparked a frenzied hunt for an identical pair — with the Vermont teacher who made them telling the Jewish Insider that she was overwhelmed with more than 6,000 requests on Tuesday, with more coming by the hour. But as teacher Jen Ellis, 42, said she was “flattered that Bernie wore them to...
    Mitch McConnell still hasn't said if he will hold a vote on upping direct checks to Americans to $2,000 as speculation mounts he could ignore Senator Bernie Sanders' threat to hold the Senate in session into the New Year if there is no vote. The Senate majority leader has two options after that the Democrat-controlled House voted Monday evening to pass the increased payments: Bring the measure to the floor for a vote and see what happens or force a New Year's Day vote. Sanders announced Monday that he will filibuster in the Senate, forcing the upper chamber to sit over the holiday and holding up a vote to override President Donald Trump's veto of the National Defense Authorization Act, which has veto-proof support. Separately, Trump finally signed the massive coronavirus relief and government funding package Sunday night – but sent back a line item version with several spending cuts and demanded the $600 checks for Americans be tripled to $2,000. The president does not have the power to line item veto per a Supreme Court ruling that it is...
    Bernie Sanders said Sunday morning that President Donald Trump is 'unbelievably cruel' for letting the coronavirus relief package sit on his desk as he golfs in Mar-a-Lago for Christmas vacation. 'What the president is doing right now is unbelievably cruel,' Sanders told ABC's 'This Week' host Jonathan Karl in a Sunday interview. 'Many millions of people are losing their extended unemployment benefits,' the independent Vermont senator continued. 'They're going to be evicted from their apartments because the eviction moratorium is ending. We are looking at a way to get the vaccine distributed to tens of millions of people. There's money in that bill.' Sanders was responding to Trump's suggestion last week that he could veto the $900 billion COVID-19 bill. The president lamented that there was too much foreign aid included and insisted that the direct checks be boosted from $600 to $2,000. Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders said Sunday morning that Donald Trump is 'unbelievably cruel' for not yet signing the $900 billion in coroanvirus relief and suggesting he could veto the whole package Trump spent Sunday...
    President-elect Joe Biden has yet to appoint any prominent supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to his incoming administration in the month and-a-half since the November 3 presidential election. The list of his twenty or so hires, both for Senate-confirmed and White House staff roles, includes several long-time aides, many former Obama administration officials, and even one or two “progressives,” such as California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. But almost all of those named supported Biden in the Democratic Party presidential primary. One rare exception is Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM), whom Biden named as his choice for Secretary of the Interior this week, and who supported Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). Pete Buttigieg, whom Biden selected as his pick for Secretary of Transportation, ran against Biden, but dropped out before Super Tuesday to endorse him. One choice, Symone Sanders, backed the Vermont socialist in 2016, but served as a Biden surrogate in 2020. She has, bizarrely, been relegated to the Vice President’s office in favor of former Obama communications aide Jen Psaki, who will be Biden’s White House Press Secretary. Sanders supporters...
    Senators Bernie Sanders and Josh Hawley have come together in a rare moment of agreement — demanding that Congress not leave for the holidays until a new round of stimulus checks for suffering Americans is passed. Both Sanders and Hawley withdrew objections to the government funding bill being taken up today, but made it clear they A fired-up Sanders brought up Congress’ dismal approval rating and talked about how his state of Vermont has been seriously hurt by the coronavirus pandemic. “This Congress must address the economic emergency facing the American people. We cannot go back to our families during the Christmas holidays while tens of millions of families are suffering. They are looking towards us and their government to provide the emergency assistance that they need,” he said. Sanders brought up the amendment he and Hawley introduced to include stimulus checks for Americans who desperately need it. “I am not one of the members of the Senate who shuts down — does this and does that and keeps people here for a week. I don’t do that,” Sanders...
    Congress is continuing to negotiate a $908 billion covid stimulus proposal that is receiving some bipartisan support — but also some notable bipartisan criticism. This past Friday, Senator Bernie Sanders said he would not support the stimulus unless it’s “significantly improved” and made a point of calling out the lack of direct payments: Despite strong Democratic opposition, this proposal provides 100% legal immunity to corporations whose irresponsibility led to the deaths of hundreds of workers. It would continue to provide a get-out-of-jail free card to companies that put the lives of their workers at risk. — Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) December 4, 2020 While the COVID crisis is the worst it has ever been, Manchin-Romney not only provides no direct payments, it does nothing to address the healthcare crisis and provides totally inadequate assistance for the most vulnerable. Thats wrong morally and its wrong economically. — Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) December 4, 2020 The American people need help NOW! We must make sure every working class American receives at least $1,200 and that we dont give legal...
    With Congress still negotiating over desperately-needed covid relief, Senator Bernie Sanders made it clear he opposes the $900 million package currently under consideration because of what it leaves out. In a Twitter thread Friday, the Vermont senator said, “Despite strong Democratic opposition, this proposal provides 100% legal immunity to corporations whose irresponsibility led to the deaths of hundreds of workers. It would continue to provide a get-out-of-jail free card to companies that put the lives of their workers at risk.” He added, “Every working class American needs at least $1,200 to pay the rent and feed their families. Manchin-Romney provides nothing for them.” Senator Mark Warner joined CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday to talk about the proposal. “In October,” Tapper said, “the White House reportedly offered Congress a 1.8 trillion dollar deal but Democratic leaders said no, they wanted a 2.2 trillion dollar deal. Now you’re looking at about half of what the White House offered and we don’t even know if you can get that passed. It seems as though the negotiating strategy of the Democratic leaders, Schumer...
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) claimed Monday that President Donald Trump will be remembered as a demagogue who tried to undermine the rule of law. “Donald Trump will go down in history not just as a racist, sexist, xenophobe and religious bigot. He will be remembered as a demagogue who, more than anyone else, attempted to undermine the rule of law and destroy American democracy,” the senator wrote: Donald Trump will go down in history not just as a racist, sexist, xenophobe and religious bigot. He will be remembered as a demagogue who, more than anyone else, attempted to undermine the rule of law and destroy American democracy. He will not be missed. — Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) November 16, 2020 “He will not be missed,” he added. On November 5, President Trump vowed to take significant legal action to challenge elections in key swing states after watching his margin of victory shrink due to late-counted ballots for Joe Biden (D). “We think there’ll be a lot of litigation, because we cannot have an election stolen like this,” Trump said. “We want every legal...
    Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders implied that the public refusal to acknowledge President Donald Trump’s loss in the 2020 election by Congressional Republicans was little more than a temporary ploy to avoid angering him. Appearing on CNN, the former Democratic presidential candidate called out the president’s ongoing denial that rival Joe Biden has won the election. “The president is choosing to disregard our democracy right now, ignore the will of millions of Americans. What is your reaction to what is going on?” host Wolf Blitzer asked Sanders. “Look. People lose close elections. Hillary Clinton lost a close election. Other people have lost close elections,” Sanders noted. “In America you say I fought as hard as I could and I want to thank our supporters and I congratulate the winner and let’s go forward with the transition we all love our country and we want the best for America. What [Trump] is doing is delegitimatizing our electoral process and American democracy.” Blitzer then asked about a comment from Sanders’ Senate colleague, Chris Coons, who said on Tuesday that Republicans privately relay congratulations to Biden though him,...
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) spoke to the far-left members of the “Squad” in a virtual roundtable discussion on Friday, emphasizing that electing Joe Biden (D) would not be the “end-all” but only the “beginning” of their plans to push their radical agenda, ultimately making Biden the “most progressive president since FDR.” Sanders previewed his vision for the Democrat Party under a Biden presidency with four members of the “Squad” — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA). “But we understand that electing Biden is not the end-all. It is the beginning,” the Vermont senator said. He lauded the congresswomen for their work in making Biden’s plans “much stronger” than they were during the Democrat primary, singling out Ocasio-Cortez’s work on the Climate Change Task Force. “Do they [Biden’s plans] go as far as we would want? No, they don’t,” Sanders said, adding that “Biden, unlike Trump, does not conceive of himself as a dictator.” “We’re not giving up on our agenda,” Sanders promised, using their advocacy for Medicare for All as a prime...
    Madison Summers October 29, 2020 0 Comments Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is not “overly confident” as Election Day nears. Speaking with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Wednesday, the Vermont senator — who ran in the 2020 Democratic primary — shared that he is “not one who speculates” on elections but, “I am cautiously optimistic.” After calling it “the most important election,” Sanders added, “I am not overly confident.” He continued, “I am going to work as hard as I can. I think Biden stands a very good chance of winning.” See Sanders’ comments below: Sen. Bernie Sanders says he is "cautiously optimistic" about the outcome of the presidential election next week."I am not overly confident," he adds. "I am going to work as hard as I can. I think Biden stands a very good chance of winning." https://t.co/ti8c6tcQzZ pic.twitter.com/lEqvoBO8gb— CNN (@CNN) October 29, 2020 There are only five days left until Election Day on Nov. 3. According to FiveThirtyEight, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden holds an 8.9 point lead ahead of President Donald Trump, as of Thursday. As...
    Rep. Tom Suozzi is a Democrat representing the 3rd Congressional District in New York. He is a member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, serving on both the oversight and tax policy subcommittees. He is also vice-chairman of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus and formerly served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Armed Services Committee. Suozzi, 58, previously served as mayor of his hometown, Glen Cove, New York, from 1994 to 2001, and as Nassau County executive from 2002 to 2009. He is trained as an attorney and a certified public accountant. He resides in Glen Cove with his wife Helene and their three children. Suozzi spoke to the Washington Examiner about the current debate over the economic future of the United States. Washington Examiner: Everyone was moving in an upwards direction pre-pandemic in terms of income, wages, poverty levels, and that all happened under Trump's watch. What would you say to Republicans and others who say that, that it has been a time of great prosperity and overall improvement by all economic measures? Tom...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden proclaimed during Tuesday’s debate with President Trump that he doesn’t support the Green New Deal, but his environmental plan on his website calls it a “crucial framework” for fighting climate change. “The Green New Deal is not my plan,” the Democratic presidential nominee said of the sweeping environmental proposal put forward by progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) But Fox News’ Chris Wallace, the moderator, pressed him on whether he supports the plan that calls for the US to meet 100 percent renewable energy. “No, I don’t support the Green New Deal,” Biden said. “Oh, you don’t? Well, that’s a big statement,” Trump quickly interjected, denouncing the plan as the end of airplanes and cows. “That means you just lost the radical left. It’s gone.” But Biden persisted. “I support the Biden plan that I put forward, which is different than what he calls the ‘radical Green New Deal,’” the Democratic candidate said. Joe Biden speaks during the first debate in Cleveland, Ohio.Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images But his campaign page offers...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden proclaimed during Tuesday’s debate with President Trump that he doesn’t support the Green New Deal, but his environmental plan on his website calls it a “crucial framework” for fighting climate change. “The Green New Deal is not my plan,” the Democratic presidential nominee said of the sweeping environmental proposal put forward by progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) But Fox News’ Chris Wallace, the moderator, pressed him on whether he supports the plan that calls for the US to meet 100 percent renewable energy. “No, I don’t support the Green New Deal,” Biden said. “Oh, you don’t? Well, that’s a big statement,” Trump quickly interjected, denouncing the plan as the end of airplanes and cows. “That means you just lost the radical left. It’s gone.” But Biden persisted. “I support the Biden plan that I put forward, which is different than what he calls the ‘radical Green New Deal,'” the Democratic candidate said. Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks during the first debate in Cleveland, Ohio, yesterday.Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images But...
    Bernie Sanders is privately concerned about how Democratic nominee Joe Biden is running against President Donald Trump.  The Washington Post reported Saturday that Sanders is urging Biden's team to talk about more pocketbook issues and campaign with Democrats including hip progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  Sanders is warning that Biden could lose to Trump, like Hillary Clinton did in 2016, if he continues with his vague, down-the-middle approach, sources told The Post.    Former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is quietly worried about the campaign Joe Biden is running and has advised the Democratic nominee to talk more about pocketbook issues and campaign with popular Democrats like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez  Sanders believes Joe Biden (pictured) needs help with Latinos, young Americans and members of the progressive movement, three constituencies that went for the Vermont senator during the 2020 Democratic primaries  Biden's problem with Latinos could hurt him in Florida, Arizona and Nevada, where President Donald Trump (pictured) campaigned Saturday night at the Minden-Tahoe Airport, outside of Reno, Nevada   The Post wrote that Sanders believed Biden would be better served talking about economic...
    Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden cannot keep letting Trump set the agenda The 2020 stage is set: character, chaos and the Marx Brothers Trump reiterates call for drug test before debates, claims Biden 'is on some kind of an enhancement' MORE (I-Vt.) warned Friday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpDHS to label white supremacists as the 'most persistent and lethal threat' to the US: report Buttigieg slams Trump over comments on fallen soldiers: 'He must think we're all suckers' White House tells federal agencies to cancel 'divisive' racial sensitivity training: report MORE may not concede if he loses the general election in November.  “This is not just idle speculation,” Sanders told Politico. “Trump was saying … ‘the only way they can take this election away from us is if this is a rigged election.’ Now he is making that statement at a time when virtually every national poll has him behind.” The progressive firebrand and former presidential hopeful pointed to comments Trump made during the GOP convention last month. In a July interview with FOX News’s Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceThe Hill's Morning...
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