Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) talks to reporters while leaving the U.S. Capitol on August 9, 2021. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc. via Getty Images)
Posted in Politics

‘It’s gonna be $3.5 trillion’: Sanders holds the line against right-wing Democrats

“That’s the compromise that’s already been made,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders. “The truth is $3.5 trillion is not enough.” by Kenny Stancil, Common Dreams September 15, 2021 Pushing back against conservative Democrats’ attempts to shrink the…

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Demonstrators protest for lower prescription drug costs in front of the New York Stock Exchange on November 14, 2019. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Posted in Health Care News

Sanders says there’s ‘no excuse’ for any Democrat to oppose lowering drug prices

“Now is the time for Congress to show courage and stand up to the greed of the pharmaceutical industry.” by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams Thursday, September 16, 2021 After three House Democrats voted against a key…

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks to reporters following a vote at the U.S. Capitol on April 12, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Posted in Infrastructure Politics Restart 2021

Sanders warns Dems could lose Congress if they get mired in ‘never-ending’ negotiations with GOP

“The Democrats in Congress must move forward boldly, protecting the working families of our country and restoring faith in government. Yes, the future of the country is at stake.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, May…

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks during the confirmation hearing for Secretary of Energy nominee Jennifer Granholm on January 27, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Graeme Jennings—Pool/Getty Images)
Posted in Arizona News Unemployment insurance

Sanders urges Labor Secretary to protect jobless benefits as GOP governors race to cut them off

Az Gov. Ducey moves to cut fed unemployment help The Vermont senator warned that many workers “will be forced into poverty” if Republican leaders are permitted to end emergency unemployment benefits. by Jake Johnson, staff writer…

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Posted in Analysis Politics

Progressive takeover of Nevada Democratic Party sparks ‘mass exodus’ of staff, consultants

“What they just didn’t expect is that we got better and better at organizing and out-organizing them at every turn,” said Judith Whitmer, newly elected chair of the Nevada Democratic Party. by Jake Johnson, staff writer…

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Posted in COVID Reboot 2021 Restart 2021

‘Stop Nickel and Diming the American people’: Anger grows as Senate Democrats move to deny relief checks to 17 million

“While you’re quibbling over who you want to exclude, people are suffering. SEND THE CHECKS.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer March 5, 2021   The decision by the Senate Democratic leadership and President Joe Biden—for no…

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Posted in Labor Labor News

A huge, huge deal’: Biden issues public statement of support for unionizing Alabama Amazon workers

“We haven’t had this aggressive and positive of a statement from a president of the United States on behalf of workers in decades.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, March 1, 2021   Declaring that all…

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Posted in Coronavirus News

Sanders rips Netanyahu for sending Covid vaccines to foreign allies as Palestinians denied access

‘Outrageous’ The U.S. senator from Vermont denounced Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for sending spare vaccines overseas “while so many Palestinians in the occupied territories are still waiting.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, February 25,…

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Posted in Minimum wage News Restart 2021

‘It is not a budget item,’ Democrat Kyrsten Sinema falsely says as she joins Joe Manchin in opposing $15 wage

“She is incorrect. It has a budgetary impact, and it was verified by CBO. Let’s get it done now.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, February 12, 2021 Sen. Kyrsten Sinema on Friday joined fellow conservative…

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Posted in COVID Reboot 2021 News Restart 2021

‘Giant first step’: After 14+ hours of votes, Senate approves Covid relief resolution

 With Zero GOP Support “We have the opportunity to give hope to the American people and restore faith in our government by telling them that… we understand the pain that they are experiencing and we are…

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Billionaire investor Leon Cooperman speaks during an interview on CNBC on January 28, 2021. (Photo: CNBC/YouTube Screengrab) 
Posted in Analysis Restart 2021 Taxes

‘Cry me a river’: Sanders hits back as billionaire investor whines about potential tax hikes

“Oh look, another billionaire is mad that he might have to pay more taxes while children in America go hungry and veterans sleep on the street.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, January 29, 2021 As…

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Posted in News Restart 2021

As White House floats skimpier relief bill in bid for GOP support, progressives warn going small would be ‘catastrophic’

“Congress should err on the side of offering generous relief to a larger pool of people, rather than too little.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, January 28, 2021 With the Biden White House reportedly weighing…

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Posted in News Restart 2021

Budget Chair Sanders dares GOP to criticize him for using reconciliation to ‘protect ordinary people, not just the rich’

“If they want to criticize me for helping to feed children who are hungry or senior citizens in this country who are isolated and alone and don’t have enough food, they can criticize me.” by Jake…

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Posted in Economy News Restart 2021

Sanders says ‘First order of business’ for Biden, new Democratic Congress must be Covid bill with $2,000 checks

The Vermont senator said Democrats have to be “bold in a way that we have not seen since FDR in the 1930s.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, January 8, 2021 Sen. Bernie Sanders late Thursday…

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Posted in News Restart 2021

Sanders urges Americans to call their senators and demand vote on $2,000 checks

‘A Matter of Life and Death’ “We need $2,000 stimulus checks, not $740,000,000,000 for the Pentagon and private ‘defense’ contractors,” said advocacy group CodePink. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, December 30, 2020 Sen. Bernie Sanders…

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Posted in News Restart 2021

After billionaires gained $1 trillion in wealth, says Sanders, it is not ‘radical’ to demand more $1,200 stimulus checks

“The American people cannot wait any longer. They need economic relief now.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, December 18, 8pm-MST Sen. Bernie Sanders on Friday took to the Senate floor to once again make the…

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Posted in Economy News Restart 2021

Sanders, Hawley Move to Attach $1,200 Payments to Must-Pass Spending Bill

‘Congress Cannot Go on Recess Without Providing This’ — Sanders “It would be outrageous and simply unacceptable for members of Congress to go home to their families when tens of millions of working-class families in this country…

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Posted in Coronavirus News Restart 2021

Bernie mobilizes progressive forces for direct cash stimulus

‘Not $300. Not $600. $1,200 at a Minimum’ “Corporate welfare? Endless amounts of money,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders. “Now when children are going hungry in America and so many families are struggling, suddenly we don’t have…

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Posted in Common Dreams News Restart 2021

Sanders leads Senate demand for $1,200 stimulus checks over ‘Get-Out-of-Jail Free Card’ for corporations

“The American people need help and they need help now.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, December 9 Rejecting the bipartisan coronavirus relief plan currently under negotiation on Capitol Hill as “totally inadequate,” Sen. Bernie Sanders…

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Posted in Common Dreams News Restart 2021 Safety Net

Sanders opposed to relief plan that gives ‘no financial help’ to tens of millions of people

“Given the enormous economic desperation facing working families in this country today, I will not be able to support the recently announced Manchin-Romney Covid proposal unless it is significantly improved.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Friday,…

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Posted in Banks Common Dreams News

Sanders and Gillibrand unveil Postal Banking Act: to provide public alternative to ‘predatory’ Wall Street banks

The new legislation, according to Sanders’ office, would help “families generate savings, wealth, and credit, while bringing millions of American workers into a more fair banking system.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, September 17 With…

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Joining Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) at the virtual town hall will be progressive Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), American Federation of Teachers Michigan president David Hecker, Michigan Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II, former United Auto Workers president Bob King, and other local leaders. (Image: Sen. Bernie Sanders/Twitter)
Posted in Common Dreams News Race for the White House 2020

Video: Bernie Sanders hosts ‘Fighting for Justice in Michigan’ Town Hall with Rashida Tlaib

“Together, we are going to defeat the most dangerous president in our modern history.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Saturday, September 12 With the November presidential election less than two months away, Sen. Bernie Sanders on…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams Coronavirus News Restart 2020 Safety Net

Sanders rips GOP plan to subsidize business meals as children go hungry

‘Pathetic Would Be Too Mild a Word’ “Millions of families in this country are facing hunger; there’s not an additional nickel in their package for nutrition programs for children or for working people.” by Jake Johnson,…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Justice News Policing

‘Now is not the time for more studies’: Sanders rips weak GOP bill and demands end to police immunity

“Now is the time to hold racist and corrupt police officers and police departments accountable for their actions.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, June 18 Slamming the GOP’s newly unveiled policing reform bill as inadequate…

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