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Sanders, Dems introduce $15 minimum wage bill

 

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Sanders, Dems introduce $15 minimum wage bill© Provided by The Hill Sanders, Dems introduce $15 minimum wage bill Democrats are uniting behind Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in a legislative push to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour.

Sanders will reintroduce a $15 minimum wage bill Wednesday, attracting support from some Democrats such as Sen. Patty Murray (Wash.), who previously supported a smaller minimum wage increase.

Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Bobby Scott (D-Va.) will drop a companion bill in the House. Ellison has previously pushed for $15 an hour, while Scott joined Murray in calling for a $12 minimum wage hike last Congress.

The $15 minimum wage bill stands little chance of passing in a Republican-controlled Congress, but could put pressure on GOP lawmakers to stand up for workers.

Sanders and the Democrats will rally Wednesday outside the Capitol building with a group of striking workers. The low-wage federal workers claim President Trump’s labor policies have started a “war on workers.”

Bernie Sanders Just Terrified Trump And Showed How Democrats Will Win In 2018
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Bernie Sanders Just Terrified Trump And Showed How Democrats Will Win In 2018

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) revealed exactly how Democrats will treat Trump as the most unpopular president in history, and win in 2018.


Bernie Sanders Just Terrified Trump And Showed How Democrats Will Win In 2018

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) revealed exactly how Democrats will treat Trump as the most unpopular president in history, and win in 2018.
Sanders said during an interview on CBS’s Face The Nation:

The major issue is as we go into the 2018 elections dealing with the most unpopular president in a three month period in American history is as you recall, in 2014 we had a voter turnout of 36% in the midterm elections. Almost two out of three Americans didn’t vote, and Republicans did very very well. If that continues, there is no future forward for the Democratic Party. So what we have got to do, and what Democrats have got to do is go all over this country. Start getting into those red states, which have been ignored for decades. Start growing the voter turnout.

Having an agenda which brings people together to say that in the richest country in the history of the world. Yeah. You know what? We can have health care for all people as a right. We can raise the minimum wage to $15/hour. No. Donald Trump is not right. Climate change is not a hoax. It is a major planetary crisis. We’ve gotta transform our energy system.

If we focus on those issues, voter turnout goes up.

Democrats win.

Sen. Sanders was correct on a few different points. The goal shouldn’t be to go into red states and win right away. The goal is to rebuild the party by increasing voter turnout in these states, and the way to get people into the party is by talking about the issues that matter to them. Health care matters. Raising the minimum wage is a proven winning issue in red states.

The Trump White House is terrified that their fake populism will be exposed. If real populism ever replaces the sheep in wolf’s clothing populism that Republicans have been running on, Democrats won’t just win elections in 2018; they’ll win elections for years to come.
US Senator Bernie Sanders Predicts Trump Will Be a One-Term President
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US Senator Bernie Sanders Predicts Trump Will Be a One-Term President

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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is predicting that President Donald Trump will only be in office for one term.

Sanders, who was named the most popular senator earlier this week in a poll by the Morning Consult, stated that Trump is the “least popular president in the history of polling.”

“In terms of the first three months in office, Donald Trump is the least popular president in the history of polling,” Sanders told The Associated Press. “I do not believe that if Trump continues these policies that he’s going to be re-elected. Nor do I think that the Republicans are going to do well in 2018.”

Sanders, who WikiLeaks revealed the Democratic Party had colluded against during their primaries, also claims that there is a “more progressive” movement underway in the party that shunned him. He is beginning a cross country trip with Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez next week to attempt to re-energize people for 2018.”The momentum right now is with the progressive movement in this country,” Sanders said. “And I think the Republicans are on the defensive and will be on the defensive increasingly.”

Sanders, who came out on top of the list of popular senators, still suffered a 12% drop in his own favorability since September.

Sanders, Warren Propose Free Tuition Plan Funded by Tax on Wall Street

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Sanders, Warren Propose Free Tuition Plan Funded by Tax on Wall Street

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Official estimates put the student debt in the United States at more than $1 trillion.

Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, former presidential candidate, along with several other progressive senators introduced a bill that would seek to eliminate college tuition and fees at public four-year colleges and universities in the United States for students from families that make up to US$125,000 a year.

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“Our job is to bring forward a progressive agenda,” Sanders said as he introduced the bill. “Our job now is to go out in every state in this country … We can win this fight when millions of Americans stand up and demand this legislation.”

The “College For All” Act is a reflection of some of the promises made by Sanders during his presidential campaign last year and seeks to impose additional taxes on Wall Street financial institutions in order to fund university tuitions.

The bill is not expected to advance in the Republican-controlled U.S. Congress, however, the sponsors of the bill look to use it as an organizing tool to rally Democrats and progressives who were excited by the political revolution that Sanders had pushed for during his election bid.

During his campaign, Sanders promised free tuition for all without any threshold while also saying he would create a relief plan for many university graduates from the burdensome debts they have.

The legislation proposes an end to federal government’s ability to profit from student loans and allow students to refinance existing loans at low rates.

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“It is obscene that the United States government is making a profit off the backs of people who are trying to get an education,” Warren, who has railed against the government’s practice for years, said. Official estimates put the student debt in the United States at more than US$1 trillion.

This bill is similar to the plan that Hillary Clinton adopted after winning the Democratic nomination, which was largely crafted by Sanders and his campaign with her team.

The bill is similar to a plan New York Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced this year, which Sanders also backed. The plan currently has about 20 congress people compared to zero when Sanders introduced a similar bill in 2015.

Bernie Sanders And Elizabeth Warren Rock Trump With Free College Plan Paid For By Taxing The Rich

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) unveiled legislation that would make public universities and community colleges tuition free for working families, and he had a powerful backer with him in Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).


Bernie Sanders And Elizabeth Warren Rock Trump With Free College Plan Paid For By Taxing The Rich

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) unveiled legislation that would make public universities and community colleges tuition free for working families, and he had a powerful backer with him in Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

Sen. Sanders said, “Higher education in America should be a right for all, not a privilege for the few. If we are to succeed in a highly competitive global economy and have the best-educated workforce in the world, public colleges and universities must become tuition-free for working families and we must substantially reduce student debt.”

The College For All Act would eliminate tuitions and fees at community colleges and public universities for families making $125,000 or less. The legislation is completely paid for with a half of a percent tax on stock trades and one tenth of a percent fee on bonds, and a 0.005 percent fee on derivatives.

Sen. Warren said, “We believe that we should be making investments that align with our values, and we believe that means investing in opportunities to get an education without getting crushed by student loan debt. That’s what we believe in.”

The contrast between the two parties has never been more stark while Bernie Sanders and a long list of Democrats are supporting a free college for the middle class bill, while the Trump budget makes it more difficult for students to pay for college.

The College For All Act is great piece of legislation that will be publicly popular that is another reminder to Republicans that their biggest problem remains the party’s deeply unpopular agenda.

Sens. Sanders is showing the American people what the future could be. If Americans want college for all, they just have to boot Trump and his corporate owned puppets out of office ASAP.

Will Sanders Single Payer Bill Revolutionize Healthcare in the US?

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Popular Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is reportedly preparing to announce a single-payer healthcare bill that would grant Medicare to all US citizens. This idea has a lot of public support but often does not have the same appeal amongst the political establishment.

Radio Sputnik’s Loud and Clear speaks with Dr. Carol Paris, president of Physicians for a National Health Program about how a single payer system could be a benefit to Americans across the political spectrum.

​Paris said that although the idea of single-payer healthcare isn’t new to the US, “My understanding is that the bill this year is going to better reflect what he campaigned on, in his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. So what he campaigned on was very much a single payer, Medicaid-for-all plan for the country. But we haven’t seen the actual piece of legislation yet so we don’t really know what exactly is in it.”

Republicans recently failed a much-touted attempt at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, commonly called “Obamacare.” If passes, the American Health Care Act would have denied coverage to as many as 24 million people over the next decade.

The doctor points out that the US is the only country in the “developed” world that does not have some form of national health care, saying that a single payer plan is currently enjoying higher rates of approval than the GOP’s AHCA and the ACA.

“I think that is because the Republican attempt to dismantle the ACA has brought the whole issue of health reform back on the table, and with the groundswell of citizen energy and activism since the Trump election, more and more people are actually paying attention and becoming involved, and what they’re realizing is ‘Oh my gosh, the Affordable Care Act actually did some good things for me and I sure don’t want to go backwards from that,” she said. “But even more importantly, what we’re seeing at town halls across the nation is that whenever someone stands up and says, ‘What about a national health plan?’ all of a sudden, the room bursts out in cheers and applause. Because that’s what the American people are realizing; that that’s what they really want.”

Paris added, “and that’s not just liberal Democrats, that is conservative Republicans as well.”

She pointed out that the ACA was originally conceived by the Heritage Foundation, a right-wing think tank, and presented by the Democrats under then-President Barack Obama in a failed attempt at extending an olive branch to conservatives.

Loud and Clear Host Brian Becker pointed out that conservatives in countries like Britain and Canada acknowledge the benefit of a national health plan, but the “rugged individualism mentality” present in the US’ two main parties turns healthcare into another opportunity to generate profit.

Paris agreed, saying Democrats and Republicans are “very confused about who it is they actually represent when it comes to these issue of healthcare reform. And if we look at their behavior, I think that’s a pretty good statement that they represent the moneyed interest of the insurance industry, the pharmaceutical industry, the medical device industry [and] the hospital industry.”

‘Cruelest in American history’: Bernie Sanders delivers brutal point-by-point take down of Trump’s budget

‘Cruelest in American history’: Bernie Sanders delivers brutal point-by-point take down of Trump’s budget

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) delivered a brutal point-by-point assessment of President Donald Trump’s proposed budget on Monday, which he dubbed the “cruelest in American history.”

On Twitter, Sanders responded to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney’s assertion that Trump’s proposed budget would be “compassionate” to a single mother in Detroit, as he argued that such a person shouldn’t be forced to pay for programs such as PBS and the National Endowment of the Arts through her tax dollars.

Sanders, however, looked at all the programs that would be cut under the Trump budget that are beneficial to this hypothetical single mom — and he found that she would be far worse off without them.

“‘Compassion’ from Trump for this single mother means $6.2 billion in cuts to affordable housing, which could force her out of her apartment,” Sanders explained. “If an eviction notice arrives, she won’t have a lawyer because this ‘compassionate’ budget would eliminate the Legal Services Corporation.”

Additionally, Sanders chided Trump’s budget for slashing funds to the EPA, which would make it more likely that this woman’s children would be forced to breathe unclean air. He also pointed out that her children would have fewer potential opportunities for a higher education thanks to the budget’s cuts to Pell Grants.

“Far from compassionate, Trump’s budget — if enacted — would be one of the cruelest in American history,” Sanders concluded. “It must be defeated.”