Bernie Sanders News


- "One of the most important things a president can do to help working people is to have their backs when they challenge corporate power." As warehouse workers in Alabama continue organizing to establish the first-ever union at Amazon in the U.S., a coalition of labor and progressive groups on Thursday urged President Joe Biden to fulfill his campaign promise to be "the most pro-union president you've ever seen" by publicly backing the ongoing union drive. "During the 2020 campaign, you vowed to be 'the most pro-union president you've ever seen.' This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to ...


- The Senate does not speak for you. As we wait for the Senate parliamentarian to let us know if 41 senators will be able to block a minimum-wage increase that a comfortable majority of Americans supports, it’s as good a time as any to be reminded of the non-representative nature of the Senate Republican Conference. Daily Kos Elections has come up with a chart displaying the percentage of the population represented by senators from each party since 1990, along with the percentage of Senate votes each party captured (displayed in three-cycle averages, since only one-third of the Senate is up ...

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- Costco CEO Craig Jelinek said that the retailer will boost its minimum wage to $16 an hour starting next week, up from its current baseline pay of $15 an hour. That will hike Costco's lowest pay rate to $1 an hour above that of many competitors, including Amazon.com and Target. Jelinek announced the pay boost while speaking at a U.S. Senate Budget Committee hearing on worker wages at large companies such as Costco, Walmart and McDonald's. Costco's philosophy is that higher pay reduces employee turnover, increases loyalty and ultimately improves efficiency and the bottom line, Jelinek said. ...

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- Let’s be clear: whatever he may say, Biden absolutely has the power to unilaterally cancel all federal student debt A t his recent town hall, Joe Biden made a series of convoluted and condescending comments about American student debt. His remarks cast doubt on his ability, or willingness, to confront this country’s ballooning student loan crisis. Within hours, #cancelstudentdebt was trending on Twitter. Biden’s rambling justification of the status quo was peppered with straw men, invocations of false scarcity and non-solutions. He pitted working-class Americans against each other, ...


- Scott Stringer, one of the leading candidates in the New York City mayoral race, pretended not to know the views of his close progressive allies in support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement in an interview published on Thursday. Stringer, the city’s comptroller, was asked in an interview with Jewish Insider to address concerns in the Jewish community about the pro-BDS stance of his two prominent backers, State Senator Julia Salazar and City Council candidate Tiffany Cabán. “I don’t know if they’re pro-BDS,” Stringer responded, playing coy about a hot button issue in ...

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- "When people vote in the midterms, you're not gonna be able to say, 'Well I'm sorry we couldn't raise the minimum wage because the parliamentarian ruled that we couldn't do it.'" With the Senate parliamentarian expected to issue advice as soon as Thursday on whether increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour complies with the rules of budget reconciliation, top congressional progressives stressed that the official's decision is merely advisory and should not be used by Democrats to concede defeat on the push for a long-overdue pay raise for tens of millions of workers. Rep. Pramila ...


- The most significant points of inflection in our politics may be within the Republican Party, but the struggle between the two versions and visions of the GOP is having the peculiar effect of shaping the Democratic administration just beginning to take the reins in Washington. That intraparty Republican fight — over Donald Trump’s style, comportment, and responsibility for the Jan. 6 deadly riot on Capitol Hill — is warping the interparty relationship that ordinarily defines Washington. It is moving the axis of conflict in American politics from Congress to the Republican tent. The ...


- Born into a blue-collar family on the eve of World War II, Curt Sørensen became Denmark's most prominent Marxist intellectual. He insisted that Marxism wasn't just a tool for academic analysis — rather, it had to be an aid to the workers' movement, learning from and feeding back into practical efforts to achieve socialism. On February 18, Danish socialist and professor emeritus Curt Sørensen passed away after a long struggle with illness. Curt was little known outside of Denmark. However, he was the most prominent Danish Marxist thinker ever to have lived, influencing generations of ...


- The Republican Party under Donald Trump moved "very far away from reality," the Vermont senator said. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) admitted Tuesday that it’s tough dealing with the conspiracy theories and lies pushed by some of his Republican colleagues in the Senate. But he urged his GOP counterparts to “come aboard” with Democrats ’ policy proposals or face being left behind because they don’t have the majority in either the House or the Senate. “It’s hard. It really is,” Sanders, who chairs the Senate Budget Committee, told late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel about ...

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- Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders discussed some of the key issues Democrats are working to address now that they have control of the House, the Senate, and the White House — from raising the minimum wage to climate change — on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Tuesday night. Sanders said his new role as the chair of the Senate Budget Committee has been “a lot of fun” so far because the budget intersects with all aspects of the federal government. One of his first priorities in the role, he said, is to hold a number of hearings to examine some of the deep inequities and systemic imbalances ...


- Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has suggested reconciliation could be used to push through future infrastructure plans. President Joe Biden outlined major spending for investments in infrastructure and clean energy during his presidential campaign, detailing his desire for $2 trillion in spending on these points over four years. (https://joebiden.com/clean-energy/) Sanders, chair of the Senate Budget Committee, has suggested the reconciliation process could be used to get this through—which could allow it to be pushed forward without Republican support. Sanders told Axios he would be prepared ...

Source: newsweek.com

- MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday announced the Vermont high school winners of his annual State of the Union essay contest. The 11th annual contest was a chance for students around the state to describe pressing issues that they would prioritize as president of the United States, Sanders’ office said. First place went to William Taggard, a junior at Brattleboro Union High School, who wrote about changing the presidential election process. Emilia De Jounge, a sophomore at Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester, won second place for her essay on gun violence and ...

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- The recent #ForceTheVote campaign, which urged progressive members of Congress to withhold their support for Nancy Pelosi’s reelection as House speaker until she pledged to bring Representative Pramila Jayapal’s Medicare for All bill to a floor vote, was more than theoretical. I believe that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, her squadmates, and our historic contingent of lefty representatives should have forced the vote. Not for the Twitter, Twitch, and Instagram thrills or as an act of political theater, but as proof that the working class will not let any elected officials—whether Trumpers or ...


- The blessing of the Amalgamated Transit Union adds to the progressive congressional candidate’s momentum. The Amalgamated Transit Union endorsed former Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner ’s congressional run on Tuesday, giving the progressive contender a major boost in the competitive race to fill a Cleveland-area congressional seat. The transportation workers union’s Cleveland chapter, Local 268, counts an estimated 1,800 members in Ohio’s 11th Congressional District, where Turner is running. “We trust Nina Turner to fight for our families, support our union, bolster public transit, ...

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- Bernie Sanders/Shutterstock Jessica Corbett and Common Dreams February 24, 2021 Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday was the lone progressive to vote against Tom Vilsack reprising his role as secretary of agriculture, citing concerns that progressive advocacy groups have been raising since even before President Joe Biden officially nominated the former Obama administration appointee. The Senate voted 92-7 to confirm Vilsack, with Sanders (I-Vt.) and six Republicans opposing his appointment. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) was the only member who did not vote. In a statement on his decision, Sanders ...

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- Donald Trump may be out of office, but the United States is still grappling with a pandemic, extreme wealth inequality, and climate emergency. The (YDSA) believe that the work of building a better world is still very much in progress, and they’ve become an increasingly popular option for disillusioned young people seeking a political home outside of the two-party system . The group acknowledges that their platform of defunding the police, canceling student debt, and ensuring the passage of substantive COVID-19 relief isn’t going to happen overnight, and won’t happen at all without ...


- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), one of the most outspoken stimulus proponents in Congress , has a higher net favorability rating than both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris , according to a new poll. A poll released Tuesday by The Economist /YouGov found that while 39 percent of respondents said they had either a "somewhat" or "very" unfavorable view of Sanders, 49 percent said they had a very or somewhat favorable view, giving him a net favorability rating of 10 points. Biden had a net favorability rating of 8 points due to 50 percent of respondents having a favorable view ...

Source: newsweek.com

- Why Neera Tanden’s nomination to be Biden’s budget chief looks doomed Tanden looks like she’ll be the first cabinet nominee sunk by old tweets. It’s increasingly hard to see how Neera Tanden will survive her Senate confirmation process. Tanden is President Joe Biden’s nomination to lead the United States Office of Management and Budget, an office tasked with planning and overseeing the implementation of the federal budget once Congress passes it. Tanden, the president of the left-leaning think tank Center for American Progress, looks to be Biden’s first cabinet pick to not be ...

Source: vox.com

- Democratic Representative Pramila Jayapal of Washington expressed her opposition to lowering the income threshold for the next round of stimulus check during a Sunday appearance on CNN 's State of the Union . Host Dana Bash asked Jayapal if the income limit needed to stay at $75,000, or would it be alright if it was lowered, since President Joe Biden suggested that he's willing to negotiate who receives direct payments. Jayapal responded by saying the threshold must stay the same. "It has to. If you raise those income thresholds, you will cut out 40 million Americans who got a relief check ...

Source: newsweek.com

- Opinion: Pundits are wrong. We don’t need a functional GOP. You hear it all the time, especially from Democrats: We need a functioning two-party system. We need a better Republican Party . No, and no. A two-party system serves two functions. First, it provides choice to voters and discipline to each party. Second, it aids in organizing legislative bodies. But could those functions be performed in some other manner? Regarding the first function, many jurisdictions are effectively one-party locales. New York City is overwhelmingly dominated by Democrats. Mississippi is the province of ...