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Photo: Bernie meeting with National Guard troops right off the Senate floor.


Sen. Sanders Senate Floor Opening Speech March 5, 2021

Sanders: We Need An Economy That Works For All Of Us

Mar 5, 2021

It is not acceptable to me that half of our people are living paycheck to paycheck. We need an economy that works for all of us. To do that, we must increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour and give 32 million Americans a raise.

Senate rejects Bernie Sanders proposal for $15 minimum wage in coronavirus relief package

Alex Woodward
New York
4 minutes ago


A proposal from Bernie Sanders to raise the federal hourly minimum wage to $15 from its current $7.25 failed in the Senate after the senator sought to include the measure in a White House-backed coronavirus relief package.

The House of Representatives included the wage hike in its version of its $1.9 trillion legislation, which includes unemployment relief, support for families with children, and funding for schools and vaccine distribution, among other initiatives critical to Joe Biden’s plan to combat the Covid-19 pandemic and its economic fallout a year after the outbreak.

After the Senate rules-advising parliamentarian shot down the inclusion of a wage increase in the bill, Senator Sanders vowed to introduce an amendment to put it into the legislation. The proposal would gradually raise the minimum wage by $2.25 each year through 2025.

On 5 March, all Senate Republicans, seven Democrats and one Independent senator rejected the amendment for a vote of 42-58 against.

“If any Senator believes this is the last time they will cast a vote on whether or not to give a raise to 32 million Americans, they are sorely mistaken,” he said in a statement. “We’re going to keep bringing it up.”

Democratic senators who opposed the amendment include Joe Machin, Jon Tester, Jeanne Shaheen, Maggie Hassan, Kyrsten Sinema, Tom Carper, and Chris Coons, along with Angus King, an independent who caucused with Democrats.


Rep. Sanders H.R.2812 - Minimum Wage Restoration Act 2001

Rep. Sanders H.R.2812 - Minimum Wage Restoration Act 2001
Sponsor: Rep. Sanders, Bernard [I-VT-At Large] (Introduced 08/02/2001)
Committees: House - Education and the Workforce
H.R.2812 - Minimum Wage Restoration Act

Minimum Wage Restoration Act - Amends the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to increase the minimum wage (currently $5.15 per hour): (1) to $6.65, for 2002; (2) to $8.15, for 2003; and (3) by indexing to the cost of living, in the same manner as benefits are indexed under the Social Security Act, for 2004 and thereafter.

(Just one example)

➡️ 9:30AM to 11:30AM Senate will consider Bernie's amendment to raise the minimum wage


PBS NewsHour: Sen. Sanders: COVID relief bill 'addresses the crises facing working families'

Mar 4, 2021

For an opposing perspective on COVID relief and the congressional agenda we turn to Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who chairs the Senate's budget committee. He joins Judy Woodruff to discuss the minimum wage, Republican's response to President Biden's agenda, and the need for federal aid for local and state governments during the pandemic.

Amazon And Bernie Sanders Now Have One Big Thing In Common

Mar 2, 2021,07:00pm EST


Amazon turned heads in 2018 with the announcement it would be raising the minimum wage for all of its U.S. employees—full-time, part-time, temporary and seasonal—to $15, effective November of that year. Including Whole Foods, this raise immediately impacted over 350,000 employees—a number that has undoubtedly grown with the 275,000 new employees Amazon says it added in 2020 (thank the pandemic-fueled online shopping frenzy). Upon implementation, Amazon says it experienced an instant surge in job applications. One month in, the applications for Amazon’s hourly positions had more than doubled.

For the average person, financial insecurity breeds a lot of stress that can spill over into the workday and affect productivity. For this reason, amongst others, it makes good business sense to pay workers a livable wage. This is a crucial point to make when trying to encourage other corporations to join the push. So far, several big companies have made the same $15 commitment, including Target, Best Buy and Costco. I expect we’ll see more companies jumping on the bandwagon, especially if the federal government fails to enact the hike.

Detractors believe that raising the minimum wage will have adverse effects on the economy. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) indeed projects that around 1.3 million people could lose their jobs due to the federal legislation, and the businesses hit hardest will be the smaller ones without the cash reserves to back such a raise. According to the CBO, the bill’s potential to boost the economy dwarfs that number—the CBO estimates it will raise the wages of roundabouts 17 million workers and lift 1.3 billion out of poverty.

It’s relatively simple—more money in workers’ pockets means more money will go back into the economy. Amazon employees say they are putting their newfound surplus into local businesses and economies by taking care of the various expenses they’ve been putting off—paying bills, getting cars serviced, perhaps hiring a plumber to fix that pipe that busted during the snowpocalypse. Let’s face it—in a country still reeling from the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, both workers and the economy need as much help as they can get.

Since its wage increase, Amazon has been a vocal proponent of raising the federal minimum wage—a chorus that also includes Costco, Best Buy and Target. These early adopters are showing hard proof that these raises benefit workers, the businesses that employ them and the economy as a whole. Imagine trying to support a family of four on $7.25 an hour, and it’s fairly obvious why a raise is needed. Nobody should have to work three jobs to feed their family. I believe it’s only going to become harder to argue against a federal wage hike as more companies like Amazon take it upon themselves to lead by example.


Sanders: ''We're going to win this, if not this week, in the near future,''


100% of proceeds of BARK's Bernie's Paw Warmers go to Vermont's PAWSitive Pantry


BARK recently released a dog toy version of the Vermont senator's infamous accessory. The Bernie's Paw Warmers are now available on Barkshop.com for $10.

Like Sanders' real mittens, which were gifted to the politician by teacher Jen Ellis in 2016, BARK's version features a brown patterned fabric. Unlike Sanders' hand covers, the dog toy mittens come with two squeakers and fun-to-chew rope.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of BARK's Bernie's Paw Warmers go to Vermont's PAWSitive Pantry. The nonprofit provides a safety net for pet-owning families that have fallen on hard times by stocking food pantry shelves across Vermont with free meals for dogs and cats. PAWSitive Pantry has donated over 400,000 pounds so far.


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