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Donkees's Journal
Donkees's Journal
June 28, 2018

CNN - Bernie Sanders responds to Anthony Kennedy's retirement

Published on Jun 27, 2018
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) discusses the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.
June 27, 2018

Bernie Sanders Weighs In On Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Victory - Andrea Mitchell - MSNBC

Published on Jun 27, 2018
In a Democratic congressional primary in New York, 10-term incumbent Congressman Joe Crowley was ousted by a 28-year old political newcomer - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez - a self-proclaimed democratic socialist and former organizer for Bernie Sanders’ campaign. Senator Bernie Sanders joins Kristen Welker to discuss what this means for the future of the democratic party.
June 27, 2018

Sanders Secures New Staff for All Three Social Security Field Offices in Vermont

Wednesday, June 27, 2018


WASHINGTON, June 27 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced today that Vermont will receive five new Social Security staffers at the agency’s three field offices in Burlington, Montpelier and Rutland.

Since 2010, Vermont has lost almost a quarter of its Social Security field office staff because of national cuts to Social Security’s operating budget. Sanders noted that Vermont had the highest rate of Social Security field staff losses in all of New England, resulting in longer wait times for claims, appeals and even routine inquiries. “Not only was this enormously frustrating for many Vermonters, but the longer wait times sometimes causes significant financial hardship,” Sanders said.

As the ranking member of the Budget Committee, Sanders proposed and secured a $480 million increase in the Social Security Administration’s operating budget. Sanders then worked closely with the acting Social Security commissioner to ensure Vermont field offices got the positions they need to provide Vermonters with better service.

“We have a ways to go, but this is a victory for Vermont’s seniors, people with disabilities and Social Security personnel who are grossly overworked and underpaid,” Sanders said.


June 27, 2018

Sanders to Disney: Stop Paying Workers Starvation Wages

Wednesday, June 27, 2018


WASHINGTON, June 27 – Following a meeting with Disneyland workers during which they told stories of going hungry as a result of low pay, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) led a letter cosigned by 22 of his colleagues to Disney CEO Bob Iger urging the company to agree to a fair contract that pays employees a living wage and provides affordable health care benefits and a reliable schedule.

Disney is currently in the middle of contract negotiations with unions representing workers at Disneyland in California and Disney World in Florida.

“In the year 2018, no one in America, especially those working for a profitable corporation like Disney, should be homeless, living in their cars or not be able to feed their families,” the members wrote to Disney. “By sitting down with all of your unions and negotiating a fair contract that pays a living wage, provides affordable and accessible health care benefits and a reliable schedule, Disney can show the rest of corporate America that it must value not just the bottom line and its wealthy shareholders, but the workers responsible for making those profits a reality.”

In addition to Sanders, the letter to Iger was signed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Reps. Henry C. Johnson, Jr. (D-Ga.), Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), Donald Norcoss (D-N.J.), Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Richard M. Nolan (D-Minn.), Mark DeSaulnier (D-Calif.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Jared Polis (D-Colo.), Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-Calif.), Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.), Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii).

To read the letter, click here...


June 27, 2018

CNN - Bernie Sanders: Ocasio-Cortez focused on the right issues

Published on Jun 27, 2018
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) says that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's stunning defeat of incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) happened because she ran a strong grassroots campaign.
June 21, 2018

U.N. Ambassador Dismisses Report on Extreme Poverty in America in Letter to Sen. Sanders

Thursday, June 21, 2018


WASHINGTON, June 21 – In a letter to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) following his call for the Trump administration to uphold international human rights treaty obligations and present Congress with a plan to alleviate poverty, United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley dismissed a non-partisan U.N. report on extreme poverty in America as “politically motivated” and “misleading.”

“It is patently ridiculous for the United Nations to examine poverty in America,” Haley wrote to Sanders on Thursday. “The Special Rapporteur wasted the UN’s time and resources, deflecting attention from the world’s worst human rights abusers and focusing instead on the wealthiest and freest country in the world.”

The U.N. report prepared by Special Rapporteur Philip Alston highlights the contrast between the few Americans with immense wealth and the more than 40 million people living in poverty, including millions living in what the report describes as “Third World conditions of absolute poverty.”

Sanders responded to Haley’s dismissal of the U.N.’s report.

“You are certainly right in suggesting that poverty in many countries including the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi is far worse than it is in the United States. But what is important to note about poverty in America is that it takes place in the richest county in the history of the world and at a time when wealth and income inequality is worse than at any time since the 1920s,” he wrote to the ambassador. “As it happens, I personally believe that it is totally appropriate for the UN Special Rapporteur to focus on poverty in the United States.”


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