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Sen. Bernie Sanders Introduces Bills for Free Education to Rebuild and Heal America with a Robin Hoo

Broad Coalition Welcomes Senate Wall Street Speculation Bills

Washington, D.C. – A broad coalition of nurses, students, religious and civil rights groups, environmentalists, labor and housing advocates today enthusiastically welcomed plans by Sen. Bernie Sanders to introduce two new Senate bills Tuesday that would impose a small fee on Wall Street speculation to pay for college education for all and other critical community needs.

Sen. Sanders will unveil the legislation at a Capitol Hill press conference Tuesday, May 19 at 11:30 a.m. at the Senate Swamp. Student leaders, as well as nurses and long time advocates of the Wall Street fee, also known as the Robin Hood tax, will also attend.

Sanders’ landmark education bill would eliminate undergraduate college tuition fees for students attending public colleges and universities, reform student loans, and expand work-study programs. The bill is a critical step to eradicating student debt, currently pegged at nearly $1.2 trillion and the fastest growing form of consumer debt, as well as expanding educational and employment opportunity.

It also puts the U.S. on a path embraced by other nations that already provide free college education including Brazil, Chile, Finland, France, Germany, Norway, Slovenia, and Sweden.



Sanders takes aim at high drug prices

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) on Monday introduced a bill aimed at lowering the taxpayer burden for rising generic drug prices.

Brand-name drug manufacturers are required by law to pay a rebate to Medicaid when their drug prices rise faster than inflation. Sanders and Cummings’ bill would extend this requirement to generic drug manufacturers.

Sanders, who is challenging Hillary Clinton from the left for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, has long made curbing drug prices part of his push to reform what he calls an overly-costly healthcare system. He has also pushed for government-run, “single-payer” health insurance for everyone.

“It is unacceptable that Americans pay, by far, the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs,” Sanders said in a statement. “For years, generic drugs have made it possible for people to buy the medicine they need at lower prices. We need to make certain that generics remain affordable.”



Obama’s Warren attacks backfire

Source: The Hill

President Obama’s sharp rebuke of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) over his ambitious trade agenda is backfiring in the House, where the personal attacks are alienating the same Democrats the president is courting for votes.

Warren, a freshman liberal from Massachusetts, has emerged as among the fiercest and most visible opponents of Obama’s trade wish list, which includes deals with countries in Asia and Europe the president is hoping to make a legacy of his White House tenure.

The tough tenor was designed to rally the backing of more Democrats, particularly in the House, where GOP leaders are struggling to find the 217 votes needed to pass the fast-track bill aimed at facilitating those pacts.

Instead, Obama’s rhetoric — he said his critics were “just wrong” in an interview with Yahoo published Saturday — seems to have exacerbated tensions between Democrats and the White House, which could make it tougher to move one of the president’s top legislative priorities through Congress this year.


Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/242037-obamas-attacks-on-warren-backfire

Bernie doing surprisingly well in 1 on 1 matchup against Hillary


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If an election for the Democratic nomination for president was going to be held now and
the only candidates were Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, would you vote for...
Asked only of registered voters

Hillary Clinton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39%
Bernie Sanders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23%
Not sure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11%
I would not vote . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26%

Obama trade bill in trouble

The measure, a top White House priority, is drawing serious opposition from both parties.

By Jake Sherman, John Bresnahan and Doug Palmer

4/29/15 6:49 PM EDT

Updated 4/30/15 10:09 AM EDT

The House is currently dozens of votes short of being able to pass legislation that would allow President Barack Obama to send trade deals to Congress for fast approval, according to senior lawmakers and aides in both parties, imperiling a top White House priority for the president’s final years in office.

At this point, upward of 75 House Republicans could vote against trade promotion authority if it comes up for a vote in the coming weeks, according to aides and lawmakers involved in the process. Some of the lawmakers fear job losses in their districts from free trade; others distrust Obama and oppose giving him more power.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/04/barack-obama-trade-bill-in-trouble-117485.html

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