U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Chair of the Senate Budget Committee, is the longest-serving independent in congressional history.
Joined on 7 April, 2009
While Walmart refuses to raise its $11 minimum wage, Alice Walton had no problem purchasing a $500 million private art collection, buying a $25 million 2-floor Park Avenue condo with 52 windows and acquiring a $22 million 4,400-acre Texas ranch. Something is very wrong here.
The most distressing aspect of our current economy is that half of our people are living paycheck to paycheck. When you’re working on starvation wages, it doesn’t take much to put you in serious financial trouble. We’ve got to take care of low-income workers in this country.
If Rob Walton, a key owner of Walmart, can afford an estimated $226 million for an antique car collection that includes 12 Ferraris, 6 Porsches, 2 Maseratis and a 1963 Corvette Grand Sport Roadster, you know what? Walmart can afford to pay at least $15/hour to all of its workers.
I am very concerned by last night’s strike by U.S. forces in Syria. The president has the responsibility to keep Americans safe, but for too long administrations of both parties have interpreted their authorities in an extremely expansive way to continue war. This must end.
Today, I asked the CEOs of Walmart and McDonald's a simple question: Why should taxpayers subsidize the starvation wages of their profitable corporations. If they think they can avoid answering this question because they declined to testify at my hearing they are sorely mistaken.
"In 2019, @McDonald' made over 6 billion in profits and paid its CEO over 18 million in compensation, while the average worker at McDonald's makes as little as $9 an hour. Unfortunately, their CEO of McDonald's also declined to testify before us today." @SenSanders #FightFor15
Israel's vaccine donations to faraway countries have angered Palestinians who say Israel is responsible for the well-being of Palestinians in the occupied territories, where vaccines are scarce
As the occupying power, Israel is responsible for the health of all the people under its control. It is outrageous that Netanyahu would use spare vaccines to reward his foreign allies while so many Palestinians in the occupied territories are still waiting.
President Joe Biden's COVID-19 response team announced Wednesday it would make 25 million masks available to Americans at community health centers and food banks.
This initiative from the Biden administration to give Americans high-quality, reusable masks without cost at community health centers, food pantries and soup kitchens will save tens of thousands of lives – period.
Today is the day millionaires stop paying into Social Security for the year. Meanwhile, working Americans pay into it all year. Enough!
It is time to #ScrapTheCap so the ultra-rich contribute at the same rate as everyone else and we can expand—not cut—Social Security benefits.
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