Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders
U.S. Senator

Bernie Sanders is a two-term Senator from Vermont. Previously, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991-2006.

Unions and Workers

Introduced legislation to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour and backs legislation that would make it easier for working people to form unions.

Has stood withstriking McDonalds workers in the Fight for $15 and a union.

Healthcare

Proposes to reach universal health coverage through Medicare for All legislation, which would create a single-payer system.

Immigration

Supports comprehensive immigreation reform including a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) which protects Dreamers and a similar program for the parents of U.S. citizens and green card holders, a humane policiy for asylum seekers, an end to family separation, dismantling of deportation programs and detention centers, and independent oversight of immigration enforcement agencies.

Climate Change

Calls climate change “the single greatest threat facing our planet” and supports the Green New Deal.

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Sanders Focuses Campaign on Plan for Medicare for All

Sanders said Medicare for All is the defining issue of the 2020 campaign, saying “the bill I wrote guarantees healthcare to all people.”

Sanders Pledges to Appoint Best Person for Job as Labor Secretary, Does Not Commit to Appoint Union Member

At the AFSCME 2020 Public Service Forum, Sanders would not promise to select a union leader as labor secretary, but said, “there is no labor secretary stronger in trade and labor than who I will appoint.’”

Sanders Claims his “Medicare for all” Plan Would Provide Same Benefits Union Plans

Union members at an AFSCME forum pressed Sanders on his health-care plan, eliciting a commitment from the candidate that Medicare-for-all would provide the same generous benefits that many union members have negotiated in their health plans.

Sanders Pledges to Allow Imports of Cheaper Prescriptions from Canada on First Day in Office

Sanders said he would allow Americans to import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada on his first day in office--only a day after Trump announced a more modest proposal.

Sanders Criticizes Opponents Who Argue Against Aggressive Plans to Address Climate Change

“I get a little bit tired of Democrats afraid of big ideas. Republicans are not afraid of big ideas,” Sanders said. “Please don’t tell me that we cannot take on the fossil fuel industry...nothing happens unless we do that.”

Sanders Leads People with Type I Diabetes to Canada to Purchase Low-Cost Insulin

In effort to bring attention to “greedy” pharmaceutical companies, Sanders led a small group people with Type I diabetes into Canada to purchase low-cost insulin for a fraction of the price they would be charged in the United States.

Sanders Unveils Plan to Address Racial Disparities in Healthcare Jobs, Boost Number of Black Employees in Industry

Sanders released a plan to increase the number of black employees in the healthcare industry, saying, “When we are in the White House, we will address the need for more black doctors, more black dentists, more black nurses and more black mental health providers who can provide culturally competent care in their communities.”

Sanders Rallies in Support of Food Workers at Reagan National Airport

Sanders rallied with airline food workers threatening to strike at DC airports, calling for higher wages and better benefits. Sanders supported workers’ demands for $15 an hour and better health care and endorsed their rallying cry of ‘one job should be enough.’

Sanders’s Campaign Staffers Demand $15 Hourly Pay, Win Raise

Organizers for Sanders’ presidential campaign approved a pay-raise proposal from management, arguing they were paid less than the minimum wage Sanders supports publicly.

Sanders to Propose $20 Billion Bailout Fund for Struggling Hospitals

“Sen. Bernie Sanders, while wading in to a local fight over a Philadelphia hospital, proposed Monday a plan to create a federal fund to help local governments purchase for-profit hospitals struggling with debt and in danger of closing.”

Sanders Releases Plan to Ensure Right to Secure Retirement

Sanders unveiled a plan to guarantee the ‘right to a secure retirement,’ building off of existing Sanders’ proposals, including ‘Medicare for All,’ slashing drug prices and expanding social security.

Sanders and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Release a Resolution to Combat Climate Change

“Senator Bernie Sanders is teaming up Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on a resolution calling for ‘massive’ federal government action to reverse climate change.”

Sanders Crashed a Walmart Shareholders Meeting to Demand a Livable Wage for Workers

Sanders condemned Walmart’s “starvation wages,” demanding the store pay employees at least $15 an hour.

Sanders Plans Rally with McDonald’s Workers in Iowa to Demand $15 an Hour and a Union

Sanders plans to rally with McDonald’s workers in Iowa this weekend to support the push for a $15 an hour and a union.

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