Bernie SandersU.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
Sanders' plan for working people would allow workers to join together industry-wide to negotiate wages and benefits, allow state and local governments to find new ways to give workers power, and put our taxpayer dollars to work to support more good union jobs. He would also establish federal protections against the firing of workers for any reason other than “just cause,” expand access to collective bargaining for workers who are currently excluded, and make it harder for employers to deny responsibility for wages and working conditions.
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.
Proposes to reach universal health coverage through Medicare for All legislation, which would create a single-payer system.
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.
Calls climate change “the single greatest threat facing our planet” and supports the Green New Deal.
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The Sunrise Movement, a youth-led climate group, gave Sanders’ Green New Deal plan its top rating as the best plan in the democratic field to take on climate change.
Senators Booker, Sanders and Harris introduced a bill to create a Bureau of Prescription Drug Affordability and Access to lower prices for prescription drugs for consumers.
As part of the Green New Deal, Sanders unveiled a plan to invest $172 billion to upgrade public housing.
Sanders’ new immigration plan would improve protections for workers, stop deportations, and decriminalize border crossings.
Sanders spoke to union members about his plan to invest $2.5 trillion over the next decade to make housing more affordable. Sanders’ plan would pay for it by establishing a wealth tax on the wealthiest 175,000 families.
In the Democratic debate, Sanders defended his Medicare for All plan saying, “We need a health care system that guarantees health care to all people as every other major country does, not a system which provides $100 billion a year in profit for the drug companies and the insurance companies.”
Ruling out nuclear energy, Sanders touted his $16 trillion plan to invest in wind, solar and geothermal energy as the “safer and more cost-effective” ways to combat climate change and achieve zero emissions.
Sanders said Medicare for All is the defining issue of the 2020 campaign, saying “the bill I wrote guarantees healthcare to all people.”