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Bernie Sanders

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Chair of the Senate Budget Committee, is the longest-serving independent in congressional history.

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Joined on 7 April, 2009

http://www.sanders.senate.gov/

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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.

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Fancy cars. Expensive art. Huge houses. The Waltons – the wealthiest family in the country – spend millions on themselves, but refuse to pay their workers a living wage.

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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.

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It is time for the owners of the nation’s most profitable corporations to pay their workers a living wage. That isn’t a radical idea in the richest country in the history of the world.

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I strongly disagree with tonight’s decision by the Senate Parliamentarian. But the fight to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour continues.

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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.

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Taxpayers should not subsidize starvation wages paid by the largest and most profitable corporations in America. We must raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. It’s morally right, and good for the economy.

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Replying to @fightfor15: "In 2019, @McDonald' made over 6 billion in profits and paid its CEO over 18 million in compensation, while the average wor…

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"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

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The Budget Committee is this morning holding a hearing on a simple question: Why should the taxpayers of this country subsidize starvation wages at some of the largest and most profitable corporations in America?

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The family that owns Walmart is worth more than $200 billion. The CEO of McDonalds received $18 million in compensation in 2019. Are we really supposed to believe they can’t afford to pay their workers $15 an hour? Absurd.

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We must have the guts to stand up to special interests, and fight for the working class of this country.

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Quoted @nytimesworld

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.

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Quoted @ABCPolitics

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.

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You cannot tell me that raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour is a radical idea.

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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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Working people in this country are living in great desperation, so of course selfish billionaires are buying ads to try and stop the relief bill. Sorry, Charles Koch. We’re going to pass this legislation, and then we’ll make sure you pay your fair share in taxes.

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Raising the minimum wage to a living wage is not just about economic justice – it is about racial justice.

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Quoted @NBCNews

Opinion | Adriana Alvarez: A minimum wage raise by Congress to $15 an hour would change lives — as it changed mine. - @NBCNewsTHINK

Fast food workers built a grassroots movement to raise the minimum wage to a living wage of $15 an hour. Congress must now stand with them and take action. Working people must be able to live with dignity in the richest country in the world.

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While the very rich get richer, working class families today are facing economic devastation. Yes. We need to increase direct payment to $2000 for workers and their kids; raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour; expand the child tax credit and extend unemployment benefits.

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