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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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Today, there are almost 600,000 people sleeping out on the streets of the wealthiest country in the world. There are 18 million households spending 50% of their limited incomes on housing.
 
It’s time to build affordable housing and create good-paying jobs in the process.

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Dental care is health care. We must expand Medicare to include dental, hearing aids & eyeglasses. 71% of Black Medicare recipients, 65% of Hispanic Medicare recipients, 70% of low-income enrollees and 59% living in rural areas did not see a dentist in the past year. Unacceptable.

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It is not a radical idea to say that every family in America should be entitled to high quality and affordable child care. Under the Build Back Better Plan, no working family in this country will be paying more than 7% of their income on child care.

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It is a bit embarrassing that our great country is the only major country on Earth not to guarantee paid family and medical leave. That MUST change.

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The pharmaceutical industry employs nearly 1,500 lobbyists in Washington, DC alone - including the former congressional leaders in both major political parties. Got that? That’s almost three prescription drug lobbyists for every Member of Congress.

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The overriding motivation of the pharmaceutical industry is greed. Their overriding goal is to make as much money as they can by squeezing as much as they possibly can out of the sick, out of the elderly and out of the desperate.

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I will not tell the young people that we can't address the climate crisis.
I will not tell people that are homeless that we can't build affordable housing.
I will not tell families that we can't make child care affordable.

We must address the needs of the working class. https://t.co/7XBEVx2qY7

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The time is now to finally address the long-neglected needs of the working class. I'm LIVE on the floor of the Senate talking about why we must pass the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill. https://t.co/S5QuAigoo2

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Poll after poll shows that the American people want fundamental and transformational change. It’s time to listen to them, not the wealthy and the powerful.

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Quoted @CBSMornings

President Biden met with Senate and House Democrats yesterday as he works to get two pieces of legislation through Congress.

@SenSanders is confident there will be an agreement on what he calls the “most consequential piece of legislation for working families since the 1930s.” https://t.co/EcOyor3iJZ

RT @CBSMornings: President Biden met with Senate and House Democrats yesterday as he works to get two pieces of legislation through Congres…

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68,000 Americans die each and every year because they cannot afford to get the health care that they need when they need it.

In other words, the greed of the prescription drug industry is killing Americans.

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Quoted @USProgressives

Progressives in both chambers of Congress are clear: We have to meet this moment and build back better.

Thank you to @SenSanders and our Senate colleagues for insisting we stick to the deal and pass the President's entire agenda. https://t.co/XMNB9IT42Z

RT @USProgressives: Progressives in both chambers of Congress are clear: We have to meet this moment and build back better.

Thank you to…

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For far too long, it has not been Congress that has been regulating the pharmaceutical industry. It has been the pharmaceutical industry that has been regulating Congress.

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Enough is enough. A life-saving prescription drug does not work if you cannot afford to buy it.

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The historic expansion of the child tax credit, passed earlier this year under the American Rescue Plan, helped lower child poverty in this country by more than 50%. Pretty good. But we cannot stop there. We must extend it now. https://t.co/4Qq8ne2H9d

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Today, nearly one out of every four Americans cannot afford the medications that their doctors prescribe.

Enough is enough. It is time to end the corporate greed of the pharmaceutical industry and lower the cost of prescription drugs. https://t.co/t1KpvuSxHb

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All over this country, the American people are asking a simple question: How many people need to die, how many people need to get unnecessarily sicker before Congress is prepared to take on the greed of the prescription drug industry?

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Last year, the six largest drug companies in the U.S. made nearly $50 billion dollars in profits. Meanwhile, Americans pay, by far, the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. That disgrace has got to end.

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The pharmaceutical industry, over the last 20 years, has spent over $4.5 billion dollars on lobbying and campaign contributions. They have hundreds of lobbyists on Capitol Hill right now to fight any bill that will lower the cost of prescription drugs.

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Moral policy is good politics. When you stand up for working families and protect future generations, that not only is the right thing to do, but it is also what the American people want. https://t.co/bpw5yWuzHe

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I’m very glad my home state of Vermont will be welcoming 100 Afghan refugees in the coming weeks. This is exactly what we should be doing, and I have no doubt that they will enrich, and contribute immeasurably, to our state.

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The pharmaceutical industry doesn’t want us to lower the cost of prescription drugs. The fossil fuel industry wants to continue making profits off of destroying the planet.

We must show the American people that government represents them, not powerful interest groups. https://t.co/AYzLsu01Ki

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We are taking on the ruling class, we are taking on the oligarchs, we are taking on the pharmaceutical industry, we are taking on the health care industry, we are taking on the fossil fuel industry. But if we stand together, we will win.

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Yes, we must pass the most consequential piece of legislation for working families since the 1930s and prove that our government can work for them, and not just for the wealthy and powerful.

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79% of the American people believe that the cost of prescription drugs is too high.

Is it radical for Congress to represent the American people and address their long-neglected needs? No. I don’t think so.

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The American people pay higher prices for prescription drugs than people in almost every other major country on Earth.

Does that make any sense to you?

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The reality of today is that poverty is a death sentence in America. The wealthiest people live, on average, 10-15 years longer than the poorest.

We must expand Medicare. We must invest in child care. We must pay workers a living wage. We must take care of our people.

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The richest people on Earth should pay more than $0 in federal income taxes. Period.

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Question: Why do we pay, by far, the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs? Answer: The pharmaceutical industry has spent $4.5 billion over the last 20 years in lobbying and campaign contributions. Congress must have the courage NOW to lower drug prices.

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In the fight against climate change, we have a choice: protect the profits of the fossil fuel industry or protect the future of our children.

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We must end a rigged system that allowed the former CEO of Gilead to become a billionaire by charging $1,000 for a Hepatitis C drug that was developed by the VA, costs $1 to manufacture & can be purchased in India for $4. No more excuses. Congress must lower drug prices NOW.

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At a time of massive and growing income & wealth inequality and as the top 1% has more wealth than the bottom 92%, now is the time to demand that the wealthy and large corporations pay their fair share so that we can begin to address the long neglected needs of working families.

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Now is the time for Congress to show courage and stand up to the greed of the pharmaceutical industry. The American people will not accept surrender.”

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Nonetheless, the American people are demanding that Congress stand up to them and finally lower the outrageous price of prescription drugs by requiring Medicare to negotiate with the pharmaceutical industry.

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The pharmaceutical industry has spent over $4.5 billion on lobbying and campaign contributions over the past 20 years and has hired some 1,200 lobbyists to get Congress to do its bidding. They are the most powerful industry on Capitol Hill.

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Meanwhile, one out of five Americans cannot afford the prescriptions their doctors write, and thousands die each year because they lack the money to buy the medicine they need.

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Year after year, the pharmaceutical industry makes extraordinary profits and provides their CEOs with obscenely high compensation packages.

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The good news is that the full Congress must and will do far better. At a time when the drug companies are charging us by far the highest prices in the world, Congress must demand that Medicare negotiate prices with this extremely greedy and powerful industry.

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Quoted @politico

Three centrist House Dems threw their party's health care agenda into disarray today by blocking a plan that would have authorized direct government negotiation of drug prices and help pay for a $3.5 trillion social spending bill https://t.co/E6rVuemw4q

I'm very disappointed in the vote today on prescription drugs by the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

I get that the pharmaceutical industry owns the Republican Party and that no Republican voted for this bill, but there is no excuse for every Democrat not supporting it. https://t.co/O5JutBDrt6

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If we can pass bold legislation NOW that invests in them, we can show the American people that government can work for all of us, and not just the wealthy few. https://t.co/bLh4oKZF4Q

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