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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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…
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…
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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