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Bernie Sanders praises Vermont towns for challenging Citizens United ruling

Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders applauded towns in his state Vermont that called for a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission on Tuesday. By Tuesday evening, 23 towns had called on Vermont legislators and the state’s congressional delegation to overturn the…

Senators call on GAO to study impact of new voter laws

Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-TV), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) on Tuesday requested that the Government Accountability Office investigate the impact of new state laws aimed at thwarting voter fraud. “It is critical that we have an accurate picture of these recent state laws, individual access…

Bernie Sanders: I’m more of a deficit hawk than many Republicans

Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont on Thursday told Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee they were hypocritical for vowing to reduce the federal deficit while supporting wars overseas and tax breaks for wealthy Americans. The committee was holding a hearing on the President’s 2013 budget with Treasury Secretary Geithner.…

Sen. Bernie Sanders blasts U.S. wealth gap

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Wednesday rebutted Republicans who accused President Barack Obama of engaging in class warfare. “They talk about class warfare — the fact of the matter is there has been class warfare for the last thirty years,” he said on MSNBC’s Politics Nation. “It’s a handful of…

Sen. Bernie Sanders: Congress works very well for the top 1 percent

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Thursday blasted the influence of corporate money on American politics during an appearance on MSNBC’s The Dylan Ratigan Show. “The United States Congress, and to a certain degree the White House, are dominated by big money interest,” he said. “If you look at who contributes…

Sen. Bernie Sanders: Money plays ‘horrendous role’ in Congress

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) slammed the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United ruling Monday on CNN. The decision held that corporations have the same First Amendment rights as people, and that political spending is free speech. The ruling allowed corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections, so…

Sen. Sanders files amendment to end corporate personhood

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced a constitutional amendment to the U.S. Senate on Thursday that would overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United ruling. The decision held that corporations have the same First Amendment rights as people, and that political spending was free speech. The ruling allowed corporations to…

Bernie Sanders confronts defense contractor fraud

Sen. Bernie Sanders on the Senate floor Wednesday urged lawmakers to make the Pentagon fight against defense contractor fraud as they debated the National Defense Authorization Act. “This country has a record breaking deficit and a $15 trillion national debt,” he said. “What many people do not know is that…

Sen. Bernie Sanders: GOP lost in ‘super committee’ failure

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said Monday that the American people were the winners and the Republicans were the losers in the failure of the “super committee.” The 12-member congressional panel announced Monday that they were unable to create a federal budget to cut U.S. deficits by at least $1.2 trillion…

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