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Senator Sanders is the longest serving independent in congressional history.



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About 9 weeks ago Tell Bernie What You Think: http://www.sanders.senate.gov/comcast-twc?utm_source=berniebuzz&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Stand+up+against+this+megamerger+by+signing+the+petition+link&utm_campaign=National+Bernie+Buzz+02-14

At a time when fewer and fewer corporations control the flow of information and news, Comcast on Thursday agreed to buy Time Warner Cable. The merger with Time Warner would create the largest cable company in America. If the deal is approved by regulators, one corporation would provide cable service for about one in three American households. It’s clear that customers want more choices and increased competition in the cable television and Internet industry.

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About 7 weeks ago Focus on Veterans, Not Iran: 

Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Bernie Sanders on Wednesday welcomed a statement from The American Legion that Iran sanctions “have no place” in a comprehensive veterans bill now before the Senate. In a Senate floor speech, Sanders also cited a statement from the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, which also criticized injecting Iran sanctions into the debate over veterans benefits. The veterans’ organizations were referring to legislation offered yesterday by Republican senators who want to add language to the veterans bill imposing new sanctions on Iran because of its nuclear program.

Continue reading here: http://www.sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/recent-business/focus-on-veterans-not-iran



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About 5 weeks ago What the U.S. Can Learn About Health Care from Other Countries:

Other major countries offer better health care at less cost than the United States, according to witnesses who testified on Tuesday at a Senate hearing chaired by Sen. Bernie Sanders. “What this hearing is really about is two fundamental issues. First, the U.S., the wealthiest country on the planet, is the only major industrialized country in the world that does not guarantee health care as a right to its citizens. Should we consider joining the rest of the world? I’d argue we should,” Sanders said. “Second, the U.S. spends twice as much as other countries that have much better health outcomes. What can we learn from these countries?” asked Sanders, chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging.

Continue reading here: http://www.sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/recent-business/us-can-learn-other-countries-health-care



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About 8 weeks ago Are you concerned about a handful of corporations controlling what we see, hear and read? Do you think this merger should be approved? Tell Bernie what you think here: http://www.sanders.senate.gov/comcast-twc?utm_source=berniebuzz&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Stand+up+against+this+megamerger+by+signing+the+petition+link&utm_campaign=National+Bernie+Buzz+02-14
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About 2 weeks ago To equate the ability of billionaires to buy elections with ‘freedom of speech’ is totally absurd. The Supreme Court is paving the way toward an oligarchic form of society in which a handful of billionaires like the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson will control our political process.
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About 5 weeks ago Working Overtime:

President Barack Obama on Thursday called for new overtime rules so more workers will be eligible for time-and-a-half pay after putting in a 40-hour workweek. Obama’s directive to the Labor Department eventually will help millions of low-wage workers. Now, a worker on  salary of more than $455 a week with minimal management duties may be denied overtime.

Sen. Bernie Sanders applauded the president’s action. “It is absurd that millions of workers making as little as $455 a week are considered ‘supervisors’ and get no overtime pay.  I hope the Department of Labor raises that threshold to at least $1,000, which would reflect inflation since 1975. That step alone would mean a raise for millions of workers. More money in the hands of working people would mean that those workers could then go out and make purchases that would help create more jobs.”

It will take a while before workers see any more money in their paychecks. Leaving the details to be worked out by th
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About 7 weeks ago We Support the Troops: http://www.sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/recent-business/we-support-the-troops
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About 3 weeks ago The 67 Richest Are as Wealthy as the World's Poorest 3.5 Billion - Forbes: http://www.sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/must-read/67-richest-wealthy-poorest-billion
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About 3 weeks ago Women’s Rights, Religious Rights, Corporate Rights: http://www.sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/recent-business/womens-rights-religious-rights-corporate-rights
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About 6 weeks ago There's No Need to End Saturday Mail Delivery - Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), The Wall Street Journal: 

The U.S. Postal Service is one of our most popular and important government agencies. It provides universal service six days a week to every corner of America, no matter how small or remote. It supports millions of jobs in virtually every other sector of our economy. It provides decent-paying union jobs to some 500,000 Americans, and it is the largest employer of veterans.

Whether you are a low-income elderly woman living at the end of a dirt road in Vermont or a wealthy CEO living on Park Avenue, you get your mail six days a week. And you pay for this service at a cost far less than anywhere else in the industrialized world.

Yet the Postal Service is under constant and vicious attack. Why? The answer is simple. There are very powerful and wealthy special interests who want to privatize or dismember virtually every function that government now performs, whether it is Soci