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Crumbling US infrastructure a missed opportunity for jobs, renewal (MSNBC)

June 12, 2012

“It’s not only roads, it’s not only bridges, it’s not only water systems, it’s mass transportation. It is rail. China is building high-speed rail all over the place. We are not… we have an enormous amount of work that is ready to go right now & it is beyond comprehension that our Republican friends will not support infrastructure legislation.”

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Sen. Sanders Editorial: 2012: Where do we go from here? (Bennington Banner)

December 28, 2011

By Sen. Bernie Sanders I want to take this opportunity to wish all Vermonters a very happy holiday season and a wonderful new year. The year 2011 has been a tough one for Vermont and our country. The recession caused by the greed, recklessness and illegal behavior of Wall Street continues. While Vermont is doing […]

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“Despair Is Not an Option” (Progressive Magazine)

December 21, 2011

By Sen. Bernie Sanders Today in America, the great middle class of our country, the middle class that has been the envy of the entire world, is collapsing, poverty is increasing, while the wealthiest people in this country have never had it so good. As a result of the greed, the recklessness, and the illegal […]

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Dems vow not to cave on payroll tax, upping pressure on Boehner (The Hill)

December 19, 2011

By Alexander Bolton Democrats say there is no chance of them caving in to House Republicans over the payroll tax holiday, which puts House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) in a tough spot. President Obama and Democratic leaders disappointed liberals on the last two major showdowns, when they agreed to extend the Bush tax rates a […]

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Senate Wraps Up Business for the Year, Ball Now in House’s Court (Roll Call)

December 17, 2011

By Meredith Shiner The Senate concluded its legislative work for the year today, approving a sweeping omnibus bill and legislation to extend a payroll tax holiday, unemployment benefits and the Medicare “doc fix,” in addition to a disaster relief bill. The Senate approved the full-year appropriations bill, which passed the House Friday, 67-32. The legislation […]

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Senate OKs Two More Months For Payroll Tax Cut (NPR News)

By David Welna The U.S. Senate wrapped up a tumultuous year of divided government with votes that keep the federal government funded through September and extend expiring unemployment benefits and a payroll tax cut another two months. In a rare Saturday year-end session, the Senate’s action averted a shutdown but was not the last word […]

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Senate leaders strike short-term deal to extend payroll tax holiday (The Hill)

December 16, 2011

By Alexander Bolton Senate leaders announced Friday evening a deal to extend the payroll tax holiday and unemployment benefits for two months, putting Congress on course to adjourn for the year well in time for Christmas. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will consult with rank-and-file members of the House GOP conference before signing off on […]

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Sen. Sanders Constitutional Amendment (MSNBC)

December 15, 2011

Watch Bernie discuss his Republican obstructionism with Ed Schultz on MSNBC.

“I think the Democrats have got to be aggressive in taking the case to the American people & say enough is enough. It is the middle class, it is the working class, that needs tax breaks, not the wealthiest people in this country. At some point you are going to have to draw a line in the sand.”

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Keystone pipeline as GOP poison pill (Salon.com)

December 8, 2011

By Alyssa Battistoni Ever since the Obama administration announced it would delay its final decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline until 2013, Republicans in Congress have been plotting ways to get around the lengthier review process ordered by the president, which would include a rigorous assessment of health and environmental impacts by the State […]

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Obama: Pass payroll tax cut extension or stay through Christmas (MSNBC)

December 2, 2011

Watch Bernie discuss his vote on the payroll tax cut extension with Ed Schultz on MSNBC.

“Absolutely we need a major tax cut for the Middle-Class; absolutely it has got to be funded by asking the wealthiest people in this country to start paying their fair share. “

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