Paycheck Fairness Act Fails After Every Republican Senator Votes Against It (International Business Times)

June 5, 2012

By Ashley Portero Republicans in the U.S. Senate blocked the passage of the Paycheck Fairness Acton Tuesday, rejecting the measure intended to protect women from pay discrimination. The vote, 52 to 47 in favor, was strictly along party lines. Two Independent senators, Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and Bernard Sanders of Vermont, voted along with Democrats in […]

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Vt. lawmakers confer on key bills; end in sight (Boston Globe)

May 1, 2012

By Dave Gram MONTPELIER, Vt.—With hundreds of people clamoring outside for Vermont’s governor to “put people first,” lawmakers inside the Statehouse rejected the latest attempt at overhauling campaign finance laws and prepared for a final round of votes on whether to continue allowing parents to opt out of having their children vaccinated as a requirement […]

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Rally for women in Montpelier (WCAX)

April 30, 2012

By Susie Steimle MONTPELIER, Vt. – Men and women from around the state gathered in Montpelier to fight what’s been called ‘the war on women’. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders let out this battle cry, “we have made significant progress in this country and the message of today is we are not going backwards!” Senator Sanders […]

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Sen. Sanders Editorial: United Against the War on Women (Green Mountain Daily)

By Sen. Bernie Sanders The history of American democracy, to say the least, has been checkered. Our nation was founded at a time when people of African descent were held in bondage. After slavery was abolished, they were forced to endure legal discrimination for another 100 years. When our country was formed, women were not […]

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Rally in state capital targets ‘war on women’ (Burlington Free Press)

April 29, 2012

By Tim Johnson MONTPELIER — Madeleine Kunin said she never dreamed that in the year 2012 she would find herself speaking out in defense of contraception and giving credit to Rush Limbaugh. But there she was on the Statehouse steps Saturday, exhorting a crowd of about two hundred people to stand up for hard-won women’s […]

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OpEd: Can women bring civility to politics? (Washington Post)

March 7, 2012

By Sandra Fish BOULDER, Colo. — It’s Women’s History Month and here in Colorado we’re celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first woman to serve in the state Senate. But Colorado’s history of women in politics goes back further than that. Women got the vote in our state in 1893, and the next year three […]

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Poll: Most Americans Like Obama’s Contraception Rule (Wall Street Journal)

March 1, 2012

By Louise Radnofsky The Senate split 51-48 in favor of a federal rule that would make most employers fully cover contraception even if they had religious objections, marking out stances on an issue that’s already featuring prominently in the 2012 campaign rhetoric. Their constituents, however, lean more heavily towards the new rule, according to a […]

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Senate Defeats Rollback of Reproductive Rights (In These Times)

By Rebecca Burns The Senate has defeated a measure that would have allowed any employer to opt out of portions of the federal healthcare law that they found morally objectionable. The Blunt amendment, sponsored by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), was defeated 51 – 48 on Thursday morning. The amendment was tacked onto a key transportation […]

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Vermont’s senators, Leahy and Sanders, help block health insurance amendment (Burlington Free Press Vt.Buzz Blog)

By Nancy Remsen Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., were on the winning side today when the U.S. Senate considered an amendment that would have let employers and insurers opt out of provisions in the health care law. By a vote of 51-48, the Senate tabled the proposal which, interestingly, was to […]

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Senate rejects effort to roll back birth control rule (USA Today On Politics Blog)

By Susan Davis The Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate today narrowly rejected an amendment by Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., to circumvent a controversial Obama administration rule requiring employers to provide contraceptives. The Obama rule has provoked a passionate election year debate about the line between religious freedom and women’s health. The 51-48 vote to table the amendment […]

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