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Bernie Sanders' Public Statements

Office: U.S. Senate (VT) - Jr, Independent
On The Ballot: Campaign Suspended, Democratic for President
Bernie Sanders has officially endorsed Hillary Clinton for President.
Date Title
July 25, 2016 Speech by Bernie Sanders at the 2016 Democratic Party Convention
July 24, 2016 Sanders Statement on DNC Chair Resignation
July 22, 2016 Letter to Various Koch-Connected Groups- Senators Hit Back in Letter to Denial Front Groups
July 21, 2016 Letter to the Hon. Gina McCarthy, Administrator U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Support Biodiesel, Help Create Jobs
July 21, 2016 Letter to The Honorable Gina McCarthy, Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency- Support Biodiesel, Help Create Jobs
July 20, 2016 Letter to The Honorable Richard Cordray, Director, Consumer Finacial Protection Bureau- Strengthen Proposed Small-Dollar Lending Rules
July 20, 2016 Letter to President Barack Obama- Nuclear Weapons Policy: Restrain and Reduce
July 19, 2016 Letter to the Hon. Barack Obama, President of the United States - Promote Diversity at Federal Land Management Agencies
July 18, 2016 Letter to Mr. Andrew M. Slavitt, Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services - Update Lead Screening Policy to Protect Children
July 15, 2016 Letter to Andrew Slavitt, Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare-and Medicaid Services - Update Current Lead Screening Policy to Protect Children from Lead Hazards, Prevent Life-Long Health Effects
July 15, 2016 Democratic Senators Urge Federal Regulators to Act to Protect Students & Veterans From Fraudulent Institutions Like Trump University
July 15, 2016 Sanders Praises Senate Action to Modernize Programs That Help Low-Income Renters
July 14, 2016 Letter to Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader of the United States Senate- As Congress Clears Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Bill, Reed Calls for Emergency Funding for Opioid Epidemic
July 14, 2016 Letter to The Honorable John King, Secretary of Education, The Honorable Edith Ramirez, Chairman, Federal Trade Commission, The Honorable Richard Cordray, Director, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and The Honorable Robert McDonald, Secretary of Veterans Affairs- Act to Protect Students & Veterans From Fraudulent Institutions Like Trump University
July 13, 2016 Sanders Statement on Opioid Legislation
July 13, 2016 Letter to The Honorable Mitch McConnell. Majority Leader, United States Senate- Commit to Passing Real, Immediate Funding to Fight Opioid and Heroin Epidemic and Actually Carry Out Programs Authorized in CARA Bill
July 12, 2016 Bernie Sanders Formally Endorses Hillary Clinton
July 12, 2016 Letter to Chairman John McCain and Ranking Member Jack Reed of the Senate Armed Services Committee - Protect Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces in Defense Bill
July 7, 2016 Letter to the Honorable Robert M. Califf, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration - Condemning AstraZeneca for Putting Profits Over People
July 7, 2016 Sanders Fights to Protect Vermont's GMO Labeling Law
July 7, 2016 Sanders Supports Treasury Department Regulations to Prevent Corporate Tax Dodging
July 7, 2016 Letter to Robert McDonald, Secretary of Veterans Affairs- Wyden, Senate Dems: VA Must Do More to Prevent and Correct Abuse of Veterans in Higher Education
July 7, 2016 Letter to the Honorable Tom Wheeler, Secretary of the Federal Communications Committee - Call on FCC To Strengthen Privacy Protections For Consumers
July 7, 2016 Leahy, Sanders, Welch: Vermont Nets $1.3 Million For Super-Size Culvert Under U.S. Route 7 In Brandon, In Latest Post-Irene Mitigation Grant From FEMA
July 7, 2016 Letter to The Honorable Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commisions - FCC To Finalize Broadband Privacy Rules
July 7, 2016 Leahy, Sanders, Welch: Vermont Nets $1.3 Million For Super-Size Culvert Under U.S. Route 7 In Brandon, In Latest Post-Irene Mitigation Grant From FEMA
July 7, 2016 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States- Menendez, Booker, Merkley, Sanders: 3.5M American Citizens in Puerto Rico Must Have Voice on Oversight Board
July 6, 2016 A Revolutionary Step Forward for Higher Education
July 6, 2016 Sanders Defends Vermont's GMO Labeling Law
July 3, 2016 Sanders: Party Platform Still Needs Work
July 1, 2016 I Will Do Everything I Can to Defeat This Terrible GMO Bill
July 1, 2016 Let me begin by thanking all of you for doing what citizens should be doing in a democracy. And that is standing up, fighting back, getting involved in the political process and demanding that government represent all the people - and not just powerful special interests. And that is exactly what you did with GMO labeling. As a Vermonter I am very proud that our state became the first state in the country to mandate labeling for food that contains GMO products. I am proud of the grass-roots activism that led to that legislation and proud of the support that the legislature and Governor Shumlin gave to that legislation. Your efforts show what happens when democracy works. The people at the grassroots level speak, state government responds and important legislation gets passed. This legislation is important because people have a right to know what is in the food they and their children eat. The more information we have, the better consumers we become. This is not a radical idea. It is why over 60 countries around the world have passed GMO labeling laws. That is why the states of Vermont, Connecticut, Maine and Alaska have passed legislation to mandate labeling of food that contains GMO products. Unfortunately, the major agribusiness and bio-tech companies disagree. They do not believe people have a right to know what's in the food they eat. That is why they have spent hundreds of millions of dollars in lobbying and campaign contributions to overturn the GMO right-to-know legislation that states have already passed and that many other states are in the verge of passing. The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), which sued and lost in trying to stop Vermont's law, has 34 lobbyists working on this issue alone. They spent $8.5 million lobbying between 2015, and in 2016 they have already spent $1.6 million in total lobbying. Monsanto has already spent $2 million in 2016 lobbying Congress. The Environmental Working Group has calculated that food and biotech companies and trade associations have spent nearly $200 million to oppose state GMO labeling ballot initiatives like Act 120. When combined with Washington lobbying expenditures that mention GMO labeling, the total amount spent by labeling opponents is close to $400 million. Their goal is to deny states the right to go forward in this area and to pass legislation that is useless and with no value to consumers. And, if we don't stop them, they may just succeed. On Thursday evening, with no hearings and no debate, a corporate backed bill offered by Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) was introduced on to the floor by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. This legislation would create a confusing, misleading and unenforceable national standard for labeling GMOs. Instead of a uniform labeling standard like Vermont's law, the language allows text, symbols, or an electronic code to be used. This is intentionally confusing to consumers, and the information may be entirely inaccessible if the consumer does not have access to the internet. The compromise language also allows the U.S. Department of Agriculture to rule on what percentage of GMO material is present in a particular food before it gets labeled, in contrast to Vermont and European Union standards, both which require products with more than 0.9% be labeled. In addition, the bill contains huge loopholes in the labeling requirement, stating that there is no labeling requirement for GMO foods that could have occurred "through conventional breeding or found in nature." Essentially, if the genetic engineering done by a company could have occurred in nature, there is no requirement to label it, which would prevent GMO corn, beet sugar, and soy oils from being labeled. FDA has confirmed this loophole, stating that with the language in the bill currently written "many of the foods from [Genetically Engineered] sources will not be subject" to labeling requirements. Perhaps most shockingly, this bill imposes no penalties whatsoever for violating the labeling requirement, making the law essentially meaningless. Thus, this is a weak bill, full of loopholes, without any requirement to comply. I find it interesting that many of my Republican colleagues, who tell us how terrible the federal government is, and how they want to get the federal government off the backs of the people, are now prepared to overturn the legislation passed in 4 states. Clearly, their belief in states rights is not quite equal to their need for corporate campaign contributions. Sadly, there are some Democrats in the same boat. Needless to say I, and the Vermont delegation and many members of Congress will do everything in our power to defeat this terrible bill.
July 1, 2016 Sanders Vows to Defend Vermont's GMO Labeling Law
July 1, 2016 Letter to The Honorable John B. King, Jr., Secretary, U.S. Department of Education, and The Honorable Loretta Lynch, Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice- Hold Colleges & Universities Accountable for Underreporting Sexual Violence on Campus
June 30, 2016 Senators Introduce Legislation to Restore Educational Opportunity for Incarcerated Americans
June 29, 2016 Leahy, Sanders, Welch Announce $2.1 million in AmeriCorps Funding for Vermont
June 29, 2016 Leahy, Sanders, Welch Announce $2.1 million in AmeriCorps Funding for Vermont
June 29, 2016 Sanders Statement Opposing Puerto Rico Bill
June 28, 2016 Sanders To Put Hold on GMO Labeling Legislation
June 27, 2016 Sanders Applauds Supreme Court Ruling on Abortion
June 27, 2016 Sanders Calls for Democratic Party to Oppose Trade Deal
June 26, 2016 Sanders Statement on Democratic Party Platform
June 24, 2016 Clinton Delegates Vote Against Clinton Stands on Trade
June 24, 2016 Sanders Statement on Supreme Court Affirmative Action Case
June 23, 2016 Sanders Statement on Supreme Court Immigration Case
June 23, 2016 Sanders Statement on GMO Labeling Legislation
June 23, 2016 Bernie Sanders: Here's What We Want
June 23, 2016 Sanders at Latino Conference Denounces Trump's "Bigotry'
June 22, 2016 Letter to The Honorable John King, Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education- Close For-Profit College Loophole Impacting Servicemembers, Veterans and Taxpayers
June 22, 2016 Sanders: Strengthen Social Security
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