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Bernie Sanders' Public Statements on Issue: Drugs

Office: U.S. Senate (VT) - Jr, Independent Minority Caucus Chair for Outreach
On The Ballot: Announced, Democratic for President
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May 21, 2019 Sanders Leads Bicameral Legislation to Hold Opioid Executives Criminally Liable
April 4, 2019 Brown Joins Bipartisan Group to Introduce First-Ever Targeted Fentanyl Sanctions Bill to Hold China Accountable On Commitment to Crack Down On Manufacturers & Traffickers of Lethal Opioids Ravaging U.S. Communities
Feb. 28, 2019 Booker, Lee, Khanna Introduce Landmark Marijuana Justice Bill
June 18, 2018 Sanders, Welch Announce $4 Million in New Funds for Vermont to Combat the Opioid Epidemic
May 11, 2018 Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Sen. Bernie Sanders Introduce Bill to Hold Big Pharma Accountable for Opioid Epidemic
April 24, 2018 Sanders Introduces Two Amendments to Strengthen Opioid Crisis Response Bill
April 20, 2018 MSNBC "All in with Chris Hayes" - Transcript: Marijuana Regulations
April 20, 2018 MSNBC "All in with Chris Hayes" - Transcript: Marijuana Regulations
April 19, 2018 Sanders Becomes Third Senate Cosponsor of Booker's Landmark Bill to End Federal Prohibition of Marijuana
April 18, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Alex Azar, Secretary of Health and Human Services - Stabenow, Peters Call on Administration to Take Immediate Action to Reduce Price of Naloxone, a Life-Saving Opioid Overdose Reversal Drug
April 17, 2018 Sanders Introduces Legislation to Hold Opioid Makers Accountable
March 8, 2018 Letter to the Hon Thad Cochran, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, the Hon Patrick Leahy, Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, the Hon Roy Blunt, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies and the Senate Appropriations Committee, and the Hon Patty Murray, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies and the Senate Appropriations Committee - Senator Cantwell, Colleagues Call for Increased Investment in Student Health, Safety
March 5, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Thad Cochran, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, the Hon. Patrick Leahy, Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, the Hon. Roy Blunt, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and the Hon. Patty Murray, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education - Advocate for Resources to Combat Opioid Crisis in Foster Care System
Jan. 4, 2018 Sanders Statement on Sessions Marijuana Decision
Oct. 25, 2017 Letter to President Donald J. Trump - Allow Government to Negotiate Lower Prices for Naloxone
Oct. 25, 2017 Letter to President Donald Trump - Senators Call on President to Allow Government to Negotiate Lower Prices for Naloxone, a Life-Saving Opioid Overdose Reversal Drug
Oct. 20, 2017 Letter to Eric Hargan, Acting Secretary of Health and Human Services, Robert Patterson, Acting Administrator of Drug Enforcement Administration - Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act
May 17, 2017 Letter to the Honorable Roy Blunt and Patty Murray, Chairman and Ranking Member of Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, and Education, and the Honorable Thad Cochran and Patrick Leahy, Chairman and Vice-Chairman of Senate Appropriations Committee - Increase Funding to Combat Opioid Epidemic
May 4, 2017 Vermont Awarded $2 Million Federal Grant to Address Opioid Misuse
April 26, 2017 Letter to the Hon. Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader, and the Hon. Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House - Funding for Opioid Crisis and Medical Research
March 29, 2017 As Health Care Debate Shifts, Senator Franken and Senate Colleagues Lead Milestone Effort to Bring Down Prescription Drug Prices
March 15, 2017 Letter to Dr. Stephen Ostroff, Acting Commissioner of US Food and Drug Administration - Information Request on FDA approval of new Deflazacort Drug
Feb. 28, 2017 Affordable and Safe Prescription Drug Importation Act Introduced to Help Lower Skyrocketing Cost of Medicine
Feb. 17, 2017 Letter to the Hon. Jean-Claude Junker, President of the European Commission - European Union Support to Combat the Fentanyl Crisis
Feb. 13, 2017 Letter to Jeffrey S. Aronin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Marathon Pharmaceuticals, LLC - Information Request on Pricing Plan for Emflaza (Deflazacort)
Jan. 17, 2017 Letter to the Hon. Chuck Rosenberg - Regarding Query on Enforcement Efforts Against Wholesale Opioid Distributors
Dec. 16, 2016 Letter to Gary Ruckelshaus, Vice President and General Counsel of Heritage Pharmaceuticals Inc. - Information Request Regarding Alleged Price Fixing of Certain Drugs
Dec. 14, 2016 Letter to the Hon. Jamal El-Hindi, Acting Director of Financial Enforcement Network - Regarding Guidance on Banking Services
Dec. 13, 2016 Letter to Jamal El-Hindi, Acting Director of Financial Crimes Enforcement Network - Guidance on Banking Service for Vendors Working with Legal Marijuana Businesses
Dec. 1, 2016 Letter to the Hon. Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House, the Hon. Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader; the Hon. Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader and the Hon. Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader - Call for Passage of Foster Care Reforms
Nov. 3, 2016 Letter to the Honorable Loretta E. Lynch, Attorney General of the United States and the Hon. Edith Ramirez, Chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission - Request to Investigate Cost of Diabetes Products
Oct. 28, 2016 Letter to the Hon. Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney General and the Hon. Chuck Rosenberg, Acting Administrator, DEA - Efforts Against Wholesale Opioid Distributors
Sept. 21, 2016 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017--Motion to Proceed--
Aug. 30, 2016 Letter to Ms. Heather Bresch, Chief Executive Officer of Mylan - Concerns About Mylan's EpiPen Price HIke
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 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 13, 2016 Sanders Statement on Opioid Legislation
July 7, 2016 Letter to the Honorable Robert M. Califf, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration - Condemning AstraZeneca for Putting Profits Over People
June 1, 2016 Letter to The Honorable Sylvia M. Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services - Urging DHHS to Increase Access to Opioid Addiction Treatment
May 31, 2016 Sanders, Nurses, Doctors Call for Medicare-for-All, Senator Backs California Ballot Initiative on Prescription Drug Prices
May 25, 2016 Sanders Backs California Ballot Initiative to Rein in Drug Prices at Meeting with HIV/AIDS Advocates
March 28, 2016 Letter to the Honorable Sylvia M. Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services and Francis Collins, Director of National Institutes of Health - Act Now on Drug Affordability
March 13, 2016 Full Rush Transcript Senator Bernie Sanders //CNN TV One Democratic Presidential Town Hall
March 11, 2016 Sanders Announces $1.2 Million in Health Center Funds for Substance Abuse Treatment in Vermont
Jan. 26, 2016 Sanders Places Hold on FDA Nominee
Jan. 16, 2016 The Fourth Democratic Debate
Dec. 23, 2015 Following Sanders Investigation, Vermont Secures Discount on Life-Saving Drug
Dec. 19, 2015 Third Democratic Debate
Nov. 29, 2015 New Hampshire Democratic Party Jefferson-Jackson Dinner
Nov. 21, 2015 Sanders Calls Criminal Justice Reform the "Civil Rights Issue of the Century'
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