Todays news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.): Grotesque - TopicsExpress


Todays news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.): Grotesque Inequality: The nation’s income gap continues to widen as Washington lawmakers consider cuts to vital programs that help middle-class Americans stay afloat. “What we need to do is focus on job creation, raising the minimum wage, changing our trade policy and paying attention to the middle class rather than the billionaires and multinational corporations,” Sen. Bernie Sanders told Ed Schultz on MSNBC on Tuesday. Sanders called growing income inequality in the United States “grotesque.” A ‘Remarkable Turnaround’ on Gay Rights: As Democrats and Republicans in support of ENDA rose to voice their support, senators opposed to the bill sat quietly, passing on opportunities to take the floor and speak out against the legislation. “It is really a remarkable turnaround, Sen. Sanders told U.S. News & World Report. Republicans did not offer up anybody because they now see it as bad politics to oppose gay rights.” Solar Research: A new federally funded solar research center located in Williston, Vt., was announced on Monday. Sen. Sanders pushed for the U.S. Energy Department to locate the center in Vermont, NECN-TV reported. VA’ ‘Image Problem’: Sen. Sanders, chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, chided VA officials for not providing his committee with the agency’s views on pending legislation in a timely manner. He warned the VA that even if it didn’t want to engage, he and Congress would press on. “Our job is to legislate,” Sanders said, “and we’re going to go forward with or without the cooperation of the VA and the administration.” The point was among several cited by Politico in a report on the department’s failure to address its “image problem.” Continue reading here:
Posted on: Wed, 06 Nov 2013 14:11:14 +0000

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