How did Senators Chuck Schumer and Joe Manchin move away from a sharp divide to a seemingly smooth accord? They didn’t get everything they wanted.
Vermont’s two U.S. senators, Sanders and Patrick Leahy, voted for the Inflation Reduction Act on Sunday. The bill would invest nearly $400 billion in fighting climate change, lower the price of prescription drugs and extend health care subsidies.
The Vermont senator did not say he would oppose the measure. But he said it should be amended before it passes, to include priorities he said had been left out — to address homelessness, student debt, child care and Medicare.
It might not make much of a novel but it makes for one hell of a democracy when ordinary citizens stand up en masse and become the heroes the world so desperately needs.
We must demand that American democracy be restored so that this country is ruled as the authors of the Declaration of Independence intended, with “the consent of the governed” rather than by a reactionary and dangerous minority.
Just because someone has become (or been born) rich does not give them acuity and brilliance in thinking about what is good for the rest of us. In fact, they almost inevitably act against the interests of the vast majority of beings on the planet.
The West Virginia senator’s declaration sent shockwaves through Washington and in Montpelier, where officials hoped Congressional action might put a significant dent in some of the state’s most pressing — and expensive — policy problems.
The noted environmentalist and author from Vermont decries an attempt to block climate legislation, saying the United States needs to act now on climate to avoid disaster.
Escalating a weekslong public feud with Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Sen. Bernie Sanders penned an op-ed in Manchin’s hometown newspaper, calling out the moderate Democrat for opposing a $3.5 trillion domestic budget.
At an unrelated news conference in Vermont on Thursday, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders said he and top negotiators in Washington are working “24/7” to pass a domestic budget to fund climate change mitigation, child care, Medicare expansion and more.
Visibly frustrated by a handful of moderates who are holding up domestic budget negotiations, Sen. Bernie Sanders demanded that West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin say specifically why he opposes a $3.5 trillion spending plan.
The newly named chair of the Senate Budget Committee has made clear that increasing wages is a top priority. But it remains to be seen whether the measure can advance as part of the budget reconciliation process.