Senator Bernard Sanders

DETAILS: Senator Bernard Sanders
(1941 - ) Vermont
  • United States Senate
  • Senate Committee on the Budget
  • Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • Subcommittee on Water and Power
  • Subcommittee on National Parks
  • Subcommittee on Energy
  • Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
  • Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety
  • Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife
  • Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
  • Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security
  • Subcommittee on Children and Families
  • Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs
  • VT Senate
    (2007- present)
  • VT - 0 House
    (1991- 2007)
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Senator Bernard Sanders received from National Assn of Letter Carriers: $10k, American Federation of Teachers: $5k, National Education Assn: $5k on Health Care
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Senator Bernard Sanders is on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
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ISSUES: Senator Bernard Sanders

NEUTRAL

Health Care

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There is an ongoing controversy on how to address rising healthcare costs for Americans.
  • H.R.2333 To direct the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct an assessment of the responsibilities, workload, and vacancy rates of Department of Veterans Affairs suicide prevention coordinators, and for other purposes.
  • Signed by President., 1 month ago
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DETAILS:

FOR Republicans

Republicans have put forth a 68-page bill that is focused on Choice and Competition in the public healthcare marketplace. Some plans include loosening rules on health savings accounts and allowing businesses more freedoms in insuring their employees. source

FOR Democrats

Democrats primarily back a Medicare for All Plan, which would insure everyone has insurance and that costs were controlled. source


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Impeachment

House of Representatives has the power to bring charges of impeachment, and they voted for impeachment on December 18, 2019. The Senate has the power to try the impeachment, and the trial started on Tuesday, January 22, 2020. Conviction in the Senate requires a two-thirds supermajority vote of those present. The result of conviction is removal from office.

DETAILS:

AGAINST Republicans

Republicans are against an impeachment of President Trump.

FOR Democrats

Democrats are in favor of an impeachment of President Trump.


NEUTRAL

Voting

There are various aspects to voting that are in contention. Two popular topics are securing the ballots and if a popular vote should replace electoral votes.

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AGAINST Republicans

Against Popular vote. Republicans support greater transparency, stronger security, and a paper ballot. They strongly oppose a popular vote because they feel it would make ballot boxes and technology more vulnerable to exploitation. source

FOR Democrats

For popular vote. Democrats support further funding of HAVA and updating equipment to support more secure paper ballots. They believe everyone has a right to vote, including people who have already served their time for past legal transgressions. There is also a movement to push for a National Popular Vote instead of an electoral vote because it is more in line with the voice of those voting. source


NEUTRAL

Social Security

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Social security and other welfare programs are used for more than retirement. They help families and individuals avoid poverty.

DETAILS:

FOR Republicans

Republicans want to uphold current social welfare programs. At the same time, they want to place a focus on helping recipients achieve independence – including improving the sources of poverty like over-regulation of business growth and private sector compassionate aid programs. source

FOR Democrats

Democrats want people who make over $250,000 to pay more into the program in order to fund it. source


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Taxes

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One of the key issues in tax reform is whether Big Business tax breaks should be repealed, and which organizations should enjoy nonprofit status.
  • S.J.RES.50 A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Internal Revenue Service, Department of the Treasury, relating to "Contributions in Exchange for State or Local Tax Credits".
  • Failed of passage in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 43 - 52. Record Vote Number: 331., 3 months ago
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DETAILS:

AGAINST Republicans

Republicans are against hypertaxation on any class or industry. They want to ensure past abuses against businesses, individuals, non-profits, and others are never repeated by the tax system. In regards to overseas businesses, they advocate for a territory based taxation- which will tax money made and stored abroad by American businesses and organizations. source

FOR Democrats

Democrats want to end tax breaks for large businesses and add tax penalties for companies that send their businesses, production, and funding overseas. They focus on increasing tax breaks to the lower- and middle-income families in order to lighten the cost of living burdens. source


DONORS/LOBBYISTS:
    • Company
    • Amount
    • National Assn of Letter Carriers
    • $10k
    • Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO
    • $8.5k
    • National Education Assn
    • $5k
    • American Federation of Teachers
    • $5k
    • American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO
    • $5k
    • Laborers' International Union of North America
    • $4.5k
    • Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen
    • $4k
    • PLANNED PARENTHOOD ACTION FUND, INC.
    • $3k
    • Communications Workers of America
    • $1.5k
Based on the July 2019 report , next report due January 2020
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