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On nearly every "radical" idea the American people are with us:

72% want to expand Social Security.
70% want Medicare for All.
65% want a jobs guarantee.
64% want to legalize marijuana.
60% want tuition-free public colleges.
58% want $15 min wage.
57% want to break up big banks.
The scientists tell us that the future of the planet is endangered by climate change. Meanwhile, because of Trump's government shutdown, about 95% of E.P.A. employees have been furloughed because they are "non-essential." How insane is that?
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While labor productivity has more than doubled since the late 1960s, nearly half of all new income generated in the U.S. since 1993 has gone to the top 1 percent.

This is what we mean when we say the economy is rigged in favor of the wealthy.
Think big, not small. It is not "radical" to demand that all Americans receive decent wages, guaranteed health care, quality education, affordable housing and a clean environment. We need a government that represents all of us, not just the 1%.
We need a revolution in education. Teachers in LA should not be forced to strike for decent wages and smaller classes. All parents deserve high quality, affordable childcare. Young people should not leave college deeply in debt. We must get our priorities right.
The time has come to fulfill and expand upon FDR’s vision that he laid out in 1944.

These are not radical ideas. They're supported by the majority of Americans. Working together, we can and we must achieve economic, social, racial, political and environmental justice for all.
Trump says the economy is "booming." It is—for the top 10 CEOs who saw their combined compensation soar by 60% in 2017.

For the average worker, however, real wages went up by just 1.2% over the past year.

The very rich get richer. Working families continue to struggle.
"[The animals] are being taken care of better than we are." –Larry Howard, a worker at the National Zoo who doesn't know how he is going to pay his bills during Trump's shutdown.

Mr. President. Your actions have consequences. End your shutdown now and pay federal workers.
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In America, a woman—not the government or her employer—must control her own body. We must vigorously defend women’s access to all reproductive health services and allow them to make their own medical decisions.
The federal minimum wage of $7.25 is a starvation wage. That is why I, along with many other members of Congress, will introduce legislation this week to raise that wage to $15 an hour. If you work 40 hours a week, you should not live in poverty.
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