U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont is the longest-serving independent in congressional history.
Wealth of Jeff Bezos in 2009: $6.8 billion Wealth of Jeff Bezos in 2020: $184 billion Wealth of Mark Zuckerberg in 2009: $2 billion Wealth of Mark Zuckerberg in 2020: $103 billion U.S. Minimum Wage from 2009-2020: $7.25 We need an economy that works for all of us, not the 1%.
The Walton family is worth $238 billion. Yet they pay wages so low, 14,541 of their workers in 9 states are forced to rely on food stamps to feed their families. Outrageous. I say to the Walton family: Get off welfare. Pay your workers a living wage—at least $15 an hour.
While the owner of Tyson Foods became $600 million richer during the pandemic, 11,000 of his workers got COVID-19 because they were forced back to work in unsafe and unhealthy plants as managers placed bets on how many would get sick. We must end this disgusting corporate greed.
Income and wealth inequality is soaring. Today, 1 in 4 U.S. workers are either unemployed or earn a poverty wage of less than $20,000 a year. Meanwhile, the 50 richest Americans own more wealth than the bottom 50%. We have got to create an economy that works for all, not the 1%.
250,000 are dead from coronavirus. 12 million will lose unemployment benefits by the end of the year. Where's Trump? He's busy golfing and sending out bogus tweets, trying overturn the results of a democratic election he lost by more than 6 million votes. Pathetic.
Given the enormous economic desperation facing working families in this country today, I will not be able to support the recently announced Manchin-Romney COVID19 proposal unless it is significantly improved. Read my full statement:
President Trump, you made a big mistake. By trying to divide us up by race, religion, gender and nationality you actually brought us closer.
This is an egregious attack on our democracy. The end of #NetNeutrality protections means that the internet will be for sale to the highest bidder. When our democratic institutions are already in peril, we must do everything we can to stop this decision from taking effect.