U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont is the longest-serving independent in congressional history.
For far too long, it has not been Congress that has been regulating the pharmaceutical industry. It has been the pharmaceutical industry that has been regulating Congress.
The pharmaceutical industry, over the last 20 years, has spent over $4.5 billion dollars on lobbying and campaign contributions. They have hundreds of lobbyists on Capitol Hill right now to fight any bill that will lower the cost of prescription drugs.
Poll after poll shows that the American people want fundamental and transformational change. It’s time to listen to them, not the wealthy and the powerful.
The pharmaceutical industry doesn’t want us to lower the cost of prescription drugs. The health care industry doesn’t want us to expand Medicare. The fossil fuel industry doesn’t want us to tackle climate change. This is an enormous struggle. And we're going to win it.
The richest 400 Americans sit on $3 trillion—the size of the entire UK economy. The billionaire class now pays a lower tax rate than people living paycheck to paycheck. The looting of America has been going on for over 40 years—and the culprits are the ultra-rich.
I say to those who are delaying action on climate change: Look at the blood-red sky and unbreathable air in Australia because of raging forest fires. Our futures are all connected. That is why we must bring the world together and enact a Green New Deal.