Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont is the longest-serving independent in congressional history.

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What we are debating today may seem complicated. But it is really quite simple. I’m LIVE on the floor discussing why now is the time to defend American democracy.

I do not think we should allow ourselves to grow comfortable with the fact that the richest two people in this country own more wealth than the bottom 40% of Americans.

Afghanistan is facing a humanitarian catastrophe. I urge the Biden administration to immediately release billions in frozen Afghan government funds to help avert this crisis, and prevent the death of millions of people.

Tomorrow, the Senate is going to be casting an enormously important vote about whether we preserve the foundations of democracy. As of now, two Democrats will join the Republicans to vote against us and we will lose that vote. Let me tell you why I hope they change their minds.

A rigged economic and political system is when billionaires spend $1.2 billion in campaign contributions to buy politicians in the last election, become $2 trillion richer during the pandemic and pay a lower effective tax rate than a nurse. Yes, we must abolish Citizens United.

Republicans are laughing all the way to Election Day. They have not had to cast one vote against any enormously popular policies. That’s got to change now.

I’m glad to hear that the SALT provisions are no longer in play for Build Back Better. Democrats need to focus on the struggling working class, not giving more tax breaks to the wealthy.

On this day 77 years ago, Allied forces liberated the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. Today, on Holocaust Remembrance Day, we must recommit to fighting all forms of bigotry, intolerance, antisemitism, racism, and xenophobia.


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.

Every police department violating people's civil rights must be stripped of federal funding.

I was right about Vietnam. I was right about Iraq. I will do everything in my power to prevent a war with Iran. I apologize to no one.

Yes. Trump's not alone. Federal income taxes paid by corporations a year after his tax plan was signed into law: $0: Amazon $0: GM $0: Netflix $0: Chevron $0: FedEx $0: Eli Lilly $0: Starbucks Dr. King was right. We have socialism for the rich, rugged capitalism for the rest.

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.