U.S. Senator from Vermont and candidate for President of the United States.
Donald Trump is a bad president. He is a worse "doctor." In the midst of a pandemic, he has ignored the advice of scientists and physicians and has peddled unsound and dangerous medical ideas. For the health and well-being of this country, Trump must be defeated.
Eid Mubarak to all our Muslim friends. Wishing joy and prosperity to all who are celebrating.
I've got some bad news for my Republican colleagues: No, we are not going to let you cut Social Security. At a time when half of older Americans have no retirement savings, our job must be to expand Social Security, not cut it. https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/05/22/gop-plot-gut-social-security-behind-closed-doors-gains-steam-senate-covid-19-talks
On June 3rd, we will be holding A People's Graduation to honor all the graduates and hear from the young people themselves. If you're graduating, you can be involved: submit a video at http://berniesanders.com/graduation.
Republicans are working hard to maintain an economy based on starvation wages. They oppose raising the minimum wage and making it easier for workers to join unions. Now, they want to end extended unemployment benefits. Stand up and fight back for human dignity.
Children need high-speed broadband service at home, now more than ever. We cannot let Comcast put their greed ahead of our children's education. https://twitter.com/HelenGymPHL/status/1263461768917127170
Are you a 2020 graduate? We want to hear your hopes, dreams and concerns. Submit a video to be featured in our livestream on June 3rd, A People's Graduation, at http://berniesanders.com/graduation.
The U.S. government is providing billions to the drug companies to develop a COVID-19 vaccine. Once that vaccine is approved by the FDA, it must be available to all for free. We've already paid for it. This is not a time for pharmaceutical industry profiteering.
Why are Republican leaders so concerned over the $600 a week supplement to unemployment benefits? Because they don’t want a precedent established where workers understand that they’re entitled to and deserve decent, livable wages.
The pandemic and economic collapse has hit almost everybody, but it is especially hard for young people. Now is the time to accelerate the fight for a guaranteed federal jobs program, making public colleges and universities tuition-free, and canceling all student debt.
A nation is not sustainable when so few have so much while so many have so little. Tax the rich. https://twitter.com/CNBC/status/1263510923056164870
As we decide how to open our economy, we must protect working people. You shouldn’t have to choose your paycheck or your life. Join our town hall with @MaryKayHenry, @AbdulElSayed, @RishiDesaiMD, @jessicaramos and @joshokeefemusic: https://twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1ynJOpyPzglxR
Tonight: join our virtual town meeting on how we can safely re-open the country and protect working people. Join me, @MaryKayHenry, @AbdulElSayed, @RishiDesaiMD and @jessicaramos live at 7 p.m. ET at http://live.berniesanders.com.
Republicans are going nuts about the $600 per week expanded unemployment benefits that workers now receive. Imagine that! Americans not forced to live on starvation wages. What a frightening precedent. What will they want next? Health care as a human right?
Republicans are going nuts about the $600 per month expanded unemployment benefits that workers now receive. Imagine that! Americans not forced to live on starvation wages. What a frightening precedent. What will they want next? Health care as a human right?
93,000 Americans have died from the virus. 38 million have filed for unemployment benefits. Tens of millions are facing hunger. Yet Trump and McConnell see no sense of "urgency" in a federal response. Outrageous! Congress must address this desperation NOW.
Trump is wrong. Families all over this country will continue to lose everything unless the government acts. We are seeing crises in a way we haven’t seen since the Great Depression and we need major federal legislation to address that.
In my view, life is not about making billions of dollars and not paying attention to the suffering of others. That is a bogus vision. Our job is to recognize our common humanity and ensure that all people live in dignity and security.
Earning a paycheck shouldn't kill you. Tomorrow night: join our virtual town meeting at 7 p.m. ET on safely re-opening our economy, live at http://live.berniesanders.com.
What we have to do now is not complicated. Congress must act boldly to make sure that everybody in this country has the financial security they need to survive this pandemic.
Whether Trump likes it or not, our priority now must be that every single person in our country can safely vote. Throughout our history, millions of men and women have fought and died to protect our democracy. We will not allow Trump to undermine that sacred American principle. https://twitter.com/politico/status/1263093942331064320
Nobody in America should delay getting medical help because of the cost—especially during this crisis. Add your name to say you support my bill, the Health Care Emergency Guarantee Act, to cover health care costs for all for the duration of this pandemic. https://act.berniesanders.com/signup/coronavirus-health-care-bill/?source=tw200520
If and when the vaccine comes, it won’t do somebody any good if they can't afford it. This is not a time for the drug companies' profiteering. A vaccine, when available, must be free and available to all people regardless of income.
We need young people everywhere to speak up, get involved and transform the country. Tune in on Wednesday, June 3rd at 7 p.m. for our 2020 Commencement: A People's Graduation. Graduates: please submit a short video to be featured in the show at http://berniesanders.com/graduation.
Working class Americans should not have to die in order to earn a paycheck. Yes. We should move to re-open the economy, but it must be done safely. We need strong federal guidelines based on science, not 50 states moving in different directions based on politics.
Our campaign's statement on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision to uphold a District Court ruling reinstating New York state’s presidential primary:
The scandal of the moment is that we don't have national policy based on science, increasing testing, and dealing with the crises we face. Instead, we have a president who will blame everybody in the world for these problems except himself.
Yes. We can and will re-open the economy, but it must be done safely. We don't need more bombast, lies and rhetoric from the White House. We don't need 50 states moving in different directions. We need a national policy which is based on science.
Let's hope that, after clinical trials, this vaccine proves effective. If so, the government must negotiate a fair price with the company, and then distribute the vaccine free to all Americans. Nobody should die or get sick because they lack the money to buy a lifesaving vaccine. https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1262367332627894274
Before this crisis, half of our people lived paycheck to paycheck. Tens of millions had no health insurance. Some 40 million people lived in poverty. 500,000 slept on the streets. We cannot just go "back to normal." We must go forward and build an economy that works for all.
People should not have to risk their lives and endanger their families to have income in a pandemic. One $1,200 check is not enough. We must ensure every person in this country receives $2,000 a month for the duration of this crisis.
If there's anything I hope we learn out of this painful experience, it is that maybe we create an economy and a government that works for all, not just the few and wealthy campaign contributors.
It’s incomprehensible to me that we have Republican leadership and a president who refuse to recognize the severity of the pain people are experiencing right now.
While nearly 40 million Americans have filed for unemployment, the billionaire class is adding hundreds of billions of dollars to their wealth. If that doesn’t demonstrate our rigged economy I don’t know what does.
It is catastrophic that tens of millions of Americans are losing their health insurance—on top of the millions already uninsured. Medicare must be empowered to cover all health care expenses during this crisis. We can not abandon the American people.
If we can bail out large corporations, we can ensure that everyone in this country can support themselves and afford basic necessities. Congress must make sure that every working-class household receives a $2,000 monthly payment for each family member in this crisis.
“All that stuff that pundits said about the Green New Deal, ‘It’s unrealistic,’ ‘It’s radical,’ ‘It’s crazy,’ ‘It’s never going to happen’ — all of that I believe could become possible in this moment because there is a rupture emerging.” –@VarshPrakash
Instead of subsidizing COBRA — which would be a massive giveaway to the health insurance industry — Medicare must be empowered to pay all of the health care bills of the uninsured and under-insured until this crisis is over.
If we are going to avoid another Great Depression, it is imperative that every worker in this country continues to receive a paycheck and benefits. Any Senate legislation to address the economic crisis must guarantee 100% of the paychecks of workers up to $90,000 a year.
With over 80,000 COVID-19 deaths already, and more to come in the future, a future vaccine must be provided to all without cost. It would be morally unacceptable to allow the pharmaceutical industry to use this pandemic as another opportunity to make huge profits.
Here's unfettered capitalism at work. Jeff Bezos, the owner of Amazon, has increased his wealth by $30 billion during the pandemic. His response: end the hazard pay increases that Amazon warehouse workers have received, despite hundreds of them being infected with the virus.
We cannot lose sight of the climate emergency around us. Together, we must do everything we can to address this existential threat. Join our virtual town hall @VarshPrakash, @billmckibben, @JayInslee, and @dwallacewells live now: https://twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1mnGeQdVwPbGX
Tonight: watch our live town hall featuring special guests on the existential threat of climate change and what we can do to save our planet. Tune in at 8 p.m. ET at http://live.berniesanders.com.
We cannot continue to tie health insurance coverage to your employment. Medicare for All now. https://twitter.com/axios/status/1260553883031490560
The Democratic Party must stand up to powerful special interests and fight for economic, social, racial and environmental justice. I'm pleased that strong progressive leaders will work with the Biden campaign to unify our party in a transformational and progressive direction.
We must do everything possible to develop a vaccine for the coronavirus. And, when we do, it must be provided free of charge to ALL Americans. This is not a time for drug company profiteering.
Tomorrow, join a live town hall featuring special guests on how we must save our planet from the existential threat of climate change. Tune in at 8 p.m. ET at http://live.berniesanders.com.
I find it astounding that some of my colleagues in the U.S. Congress think we can afford to give a trillion in tax breaks to the 1% and increase military spending, but that we can’t take care of all the people who are hurting now.
Californians: @ChristyforCA25 is on the ballot for tomorrow's special election in the 25th Congressional District. Vote to send Christy to Congress to fight for working families, and send a message that Californians reject President Trump's hateful agenda. https://twitter.com/ChristyforCA25/status/1259962682884546561
Cost of the Trump tax giveaway to the rich: $1,900,000,000,000 Cost of never ending wars in Middle East: $6,400,000,000,000 Cost of Trump's defense budget: $738,000,000,000 Cost of inaction: Another Great Depression We cannot afford to wait. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-11/gop-finds-deficit-scold-voice-again-adding-snag-to-talks-on-aid
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