Sanders heading to Pennsylvania for weekend rallies

Senator Bernie Sanders will this weekend travel to Pennsylvania, where he will rally for candidates he has endorsed in the state’s upcoming primary elections.

Sanders will begin his weekend swing through the Keystone State by joining Braddock Mayor John Fetterman, who is a candidate for lieutenant governor of the state. The rally will take place Friday night in Philadelphia.

On Saturday morning, Senator Sanders will rally with candidate for Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional District, Jess King at Musser Park in Lancaster.

In the afternoon, Sanders will conclude his trip to Pennsylvania with a rally for Greg Edwards, who is running as a candidate in Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District. The rally will take place at Miller Symphony Hall.

According to Sanders’ staff, the trip is designed to “highlight the importance of energizing and electing progressives in Pennsylvania and all across the country in 2018.”

Bernie Sanders launches his own podcast

Former presidential candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has released his very own podcast, which is proving to be a hit on iTunes.

Sanders started promoting the podcast on social media this week, however it already has three episodes, including an interview with Bill Nye.

“Election days come and go, but political and social revolutions that attempt to transform our society never end,” the show’s synopsis reads.

“Listen to The Bernie Sanders Show to stay informed on the political revolution, our focus in the fight for a progressive agenda and how Bernie and others are fighting back against the Trump administration and its efforts divide us up.”

You can subscribe to the Senator’s show on iTunes, or download individual episodes from his Senate website.

Sanders introduces College for All Act

Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Pramila Jayapal on Monday introduced legislation to make public colleges and universities tuition-free.

The legislation would eliminate tuition and fees at four-year public colleges and universities for families earning up to $125,000 per year, around 80 percent of the population. It would also make community college tuition and fee free for all.

“Higher education in America should be a right for all, not a privilege for the few,” Senator Sanders said on Monday.

“If we are to succeed in a highly competitive global economy and have the best-educated workforce in the world, public colleges and universities must become tuition-free for working families and we must substantially reduce student debt.”

The bill would also provide relief to students with mounting student loans by cutting interest rates for new borrowers in half, enable existing borrowers to refinance their loans based on new rates, and prevent the federal government from profiting off student loans.

Among the bill’s sponsors are Senators Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Richard Blumenthal, and Representatives Keith Ellison and Raúl Grivalja.

The estimated $600 billion cost of the bill would be paid for by a separate bill to tax Wall Street speculation. More than one thousand economists have endorsed the tax.

Sanders and Warren to rally in Boston on Friday

Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren will together headline a rally against President Trump’s agenda in Boston this friday.

Former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren have emerged as strong opponents of Donald Trump, and progressive leaders within the Democratic Party.

Friday’s rally is sponsored by Our Revolution, the organisation formed by Sanders’ following his presidential campaign in 2016. Raise Up Massachusetts is also taking part in the event.

The rally caps off a busy day for Senator Sanders, who will be giving a speech at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Dorchester, and at MIT in Cambridge.

The rally will be held at the Orpheum Theater in Boston at 7:30pm on Friday, March 31.

Sanders calls for Senate hearings on Trump budget

Senator Bernie Sanders, ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, has called on the panel’s chairman to schedule public hearings on Trump’s budget.

In a letter to Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi, Sanders expressed serious concerns that the committee had not scheduled a single hearing on the president’s preliminary budget request.

“In my view, President Trump’s budget includes unacceptably painful cuts to programs that senior citizens, children, persons with disabilities and working people rely on to feed their families, heat their homes, put food on the table and educate their children,” Sanders wrote to Enzi.

Sanders also pointed out that Congress will need to complete the Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution in less than three weeks, a deadline which he believes “couldn’t possibly” be met.

“It is incumbent upon us to start scheduling hearings on the budget as soon as possible,” Sanders wrote.

In recent days, Sanders has labelled Donald Trump’s budget “morally repugnant” and has hit out at budget director Mick Mulvaney’s claim that his budget was “compassionate.”

You can read Sanders’ full letter to Enzi here.

Sanders blasts Trump’s “morally repugnant” budget

In a scathing opinion piece published Monday, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders urged that President Donald Trump’s budget be defeated.

In the piece, Sanders slammed Trump budget director Mick Mulvaney for claiming that his budget was “compassionate” for slashing programs such as Meals on Wheels, while increasing defense spending by $54 billion.

“If Trump’s budget becomes law, the after school programs that provide both enrichment and a safe space for Mick Mulvaney’s hypothetical mother’s children while she is still at work would be ended,” Sanders wrote in response.

The Vermont Senator also took issue with Trump’s 31 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency, the 18 percent cut to the National Institutes of Health and $6.2 billion in cuts to affordable housing programs.

“Let’s be absolutely clear. When Mulvaney talks about spending taxpayer money ‘carefully,’ he really means abandoning programs that will help millions of working-class Americans so that the Pentagon can get an $84 billion increase in spending over the next year and a half,” the Senator wrote.

“This budget, and its absurd priorities, must be soundly defeated.”

You can read Sanders’ remarks in full here.

Sanders to introduce single-payer healthcare bill

The Vermont Senator told constituents in a town hall meeting in Vermont that he plans to introduce legislation for a single-payer healthcare system.

On Friday night, Senator Bernie Sanders told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes that the United States needed to move towards a ‘Medicare for all’ single-payer healthcare system.

“And I’ll be introducing legislation shortly to do that,” Senator Sanders told Hayes.

Affirming his commitment to a single-payer system, Sanders told a crowd of hundreds in Hardwick, Vermont that the defeat of the Republican “healthcare” bill was a victory, and he plans to soon introduce a ‘Medicare for all’ bill.

“No, we’re not going to give $300 million in tax breaks to the top 2 percent and then throw 24 million Americans off of health insurance. Ain’t gonna happen,” Sanders told the crowd, packed into a school gymnasium.

A May 2016 poll from Gallup showed that a clear majority of Americans was in favor of single-payer healthcare, including many Republicans.

Sanders polling sky high as Trump agenda stalls

A recent poll from Fox News reveals Bernie Sanders to be by far the most popular leader in America, while Trump’s approval ratings continue to dive.

The poll showed Sanders with a favorability rating at a massive 61 percent, with an unfavorability rating of just 32 percent.

Now one of the most unpopular presidents in United States history, Donald Trump’s favorable rating is at just 44 percent, while his unfavorable rating is sitting at 53 percent.

This new poll comes as Trump’s “health care” bill has been pulled for a lack of support in congress. However, it’s not just congress who thinks lowly of Trump’s new bill.

A new poll from Quinnipiac University shows 56 percent of voters disapprove of Trump’s “health care” legislation, while just 17 percent are in favor of it.

Following the demise of the “health care” bill in Congress, Senator Sanders responded by saying its defeat was a victory for the working families of America.

“What the defeat of this bill shows is that the American people will not accept legislation that provides huge tax breaks to billionaires while 24 million people are kicked off their health insurance, massive cuts are made to Medicaid and Planned Parenthood and premiums for senior citizens are dramatically increased.”

Sanders calls for nationwide healthcare rallies

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont joined with Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer on Saturday to call for healthcare rallies across the country.

The two Senators wrote an open letter to their Senate colleagues, encouraging them to hold a rally in support of the Affordable Care Act in their home state on February 25.

“The overwhelming majority of Americans want to improve the ACA, not destroy it,” Schumer and Sanders wrote.

“This is not a Democratic issue, a Republican issue or an Independent issue. The overwhelming majority of Americans, regardless of political persuasion, understand that we have to go forward on health care, not backwards.”

Similar rallies also spearheaded by Schumer and Sanders were held in January, drawing tens and thousands of demonstrators.

You can see the full letter here.

Sanders rails against new FCC chairman

Senator Bernie Sanders joined Senate Democrats in condemning the actions of brand new Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Varadaraj Pai.

Pai, an appointee of President Trump who was confirmed in late January revoked the recognition of nine companies as Lifeline broadband providers, weeks after they were approved.

The Lifeline program provides a discount on phone and internet services for low-income earners.

Democrats were quick to criticise the move, signing an open letter to Chairman Pai. Among the signatories were Elizabeth Warren, Al Franken, Cory Booker and Bernie Sanders.

“This action does nothing but create a chilling effect on potential provider participation, and unfairly punish low-income consumers,” the letter read.

“We urge you to recognize that your recent decision may have far-reaching impacts beyond just disconnecting the customers of one of the nine providers whose LBP status you have revoked.”

Senator Al Franken said the decision would “deprive Americans of broadband.”

You can read the full contents of the letter here.