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.

Sanders surpasses five million likes

Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders passed five million Facebook likes on Thursday, making him the most followed United States Senator.

In a post on his campaign Facebook page, Senator Sanders marked the milestone by thanking his supporters for joining the “political revolution.”

“Thank you all so much for joining the political revolution – together we will stand against injustice, together we will demand progress, and together we will help and protect those who need it most,” the post said.

“Let’s keep going forward together.”

Sanders’ other Facebook page for his role as a United States Senator now has more than six million likes.