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Senators propose competing bills to fix VA problems

Senators propose competing bills to fix VA problems

WASHINGTON, June 3 (UPI) --Sens. Bernie Sanders and John McCain proposed competing bills this week in an effort to repair some of the problems plaguing the Veterans Affairs health system.
Gabrielle Levy
Vermont lawmakers want America to scrap Obamacare for single-payer system

Vermont lawmakers want America to scrap Obamacare for single-payer system

WASHINGTON, May 23 (UPI) --Lobbyists advocating for single-payer health care flocked to Washington this week, highlighting to Congress its progress in Vermont.
Matt Bradwell
Senators want 'heads to roll' over Phoenix VA scandal

Senators want 'heads to roll' over Phoenix VA scandal

WASHINGTON, May 15 (UPI) --Lawmakers made little effort to disguise their anger over recent revelations of systematic abuse at veterans healthcare centers in Arizona last month.
Gabrielle Levy
The terrible truth about income inequality

The terrible truth about income inequality

Peter Morici: Washington corruption is driving inequality and sinking family incomes. Higher taxes will only send more investment abroad and smother growth.
Peter Morici
Bernie Sanders 'prepared to look seriously' at presidential bid

Bernie Sanders 'prepared to look seriously' at presidential bid

WASHINGTON, March 7 (UPI) -- Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said he's "prepared" to run for U.S. president in 2016, but cautioned against interpreting his comment as an official announcement.
Bernie Sanders for president?

Bernie Sanders for president?

BURLINGTON, Vt., March 6 (UPI) -- Bernie Sanders isn't saying he's running for president. But he's not ruling the idea out, either.
Gabrielle Levy

GOP filibuster kills bill to expand veterans benefits

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Republicans used a filibuster to prevent a vote on expanded veterans benefits after Democrats blocked efforts to add an amendment on Iran sanctions.

Partisan fight brewing over restoration of veterans' pension cuts

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Senate Republicans, unhappy with Sen. Bernie Sanders' plan, are putting together their own proposal for repealing $6 billion in U.S. veterans' pension cuts.
Rand Paul seeks donations to pursue lawsuit against NSA

Rand Paul seeks donations to pursue lawsuit against NSA

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., says he plans to initiate a class-action lawsuit against the National Security Agency for its domestic spying program.
Politics 2014: Paul-Christie dialogue signals start of 2016 season

Politics 2014: Paul-Christie dialogue signals start of 2016 season

Winter, spring, summer or fall ... it's a long way to 2016. The Paul/Christie feud means one thing: The presidential campaign is upon us.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

Senate confirms Pritzker as commerce secretary

WASHINGTON, June 25 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate voted 97-1 Tuesday to confirm President Barack Obama's nomination of Penny Pritzker as secretary of the Department of Commerce.
Proposed bills would limit NSA' s surveillance programs

Proposed bills would limit NSA' s surveillance programs

WASHINGTON, June 14 (UPI) -- Senators critical of the National Security Agency's surveillance programs are introducing legislation to curtail collection of data.

Amazon reports spike in sales of George Orwell's '1984'

SEATTLE, June 12 (UPI) -- George Orwell's dystopian novel "1984" is enjoying a spike in sales in the wake of revelations on surveillance in the United States.

U.S. Postal Service finances remain wobbly

WASHINGTON, May 28 (UPI) -- Two lawmakers -- an independent and a Democrat -- are sponsoring bills to eliminate a financial mandate that some say is threatening the U.S. Postal Service.
The Issue: Plenty to love, loathe in Obama's 2014 budget

The Issue: Plenty to love, loathe in Obama's 2014 budget

Congressional Republicans and Democrats began voicing their displeasure over U.S. President Obama's 2014 budget plan, either saying it didn't go far enough to cut spending, or it raised taxes or it intruded too much on entitlements or left seniors in a lurch.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International
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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, speaks during a news conference calling on President Bush to sign a veterans funding bill on Capitol Hill in Washington on November 2, 2007. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)
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Bernard "Bernie" Sanders (born September 8, 1941) is the junior United States Senator from Vermont. He previously represented Vermont's at-large district in the United States House of Representatives. Sanders also served as mayor of Burlington, Vermont.

Sanders is a self-described democratic socialist, and has praised European social democracy. He is the first person elected to the U.S. Senate to identify as a socialist. Sanders caucuses with the Democratic Party and is counted as a Democrat for the purposes of committee assignments, but because he does not belong to a formal political party, he appears as an independent on the ballot. He was also the only independent member of the House during much of his service there.

Sanders, the son of Jewish Polish immigrants to the United States, was born in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from James Madison High School in Brooklyn and later attended the University of Chicago, graduating with a B.A. in political science in 1964. After graduating from college, Sanders spent time on an Israeli kibbutz, an experience which shaped his political views. In 1964, Sanders moved to Vermont, where he worked as a carpenter, filmmaker, writer and researcher, among other jobs.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.
It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Bernie Sanders."
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