Survey: Few senators plan to return pay

Survey: Few senators plan to return pay

WASHINGTON, April 3 (UPI) -- Few U.S. senators say they'll give up part of their congressional pay during the federal budget sequester but most aren't saying what they'll do, The Hill said.
Entitlement cuts raise liberal hackles

Entitlement cuts raise liberal hackles

WASHINGTON, March 13 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama told House Republicans balancing the budget is not his top priority, lawmakers said after meeting with the president Wednesday.

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Liberals weigh in on regulatory posts

Liberals weigh in on regulatory posts

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Federal appointments at the U.S. Treasury Department and other finance regulators require strong consumer advocates to fill them, liberals are saying.

Sanders: Foxes guard Fed hen house

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Vermont's independent Sen. Bernie Sanders said it is time to stop placing top Wall Street executives on the board of regional branches of the Federal Reserve.
Fiscal Cliff: Social Security, Medicare could be cut to rein in spending

Fiscal Cliff: Social Security, Medicare could be cut to rein in spending

As the clock ticked down on 2012 and the "fiscal cliff" loomed ever larger, concerns mounted among seniors and their advocates any solution to U.S. fiscal problems would be resolved at least partially on their backs.
MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International

Senate passes Russia trade bill

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate approved a measure that would grant Russia permanent normal trade relations status on a 92-4 vote.
Leaders say fiscal cliff talks good start

Leaders say fiscal cliff talks good start

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said Friday "revenue is on the table" if it is part of a balanced approach to avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff.

Sen.-elect King may announce party soon

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Angus King, the former Maine governor who won election to the U.S. Senate last week as an independent, met Tuesday with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine.
McConnell stiff-arms Obama, Senate Dems

McConnell stiff-arms Obama, Senate Dems

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- After Democrats increased their U.S. Senate majority Tuesday, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell challenged the president to "move to the political center."
Obama, Sanders, Shumlin win in Vermont

Obama, Sanders, Shumlin win in Vermont

MONTPELIER, Vt., Nov. 7 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama won in Vermont and independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and Democratic Rep. Peter Welch coasted to re-election victories.

Republicans say harsh weather is cyclical

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Republican lawmakers contend this year's harsh weather that has produced drought and wildfires does not prove the existence of global warming.
Making lemonade from lemons

Making lemonade from lemons

No love ... A party invitation ... Endurance, not experience, necessary ... PAC-ing it in ... A first on the first day of the DNC ...
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International
Liberals: Obama must back Social Security

Liberals: Obama must back Social Security

WASHINGTON, July 26 (UPI) -- Some liberals in the U.S. Congress worry that President Obama would be open to scaling back Social Security and Medicare if he wins a second term.
Tempest in a teapot

Tempest in a teapot

The headline is predictable: "JPMorgan Knew of Risks," and under that, the subhead is familiar: "Concerning $2 billion loss."
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
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Bernie Sanders
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)

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.

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