U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, incoming chair of the Senate Budget Committee, is the longest-serving independent in congressional history.
Joined on 7 April, 2009
Terrence Wise is 39 years old, works two jobs at Burger King and McDonald’s, and still has had to deal with homelessness.
In the richest country on Earth, that is immoral.
Nobody in America can survive on $7.25 an hour. All of our workers must earn at least a $15 living wage.
Today, I am introducing the Raise the Wage Act with my colleagues to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour.
The time for talk is over. No more excuses. We can no longer tolerate millions of workers making starvation wages.
Watch our press conference here:
What concerns me as much as anything is that half our people are living paycheck to paycheck. Millions of people are trying to survive on starvation wages. It’s morally imperative that we raise the minimum wage to a living wage that’s at least $15 an hour.
Minimum wage in Australia: $19.84 an hour
Unemployment rate in Australia: 6.6%
U.S. federal minimum wage: $7.25 an hour
U.S. unemployment rate: 6.7%
Please don't tell me raising the minimum wage to a living wage - at least $15 an hour - costs jobs.
JUST IN: Biden seeks $15 minimum wage for federal workers, contractors
Not long ago, people said a $15 minimum wage was unthinkable. But a grassroots movement refused to take no for an answer.
Today, the President's order begins raising the minimum wage to $15/hour for federal contractors.
Now, Congress must pass a $15 living wage for ALL workers.
Scoop: Former Obama official @Rob_Malley is under consideration to be the Biden administration's envoy on Iran.
Rob Malley is an extremely knowledgeable expert with great experience in promoting U.S. security through diplomacy rather than war. He would be an excellent choice for the role of Iran envoy.
Republicans have used reconciliation for oil drilling in the arctic refuge and to pass trillions in tax breaks for the wealthy and the powerful by a simple majority vote. We can and we must do the same to raise the minimum wage to at least $15 an hour.
I don't know what "meeting in the middle" means when scientists say we only have a few years to address climate change or face irreparable harm.
Of course I want to work with Republicans—but we have got to aggressively respond to the enormous crises facing working families.
Important turning point for ghastly #YemenWar:
@ABlinken to @ChrisMurphyCT:
“The President-elect has made clear that we will end our support for the military campaign led by Saudi Arabia in Yemen, and I think we will work on that in very short order.”
I welcome these remarks from Secretary-Designate Blinken.
Congress must work in a bipartisan way with the new administration to finally end the horrific war in Yemen, and ensure that no president can ever again engage in unconstitutional wars.
When the GOP controlled the Senate, they passed trillions in tax breaks largely to the top 1% and multinational corporations by a simple majority vote through reconciliation.
We must use the same process to protect working families, the sick and the poor.
The monthly price of:
$373 in the U.S.
$47 in France
Januvia for diabetes:
$331 in the U.S.
$39 in Germany
Advair for asthma:
$310 in the U.S.
$29 in Australia
Our job: End the greed, collusion and price-fixing of the pharmaceutical industry and lower drug prices.
Wealth increase in past 10 months:
⬆️$173 billion: Elon Musk
⬆️$77 billion: Jeff Bezos
⬆️$60 billion: Walton family
⬆️$43 billion: Bill Gates
⬆️$39 billion: Mark Zuckerberg
12-year increase in U.S. minimum wage: $0
We must tax the rich & raise the minimum wage to at least $15.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has landed in Moscow, where he faces the threat of arrest. President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent foe spent five months in Germany recovering from poisoning by a nerve agent, which he blames on the Kremlin.
After surviving an attempt on his life, Russian activist Alexei Navalny has been detained after bravely returning to Russia today. I call for his release.
The United States must stand with those fighting corruption and working for democracy around the world.
President-Elect Biden's COVID rescue plan will begin to provide our people with much-needed support, such as $2,000 direct payments and a $15 minimum wage.
I look forward to working with him and my colleagues in Congress to urgently provide bold relief to working families.
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