"Don’t yield, Mr. President," Bernie said after congressional Republicans walked out of budget talks on Thursday. Bernie announced plans for a major speech on Monday. A member of the Senate Budget Committee, he says at least half the reduction in red ink must come from new revenue from the wealthiest Americans and the most profitable corporations. "The budget must not be balanced on the backs of working families, the elderly, the sick and the poor while the wealthiest people laugh all the way to the bank," he said. Shared sacrifice is his term for asking as much from the millionaires as from the millions of Americans. He talked about the White House role at this pivotal moment during an interview with Cenk Uygur. "The American people have got to chime in very loudly and say, ‘Hey Mr. President, stand with us and be prepared to take on the big money interests and we’ll be at your back."
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War in Afghanistan
One place to look for spending cuts is the Pentagon with its costly cold war weapons systems. The decade-old war in Afghanistan alone will cost $100 billion this year. President Obamaon Wednesday announced plans to bring home about one-third of our 100,000 troops by late next year. To Bernie, that’s too slow.
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A Seniors Hunger Crisis
Another way to save taxpayers’ money is to invest in nutrition programs for the more than 1 million American seniors who go hungry every year. Keeping seniors healthy prevents spending on expensive hospital and nursing home careaccording to a report
released by a Senate subcommittee that Bernie chairs.
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Dental Care in America
"My husband was laid off from his job and we lost our dental coverage," Heather, 35, from East Fairfield, Vt., wrote to Bernie. "With the high cost of fuel and food, we cannot afford dental care," said Laurie Lafontaine, 55, of Pownal, Vt. As chairman of the health care subcommittee, Bernie will hold a hearing this fall on the accessibility and affordability of dental care. He wants to hear from you.
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Alarmed by aging-related problems at the nation’snuclear power plants, Bernie asked for a congressional investigation of safety standards. Separately, he told the Department of Justice to stay out of a legal fight over the fate of VermontYankee. The reactor’s owner is suing the state to let it keep the problem-plagued, 40-year-old reactor running another 20 years.
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