All of this can be found and backed up @ BernieSandersOnTheIssues
But what has Bernie done lately for Americans, and what will he do for Americans if elected? Let me tell you...Introduced legislation requiring
employers to provide at least 10 days of paid vacation per year, as is done in almost every other developed country in the world, Cosponsored Sen.
Patty Murray’s Healthy Families Act, which would guarantee seven days of paid sick leave per year for American workers, Cosponsored Sen. Kirsten
Gillibrand’s FAMILY Act, which would guarantee every employee twelve weeks of paid family and medical leave.
This program would be funded through an insurance program, the way Social Security is today. Workers would pay into it with every paycheck, at the
price of roughly one cup of coffee per week, Led the fight in 1999 defending Glass-Steagall provisions which prevented banks (especially “too big to
fail” ones) from gambling with customers’ money, and currently is a co-sponsor of the Elizabeth Warren/John McCain bill to reinstate those
provisions, Has proposed a financial transaction tax which will reduce risky and unproductive high-speed trading and other forms of Wall Street
speculation; proceeds would be used to provide debt-free public college education.
Warned about the risks of deregulation eight years before the fiscal crisis of 2008, Has proposed limiting the ability of bankers to get rich from
taxpayer bailouts of their institutions, Require Medicare to use its bargaining power to negotiate with the prescription drug companies for better
prices – a practice that is currently banned by law, Allow individuals, pharmacists, and wholesalers to import prescription drugs from licensed
Canadian pharmacies, In 1999, Sanders became the first Member of Congress to take a busload of Americans across the border into Canada to purchase
prescription drugs. Americans should not have to pay higher prices for the exact same drugs than our Canadian neighbors simply because_
congress is bought and paid for by the powerful pharmaceutical industry, Require generic drug companies to pay an additional rebate to Medicaid if
their drug prices rise faster than inflation, Authored the historic Veterans’ Access, Choice and Accountability Act to improve care and increase
accountability at the VA, Introduced legislation to restore all cuts to military pensions.
Senator Sanders’ Rebuild America Act would more than double the current level of funding for the highway and transit accounts of the Highway Trust
Fund, and would create a National Infrastructure Bank to leverage private capital to finance more than $125 billion in new projects.
The Rebuild America Act will invest $75 billion to upgrade our passenger and freight rail lines, to move people and goods more quickly and
efficiently. It’s time for America to catch up with the rest of the world, The Rebuild America Act will invest an additional $15 billion over five
years to clear the backlog of projects to improve inland waterways, coastal harbors and shipping channels.
Our businesses simply can’t compete in the global economy if they can’t move their goods and supplies to, from and within our country more
efficiently, The Rebuild America Act will invest $5 billion a year to expand high-speed broadband networks in under-served and un-served areas, and to
boost speeds and capacity all across the country. Internet access is no longer a luxury: it is essential for 21st century commerce, education,
telemedicine, and public safety.
Putting at least 13 million Americans to work by investing $1 trillion over five years towards rebuilding our crumbling roads, bridges, railways,
airports, public transit systems, ports, dams, wastewater plants, and other infrastructure needs, Reversing trade policies like NAFTA, CAFTA, and PNTR
with China that have driven down wages and caused the loss of millions of jobs. If corporate America wants us to buy their products they need to
manufacture those products IN THIS COUNTRY not in China or other low-wage countries.
Guaranteeing healthcare as a right of citizenship by enacting a Medicare for all single-payer healthcare system. It’s time for the U.S. to join
every major industrialized country on earth and provide universal healthcare to all, Making it easier for workers to join unions by fighting for the
Employee Free Choice Act. One of the most significant reasons for the 40-year decline in the middle class is that the rights of workers to
collectively bargain for better wages and benefits have been severely undermined.