U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Chair of the Senate Budget Committee, is the longest-serving independent in congressional history.
Joined on 7 April, 2009
The American people are reaching out to us. They are saying, "we are hurting." When people are hurting in a democratic society, government is supposed to respond to their pain. If we can't stand up for the working families that we represent, we don't deserve to be here.
If any Senator believes this is the last time they will cast a vote on whether or not to give a raise to 32 million Americans, they are sorely mistaken. We’re going to keep bringing it up, and we’re going to get it done because it is what the American people demand and need.
.@SenSanders: It's supported "by groups like The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. They understand that if we’re going to improve the standard of living of the African American community, we ought to raise that minimum wage.”
That's right. Time to #RaiseTheWage.
In the midst of the worst economic, healthcare and educational crises in the modern history of our country, when we need to respond with urgency, the Republicans are now wasting 5 hours on the Senate floor by forcing the reading of the 628-page American Rescue Plan.
This shows the contempt Republicans have for the needs of working class Americans.
"I'd love to hear anybody get up here and tell me that they could live on seven and a quarter an hour, they could live on eight bucks an hour, they could live on nine bucks an hour, YOU CAN'T."
-@SenSanders on the Senate floor right now
As @SenSanders just said on the Senate floor, we support his amendment to include a minimum wage increase in the reconciliation bill.
Raising the minimum wage is a racial justice, gender justice, and disability justice issue, and we urge all senators to support it. #RaiseTheWage
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