Bernie Sanders

Bernie SandersU.S. senator from Vermont, 2007 to present; member of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1991 to 2007; mayor of Burlington, Vt., 1981 to 1989. University of Chicago, BA, 1964.

The issues

On Education:
Opposes private school vouchers, and advocates for increased federal spending for public schools, including grants to local education agencies to modernize, renovate and repair public school facilities. Supports universal early childhood education.

On Colleges and Universities:
Co-sponsored the Student Loan Affordability Act, which extended the reduced interest rate for Stafford student loans. Supports legislation that would provide funding to modernize and improve community colleges.

On Health Insurance:
Introduced the American Health Security Act, which would guarantee healthcare as a human right and provide every U.S. citizen and permanent resident with healthcare coverage and services through a state-administered, single-payer program. Said when the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, “In my view, while the Affordable Care Act is an important step in the right direction and I am glad that the Supreme Court upheld it, we ultimately need to do better.”

On Jobs and the Economy:
Supports raising the minimum wage. Also supports expanding collective bargaining rights for public employees and creating a streamlined process that makes it easier for all employees to form unions.

On Retirement Security:
Promotes strengthening the social safety net by expanding Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and nutrition programs.

On Human Rights:
Supports comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship, and also supports the DREAM Act, which helps young, undocumented immigrants earn a pathway to citizenship.

In the news

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