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Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:51 PM

“We must do deficit reduction, but we don't do it by cutting programs to people who lost arms, legs

and eyesight defending our country,”

Veterans’ Committee Sen. Bernie Sanders was chosen to lead the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Wednesday. The Vermont independent said his first priority as chairman is to stop a proposal that would slash benefits for disabled veterans, The Associated Press reported. “We must do deficit reduction, but we don't do it by cutting programs to people who lost arms, legs and eyesight defending our country,” Sanders said on WCAX-TV.

http://www.sanders.senate.gov/


I wish we had more elected officials like Mr. Sanders...



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Reply “We must do deficit reduction, but we don't do it by cutting programs to people who lost arms, legs (Original post)
midnight Dec 2012 OP
Laelth Dec 2012 #1
midnight Dec 2012 #3
PETRUS Dec 2012 #5
99th_Monkey Dec 2012 #2
midnight Dec 2012 #4

Response to midnight (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:58 PM

1. Even Bernie says "We must do deficit reduction"?

Wow. That's tragic.

-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 05:56 PM

3. Hopefully he wants to cut blackwater now known as Academia's new 22 million no bid contract.

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Response to Laelth (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 06:13 PM

5. Quite. nt

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Response to midnight (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 05:01 PM

2. I nominate that for the most incisive political statement of the year award.

Thank you Sen Sanders for continuing to tell it like it is,
without all the distracting weasel words and BS.

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Thu Dec 13, 2012, 06:03 PM

4. Update with links and interview:

Payroll Tax All three members of Vermont's congressional delegation may be ready to allow the so called payroll tax holiday to expire at the end of the year. The payroll tax is the primary source of money for the Social Security fund. Sen. Sanders is concerned that not raising the rate could hurt the fiscal stability of Social Security. “y view is that we should … find, as the president appears to be open to, another way to provide tax relief for the middle class," he told Vermont Public Radio. LINK
Protecting Seniors Sen. Sanders joined the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare to voice his opposition to cuts to the major retirement and health care programs for seniors, National Journal blogged. Coalition leader Max Richtman met with Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee members before delivering petitions signed by some 65,000 seniors to Sens. Sanders and Sherrod Brown. LINK
A Champion A coalition of liberal advocacy groups has declared Sen. Sanders a champion of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. The groups running the effort, including MoveOn.org, CREDO and others, are urging supporters to pressure Democrats not to cave to Republican efforts to cut benefits during ongoing debt negotiations, Talking Points Memo and Fire Dog Lake reported. LINK, LINK
HELP Committee The Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee, with addition Sen. Elizabeth Warren, is now a very liberal group counting Sens. Sanders, Whitehouse and Franken as members, Fire Dog Lake reported. LINK

http://www.sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/news/?id=f45bcad5-9ca6-4330-b90b-25aa0566de1c

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