Additional Information on Bernie Sanders

Additional Information on Bernie Sanders



* In October 1994, Sanders joined Maurice HincheyMajor Owens, and Nydia Velasquez in introducing to Congress a “Jobs and Investment Bill” calling for the appropriation of $42 billion for “make-work” construction and infrastructure projects.

* In 1995 Sanders joined fellow House members Peter DeFazioMarcy Kaptur, Gene Taylor, and Nydia Velasquez in co-sponsoring a bill designed to force the U.S. to withdraw from NAFTA within 90 days. The bill never became law.

* In October 1998 in Chicago, Sanders was a guest speaker at a “Back to Basics” conference on the future of the American Left. Other speakers at this event, which was sponsored by In These Times, included Barbara Dudley, Jim Hightower, Cynthia McKinney, Paul Wellstone, and Quentin Young.

* In February 2000, Sandra Caron, a staffer from Sanders’s congressional office, went on a six-day “fact-finding” tour of Havana, Cuba, to study the “effects of [the] U.S. embargo.” The trip cost $1,778.47 and was paid for by the Christopher Reynolds Foundation.

* Between 2000 and 2014, Sanders used campaign donations to pay his wife and stepdaughter more than $150,000 for campaign-related work, according to Federal Election Commission records.

* In an effort to promote the Media Ownership Reform Act in 2007, Sanders addressed the Free Press at its national conference that year.

* In July 2010, Sanders — along with fellow Senators Al FrankenTom Harkin, and Jeff Merkley — was part of a Senate delegation to Vietnam to “look into environmental remediation of dioxin and the joint funding of medical services for people with disabilities, and [to] meet with Vietnamese government officials to discuss education initiatives, labor issues and trade relations.” Dioxin was a highly toxic ingredient in the Agent Orange herbicide which the U.S. military used in the Vietnam War.

* Sanders believes that America should withdraw from the World Trade Organization because the WTO favors multinational corporations and the wealthy, rather than the poor.

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