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Background

Experience

Candidate, U.S. President (2016); Senator, U.S. Senate (2006 - present); Representative, U.S. House of Representatives (1990 - 2006); Mayor, City of Burlington (1981 - 1989)

Family
Married; Children: 4
Education
BS, University of Chicago, IL.
Home Address
Bernie 2020
PO Box 391
Burlington, VT 05402
Work Address
332 Dirksen Building
Washington, DC 20510

CAMPAIGN AND FUNDRAISING SUMMARY

Even though Sanders lost the presidential primary in 2016, he has stayed in the spotlight fighting against Trump’s policies and proposing universal health insurance. Sanders enters the 2020 race with the benefit of significant name recognition and a national fundraising network.

Reporting Date: June 30, 2019

POSITION ON ISSUES

These issue positions are derived from the annual Citizens Count issue surveys or candidate websites, social media posts, media interviews, voting records, and other sources.

Crime and Public Safety

Should the federal government expand background checks for firearms sales?
Should the U.S. impose additional sanctions on North Korea unless it abandons its nuclear program?
Should the U.S. impose additional sanctions on Russia in retaliation for its aggressive action in Syria and the Ukraine?
Do you support Pres. Trump's decision to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement?
How should the U.S. combat the Islamic State?
Should NH keep the death penalty?
Should the NSA continue its bulk data collection programs for U.S. citizens?
Should the government enforce federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized marijuana?
How should the U.S. approach Iran?

Economy, Budget and Taxes

Should the federal government raise the minimum wage?
Should the federal government increase funding for transportation infrastructure, such as road repair and highway expansion?
Should higher income brackets pay more in federal taxes than they currently do?
Do you believe the "Trump tax plan" bill passed in December 2017 helps middle income citizens?
Should the federal government reform Social Security by raising the retirement age?
Should the federal government privatize some or all of Social Security?
Do you generally support higher tariffs on imports from countries such as China, where we have a large trade deficit?
Should the U.S. join the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)?

Education

Should the federal government allow student loan payments to be reduced based on income?

Energy and Environment

Do you agree with President Trump on withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement?
Should the federal government continue to subsidize the domestic production of oil?
Should the federal government increase subsidies for nuclear energy to bring them into line with subsidies for other energy sources with low greenhouse emissions, such as wind and solar?
Should the federal government do more to combat climate change by providing subsidies for energy efficiency?
Should the federal government do more to combat climate change by providing subsidies for renewable energy?
Should the federal government do more to combat climate change by taxing carbon emissions?

Health Care

Should the federal government provide health care and/or insurance to every citizen?
Should the federal government ban abortion after 20 weeks gestation, with exceptions for cases of rape/incest and health complications?
Should the federal government amend the Affordable Care Act/"Obamacare" by eliminating the "essential health benefits" insurance plans must cover?
Should the federal government continue to fund Planned Parenthood?

Politics and Political Process

Would you vote in favor of impeaching President Donald Trump based on what is known to date?

Recreation and Transportation

Should the federal government increase funding for transportation infrastructure, such as road repair and highway expansion?

Social Issues

Should the federal government provide more funding to states to fight opioid addiction?
Should Congress create a path to citizenship for illegal/undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children?
Should the U.S. build a physical wall between Mexico and the U.S.?
Should the federal government ban abortion after 20 weeks gestation, with exceptions for cases of rape/incest and health complications?
Should the federal government continue to fund Planned Parenthood?
Should the government enforce federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized marijuana?

VOTING RECORD

2019

Crime and Public Safety

S J Res 7 (2019) - Prevents the U.S. from fighting in or assisting in Yemen's civil war. - Voted to stop the U.S. from fighting in Yemen.
S 1 (2019) - Reauthorizes a cooperation agreement with Jordan, authorizes sanctions against Syria, extends a loan gaurantee program with Israel, and increases protections for state and local governments that refuse to invest in or contract with companies which boycott Israel. - Voted against Middle East policy bill.
H J Res 46 (2019) - Ends the national emergency on the U.S.-Mexico border declared by President Trump. - Voted to end national emergency.

Economy, Budget and Taxes

H J Res 31 (2019) - Final 2019 federal budget bill, including $1.4 billion for 55 miles of physical barrier on the border with Mexico, $415 million for humanitarian relief at the border, $12 billion for disaster relief, and $3.3 billion for highway and bridge infrastructure. - Voted for final 2019 budget bill.
S Amdt 5 (2019) - Republican bill to end the government shutdown and fund the government through September 2019. The bill includes $5.7 billion for a border wall. - Voted against moving this bill forward.
S Amdt 6 (2019) - Democratic bill to end the government shutdown and fund the government through September 2019. The bill does not include $5.7 billion for a border wall. - Voted to move this bill forward.

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COMMENTS

Brian Sickels
- Collegeville

Sun, 08/18/2019 - 3:08pm

Bernie,
Just a comment about "free" college for all... Its called the GI Bill. Serve your country, and the GI Bill will take care of your college education. Unfortunately, most Millennials don't want to risk their lives by serving their country. Are they expecting something for nothing?

Brian Sickels
- Collegeville

Sun, 08/18/2019 - 8:41am

If you want my vote in the 2020 presidential election, you will need to stand up and take a platform banning all offensive assault weapons. The 2nd amendment guarantees our right to bear arms, but this was written to allow citizens to defend themselves and defend the State.
An assault weapon such as an AK 47 IS a weapon used for offensive purposes, NOT defense. These weapons should only be in the hands of our law enforcement agents and NOT the general public.
If you want my vote in the 2020 election, then you need to stand up to the NRA and support legislation that bans these assault weapons. Too many people dying including our children.

Matt Mahjoob
- Tarzana

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 12:45pm

I hope Bernie get nomination.

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