Your humble reporter thinks it's about time that everyone consider the possibility of Bernie Sanders becoming the next President of the United States!
With that in mind, this op-ed piece from Quora Digest has some interesting facts!
- Corporate Crime Accountability (February 1995): Ato the Victims Justice Act of 1995 required “offenders who are convicted of fraud and other white-collar crimes to give notice to victims and other persons in cases where there are multiple victims eligible to receive restitution.”
- Saving Money, for Colleges and Taxpayers (April 1998): In an, the Higher Education Amendments of 1998, Sanders made a change to the law that allowed the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education to make competitive grants available to colleges and universities that cooperated to reduce costs through joint purchases of goods and services.
- Holding IRS Accountable, Protecting Pensions (July 2002): Sanders' amendment to the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act of 2003 stopped the IRS from being able to use funds that “violate current pension age discrimination laws.” Although he faced stiff GOP opposition, his amendment still succeeded along a.
- Expanding Free Health Care (November 2001): You wouldn't think Republicans would agree to an expansion of funds for community health centers, which provide some free services. But Sanders was able to win awith an amendment.
- Getting Tough On Child Labor (July 2001): Ato the general appropriations bill prohibited the importation of goods made with child labor.
- Increasing Funding for Heating for the Poor (September 2004): Sanders won afor the low-income home energy assistance program and related weatherization assistance program.
- Fighting Corporate Welfare and Protecting Against Nuclear Disasters (June 2005): Abrought together a bipartisan coalition that outnumbered a bipartisan coalition on the other side to successfully prohibit the Export-Import Bank from providing loans for nuclear projects in China.Once Sanders made it to the Senate in 2006, his ability to use amendments to advance a progressive agenda was empowered. Here are some of the amendments he passed in the Senate:
- Greening the U.S. Government (June 2007): Amade a change to the law so at least 30 percent of the hot water demand in newer federal buildings is provided through solar water heaters.
- Protecting Our Troops (October 2007): Sandersto win $10 million for operation and maintenance of the Army National Guard, which had been stretched thin and overextended by the war in Iraq.
- Restricting the Bailout to Protect U.S. Workers (Feburary 2009): Arequired the banking bailout to utilize stricter H-1B hiring standards to ensure bailout funds weren't used to displace American workers.
- Helping Veterans' Kids (July 2009): Arequired the Comptroller General to put together comprehensive reporting on financial assistance for child care available to parents in the Armed Forces.
- Exposing Corruption in the Military-Industrial Complex (November 2012): Arequired “public availability of the database of senior Department officials seeking employment with defense contractors” – an important step toward transparency that revealed the corruption of the revolving door in action.
- Support for Treating Autism in Military Health Care: Sanders worked with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) to pass an amendment by aensuring that the military's TRICARE system would be able to treat autism.