The Race For the White House 2016: Who is Bernie Sanders?

 

This week we’re going to be looking at Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders but since Mr. Sanders’ voting history goes back 24 years, we’re going to be doing his a little differently. Instead of covering the entire history like I’ve done with previous candidates, I’m just going to be covering the last 6 years or so. I’ll still be focusing on his personal background and his voting history on six topics: Healthcare, Education, Job Creation (including minimum wage), Social Programs (medicare/medicaid, SSI, EBT, etc), Gun Control and Human Rights (including LGBT rights and women’s rights). I get all my information on voting history from the website Project Vote Smart and there are many, many more topics than these six so I would encourage you to look up the voting histories for this and all the candidates on other subjects that interest you.

Bernie Sanders: Personal Information

Bernard “Bernie” Sanders was born September 8, 1941 in Brooklyn, New York to Eli and Dorothy Sanders, his mother being born in New York and his father being a naturalized Polish immigrant. After graduating from James Madison High School, Sanders spent his freshman year at Brooklyn College, where he studied psychology before transferring to the University of Chicago. While there, he was active in the Civil Rights Movement and an organizer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Sanders was also one of thousands of students who traveled to Washington D.C. in 1963 to take part in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. He graduated in 1964 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. After graduation, Sanders spent several months in a farming commune in Israel before returning to the US and moving to Vermont. (1)

In 1971, Bernie Sanders began his political career when he joined the anti-Vietnam War Liberty Union Party in Vermont. After that, he ran in and lost several elections, including two bids for the US Senate in 1972 and 1974 and for governor of Vermont in 1972 and 1976. In 1979, Sanders left the Liberty Union Party to work as a writer for the nonprofit American People’s Historical Society. In 1981, Sanders ran for Mayor of Burlington and won, going on to serve three more terms, choosing not to seek reelection in 1989 so he could briefly teach political science at  Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. (1)

In 1990, Sanders ran as an Independent for the Vermont seat in the US. House of Representatives and won, becoming the first Independent elected to the office in 40 years. This was a post that Sanders held until 2005, when he ran for and won a seat in the US Senate. On April 30, 2015, Bernie Sanders announced that he was running for President in 2016.

Bernie Sanders: The Issues

Healthcare:

*On December 3, 2009: Yea on S Amdt 2791 – Preventative Services Coverage Requirements (1.1)

*On December 22, 2009: Yea on S Amdt 3276 – Senate Health Care Bill Amendments (1.2)

*On December 22, 2009: Yea on S Amdt 2786 – Health Care and Insurance Law Amendments (1.3)

*On December 23, 2009: Yea on HR 3590 – Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (1.4)

*On March 25, 2010: Yea on HR 4872 – Health Care Reconciliation Act (1.5)

*On December 9, 2010: Yea on HR 847 – 9/11 Health and Compensation Act (1.6)

*On February 2, 2011: Nay on S Amdt 9 – Repealing the IRS 1099 Provision From the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (1.7)

*On February 2, 2011: Nay on S Amdt 28 – Repealing the IRS 1099 Provision from the Health Care Bill (1.8)

*On February 2, 2011: Nay on S Amdt 13 – Repealing the Federal Health Care Law (1.9)

*On April 5, 2011: Nay on HR 4 – Repealing the IRS 1099 Provision From the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2.0)

*Co-Sponsor: S Amdt 3058 – Expands TRICARE Coverage of Autism (2.1)

*On March 13, 2013: Nay on S Amdt 30 – To Prohibit the Use of Funds to Carry Out the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2.2)

*On March 31, 2014: Yea on HR 4302 – Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (2.3)

Education:

*On August 5, 2010: Yea on HR 1586 – Aid to States for Medicaid, Teacher Employment and Other Purposes (2.4)

*Co-Sponsor: S 2343 – Extends Student Loan Interest Rates (Reid Bill) (2.5)

*On May 24, 2012: Nay on S Amdt 2153 – Prohibits Increase in Interest Rates for Student Loans (Lamar Bill) (2.6)

*Co-Sponsor: S Amdt 2156 – Increases Funding for the Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program (2.7)

*On June 6, 2013: Yea on S 953 – Student Loan Affordability Act (2.8)

*On June 6, 2013: Nay on S 1003 – Comprehensive Student Loan Protection Act (2.9)

*On July 24, 2013: Yea on S Amdt 1778 – Limits Interest Rates for Certain Federal Student Loans (3.0)

*On July 24, 2013: Nay on HR 1911 – Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013 (3.1)

*Co-Sponsor: S 2432 – Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act (3.2)

Job Creation:

*On June 21, 2011: Yea on S 782 – Economic Development Revitalization Act (3.3)

*On October 11, 2011: Yea on S 1660 – American Jobs Act of 2011 (3.4)

*On November 10, 2011: Nay on S Amdt 928 – American Jobs and Economic Growth (3.5)

*On July 19, 2012: Yea on S 3364 – Bring Home Jobs Act (3.6)

*Co-Sponsor: S 2223 – Minimum Wage Fairness Act (3.7)

*On July 30, 2014: Yea on S 2569 – Bring Home Jobs Act (3.8)

Social Programs: 

*On October 27, 2009: Yea on HR 3548 – Extending Federal Emergency Unemployment Benefits (3.9)

*On March 10, 2010: Yea on HR 4213 – Extending Unemployment Benefits and Certain Tax Credits (4.0)

*On April 16, 2010: Yea on HR 4851 – Unemployment Benefits Extension (4.1)

*On July 20, 2010: Yea on HR 4213 – Unemployment Benefits Extension (4.2)

*Sponsor: S 3985 – Emergency Senior Citizens Relief Act (4.3)

*On October 21, 2011: Yea on S Amdt 791 – Limits Farm Subsidies to Individuals with Incomes Under $1 Million (4.4)

*On June 13, 2012: Yea on S Amdt 2392 – Reduces Funding for Food Stamps (4.5)

*On June 19, 2012: Nay on S Amdt 2181 – Limits Farm Subsidies to Farmers with Incomes Under $250,000 (4.6)

*On June 19, 2012: Nay on S Amdt 2174 – Limits Eligibility for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (4.7)

*On June 19, 2012: Nay on S Amdt 2172 – Rescinds Bonuses to States for Administering Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (4.8)

*On May 23, 2013: Nay on S Amdt 953 – Limits Subsidy Payments for Individuals with Incomes More Than $750,000 (4.9)

*Co-Sponsor: S 1845 – Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act (5.0)

Gun Control:

*On April 17, 2013: Nay on S Amdt 719 – Authorizes Reciprocity For the Carrying of Certain Concealed Firearms (5.1)

*On April 17, 2013: Yea on S Amdt 715 – Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act (5.2)

*On April 17, 2013: Yea on S Amdt 714 – Limits Firearm Magazine Capacity (5.3)

*On April 17, 2013: Yea on S Amdt 713 – Prohibits the Sale of Assault Weapons (5.4)

Human Rights:

*On December 8, 2009: Yea on S Amdt 2962 – Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services (5.5)

*On November 17, 2010: Yea on S 3772 – Paycheck Fairness Act (5.6)

*On December 18, 2010: Yea on HR 2965 – Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act (5.7)

*Co-Sponsor: S 1925 – Reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (5.8)

*On March 1, 2012: Yea on S Amdt 1520 – Authorizes Moral and Religious Objections to Certain Healthcare Items and Services (5.9)

*On April 26, 2012: Yea on S 1925 – Reauthorizes the Violence Against Women Act (6.0)

*Co-Sponsor: S 3220 – Paycheck Fairness Act (6.1)

*On December 4, 2012: Yea on Treaty Doc 112-7 – The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (6.2)

*Co-Sponsor: S 47 – Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (6.3)

*Co-Sponsor: S 815 – Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013 (6.4)

*On November 7, 2013: Nay on S Amdt 2013 – Exempts Religiously Affiliated Employers from the Prohibition on Employment Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (6.5)

*Co-Sponsor: S 2199 – Paycheck Fairness Act (6.6)

*Co-Sponsor: S 2578 – Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act of 2014 (6.7)

Sources:

(1) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernie_Sanders

(1.1) http://votesmart.org/bill/10638/28284/27110/preventive-services-coverage-requirements

(1.2) http://votesmart.org/bill/10666/28358/27110/senate-health-care-bill-amendments

(1.3) http://votesmart.org/bill/10639/28360/27110/health-care-and-insurance-law-amendments

(1.4) http://votesmart.org/bill/10637/28361/27110/patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act

(1.5) http://votesmart.org/bill/10896/29270/27110/health-care-reconciliation-act

(1.6) http://votesmart.org/bill/12446/32964/27110/911-health-and-compensation-act

(1.7) http://votesmart.org/bill/12608/33256/27110/repealing-the-irs-1099-provision-from-the-patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act

(1.8) http://votesmart.org/bill/12610/33258/27110/repealing-the-irs-1099-provision-from-the-health-care-bill

(1.9) http://votesmart.org/bill/12607/33253/27110/repealing-the-federal-health-care-law

(2.0) http://votesmart.org/bill/12858/34385/27110/repeals-the-form-1099-provision-in-the-patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act

(2.1) http://votesmart.org/bill/15950/41999/27110/expands-tricare-coverage-of-autism

(2.2) http://votesmart.org/bill/16352/43144/27110/to-prohibit-the-use-of-funds-to-carry-out-the-patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act

(2.3) http://votesmart.org/bill/17705/47279/27110/protecting-access-to-medicare-act-of-2014

(2.4) http://votesmart.org/bill/8954/31718/27110/aid-to-states-for-medicaid-teacher-employment-and-other-purposes

(2.5) http://votesmart.org/bill/15158/39847/27110/extends-student-loan-interest-rates-reid-bill

(2.6) http://votesmart.org/bill/15224/40028/27110/prohibits-increase-in-interest-rates-for-student-loans-lamar-bill

(2.7) http://votesmart.org/bill/15467/40615/27110/increases-funding-for-the-fresh-fruit-and-vegetable-program

(2.8) http://votesmart.org/bill/16814/44550/27110/student-loan-affordability-act

(2.9) http://votesmart.org/bill/16813/44548/27110/comprehensive-student-loan-protection-act

(3.0) http://votesmart.org/bill/17294/45797/27110/limits-interest-rates-for-certain-federal-student-loans

(3.1) http://votesmart.org/bill/16854/45790/27110/bipartisan-student-loan-certainty-act-of-2013

(3.2) http://votesmart.org/bill/18384/48682/27110/bank-on-students-emergency-loan-refinancing-act

(3.3) http://votesmart.org/bill/13524/35632/27110/economic-development-revitalization-act

(3.4) http://votesmart.org/bill/13909/36879/27110/american-jobs-act-of-2011

(3.5) http://votesmart.org/bill/14160/37329/27110/american-jobs-and-economic-growth

(3.6) http://votesmart.org/bill/15598/41154/27110/bring-jobs-home-act

(3.7) http://votesmart.org/bill/17854/47752/27110/minimum-wage-fairness-act

(3.8) http://votesmart.org/bill/18753/49616/27110/bring-jobs-home-act

(3.9) http://votesmart.org/bill/10289/28134/27110/extending-federal-emergency-unemployment-benefits

(4.0) http://votesmart.org/bill/10828/29024/27110/extending-unemployment-benefits-and-certain-tax-credits

(4.1) http://votesmart.org/bill/11006/29576/27110/unemployment-benefits-extension

(4.2) http://votesmart.org/bill/10828/31560/27110/unemployment-benefits-extension

(4.3) http://votesmart.org/bill/12441/32951/27110/emergency-senior-citizens-relief-act

(4.4) http://votesmart.org/bill/14025/37093/27110/limits-farm-subsidies-to-individuals-with-incomes-under-1-million

(4.5) http://votesmart.org/bill/15318/40315/27110/reduces-funding-for-food-stamps

(4.6) http://votesmart.org/bill/15463/40602/27110/limits-farm-subsidies-to-farmers-with-incomes-under-250000

(4.7) http://votesmart.org/bill/15464/40604/27110/limits-eligibility-for-supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap

(4.8) http://votesmart.org/bill/15465/40606/27110/rescinds-bonuses-to-states-for-administering-supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap

(4.9) http://votesmart.org/bill/16822/44578/27110/limits-subsidy-payments-for-individuals-with-incomes-more-than-750000

(5.0) http://votesmart.org/bill/17428/46392/27110/emergency-unemployment-compensation-extension-act

(5.1) http://votesmart.org/bill/16584/43806/27110/authorizes-reciprocity-for-the-carrying-of-certain-concealed-firearms

(5.2) http://votesmart.org/bill/16582/43803/27110/public-safety-and-second-amendment-rights-protection-act

(5.3) http://votesmart.org/bill/16585/43809/27110/limits-firearm-magazine-capacity

(5.4) http://votesmart.org/bill/16586/43816/27110/prohibits-the-sale-of-assault-weapons

(5.5) http://votesmart.org/bill/10650/28314/27110/prohibiting-federally-funded-abortion-services

(5.6) http://votesmart.org/bill/12418/32830/27110/paycheck-fairness-act

(5.7) http://votesmart.org/bill/12449/32979/27110/dont-ask-dont-tell-repeal-act

(5.8) http://votesmart.org/bill/15123/39745/27110/reauthorizing-the-violence-against-women-act

(5.9) http://votesmart.org/bill/14746/38557/27110/authorizes-moral-and-religious-objections-to-certain-health-care-items-and-services

(6.0) http://votesmart.org/bill/15123/39746/27110/reauthorizing-the-violence-against-women-act

(6.1) http://votesmart.org/bill/15815/41670/27110/paycheck-fairness-act

(6.2) http://votesmart.org/bill/15948/41992/27110/the-convention-on-the-rights-of-persons-with-disabilities

(6.3) http://votesmart.org/bill/16132/42500/27110/violence-against-women-reauthorization-act-of-2013

(6.4) http://votesmart.org/bill/17391/46284/27110/employment-non-discrimination-act-of-2013

(6.5) http://votesmart.org/bill/17392/46288/27110/exempts-religiously-affiliated-employers-from-the-prohibition-on-employment-discrimination-based-on-sexual-orientation-and-gender-identity

(6.6) http://votesmart.org/bill/17767/47429/27110/paycheck-fairness-act

(6.7) http://votesmart.org/bill/18702/49361/27110/protect-womens-health-from-corporate-interference-act-of-2014

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