U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Chair of the Senate Budget Committee, is the longest-serving independent in congressional history.

Vermont/DC
Joined April 2009
Today, nearly one out of every four Americans cannot afford the medications that their doctors prescribe. Enough is enough. It is time to end the corporate greed of the pharmaceutical industry and lower the cost of prescription drugs.
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All over this country, the American people are asking a simple question: How many people need to die, how many people need to get unnecessarily sicker before Congress is prepared to take on the greed of the prescription drug industry?
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Last year, the six largest drug companies in the U.S. made nearly $50 billion dollars in profits. Meanwhile, Americans pay, by far, the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. That disgrace has got to end.
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The pharmaceutical industry, over the last 20 years, has spent over $4.5 billion dollars on lobbying and campaign contributions. They have hundreds of lobbyists on Capitol Hill right now to fight any bill that will lower the cost of prescription drugs.
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Moral policy is good politics. When you stand up for working families and protect future generations, that not only is the right thing to do, but it is also what the American people want.
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I’m very glad my home state of Vermont will be welcoming 100 Afghan refugees in the coming weeks. This is exactly what we should be doing, and I have no doubt that they will enrich, and contribute immeasurably, to our state.
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The pharmaceutical industry doesn’t want us to lower the cost of prescription drugs. The fossil fuel industry wants to continue making profits off of destroying the planet. We must show the American people that government represents them, not powerful interest groups.
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We are taking on the ruling class, we are taking on the oligarchs, we are taking on the pharmaceutical industry, we are taking on the health care industry, we are taking on the fossil fuel industry. But if we stand together, we will win.
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Yes, we must pass the most consequential piece of legislation for working families since the 1930s and prove that our government can work for them, and not just for the wealthy and powerful.
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79% of the American people believe that the cost of prescription drugs is too high. Is it radical for Congress to represent the American people and address their long-neglected needs? No. I don’t think so.
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The American people pay higher prices for prescription drugs than people in almost every other major country on Earth. Does that make any sense to you?
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The reality of today is that poverty is a death sentence in America. The wealthiest people live, on average, 10-15 years longer than the poorest. We must expand Medicare. We must invest in child care. We must pay workers a living wage. We must take care of our people.
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The richest people on Earth should pay more than $0 in federal income taxes. Period.
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Question: Why do we pay, by far, the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs? Answer: The pharmaceutical industry has spent $4.5 billion over the last 20 years in lobbying and campaign contributions. Congress must have the courage NOW to lower drug prices.
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In the fight against climate change, we have a choice: protect the profits of the fossil fuel industry or protect the future of our children.
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We must end a rigged system that allowed the former CEO of Gilead to become a billionaire by charging $1,000 for a Hepatitis C drug that was developed by the VA, costs $1 to manufacture & can be purchased in India for $4. No more excuses. Congress must lower drug prices NOW.
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At a time of massive and growing income & wealth inequality and as the top 1% has more wealth than the bottom 92%, now is the time to demand that the wealthy and large corporations pay their fair share so that we can begin to address the long neglected needs of working families.
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Nonetheless, the American people are demanding that Congress stand up to them and finally lower the outrageous price of prescription drugs by requiring Medicare to negotiate with the pharmaceutical industry.
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Now is the time for Congress to show courage and stand up to the greed of the pharmaceutical industry. The American people will not accept surrender.”
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