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➡️ MAY 7 at 8PM ET - Sen. Sanders Town Hall - Incarcerated in a Crisis


Sen. Sanders, Khanna Unveil Emergency Medical Supplies Procurement Act

Washington, May 4 Ė Today, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Ro Khanna (Calif.-17) unveiled the Emergency Medical Supplies Procurement Act to mobilize the federal government to close the gap in the production of health care equipment.


Outrageously, nearly three months after the first known COVID-19 death in the United States, health care providers across the country are continuing to report supply shortages. Unfortunately, the Trump administration has failed to utilize the full powers of the federal government, including special authorities like the Defense Production Act (DPA), to respond to the urgent needs of states and communities to save lives.

Massively increasing our testing capacity must be the foundation to any long-term plan to return to in-person educational institutions, businesses, and public settings. Testing in the United States has plateaued at 100,000 to 200,000 tests per day due to continued shortages of key supplies and materials. Public health experts estimate that the U.S. must increase testing to 500,000 to one million people per day before considering relaxation of social distancing and stay-at-home orders. Health providers and testing centers are reporting continued shortages of swabs, reagents, RNA extraction kits, and other personal protective and testing equipment, severely limiting their ability to scale-up private and publicly operated testing centers.

While Congress recently appropriated $1 billion to the Defense Production Act, that pales in comparison to the amount of supplies needed to protect frontline health care workers and increase testing capacity. The Sanders-Khanna legislation provides an additional $75 billion for the Trump administration to purchase or manufacture personal protective equipment (such as surgical masks, N-95 respirator masks, surgical gowns, and face visors); ventilators; testing reagents and compounds; approved vaccines, therapeutics, diagnostics, pharmaceuticals; and any other medical supplies or hospital infrastructure that are necessary.

The legislation would also require the Trump administration to respond to state requests for urgent and critical health care supplies as quickly and aggressively as possible using special authorities such as the DPA, National Emergencies Act, and Stafford Act. Additionally, the Sanders-Khanna legislation incorporates forceful oversight and accountability provisions to ensure that no member of the Trump family or administration personally benefits from this funding. The bill also requires the submission of a weekly report on the implementation and obligation of resources to states and other localities.


APR 30 at 7PM ET - Sanders, Warren, Jayapal, Pocan: Shared Priorities Covid Relief

BURLINGTON, Vt. Ė Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) on Thursday will hold a livestream on their shared priorities for the next coronavirus relief package.

➡️ LIVE APR 30 at 7PM ET - Sanders, Warren, Jayapal, Pocan: Shared Priorities Covid Relief


NEW: The @JoeBiden & @BernieSanders campaigns have reached an agreement with the DNC

Sen. Sanders: Here's How to Cover Uninsured Americans During the Pandemic

Empowering Medicare to cover our health needs is comprehensive and cost-effective.

Our Health Care Emergency Guarantee Act is more comprehensive than Trumpís vague proposal and less expensive than the Democratsí COBRA expansion.


04/28/2020 11:30 AM EDT


Allowing Medicare to cover out-of-pocket health care expenses during the pandemic isnít just the right thing to do, itís actually less expensive for taxpayers because, unlike COBRA, the government would not be covering the cost of expensive monthly premiums to insurance corporations.

The numbers make this clear. If 35 million Americans lose their employer-provided coverage, as estimated by Health Management Associates, subsidizing premiums to health insurance corporations through COBRA would cost $157 billion over four months, or as much as $472 billion over a year. And even then, these figures donít include the outrageously high deductibles that many people would still have to pay. Meanwhile, the conservative Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget estimates that allowing Medicare to cover out-of-pocket expenses for everyone would cost around $150 billion over four months, or only $400 billion over a year. In other words, the Health Care Emergency Guarantee Act provides comprehensive coverage to far more Americans while saving taxpayers money.

The American people deserve a health care response to the pandemic thatís simple, easy to understand and doesnít require them to fill out complicated forms or deal with an already stressed bureaucracy in order to receive care. Under this proposal, everyone in the United States, regardless of insurance coverage or immigration status, would be able to walk into a doctorís office to receive the care they need without worrying about the cost.

At a time when many American families are waiting hours in food lines and are often unable to afford groceries, whatever amount of money is left in their pocket must be saved for the basic needs of their families, not exorbitant health care bills. When so many of our people are struggling economically and are terrified by the possibility of becoming sick with the coronavirus, the government must take the burden of health care costs off the backs of working people. The Health Care Emergency Guarantee Act would do just that.



Sen. Sanders Town Hall: Coronavirus Crisis Impacting Undocumented Americans (7PM ET)

Scheduled for Apr 27, 2020

BURLINGTON, Vt. Ė Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday will host a virtual town hall on the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on undocumented immigrants. Sanders will be joined by Make the Road member Perla Silva, Executive Director of the National Immigration Law Center Marielena Hincapiť and President of 32BJ SEIU Kyle Bragg.

➡️ APR 27 at 7PM ET - Sanders Town Hall: Effect of Coronavirus on Undocumented Immigrants


NEWS: Sanders Campaign Statement on New York Primary


Chow Chow Puppies Fight for Spotlight

These two fluffy two-month-old Chow puppies are still trying to cope with the fact that they both want to be the center of attention, but luckily for everyone else, when they fight to be in the spotlight, it is incredibly adorable to watch.
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