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Sanders to host three town meetings on veterans’ issues

BENNINGTON — U.S. Sen. Bernard “Bernie” Sanders, I-Vt., will host three town meetings in southern Vermont on Saturday, in White River Junction, Brattleboro and Bennington, to discuss veterans issues.
“The main purpose is to make certain that every veteran in Vermont know about the benefits that they are entitled to receive,” said Sanders, who will be joined by Deb Amdur, director of the White River Junction Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center.
In White River Junction, the meeting will start at 10 a.m. at the VA Medical Center on Main Street in Room 103 of Building 44.
In Brattleboro, the meeting will start at 12:30 p.m., at the Veterans of Foreign Wars on Black Mountain Road.
In Bennington, the meeting will start at 6 p.m. at the Second Congregational Church on Hillside Street.
These events are open to the public and food will be provided.

Sanders to discuss budget cuts

BURLINGTON — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, plans to discuss how the automatic cuts to the federal government are impacting Vermonters.
Sanders will hold a press conference on Monday morning at his Burlington office.
The independent senator says he will talk about the direction he is fighting for as a member of the committee.
Sanders said last week that he was working with the committee on a 10-year budget which would create jobs, lower the deficit and protect working families and the most vulnerable people.
He said the committee bill should move to the Senate floor later this month, and that he’ll keep pushing for tax increases on the wealthy and corporations to help close the nation’s budget deficit.

Sanders calls for lower gas prices in northwest Vermont

BURLINGTON — Vermont’s independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is calling on distributors of gasoline in northwestern Vermont to stop charging customers higher prices than are being charged in other parts of the state.
Sanders says he’s planning to call the top executives of the three largest gasoline distributors in the region this week to make the request.
Sanders says there’s no reason customers in northwestern Vermont should be paying about 25 cents a gallon more than are customers in other parts of the state.
Distributor R.L. Vallee of St. Albans tells the Burlington Free Press ( ) Sanders is forgetting that Vermont has strict environmental laws.

Sanders to discuss veterans benefits

BURLINGTON — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is discussing his efforts to prevent cuts to veterans benefits.
Sanders, a senior member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, has written a letter to congressional leadership making the case against the use of policies to reduce cost-of-living adjustments for veteran’s benefits and Social Security.
So far, more than 35 organizations representing veterans, seniors and the disabled have signed onto the letter.
Sanders is being joined at 11 a.m. Friday on an conference call with reporters by representatives from the National Association for Uniformed Services; the Jewish War Veterans of the USA; the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare; and the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association.

Sanders to visit vets’ clinics today

Sen. Bernie Sanders has announced a couple of stops today at veterans’ clinics. Here’s the press release with the details:

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, will attend events today at veterans’ clinics in White River Junction, Vt., and Brattleboro, Vt.

At 1 p.m., the White River Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center will hold a grand opening of its new women’s comprehensive care center. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, there are more than 3,000 women veterans in Vermont.

At 4:15 p.m., Sanders will speak at the Brattleboro Community-Based Outpatient Clinic to welcome the new Medical Director Dr. Richard Orlan. Throughout Vermont, about 8,600 veterans now receive care from Vermont’s five Community-Based Outpatient Clinics located in Rutland, Colchester, Brattleboro, Newport and Bennington.

Sanders to discuss food program

BURLINGTON — Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders says there’s been a sharp decrease in food donations through the Emergency Food Assistance Program, and program supporters say it comes at a time of heightened need.
The independent senator and representatives from the Vermont Foodbank and Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf are addressing the issue Tuesday.
The Emergency Food Assistance Program provides food at no cost to low-income Americans in need of short-term hunger relief, through organizations like the Vermont Foodbank.
During fiscal 2012, the Foodbank saw a 50 percent reduction in its allotment of food from that program, amounting to a drop of more than 1 million pounds of food.

Vt., Maine senators ask federal dairy price review

MONTPELIER — Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is joining colleagues from Maine and Minnesota in calling for a review of minimum federal dairy price supports, given sharply increasing expenses on the farm.
Sanders joined Sens. Olympia Snow and Susan Collins of Maine, as well as Al Franken of Minnesota in asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to review its floor price for raw milk.
The senators point to rising production costs on the farm, including sharply higher prices for the corn that goes into animal feed. Corn reserves are at a 15 -year low, which is attributed to drought conditions in many areas.
The letter questions whether farmers can stay in business under such conditions.

Sanders in Plainfield today

Independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will be in Plainfield today at a 10:30 a.m. ceremony at The Health Center of Plainfield where a $1.2 million expansion project has been completed.

“As chairman of the subcommittee on primary health care, I am proud that we have helped lead the fight to more than double funding for community health centers to address the primary health crisis in Vermont and America,” Sanders said. He secured $12.5 billion in the Affordable Care Act to expand health centers, train primary care physicians and double to 40 million the number of patients served nationwide over the next five years.

Vermont in the past decade has gone from two Federally Qualified Health Centers to eight, including 47 sites where more than 120,000 Vermonters get primary health care, dental care, mental health counseling and low-cost prescription drugs.

Joining Sanders will be Paul Garstki, president and chairman of the board of directors, and Dr. John Matthew, the center’s medical director.

The health center is located at 157 Towne Ave. 

Sanders to talk ‘smart grid’ benefits

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is going to be talking about the benefits of “smart grid” technology for the state of Vermont.

 Sanders plans to discuss the issue Monday with some of Vermont’s environmental leaders in Burlington.

He says Vermont is a leader in the nation on development of a smarter, stronger, more efficient and reliable electric system that promotes renewable energy sources and saves money. 

 The head of the Vermont Electric Cooperative will share what his utility learned through its almost universal roll-out of smart grid technology. Proponents say smart grid technology can help consumers and utilities better manage electric use, saving power and money.

Nonprofit wins $2.8 million grant

Vermont’s Congressional delegation issued this press release:

A Vermont nonprofit has won a $2,865,734 U.S. Department of Labor grant provided through the Older Americans Act’s Senior Community Service Employment Program, to help train and place low-income Vermonters – aged 55 and older – in jobs around the state, Vermont’s congressional delegation – Sen. Patrick Leahy, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch – announced today. Continue reading