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Feelin’ The Bern

- August 21, 2017

As Sen. Bernie Sanders Barnstorms Through Indiana, Michigan, And Ohio, A Look At How Close His Record Matches With Sens. Donnelly, Stabenow, And Brown

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TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Although the red state Democrats will likely keep their distance from Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) this week, each has voted with him an overwhelming amount including Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) 93 percent of the time, Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) 91 percent of the time, and Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN) 79 percent of the time.
  • Each Senator has joined Senator Sanders in obstructing President Trump's Cabinet nominees with Senator Brown voting against 11 of Trump's nominees that Sanders also opposed, Senator Stabenow voting against 12 that Sanders also opposed, and Senator Donnelly voting against 7 that Sanders opposed.
  • In 2017, Senator Brown's Leadership PAC contributed $5,000 to Sanders's Senate campaign, and in 2012, Sanders's PAC contributed $2,500 to Senator Stabenow.
  • Senator Brown cosponsored legislation with Sanders that included a government-run single payer health system and a drastically higher death tax.
  • Senator Stabenow cosponsored legislation with Sanders to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.

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THIS WEEK, SENATOR SANDERS IS TRAVELLING THROUGH RED STATES TO PROMOTE MEDICARE FOR ALL AND HIS JOBS PLAN

Senator Sanders Will Hold Rallies Or Town Halls This Week In Indiana, Ohio, And Michigan

On August 21, 2017, Senator Sanders Will Attend A Good Jobs Nation Rally In Indianapolis, IN. "Sen. Bernie Sanders will be in Indianapolis on Monday to attend a rally focused on jobs and the economy. The rally begins at 4 p.m. at Monument Circle and is organized by Good Jobs Nation, an organization with a mission to 'end the U.S. Government's role as America's leading low-wage job creator.' During the rally, Sanders, I-Vt., will be joined by former United Steelworkers Local 1999 President Chuck Jones and local elected officials." (Justin L. Mack, "Bernie Sanders, Chuck Jones To Attend Indianapolis Jobs Rally," The Indianapolis Star , 8/16/17)

On August 22, 2017, Senator Sanders Will Join Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-MI) For A Town Hall Meeting In Detroit, MI. "Sen. Bernie Sanders, the former Democratic presidential candidate, will join U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr. for a town hall meeting in Detroit next week to discuss healthcare and jobs. A single-payer health care system is likely to be on the agenda. It was at the core of the Vermont independent's 2016 campaign, and Conyers, the Detroit Democrat, has introduced Medicare-for-all legislation every Congress since 2003. … The town hall is planned for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Fellowship Chapel Church, 7707 W. Outer Drive in Detroit. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and admission is 'first come, first served.'" (Melissa Nann Burke, "Bernie Sanders To Join Conyers For Town Hall In Detroit," The Detroit News , 8/16/17)

  • Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) Offered Legislation In The House For A "Medicare For All" System And Would Pay For The Program By Raising Taxes.. "The Conyers bill, with more than 100 Democratic cosponsors, proposes to create a program the legislation describes as 'Medicare for All.' According to the bill's language, 'all individuals residing in the United States would be covered.' To pay for the program, Conyers proposes raising income taxes on the top 5 percent of earners, plus hiking taxes on payroll and self-imployment (sic) income, unearned income, and stock and bond transactions." (David M. Drucker, "Republican Sen. Steve Daines To Make Democrats Vote On Single Payer," Washington Examiner , 7/26/17)

On August 22, 2017, Senator Sanders Will Speak At A Rally On Jobs, Health Care, And The Economy In Portsmouth, OH. "The trip to the Circle City is the first of three planned stops where Sanders will talk jobs in the Midwest. After leaving Indianapolis, Sanders will head to Portsmouth, Ohio, on Tuesday for a rally on jobs, health care and the economy." (Justin L. Mack, "Bernie Sanders, Chuck Jones To Attend Indianapolis Jobs Rally," The Indianapolis Star , 8/16/17)

SENATOR BROWN HAS JOINED SANDERS IN SUPPORT OF A SINGLE-PAYER GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM

Senator Brown Supports A Single-Payer Government-Run Health Care System, And In 2009, Cosponsored Sanders' Single Payer Bill

In 2005, Senator Brown Co-Sponsored The Expanded And Improved Medicare For All Act, Which Would Have Established A Nationwide Universal Single-Payer Health Care System. "United States National Health Insurance Act (or the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act) - Establishes the United States National Health Insurance Program (the Program) to provide all individuals residing in the United States and in U.S. territories with free health care that includes all medically necessary care, such as primary care and prevention, prescription drugs, emergency care, and mental health services. Prohibits an institution from participating in the Program unless it is a public or nonprofit institution. Allows nonprofit health maintenance organizations (HMOs) that actually deliver care in their own facilities to participate in the Program." ( H.R.676 , Introduced 2/8/05)

In 2009, Senator Brown Told An Audience That He Always Supported Single-Payer But That Wouldn't Happen In This Congress. "In contrast, Brown told the admittedly sympathetic crowd gathered Friday morning that he has always supported a single-payer system but that wasn't likely to happen during this Congress." (Sarah Jane Tribble, "Sen. Brown Predicts Health-Care Reform Will Pass This Year," The Plain Dealer , 4/18/09)

In 2009, Senator Brown Was An Original Co-Sponsor Of Senator Sanders' American Health Security Act Amendment To ObamaCare. ( S.Amdt.2837 To S.Amdt.2786 To H.R.3590, Introduced 12/16/09)

The Amendment Would Have Established A State-Based National Single-Payer System. "The liberals' longtime dream of a government-run health care system for all died Wednesday in the Senate, but Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont vowed it will return when the realization dawns that private insurance companies 'are no longer needed.'" ("Single-Payer Health Care Plan Dies In Senate," The Associated Press , 12/16/09)

In 2016, The Urban Institute Estimated That Sanders' Health Care Plan Would Cost The Federal Government $32 Trillion. "The new estimate of the cost of Sanders's health-care plan is even more pessimistic than a previous estimate produced by Kenneth Thorpe, a former health official in the Clinton administration. Sanders's staff criticized Thorpe for predicting their plan would cost $25 trillion over a decade, about twice what they had projected. The Urban Institute puts the cost to the federal government at $32 trillion. That is $17 trillion more than Sanders has proposed in new taxes. When his other programs besides health care are included, the shortfall is more than $18 trillion, money the government would have to borrow." (Max Ehrenfreund, "Sorry, Bernie Fans. His Health Care Plan Is Short $17,000,000,000,000.," The Washington Post , 5/9/16)

In 2010, Senator Brown Co-Sponsored Sanders's Liberal Death Tax Bill, Proposing To Tax Estates Up To 65 Percent

In 2010, Brown Co-Sponsored An Estate Tax Bill With Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. (S. 3533, Introduced 6/24/10)

Senator Sanders Said His Bill Would Raise $318 Billion Over 10 Years. "This legislation would not only help us lower the national debt - with the $318 billion raised over 10 years - but it could do something even more important. In the midst of these enormously difficult times, it makes clear that we are one country and that all Americans have a shared responsibility." (Sen. Bernie Sanders, Op-Ed, "Tax Code Must Stop Coddling The Rich," Politico, 8/3/10)

Under Senator Brown's Proposal, The Estate Tax Exemption Would Be $3.5 Million For An Individual, Or As Much As $7 Million For A Couple, With A Tax Rate Of 45%. "Under the proposal, as in 2009, the exemption would be $3.5 million for an individual, or as much as $7 million for a couple, with a tax rate of 45%." (Laura Saunders, "Sanders Estate-Tax Proposal Would Hit Wealthy Harder," The Wall Street Journal, 6/25/10)

Senator Brown Said The Estate Tax Would Only Affect "The Absolute Mega Superrich." BROWN: "The estate tax, which the Republicans called the 'death tax,' does not impact 99.3 percent of people who die in this country. Their families pay zero estate tax. It is only, as Senator Whitehouse said, the absolute mega superrich. It is not people worth just a few million but only seven-tenths of 1 percent. That means it is 7 out of 1,000 who will pay any estate tax at all. And so this issue--not aimed at any one person--raises the question of: What do we do instead?" (Sen. Sherrod Brown, Congressional Record, 6/22/10, p. S5245)

Senator Brown Said Democrats Wanted To "See Us Take Care Of The Unemployed Workers, Take Care Of Those Who Have Lost Their Insurance, Take Care Of Those Who Are Faced With Foreclosure Because Of The Economic Situation." BROWN: "So while the Republicans are trying to protect the Duncan estate, with billions and billions of dollars in that estate, people such as Senator Whitehouse, Majority Leader Reid, who is on the floor, and Senator Kaufman want to see us take care of the unemployed workers, take care of those who have lost their insurance, take care of those who are faced with foreclosure because of the economic situation. As Senator Whitehouse said, these people didn't choose to be in this situation." (Sen. Sherrod Brown, Congressional Record, 6/22/10, p. S5246)

Since 2007, Senator Brown Has Voted With Sanders 93 Percent Of The Time, And In March, Brown's Leadership PAC Contributed $5,000 To Sanders

From 2007 Through 2017, Senator Brown Voted With Bernie Sanders 93 Percent Of The Time. (CQ Voting Studies, Accessed 8/17/17)

In March 2017, America Works PAC Contributed $5,000 To Bernie Sanders' Senate Campaign. (Friends Of Bernie Sanders, April Quarterly, Federal Election Commission , Filed 4/14/17, Page 96)

Senator Brown Opposed 11 Out Of 22 Of President Trump's Cabinet Nominees, And Sanders Opposed 19. (Wilson Andrews, "How Each Senator Voted On Trump's Cabinet And Administration Nominees," The New York Times , 5/11/17)

SENATOR STABENOW HAS VOTED IN LINE WITH SANDERS 91 PERCENT OF THE TIME AND CO-SPONSORED A $15 MINIMUM WAGE BILL WITH HIM

Since 2007, Senator Stabenow Has Voted With Sanders 91 percent Of The Time, And In 2012 Sanders's PAC Contributed $2,500 To Senator Stabenow

From 2007 Through 2016, Stabenow Voted With Bernie Sanders 91 Percent Of The Time. (CQ Voting Studies, Accessed 8/17/17)

On March 29, 2012, Bernie Sander's PAC, Progressive Voters Of America, Contributed $2,500 To Stabenow For U.S. Senate. (Progressive Voters Of America, April Quartlery, Federal Election Commission , Filed 10/29/12)

Senator Stabenow Joined Sanders In Opposing 12 Out Of 22 Of President Trump's Cabinet Nominees. (Wilson Andrews, "How Each Senator Voted On Trump's Cabinet And Administration Nominees," The New York Times , 5/11/17)

Senator Stabenow Co-Sponsored A Bill With Sanders To Raise The Minimum Wage To $15 An Hour

In April 2017, Senators Sanders, Murray, And Schumer Announced Legislation To Raise The Federal Minimum Wage To $15 An Hour. "Addressing hundreds of low-wage workers outside the Capitol, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced legislation Wednesday that would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour." (Senator Bernie Sanders, "Sanders, Murray Announce $15 Minimum Wage Bill," Press Release , 4/26/17)

  • Senator Stabenow Co-Sponsored Bernie Sanders' Bill To Increase The Minimum Wage To $15 An Hour . ( S.1242 , Introduced 5/25/17)

SENATOR DONELLY, WHOSE RACE IS A "TOSS UP," HAS SIDED OFTEN WITH SANDERS, AND JOINED HIM INOBSTRUCTING THE PRESIDENT'S NOMINEES

Since 2013, Senator Donnelly Voted With Sanders 79 Percent Of The Time

In Indianapolis, Sanders Will Hold A Jobs Rally With Chuck Jones And Good Jobs Nation. "Bernie Sanders & Good Jobs Nation Rally on Jobs and the Economy - Indianapolis, Indiana Official Event With Chuck Jones and Good Jobs Nation. This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required, but RSVPs are strongly encouraged. Admission is first come, first served." (Press Release, "Bernie Sanders & Good Jobs Nation Rally On Jobs and the Economy," Bernie Sanders , Accessed 8/17/17)

The 2018 U.S. Senate Race In Indiana Was Recently Moved To A Toss Up By Cook Political Report . "It is very hard to see how Donnelly does not get very competitive race this cycle. The contest is in the Toss Up column." (Jennifer Duffy, "Senate: Rating Changes In Five Races," Cook Political Report , 8/17/17)

From 2013 Through 2017, Senator Donnelly Voted With Bernie Sanders 79 Percent Of The Time. (CQ Voting Studies, Accessed 8/17/17)

Senator Donnelly Joined Sanders In Opposing 7 Out Of 22 Of President Trump's Cabinet Nominees . (Wilson Andrews, "How Each Senator Voted On Trump's Cabinet And Administration Nominees," The New York Times , 5/11/17)


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