Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.):
Voting Rights: The Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a key part of the Voting Rights Act that Sen. Bernie Sanders said is as necessary today as it was in the era of Jim Crow laws. “We must act immediately to rewrite this vital law,” he said in the Burlington Free Press. To understand the law’s importance, Sanders said you don't have to look any further than last year's presidential election when several states were engaged in voter suppression, WNYT-TV in Albany, N.Y., reported
Tar Sands Pipeline: President Barack Obama said Tuesday he would not authorize the Keystone XL pipeline if it would “significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution.” A leading Senate opponent of the pipeline, Sen. Sanders sounded as if Obama plans to go ahead and approve the pipeline, The Christian Science Monitor reported. “The president must not give speeches about the dangers of global warming and then turn around and allow construction of the Keystone pipeline,” Sanders said. The standard that Obama referenced is one that a State Department report issued in March already claims would be met, a spokesman said.
Commerce: The Senate voted 97-1 to confirm Penny Pritzker as the Department of Commerce secretary. Sen. Sanders was the lone no vote. reported The New York Times, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, NY Daily News and WTOP-AM, the Washington, D.C. all-news radio station. “We need a secretary of commerce who will represent the interests of working Americans and their families, not simply the interests of C.E.O.’s and large corporations,” he said of Pritzker's rocky relationships with labor unions as a Hyatt board member.
Immigration: A bipartisan coalition of senators indicated support for a key amendment to the immigration bill that includes a provision by Sen. Sanders to allocate $1.5 billion to a youth jobs program. Sanders told Vermont Public Radio that as many as 2,000 young people in Vermont could be employed under his plan.
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