Today's news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.):

Budget Battle: Already looking past the current budget impasse, congressional leaders are quietly considering a deal to avert a government shutdown next month. Attention is beginning to shift from Friday, when broad cuts known as the sequester kick in, to the next budget deadline at the end of March when Congress must pass a so-called continuing resolution to keep funding government operations. 

Tax Havens: Sen. Bernie Sanders recently introduced legislation that would eliminate companies’ ability to defer taxes indefinitely. What would happen if that were to pass is companies would actually pay taxes on the money they earned when they earn it and not be able to defer it into the future, Matt Drange of the Center for Investigative Reporting said in an interview for the American Public Media radio program Marketplace.   

Global Warming: Sens. Sanders and Barbara Boxer introduced legislation that would place a fee on coal, oil and natural gas at the first point of sale and then rebate a substantial part of the revenue to the public as monthly "dividends," Mark Reynolds, executive director of Citizens Climate Lobby, wrote in an op-ed for the Daily Camera in Boulder, Colo.

Treasury Secretary: The Senate Finance Committee scheduled a vote for Tuesday on Jacob Lew’s nomination to succeed Timothy Geithner as Treasury secretary. So far, only two senators announced their opposition to the nomination. Sen. Sanders fears Lew is too closely associated with Wall Street. Sen. Jeff Sessions accuses Lew of misleading the Senate in his presentation of Obama’s budget. 

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