Bernie Sanders Offers Bold Plan to Tackle “Jobs Crisis” and No Cuts to Social Safety Network
Submitted by BuzzFlash on Wed, 09/07/2011 – 1:34pm.

The following is a September 7 statement by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont):

As President Barack Obama prepares for a Thursday address on jobs to a joint session of Congress, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) called today for putting Americans back to work through a series of bold measures that include rebuilding the country’s crumbling infrastructure.

As part of a four-point plan to jumpstart the economy, Sanders also said the federal government should do more to help cash-strapped states and local governments that have been forced to furlough teachers, firefighters, police officers and other workers. He advocated transforming our energy system with job-creating investments in renewable and sustainable energy sources. And he called on Congress to reconsider so-called free-trade policies that have decimated manufacturing in the United States.

“While everyone understands that we have got to reduce the deficit, the number one challenge America faces right now is a jobs crisis,” Sanders said, noting that 25 million Americans, 16 percent of the workforce, are today either unemployed or underemployed.

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