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National Nurses United Endorses Senator Bernie Sanders for President

Caring, compassion, and community. These are the values at the heart of registered nursing. This is true at the bedside, as nurses advocate for patients and families—and also beyond the walls of the hospital, as RNs call for environmental, racial, and economic justice in the name of public health. National Nurses United, which represents some 190,000 nurses nationwide, seeks to uphold that positive vision for the health of this country by endorsing Senator Bernie Sanders for president. #nurses4bernie

Here are 10 reasons why National Nurses United endorses Bernie Sanders:

1.   REVERSE INCOME INEQUALITY, JOBS TO REBUILD AMERICA

Bernie Sanders will invest $1 trillion to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure —roads, bridges, dams, water systems, schools — to create 13 million goodpaying jobs. Bernie sponsored legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and calls for pay equity for women.

2.   GUARANTEE HEALTHCARE FOR ALL, CUT RX PRICES

Too many Americans remain priced out of access to healthcare. Bernie Sanders calls for guaranteed care for everyone with an improved, expanded Medicare for all. He also sponsored legislation to slash the high cost of prescription drugs.

3.   HOLD WALL STREET ACCOUNTABLE

Bernie Sanders demands Wall Street pay its fair share of taxes and introduced the nurses-backed S. 1371, a small tax on stock market speculation to raise hundreds of billions of dollars to heal America.

4.   MAKE COLLEGE TUITION AND DEBT FREE

Bernie Sanders introduced a bill to make all public colleges and universities tuition free, paid for by a tax on Wall Street speculation. He proposes slashing student loan interest rates.

5.   REAL ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE

To attack the climate crisis, Bernie Sanders’ comprehensive plan includes taxing fossil fuels and transitioning to renewable energy, ending fossil fuel subsidies, stopping dangerous Arctic oil drilling, and protecting the health of our children harmed by fossil fuel pollutants.

6.   A FAIR AND HUMANE IMMIGRATION POLICY

Bernie Sanders supports full immigration reform, including a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants. He would dismantle inhumane deportation programs, ban for-profit detention centers, and expand DACA and administrative relief for parents of legal permanent residents.

7.   END SYSTEMIC RACISM

Bernie Sanders calls for sweeping criminal justice reforms, including demilitarizing police forces; holding everyone, including police officers, accountable for violating the law; banning for-profit prisons; reducing mass incarceration; and turning back from the failed “war on drugs.”

8.   CARE FOR OUR VETERANS

Bernie Sanders sponsored bipartisan legislation to expand VA medical facilities and hire more VA doctors and nurses, and pledges to ensure all veterans get the full care they need, including expanded mental health and dental services.

9.   EXPAND SOCIAL SECURITY

Bernie Sanders has changed the national debate on Social Security by not only opposing cuts to this lifeline for seniors but also proposing expanded Social Security benefits, paid for by raising the payroll income gap which limits contributions to Social Security by the wealthiest Americans.

10.   MONEY OUT OF POLITICS

Bernie Sanders has set a new standard for politics by renouncing funding from billionaires and corporate donors and their Super PACs. He calls for action to overturn the Citizens United court ruling that opened the door to the corruption of our electoral system by wealthy donors.

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