Transcript: Sen. Bernie Sanders’s speech at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics on April 12, 2014 – Part 6

Part 6 – Partial transcript of remarks by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics on April 12, 2014:

So let me just talk a little bit now – talked about some of the problems. Where should go? What should we be doing? And let me touch on some of the areas that I’ve been working hard along with other members of the Senate and other members of the House.

When you ask people what the most serious problem facing this country is – there are an awful whole lot – but at the top of every list is the issue of jobs – jobs.

And they understand this – and I mentioned this a moment ago – that real unemployment is a lot higher than official unemployment. And they understand that we need to create millions of decent-paying jobs in this country.

And let me just give you a few ideas as to how we can do that and do it very quickly and do it in a way that the economists tell us can be very, very effective.

I don’t know about New Hampshire. But I do know that the roads and bridges and wastewater plants and water systems in the state of Vermont have serious, serious problems.

In fact, the Society of Civil Engineers talks about trillions of dollars in infrastructure deficit. We need a massive amount of work to rebuild our roads, rebuild our bridges, rebuild our rail system, which is now falling further and further behind Europe, Japan, and China.

If we invested in a significant way in rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure, not only would we make our country more competitive and productive, we can create millions of jobs doing that and that is exactly what we should be doing. [Applause]

We should also be re-writing our trade policies, which have benefited corporate America but at the expense of working people.

Corporate America has got to start re-investing in the United States of America and start creating jobs in this country rather than in China. [Applause]

And then we also have to pay a whole of attention to the wage situation in this country. Today, nationally we have a $7.25 minimum wage. That is obscene. That is unacceptable. We have got to raise the minimum wage.

There will be legislation on the floor, I believe, of the Senate when we come back in two weeks that calls for a $10.10 an hour. I would go further than that but $10.10 is at least a start in bringing millions of people out of poverty.

We also have to deal with the issue of pay equity. Is that right, women? [Applause] And women should not be making 77 cents on the dollar that a man makes. We should all be paying our people equal wages for equal work.


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