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(RepublicanWire.org) – During a hearing about Starbucks’ efforts to block its stores from being unionized, Schultz slammed an attempt by Sanders to paint him as a privileged oligarch who had success handed to him early in life.

“I grew up in federally subsidized housing, my parents never owned a home, I came from nothing,” Shultz said. “I thought that my entire life was based on the achievement of the American dream! Yes, I have billions of dollars — I earned it! No one gave it to me. And I’ve shared it constantly with the people of Starbucks.”

Schultz then directly addressed Sanders.

“Your moniker… is unfair,” he charged.

“No it is not!” Sanders shot back, and then informed him that it was now time to hear from other witnesses because “you’re not the only person testifying.”

At the start of the hearing, Sanders accused Schultz and Starbucks of waging “the most aggressive and illegal union-busting campaign in the modern history of our country.”

Multiple Starbucks locations have voted to unionize over the past two years but so far the company has not recognized any of them as legitimate.

In a heated exchange during the congressional hearing, Republican Markwayne Mullin called out Senator Bernie Sanders for his hypocrisy on wealth and wages. Mullin questioned Sanders how he could ridicule CEOs and billionaires for being rich, while at the same time, being wealthy himself.

Mullin told Bernie, “You and your wife have immense wealth, over $8 million…Why is it that Mr. Schultz, who actually creates jobs — and the bestseller of a book isn’t creating any jobs — why is it that he’s corrupt, and you’re not?”

“If you are not part of a union, you’re also paying starvation wages?” Mullin asked Sanders. “What hypocrisy. What bias. Chairman, you are chair of the Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee. We shouldn’t have a biased approach, we should have what’s best for America and all those that want to thrive and work in it.”

Mullin continued to accuse Sanders of bias, and suggested that his socialist approach is not what’s best for Americans who want to work and thrive.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Sen. Bernie Sanders is calling for the standard work week to be shortened from five days to four days.

On Tuesday, Sanders said that technological advancements allow for less labor from workers, but are currently only used to pad the pockets of corporate executives.

“With exploding technology and increased worker productivity, it’s time to move toward a four-day work week with no loss of pay,” he wrote. “Workers must benefit from technology, not just corporate CEOs.”

The senator shared an article detailing the results of a four-day work week trial that was recently run in the U.K. The six-month trial consisted of 61 companies and organizations, encompassing around 3,000 workers.

Sanders further elaborated on his stance on shortening the work week in a CBS News interview on Sunday. The current “revolution” in technology puts millions of workers at risk of losing their jobs, while executives are able to hoard even more wealth, he said.

In terms of technology, “we’re talking about a transformational moment throughout the world and the United States. I want working people to be involved,” he said.

“If there is a technology that can increase worker productivity, who benefits from that? Just the guy who owns the company? Or does the worker benefit?” he continued. “So if we can reduce the workweek, is that a bad thing? It’s a good thing. But I don’t want to see the people on top simply be the only beneficiaries of this revolution in technology.”

Labor unions and even corporate groups have said that a four-day work week could soon become standard. In an Ernst & Young survey in 2022, 40 percent of companies surveyed about the “future of work” said they either already have a four-day work week or are working toward implementing one.

The 40-hour, five-day work week wasn’t always the standard for a full-time worker in the U.S. — in the 1800s, it was typical for workers to work six or all seven days of the week, with extremely long work days. Thanks to labor unions, however — and their famous May Day strike — the U.S. work day was shortened to eight hours in the late 1800s. Congress later shortened the standard work week to 40 hours, spread over five days, in 1940.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Vice President Kamala Harris cast a tie-breaking vote Saturday to advance President Joe Biden’s massive spending, tax and climate legislation in the Senate.

The 51-50 party line vote allowed senators to begin debate on the legislation, which includes $400 billion in spending and $700 billion in taxes and revenue increases.

Senator Bernie Sanders slammed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) negotiated by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Joe Manchin, in part because of a recent nonpartisan report that revealed the bill would do very little to actually reduce inflation.

“I want to take a moment to say a few words about the so-called Inflation Reduction Act that we are debating this evening,” Sanders said on Saturday. “I say so-called because according to the [Congressional Budget Office] and other economic organizations that have studied this bill, it will in fact have a minimal impact on inflation.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer hailed the legislation as a “groundbreaking bill for the American people, for families struggling to pay the bills, for seniors struggling to pay for medication, for kids struggling with asthma.”

A letter sent to House and Senate leadership from 230 economists argues that the Inflation Reduction Act is expected to contribute to skyrocketing inflation and will burden the U.S. economy, contrary to President Biden and Democrats’ claims.

That in fact, passage of the bill will only add fuel to the fire making already 40-year high inflation even worse.

The 755-page bill is expected to win final approval Sunday evening.