Democrats Are Feelin’ The Bern: Concessions Granted To Bernie Sanders In Party’s Platform Draft

Democrats released a draft of the party platform on Friday, revealing that Bernie Sanders had been granted several concessions that were central to his campaign, including increasing the minimum wage and financial regulations, among others.

The draft was released among continued division within the Democratic party between supporters of Sanders and his rival, Hillary Clinton, leading up the convention.

The platform calls very specifically for the $15 per hour minimum wage Sanders has fought for vehemently.

Democrats believe that the current minimum wage is a starvation wage and must be increased to a living wage,” the text reads.
“We believe that Americans should earn at least $15 an hour and have the right to form or join a union. We applaud the approaches taken by states like New York and California. We should raise and index the minimum wage, give all Americans the ability to join a union regardless of where they work, and create new ways for workers to have power in the economy.
Sanders also demanded the strengthening of social security and this is reflected in the platform as well, which calls for the program to be “expanded.” The Vermont senator’s call to do away with the death penalty and private immigration detention centers are also featured in the draft.
The platform also defends the postal service vigorously and includes provisions for local post offices to offer basic banking services, such as cashing paychecks, another idea that Sanders fought for throughout his campaign.

Sanders didn’t get everything he was asking for, but the concessions he was granted show how much of an impact he has had on the Democratic party, as the campaign’s policy director Warren Gunnels tweeted out after the platform draft was released.

Sanders had wanted a full repudiation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, but the Democratic platform did not address the issue as he had hoped.
On the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), there are a diversity of views in the party,” it says.
“Many Democrats are on record stating that the agreement does not meet the standards set out in this platform; other Democrats have expressed support for the agreement. But all Democrats believe that any trade agreement must protect workers and the environment and not undermine access to critically-needed prescription drugs.

In addition to basically punting on the TPP, the platform does not ban fracking, institute a carbon tax, or call for a more nuanced position regarding the continuing conflict between Israel and Palestine; all issues that had been of paramount importance to Sanders.

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