Bernie Sanders Sworn in for second Senate term

first_imgSenator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was sworn in today for his second term in the US Senate. The oath of office was administered by Vice President Joe Biden, the president of the Senate. Senator Patrick Leahy, Vermonts senior senator and the Senate president pro tem, accompanied Sanders to the well of the Senate chamber for the official ceremony. I want to thank the citizens of Vermont for sending me to the Senate for a second term, Sanders said. In these very difficult economic times, I will continue my efforts to fight for jobs for the people of our state and country, and to defend Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid against those who want to cut those vitally important programs. I also intend to bring forward sweeping legislation to transform our energy system and address the crisis of global warming.  I look forward to working with Vermonters on these and many other important issues, the senator said.The swearing-in ceremony was re-enacted in the Old Senate Chamber with Vice President Biden administering the oath as Jane OMeara Sanders looked on. Washington, DC, 1.3.2013last_img