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DNC Platform Committee Rejects Proposals Against Fracking, TPP, Israeli Occupation

HeadlineJun 27, 2016

The committee drafting the Democratic Party’s platform has rejected a number of measures proposed by members appointed by Bernie Sanders. Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, on Friday, members rejected measures to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, declare a national moratorium on fracking, and call for a $15-an-hour federal minimum wage and an end to Israeli occupation and illegal settlements. Sanders said he was “disappointed and dismayed” by the defeat of proposals on trade, but “pleased” over language about breaking up big banks. Speaking on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Friday, Sanders said he has turned his focus to the party platform.

Nicolle Wallace: “Are you going to vote for Hillary Clinton in November?”

Sen. Bernie Sanders: “Yes. Yeah, I think the issue right here is, I’m going to do everything I can to defeat Donald Trump. … What my job right now is, is to fight for the strongest possible platform in the Democratic convention. And as we speak, in St. Louis, that’s going on right now. And that means a platform that represents working people, that stands up to big money interests. And that’s what we’re trying to do.”

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