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We cannot continue to ignore the crisis in affordable housing

The time is long overdue for the United States to have a government and an economy which represents the needs of working families, and not just the 1 percent and wealthy campaign contributors.

That is why I am fighting to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, make sure that women receive equal pay for equal work and make it easier for workers to join unions. It’s also why I’ve advocated for a $1 trillion investment to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure — our roads, bridges, water systems, wastewater plants and rail system.

And, let me be very clear: When I talk about infrastructure, I am talking about the need to address the crisis of affordable housing, a crisis which exists in Nevada, my state of Vermont and communities all across this country. It is not acceptable to me that over 500,000 men, women and children in our country are homeless on any given night — including many thousands in Nevada.

A decade ago, Nevada was the epicenter of a housing crisis that saw thousands of Americans thrown out of their homes and big banks bailed out by the government. Today, the Trump administration is rolling back Wall Street regulations, the banks are demanding weaker mortgage rules and Nevada is once again facing a housing crisis — this time in affordability.


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