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Bernie Sanders is running for a fourth term in the U.S. Senate

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Mark Schiefelbein
Associated Press
Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington on April 3. Sanders announced on May 6 that he would be running for a fourth term in the U.S. Senate.

Bernie Sanders announced Monday morning that he's running for a fourth term in the U.S. Senate.

Sanders currently serves as chairman of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

In a press release, he says he wants to continue working to expand the services of community health centers, where over 190,000 Vermonters receive primary care, and he says it's critical to lower prescription drug costs.

"The goal should be that every community in America has a community health center where people can walk into — helping us get more doctors, more dentists, more nurses, more mental health counselors," Sanders said in an interview with Vermont Public Monday. "We're making progress, but we've got a long way to go."

Sanders also called for national legislation to guarantee the reproductive rights of women.

"Women have a right to control their own bodies, and women struggled for that right for decades," Sanders told Vermont Public. "And as a result of Trump's Supreme Court, that right was taken away with the overturning of Roe v. Wade."

Prior to being elected to the Senate in 2006, Sanders served 16 years in the U.S. House. Sanders also ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic presidential nomination in both 2016 and 2020.

At 82, Sanders is the second oldest member of the Senate.

Former Republican Senate candidate Gerald Malloy has announced that he will be seeking the GOP nomination this year. Other candidates are also expected to seek the position.

This story will be updated.

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Updated: May 6, 2024 at 3:54 PM EDT
This story was updated to include comments Sen. Bernie Sanders shared with Vermont Public in an interview Monday afternoon.
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