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John Delaney

Democrat

• Age at Inauguration: 57
• Experience: co-founder and CEO of CapitalSource; co-founder and CEO of Health Care Financial Partners; U.S. House of Representatives - Maryland (2013-2019)
• Education: Columbia University (BS), Georgetown University (JD)
• Interesting fact: Delaney was the youngest CEO of a publicly traded company when his health care company was first listed on the stock exchange

Key Platform Points

• Focuses on tackling climate change, achieving universal health care, rebuilding America's infrastructure, enacting governmental reform, and expanding economic opportunities

Economy and Taxes

• Raise the federal minimum wage to $15/hour
• Supports imposing a 30 percent tax on individuals earning more than $1 million
• Invest $2 trillion in infrastructure to create jobs
• Create a $50 billion infrastructure bank to fund projects across energy, water, transportation and telecommunications
• Fund infrastructure through increase in gasoline tax
• Raise taxes on the wealthy
• Raise capital gains taxes to same rate as ordinary income
• Invest in communities that were left behind during technological changes and globalization
• Get tougher on intellectual property theft by countries like China
• Supports Trump's goal of taking on China, but would repeal the tariffs his administration imposed on goods from China
• Opposes placing tariffs on certain industries
• Supports the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Corporations

• Raise the corporate tax rate from 21% to 27% to fund infrastructure
• Raise capital gains tax on big businesses but lower it for smaller businesses
• Supports regulating big tech companies like Google and Facebook to address their monopolistic power
• Develop national strategy to address artificial intelligence to ensure minimal job disruption
• Require tech platforms to disclose more information about who's purchasing political ads online
• Gives consumers the right to opt out of the sale of their personal information, to request that their data be deleted, and to request that companies disclose what information gets collected on them
• Redesign regulations to address the concentration of power in the farm economy
• Will not accept corporate PAC money for his campaign

Criminal Justice and Drugs

• Believes legalizing marijuana should be left up to the states
• Grant all formerly incarcerated people the right to vote
• Abolish the death penalty
• Abolish cash bail
• Reform mandatory minimum sentencing
• Eliminate private prisons

Education

• Guarantee 2 years of free community college through 1.5% tax on incomes higher than $500,000
• Allow borrowers to refinance their federal student loans at lower interest rates
• Create a mandatory national service requirement of 1 year to be spent in the military, a Community Service program, a new National Infrastructure Apprenticeship program, or in a newly created Climate Corps
• Offer student loan forgiveness for people that live and work in economically disadvantaged communities for ten years
• Increase federal investment in STEM education

Environment

• Believes the Green New Deal is unrealistic
• $4 trillion environmental plan aimed at reducing carbon emissions by 90% by 2050
• Create a Climate Corps in which high school graduates can apply to work on a national project such as improving local infrastructure, retrofitting buildings and building parks
• Supports setting a price on carbon to push companies to reduce their emissions, and return revenue as a dividend to the American people
• $5 billion annual funding for carbon capture technology
• Supports setting a carbon tax to push companies to reduce their emissions
• Rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement and strengthen its targets
• Increase federal funding for clean-energy research fivefold
• Supports new nuclear power development
• Supports regulating fracking
• Against banning fossil fuel exports
• End leasing for fossil fuel extraction on federal lands
• Eliminate fossil fuel subsidies

Foreign Policy

• Supports a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine
• Wants to punish Saudi Arabia for murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi
• Withdraw military support for Saudi Arabia in Yemen
• Supports the Iran nuclear deal
• Supports placing sanctions on Russia and selling American natural gas to Europe as a way of breaking Russia's regional dominance

Government Reform

• Supports DC and Puerto Rico statehood
• Supports automatic voter registration and against lowering the voting age from 18 to 16
• Make Election Day a national holiday
•  Opposes gerrymandering
• Keep the Electoral College
• Overturn Citizens United v. FEC
• Against eliminating the Senate filibuster
• Against adding justices to the Supreme Court
• Limit Supreme Court justices to 18-year terms

Gun Control

• Supports universal background checks
• Close the loophole for private sellers
• Ban military-style assault weapons
• Ban high-capacity magazines
• Supports red flag laws
• Supports universal background checks

Health Care

• Doesn't support Medicare for All
• Create a new public health care plan called "BetterCare" for all Americans under the age of 65 while preserving traditional Medicare
• Supports keeping private insurance
• Ensure universal health care through the creation of a public option
• Supports the Affordable Care Act
• Create a universal, gender-neutral, national paid family and medical leave program allowing for up to 12 weeks of paid leave
• Supports giving the federal government the ability to negotiate drug prices for Medicare
• Profits from the sale of a drug above its average world price would be taxed at 100%
• Supports importing drugs from other countries
• Doesn't support having the federal government produce and sell generic drugs at lower prices
• Against allowing undocumented immigrants to be covered under a government-run health plan

Immigration

• Supports a pathway to citizenship for the roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants now living in the U.S., including Dreamers
• Increase funding for border security
• Would support additional wall funding as part of a broader immigration bill that includes other things such as a pathway to citizenship
• Supports using a combination of technology, personnel, and physical barriers to secure the Southern border
• Keep crossing the border a criminal offense
• Does not support detaining asylum-seeking families until their asylum claims can be processed
• Supports increasing foreign aid to Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala in an effort to reduce the flow of asylum seekers to the U.S.
• Meet target of 110,000 annual refugee admissions set during the Obama administration
• Keep ICE as it is

LGBTQ+ Rights

• Supports same-sex marriage
• Supports banning conversion therapy for LGBTQ+ individuals
• Supports the Equality Act

National Security & Veterans Affairs

• Supports same-sex marriage
• Supports banning conversion therapy for LGBTQ+ individuals
• Supports the Equality Act

Social Security & Welfare

• Supports Social Security expansion
• Against privatizing Social Security
• Provide and incentivize investment in economically-struggling communities
• Double the Earned Income Tax Credit offered to lower-income families and make it available to childless workers
• Form a commission to consider reparations proposals for African Americans

Women's Rights

• Pro-choice stance
• Supports public funding for abortion services
•  Increase funding for Planned Parenthood
• Opposed the Alabama abortion bill

Children

Economic:
• Double the Earned Income Tax Credit offered to lower-income families, particularly those with children

Health:
• Implement Pay For Success programs to improve health outcomes during the first two years of a child’s life
• Doesn't support Medicare for All
• Create a new public health care plan called "BetterCare" for all Americans under the age of 65 while preserving traditional Medicare
• Create a universal, gender-neutral, national paid family and medical leave program allowing for up to 12 weeks of paid leave
• Calls for funding for federal research into the effects of social media on children

Education:
• Expand child care for children aged 0-3 in low-income families
• Guarantee pre-k for every American
• Guarantee 2 years of free community college through 1.5% tax on incomes higher than $500,000
• Allow borrowers to refinance their federal student loans at lower interest rates
• Create a mandatory national service requirement of 1 year to be spent in the military, a Community Service program, a new National Infrastructure Apprenticeship program, or in a newly created Climate Corps
• Increase funds to low-income schools through increases to Title I funding
• Expand federal grants for community-based programs focused on supporting and mentoring struggling students
• Offer student loan forgiveness for people that live and work in economically disadvantaged communities for ten years

Child Welfare:
• Recognize Dreamers as US citizens and end child separation

Other:
• Update the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) to prohibit the collection of personal data of any person under the age of 16 without their consent
• Calls for funding for federal research into the effects of social media on children
• See Delaney's Environment and Gun Control stances for more related to children's policy