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Kamala Harris

Democrat

• Age at Inauguration: 56
• Experience: San Francisco District Attorney (2004-2011); Attorney General of California (2010-2016); U.S. Senate - California (2017-present)
• Education: Howard University (BS), University of California, Hastings College of the Law (JD)
• Interesting fact: Harris is the first senator with Jamaican or Indian ancestry

Key Platform Points

• Signature middle class tax cut plan
• Medicare for All and eliminating private health insurance

Economy and Taxes

• Raise the federal minimum wage to $15/hour
• Introduced the LIFT the Middle Class Act, which would give a $3,000 refundable tax credit to individuals making $50,000 or less, and a $6,000 credit to couples making $100,000 or less
• Eliminate parts of the Trump tax cuts to help pay for LIFT
• Tax Wall Street stock trades at 0.2%, bond trades at 0.1% and derivative transactions at 0.002%
• Opposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership and supports changing USMCA
• Opposed to Trump's trade war with China and would repeal the tariffs his administration has imposed on goods from China
• Opposes using tariffs to pressure countries
• Impose a new tax on banks with over $50 billion in assets
• Create a $12 billion capital grant and technical support program to facilitate startup minority small businesses

Corporations

• Reverse the Trump tax cuts, raising the corporate income tax rate from 21% to 35%
• Strengthen the estate tax and crack down on tax loopholes
• Supports creation of direct tax breaks for lower and middle class rather than corporations
• Tax offshore corporate income at the same rate as domestic corporate income
• Supports investigating big tech companies first to determine further actions
• Supports regulating big tech companies like Google and Facebook to address privacy concerns
• Require tech platforms to disclose more information about who's purchasing political ads online
• Will not accept corporate PAC or lobbyist donations for her campaign
• Supports artificial intelligence regulation

Criminal Justice and Drugs

• End the War on Drugs
• Supports legalization of marijuana federally and expunging all criminal records for past use
• Use revenues from a tax on marijuana to fund services such as job training for those affected by incarceration
• Mandate that federal prisons provide educational and vocational training, and mental health and addiction treatment in custody
• End federal bans on formerly-incarcerated individuals' access to public housing, student loans, food stamps, and professional work licenses
• End the federal crack and powder cocaine disparity
• Grant all formerly incarcerated people the right to vote
• Abolish the death penalty
• End cash bail
• End the use of fines and fees that criminalize the poor
• End mandatory minimums on the federal level and incentivize states to do the same
• Close for-profit private prisons
• Invest money in states/localities to end juvenile incarceration in favor of restorative justice programs
• End solitary confinement for children
• Support a national standard for use of deadly force to only when no reasonable alternatives are available
• Independent investigations of officer-involved shootings
• Invest federal resources to incentivize states to hire a diverse and qualified policeforce
• Create a $250 million grant program to fund public defenders
• Clear nationwide rape kit backlog in first term

Education

• Make public college debt-free by providing a federal match on state spending to cover all costs beyond what a student or a family can afford to pay
• Supports expanding some early childhood education programs and implementing national universal pre-K
• Give the average teacher a raise of $13,500, paid for by raising the estate tax and cracking down on tax loopholes
• Teachers in the highest-need schools, which disproportionately serve students of color, would see their pay rise even further
• Provide $100 billion in funding to help address critical physical and digital infrastructure needs in schools across the country
• Allow borrowers to refinance their federal student loans at lower interest rates
• Offer student loan debt forgiveness for Pell grant recipients who start businesses that operate for three years in disadvantaged communities
• Invest $60 billion in STEM education at historically black college and universities

Environment

• Supports the Green New Deal
• Invest $10 trillion in public and private funding over 10 years to reach a clean economy by 2045 and create millions of new jobs:
• Modernize our transportation, energy and water infrastructure
• Accelerate the spread of electric vehicles, solar panels, and wind turbine
• Make big investements in energy storage, climate-smart agriculture, and transportation technologies
• Rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement
• Convene a meeting of world leaders from major emitters in early 2021, focusing on renewing commitments to climate change
• Pass the Climate Equality Act, which would ensure that green investments and jobs impact all communities equally
• Put protections in place for 30 percent of all U.S. lands and waters
• Require that new buildings be carbon-neutral by 2030 and retrofit existing buildings
• Invest $250 billion over the next five years to repair and replace drinking water infrastructure
• Ensure that all new passenger vehicles are zero-emmision by 2035 by increasing incentives for manufacturers and consumers to switch
• Support every farm in America to fully implement science-based agricultural conservation practices by 2040
• Supports developing new nuclear technologies as part of an effort to fight climate change
• Supports setting a price on carbon to push companies to reduce their emissions, and reinvest revenue into affected communities
• End leasing for fossil fuel extraction on federal lands and phase out existing leasing
• Eliminate fossil fuel subsidies
• Increase penalties for companies found out of compliance with federal pollution laws
• Shift the burden of proof to manufacturers to demonstrate the safety of all potentially toxic substances
• Reinforce plaintiffs' ability to sue companies for harm they've incurred because of pollution, or other environmental misconduct

Foreign Policy

• Supports the Iran nuclear deal
• Opposed to U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen
• End U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan and reach a "political solution"
• Strong supporter of the Israeli government's close ties to the U.S.
• Strengthen NATO alliances

Government Reform

• Supports automatic voter registration
• Supports DC statehood
• Open to eliminating the Electoral College
• Make Election Day a national holiday
• Overturn Citizens United v. FEC
• Open to eliminating the Senate filibuster
• Open to adding justices to the Supreme Court and implementing term limits
• Mandate paper ballots

Gun Control

• Supports universal background checks
• Ban military-style assault weapons
• Ban high-capacity ammunition magazines
• Prohibit dangerous convicts, the mentally ill, and those convicted of a federal hate crime from buying guns
• Supports red flag laws
• Require major online gun dealers to perform background checks
• Close the "boyfriend loophole"
• As Attorney General, she initiated a state-wide gun sweep that confiscated weapons from those who had them illegally

Health Care

• Supports Medicare for All as an end goal
• Medicare for All plan:
• At first, allow anyone to buy into Medicare program
• Over a 10-year phase-in period, automatically enroll newborns and the uninsured into the Medicare program
• Allow private insurers to then offer Medicare plans under strict requirements on costs and benefits
• At the end of the 10-year transition period, every American will either be covered by Medicare or by a Medicare plan offered by a private insurer
• Pay for the plan in part with a 4% tax on household income over $100,000
• Create a universal, gender-neutral, national paid family and medical leave program allowing for up to 6 months of paid leave
• Workers making less than $75,000 will receive full wage replacement, with benefits phasing down for higher-income households
• Expand mental health care and reduce racial disparities in maternal mortality
• Allow undocumented immigrants to be covered under a government-run health plan
• Plan to lower drug prices:
• Supports giving the federal government the ability to negotiate drug prices for Medicare
• Supports importing drugs from other countries
• Profits from the sale of a drug above its average world price would be taxed at 100%, and proceeds would be returned to consumers in the form of rebates
• Allow the government to break the patents of brand drug companies so that generic companies can produce cheaper knockoffs
• Eliminate a tax break drug companies receive for advertising their medicines to consumers

Immigration

• Supports a pathway to citizenship for the roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants now living in the U.S.
• Use executive action to provide legal status to DREAMers in the meantime
• Doesn't support adding any more wall along the Southern border
• Upgrade border security infrastructure and technology, possibly using drones as a method of monitoring people
• Supports legal protections for illegal immigrants under threat of deportation
• Supports the Access to Counsel Act, which would guarantee detained migrants access to an attorney
• End the travel ban
• Change crossing the border from a criminal offense to a civil offense
• Supports increasing foreign aid to Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala in an effort to reduce the flow of asylum seekers to the U.S.
• Increase the number of refugees accepted annually to 95,000
• Restructure ICE

LGBTQ+ Rights

• Supports same-sex marriage
• Pass the Equality Act
• Protect federal workers and prohibit discrimination by federal contractors in federally funded housing programs, and by hospitals participating in Medicaid and Medicare
• Ensure that the freedom of religion is not exploited into a license to discriminate
• Supports placing a third gender option on federal identification cards and documents
• Supports a transgenders' individual right to use the bathroom of their choice
• Lift the ban preventing transgender people from serving in the military
• Appoint an Attorney General who makes investigating and prosecuting hate crimes a priority

National Security & Veterans Affairs

• Supports same-sex marriage
• Pass the Equality Act
• Protect federal workers and prohibit discrimination by federal contractors in federally funded housing programs, and by hospitals participating in Medicaid and Medicare
• Ensure that the freedom of religion is not exploited into a license to discriminate
• Supports placing a third gender option on federal identification cards and documents
• Supports a transgenders' individual right to use the bathroom of their choice
• Lift the ban preventing transgender people from serving in the military
• Appoint an Attorney General who makes investigating and prosecuting hate crimes a priority

Social Security & Welfare

• Supports Social Security expansion
• Create a refundable tax credit available to individuals who pay more than 30% of their gross income on rent including utilities
• Has called for a massive expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit, including nearly doubling the income cutoff for eligibility
• Invest $100 billion to provide down-payment and closing-cost assistance to four million homebuyers who rent or live in historically redlined communities
• Form a commission to consider reparations proposals for African Americans

Women's Rights

• Pro-choice stance
•  Supports public funding for abortion services
•  Opposes parental notification for abortions by minors
• Advocate for women of color
• Require companies to disclose if they pay men and women equally for equal work on their websites
• Pass the Equal Rights Amendment
• Fine corporations 1% of their previous year's profit for every percent difference between the pay of men and women for equal work in their company
• Invest $1 billion to end rape kit backlog nationwide

Children

• Economic:
• Cut child poverty by over 50% in her first term
• Expand the Child Tax Credit and create a Young Child Tax Credit to provide extra support to families with children under five
• Guarantee up to six months of paid family and medical leave for workers nationwide
• Workers making less than $75,000 will receive full wage replacement, with benefits phasing down for higher-income households
• Health:
• Pass her Medical For All plan, which would provide children with health services ranging from dental to long term care for no copays or deductibles
• Pass the Child Care for Working Families Act so that the median family would spend no more than $45 a week on child care
• Ensure evidence-based home visiting is covered under Medicare for All
• Give all children - whether they live in rural or urban areas - access to a nurse and social worker at their school
• Invest in mental health and trauma-informed care, and provide toxic stress screenings for every child in the country
• Education:
• Provide $100 billion in funding to help address critical physical and digital infrastructure needs in schools across the country
• Provide universal access to high-quality preschool for all 3- and 4-year olds
• Ensure that all students, regardless of their background, have equitable access to the education by significantly increasing Title I funding
• Bolster resources to appropriately enforce Title IX and protect LGBTQ+ students from discrimination and harassment in school
• Criminal Justice Reform:
• Invest money in states/localities to end juvenile incarceration in favor of restorative justice programs
• End solitary confinement for children
• Keep families together where possible in the immigration process, such as by recognizing Dreamers as US citizens or ending child seperation
• Environment:
• Invest $10 trillion in public and private funding over 10 years to reach a clean economy by 2045
• Create a Bureau of Children and Family Justice to ensure this agenda gets done