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Elizabeth Warren

Democrat

•  Age at Inauguration: 71
• Experience: Special Advisor for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (2010-2011); U.S. Senate - Massachusetts (2013-present)
• Education: University of Houston (BS), Rutgers University (JD)
• Interesting Fact: Warren graduated high school at 16

Key Platform Points

• Focus on income inequality
• Repair the middle class that is under attack by big corporations and political corruption

Economy and Taxes

• Wealth tax proposal: levy 2% tax on fortunes worth more than $50 million, and a 3% tax on fortunes over $1 billion to pay for universal childcare and student loan debt relief
• Raise the federal minimum wage to $15/hour
• Supports financial regulations to help foster economic stability
• Supports passing a modern Glass-Steagall bill
• Renegotiate NAFTA and change USMCA
• Opposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership because it would "undermine US sovereignty" and disproportionately benefit multinational corporations
• Supports using tariffs as a method to enforce environmental and labor standards, but would repeal the tariffs the Trump administration has imposed on goods from China
• Defend and create quality American jobs and promote American industry
• Allow the United States Postal Service to partner with local community banks and credit unions to provide access to low-cost, basic banking services like checking and savings accounts at post offices and online
• Proposes a trade plan with mandatory preconditions like enforcing core labor rights, upholding international human rights, membership to the Paris Climate agreement with a reducing emissions plan, and elimination of domestic fossil fuel subsidies
• Proposes mandating trade negotiators to publish drafts of their proposals to the public allowing comments to be made and policy to be shaped before becoming law
• Create a $85 billion grant program for nonprofits and local governments to expand broadband access in rural communities and on Native American lands
• Establish a $7 billion fund to close the gap in startup capital for entrepreneurs of color
• Labor and unions plan:
• Substantially increase penalties for violations of labor rights, worker safety laws, and anti-discrimination laws
• Repeal "right-to-work" laws
• Strengthen the right of workers to strike
• Crack down on the widespread practice of misclassifying workers as independent contractors
• Extend basic union protections to farm workers and domestic workers
• Guarantee farmers a price at their production cost and use government reserves to stabilize the market

Corporations

• Trickle-down economics does not exist and overturns the working regulations that FDR put in place
• Empower state and federal regulators to punish executives found liable for privacy violations
• Impose a 7% tax on corporate profits over $100 million
• Supports breaking up and regulating big tech companies like Google and Facebook
• Break up big agriculture monopolies
• Legally require big American corporations to focus on the long-term interests of all of their stakeholders - including workers - rather than on the short-term financial interests of investors
• Will not accept corporate PAC, lobbyist, or fossil fuel industry donations for her campaign
• Supports artificial intelligence regulation
• Strengthen rules on capital, liquidity, leverage, and resolution-planning for big banks
• Put private equity firms responsible for the debts and pension obligations of companies they buy
• Eliminate the ability of private equity firms to pay themselves large monitoring fees and limit their ability to pay out dividends to themselves
• Change the tax rules so that private equity firms don't get favorable tax rates on the debt they put on the companies they buy and on the profits they earn
• Stop corporations from promoting fake research (often funded by undisclosed donors) and hold them accountable for lying to regulators

Criminal Justice and Drugs

• Supports legalization of marijuana federally and expunging past convictions
• Repeal the 1994 crime bill
• Abolish the death penalty
• Abolish cash bail
• Eliminate mandatory minimum sentencing
• Improve prison conditions and eliminate private prisons
• End solitary confinement
• Eliminate the crack and powder cocaine disparity
• Grant all formerly incarcerated people the right to vote
• Stop charging incarcerated people for essential services like phone calls, bank transfers, and health care
• Eliminate civil forfeiture
• End the use of fines and fees that criminalize the poor
• End stop-and-frisk programs
• Create cross-community partnerships and focused deterrence on the small percentage of people most likely to commit violence
• Strengthen public defenders and expand access to counsel
• Expand access to justice for people wrongfully imprisoned
• Establish a federal standard for the use of force and restrict qualified immunity for police officers
• Prioritize diversion and treatment programs over incarceration for those with a substance abuse disorder
• Invest $100 billion over the next ten years to increase access to high quality treatment and support services for those affected by the opioid crisis

Education

• Make public two- and four-year institutions tuition-free and expand Pell Grant funding to go toward additional college costs like housing, transportation, food, and books
• Eliminate up to $50,000 of student-loan debt for borrowers earning less than $100,000 - with proportionally less debt relief for those earning up to $250,000
• Increase annual investment in apprenticeship programs tenfold to $2 billion a year, for the next ten years
• Supporter of teachers' unions
• Cut off for-profit colleges from receiving any federal funds
• Create a $50 billion fund for historically black colleges and other minority serving institutions and add more money to it over time
• Enact a free universal pre-K program
• Have a Secretary of Education that has been a public school educator
• Prioritize presence of counselors and social workers over police officers in schools

Environment

• Supports the Green New Deal
• Rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement
• Believes climate change should be treated as a threat to our economy and national security
• Invest $3 trillion over the next ten years and leverage trillions more in private investment, creating millions of jobs
• Direct $1 trillion of this investment into vulnerable, low-income communities to fight environmental injustice:
• Improve access to health care for affected areas and help at-risk areas adapt to global warming
• Invest in public water systems and raise water quality standards
• Quintuple funding for FEMA's Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program
• By 2028, 100% zero-carbon pollution for all new commercial and residential buildings
• By 2030, 100% zero emissions for all new passenger vehicles
• By 2035, 100% renewable and zero-emission energy in electricity generation
• Mandate $1.5 trillion in federal procurement for domestically made low-carbon technology, help other countries purchase these clean energy technologies and invest $400 billion in energy research and development
• Commit $100 billion to support the export of American-made clean energy products so that we can help other countries cut their emissions too
• Invest in public water systems and raise water quality standards
• Quintuple funding for FEMA's Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program
• Shut down all coal-fired power plants in ten years and guarantee government support for affected workers and communities
• Sign an executive order fully banning fossil fuel extraction on public lands
• Open to setting a price on carbon to push companies to reduce their emissions
• Supports banning fracking
• Ban fossil fuel exports
• Eliminate fossil fuel subsidies
• Overturn Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipeline permits
• Does not support building new nuclear power plants
• Charge a fee on goods imported from countries that use fossil fuels
• Expand a USDA program that pays farmers, under five-year contracts, to adopt environmentally friendly practices
• Expand credit for farmers and create "Farm to People" program so that federal institutions can get food locally
• Place regulations on vehicle tailpipe emissions

Foreign Policy

• Focus on the well being of Americans
• Calls for the immediate withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq
• Never be the country to use nuclear weapons first
• Opposed to US support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen
• Believes the U.S. shouldn't be the "policeman of the world"
• Supports a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine
• Supports the Iran nuclear deal

Government Reform

• Protect the Voting Rights Act
• Replace the Electoral College with the popular vote
• Supports automatic voter registration
• Make Election Day a national holiday
• Eliminate the Senate filibuster
• Supports DC statehood and self-determination for Puerto Rico
• Open to adding justices to the Supreme Court and implementing term limits
• Overturn Citizens United v. FEC
• Mandate paper ballots
• Strengthen congressional support agencies and give congressional staffers competitive salaries so that Congress doesn't have to use corporate lobbyists to make informed decisions
• Prohibit judges from deciding for themselves whether they should recuse from a case due to a conflict of interest
• Continue investigations into judicial misconduct even when a judge leaves office
• Anti-corruption plan:
• Impose strict rules on all lobbyists, including preventing them from donating to or fundraising for political candidates
• Force senior government officials to divest from privately-owned assets that could present conflicts of interest
• Disclose tax returns of federal candidates and officeholders to the public automatically
• Completely ban the practice of government officials trading individual stocks while in office
• Restrict the ability of lobbyists to enter government jobs
• Impose a tax on excessive lobbying

Gun Control

• Ban military-style assault weapons
• Ban high-capacity magazines
• Supports universal background checks
• Restore funding to studying gun violence and its public health consequences
• Calls for gun manufacturers to do more to reduce gun violence
• Investigate the NRA
• Revoke licenses for gun dealers who break the law
• Raise minimum age for purchasing a gun to 21
• Raise taxes on gun manufacturers to 30% for guns and 50% for ammunition

Health Care

• Supports creating Medicare for All immediately
• Eliminate private insurance and employer health care plans
• Let Americans see any doctor they want to with no deductibles or copays
• Fully cover every service and procedure, including dental, vision, long-term care, and abortion, at no charge to patients
• Pay for the plan in part with a 4% tax on household income over $29,000
• Create a universal, gender-neutral, national paid family and medical leave program allowing for up to 12 weeks of paid leave
• Plan to lower prescription drug prices:
• Create a government-run pharmaceutical manufacturer to mass-produce generic drugs where a failure in the market is determined, such as if the price is deemed too high
• Supports giving the federal government the ability to negotiate drug prices for Medicare
• Supports importing drugs from other countries
• Incentivize drug companies to charge prices that are comparable to those paid in other developed countries
• Limit insurer profits while expanding health care subsidies and tax credits
• Increase funding for community health centers by 15% per year for the next five years
• Establish a $25 billion dollar fund to improve access to care in health professional shortage areas
• Scale up apprenticeship programs to build up a health care workforce in rural areas and eliminate loan debt for those with 5 years of service
• Allow undocumented immigrants to be covered under a government-run health plan
• Grant $800 million over ten years to tribal governments, organizations and Urban Indian Health Programs to combat mental health issues among Native Americans
• Extend union protections to home care workers

Immigration

• Supports a pathway to citizenship for the roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants now living in the U.S., including DREAMers
• Provide legal counsel for children being deported
• Does not support adding any more wall along the Southern border
• 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
• Change crossing the border from a criminal offense to a civil offense
• Restructure ICE
• Ensure employers can't exploit undocumented workers

LGBTQ+ Rights

• Pass the Equality Act
• Supports same-sex marriage
• In first 100 days, use every legal tool we have to make sure that LGBTQ+ people can live free from discrimination
• Take executive action to fight LGBTQ+ workplace discrimination
• Increase federal enforcement and investigations into anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination
• Make LGBTQ+ non-discrimination a condition of federal grants
• Institute a nationwide ban on conversion therapy
• Open to classifying homophobic and transphobic acts of violence as hate crimes
• Supports placing a third gender option on federal identification cards and documents

National Security & Veterans Affairs

• Pass the Equality Act
• Supports same-sex marriage
• In first 100 days, use every legal tool we have to make sure that LGBTQ+ people can live free from discrimination
• Take executive action to fight LGBTQ+ workplace discrimination
• Increase federal enforcement and investigations into anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination
• Make LGBTQ+ non-discrimination a condition of federal grants
• Institute a nationwide ban on conversion therapy
• Open to classifying homophobic and transphobic acts of violence as hate crimes
• Supports placing a third gender option on federal identification cards and documents

Social Security & Welfare

• Increase Social Security benefits immedeately by $200 a month for every current and future beneficiary
• Raise benefits for people who take time out of the workforce to care for a family member
• Ensure that every public sector worker gets their full Social Security benefits
• Raise the Social Security contribution requirement for those with incomes over $250,000 to 7.4%
• Invest $500 billion over the next decade to build/preserve 3.2 million affordable housing units, reduce rent payments by 10%, and address racial disparities in housing
• Invest $523 million to create 380,000 affordable rental homes in rural communities
• Provide $2 billion to help homeowners with underwater mortgages
• Invest $2.5 billion to rehabilitate 200,000 homes on tribal lands
• Increase funding for SNAP (food stamps)
• Form a commission to consider reparations proposals for African Americans
• Child care plan:
• Guarantee high-quality child care for every child in America
• Free for lower-income families
• Expected contributions by wealthier families would be capped at 7%
• Raise child care workers' wages

Women's Rights

• Pro-choice stance
• Guarantee the right to an abortion described in Roe v. Wade through a federal statute
• Push Congress to repeal restrictions on when federal funds can pay for abortion
• Prevent states from passing laws that restrict abortion access
• Supports the Paycheck Fairness Act, FAMILY Act, and the Equal Rights Amendment

Children

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