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Social Security & Welfare

Michael Bennet (D)

• Supports Social Security expansion
• Against privatizing Social Security
• Help the poor through increased education and comprehensive growth
• Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit by 25% and make it available to people without children

Joe Biden (D)

• Boost social security benefits for retirees, particularly those who have been receiving checks for more than 20 years, had their spouse die or are living close to the poverty line
• Set a minimum social security benefit so that all workers who put in at least 30 years of work would be guaranteed a benefit equal to at least 125% of the federal poverty level
• Let public sector workers, including teachers, to begin receiving pension benefits sooner than the 10 years that many of their plans currently require
• Prioritize persistent poverty rural communities
• Form a commission to consider reparations proposals for African Americans

Cory Booker (D)

• Opportunity Accounts Program:
• Each newborn child is given $1,000 in a savings account and each year, depending on their family income, that child will receive annual payments into their account until they are 18 and can spend it
• For example, a child living below the poverty line would receive $2,000 per year, and the estimated account balance for that 18-year-old would be $46,215
• Supports Social Security expansion
• Believes Social security plays an essential role in Americans' lives and must be preserved for generations to come
• Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit by increasing the income eligibility level from $54k to $90k and making it available to childless workers
• Create a refundable tax credit available to individuals who pay more than 30% of their gross income on rent including utilities
• Form a commission to consider reparations proposals for African Americans

Pete Buttigieg (D)

• End homelessness for families with children
• Fund national investment in affordable housing construction
• Expand federal protections for tenants against eviction and unjust harassment
• Proposes the Community Homestead Act: launch a public trust to purchase abandoned properties and provide them to eligible residents with a 10-year forgivable lien to promote the rehabilitation of the home and its use as a primary residence
• As mayor, implemented "1000 Houses in 1000 Days," where in total 1122 houses were either repaired or demolished because they did not meet state guidelines
• Form a commission to consider reparations proposals for African Americans

Julián Castro (D)

• Believes expanding affordable housing and investing in cities will create more job opportunities and better wages
• Expand the Housing Voucher Program
• Create a tax credit for renters
• Expand the Low Income Housing Tax Credit
• Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit to include all dependents, low-income independent students and workers younger than 25 and older than 65
• Boost funding for two trust funds to develop and improve public housing by $45 billion
• As Secretary of the HUD, he established the National Housing Trust Fund, which invested $174 million in affordable housing for lower-income households
• Form a commission to consider reparations proposals for African Americans

John Delaney (D)

• 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

Tulsi Gabbard (D)

• Supports Social Security expansion
• Top advocate of improving our nation’s food system
• Against work requirement for welfare recipients
• Form a commission to consider reparations proposals for African Americans

Amy Klobuchar (D)

• Cut childhood poverty in half in ten years and end it within a generation
• Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child Care Tax Credit, SNAP (food stamps), and overhaul our country’s housing policy
• Supports Social Security expansion
• Expand loans for and investments in local communities in need
• Doesn't support direct payments to slave descendants, instead prefers investment in their respective communities
• Combat segregation in housing
• End attempts to reduce federal housing subsidies
• Remove barriers to education for homeless and foster youth

Deval Patrick (D)

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Bernie Sanders (D)

• Supports Social Security expansion
• Establish a universal child care program
• Invest $1.48 trillion over 10 years in the National Affordable Housing Trust Fund to build, rehabilitate, and preserve the 7.4 million housing units needed to eliminate the affordable housing gap and homelessness
• Invest an additional $400 billion to build 2 million mixed-income social housing units to help desegregate and integrate communities
• Enact a national cap on annual rent increases at no more than 3 percent or 1.5 times the inflation rate
• Funding cuts from pension programs must be repealed
• Everyone should have access to affordable housing and nutritious food
• Form a commission to consider reparations proposals for African Americans

Tom Steyer (D)

• Expand retirement security programs
• Increase the Earned Income Tax Credit

Donald Trump (R)

• Outlined significant cuts to Social Security and Medicaid in his 2020 budget

Joe Walsh (R)

• Advocates for market-based solutions to education reform

Elizabeth Warren (D)

• 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

Bill Weld (R)

• Supports increased Medicaid access
• Privatize of some of Social Security
• Establish individual retirement accounts in fairness to millennials, who may never receive Social Security benefits

Marianne Williamson (D)

• Against cutting Social Security
• Provide affordable child care
• Proposed $200 to $500 billion in reparations for slavery to be distributed over two decades for economic and education projects

Andrew Yang (D)

• Wants opt-in retirement accounts with defined contributions
• Universal Basic Income will help reduce problems of welfare and unemployment
• Enable the U.S. Postal Service to offer basic banking services at low rates around the country
• Federal government should give each working-age American $100 per year to donate to a 501(c)3 non-profit
• Against cutting Social Security
• Support single parents in the raising of their children
• Invest in communal housing specifically for single parents to be able to pool resources are caregiving
• Form a commission to consider reparations proposals for African Americans