Bernie Sanders | 2020 Presidential Questionnaire

 

 

Index:

● Workers’ Rights & Organizing
● Good Jobs & Offshoring
● Fair Elections & Good Government
● Health Care
● Taking On Wall Street Greed
● Trade
● Telecommunications
● Human/Civil Rights

 

Why are you running? What are your policy priorities that would benefit working families?

This is a campaign not just to win the Democratic primary, and not just to defeat Donald Trump, although we must and we will. This is a campaign to bring fundamental political change to America. When I am in the White House, the principles of our government will not be greed, hatred and lies. It will not be racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia and religious bigotry. The principles of our government will be based on justice: economic justice, social justice, racial justice and environmental justice. Together, we will tell the powerful special interests who control so much of our economic and political life that we will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of corporate America and the billionaire class – which has resulted in this country having more income and wealth inequality than any other major country on earth.

The only way we achieve this is through a political revolution – where millions of people get involved in the political process just as all of you have done and work together to reclaim our democracy. Nothing will fundamentally change in America unless we have the guts to take on Wall Street, the insurance industry, the pharmaceutical industry, the military-industrial complex, private prisons and the fossil fuel industry. As president, that is exactly what I will do.

At the end of the day, the one percent may have enormous wealth and power, but they are just the one percent. When the 99 percent stand together, we can transform society.

We will guarantee everyone in our country basic economic rights – the right to quality health care, the right to as much education as one needs to succeed in our society, the right to a good union job that pays a living wage, the right to affordable housing, the right to a secure retirement, and the right to live in a clean environment.

We will recognize that in the 21st century, in the wealthiest country in the history of the world, economic rights are human rights.

 

Why are you asking for the endorsement of CWA?

I have been honored to have the support of CWA in my past U.S. Senate races and during my run for President of the United States in 2016. Together, we brought your Verizon strike to the national debate stage, prioritized the fights of working people, and built a lasting movement to defeat the disastrous Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. In this cycle, we’ve already fought side-by-side for increased wages for University of California workers and against unfair labor practices at AT&T. To formally receive your endorsement for President of the United States would allow us to finish what we started together, and to work together as the most pro-worker Presidential Administration in U.S. history.

 

List any past activities with the CWA.

I have spent my career fighting for workers and their unions. I have walked on more picket lines than I can count, and likely more picket lines than all of my opponents combined. I have been honored to stand with CWA on countless occasions through all of these years.

Below is a short summary of times I have stood side-by-side with CWA and its members. The list is not fully comprehensive, but it’s a snapshot into our great history together — and a glimpse of how promising and bold our future together will be, with your support.

  • November 2019: Signed a letter urging Gannett News and GateHouse to voluntarily recognize any union selected by a majority of workers in any GateHouse- or Gannett-owned newsroom — a direct effort to increase membership of The NewsGuild – CWA. (link)
  • August 2019: Stood with CWA’s striking AT&T workers on the picket lines in Louisville, KY, in protest of unfair labor practices. (link)
  • August 2019: Publicly celebrated the CWA call center activists for reaching a successful overtime settlement with GDIT. (link)
  • August 2019: Used my campaign’s platforms to celebrate the life and legacy of former CWA President, Morty Bahr, for his lifelong dedication to opposing privatization and corporate greed. (link)
  • May 2019: Signed a letter to American Airlines CEO Doug Parker, urging the company to provide increased wages and improved benefits for American subsidiary Envoy Air Passenger Service Agents represented by CWA. (link)
  • May 2019: Stood side-by-side with CWA to fight for the Inclusive Prosperity Act, which would impose a tax on Wall Street speculation to generate $2.4 trillion in revenue. (link)
  • March 2019: Stood with UPTE-CWA’s striking UC workers on the picket lines, in pursuit of job security, pensions and better benefits.
  • July 2018: Personally hosted a town hall and livestreamed it to millions of viewers, highlighting how the American Airlines-owned subsidiary, Piedmont, is paying its workers poverty wages. (link)
  • May 2018: Worked with CWA to formulate and introduce the landmark Workplace Democracy Act that would restore workers’ rights to bargain for better wages, benefits, and working conditions. (link)
  • March 2018: Met with CWA staff and MAXIMUS workers fighting back against low wages and wage theft. (link)
  • December 2017: Held a press conference on Capitol Hill with CWA to draw attention to NAFTA renegotiations and demand enforceable labor and environmental rules. (link)
  • November 2017: Met with members of CWA Local 3010 in Puerto Rico and visited their temporary site as a member assistance center in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. (link)
  • September 2017: Met with CWA members in pursuit of a fair contract with AT&T, and used digital resources to promote the fight to millions of followers. (link)
  • September 2017: Rallied alongside CWA President Chris Shelton and other activists and union members to call on President Trump to keep his campaign promise to stop the offshoring of U.S. jobs. (link)
  • February 2017: Rallied with hundreds of CWA members and other allies on Capitol Hill to showcase solidarity and strength after we all successfully defeated the nomination of Andy Puzder for Secretary of Labor. (link)
  • December 2016: Sent letters to the CEOs of FairPoint Communications and Consolidated Communications Holdings, calling on them to reverse planned layoffs of nearly 10 percent of FairPoint’s workforce. (link)
  • December 2016: Participated in a “Hands Off Medicare” press conference with CWA and other allies to oppose cuts to Medicare. (link)
  • Stood with CWA in the fight against bad corporate trade deals like NAFTA, CAFTA, PNTR with China, and TPP. (link)
  • April 2016: Stood with CWA’s 36,000 striking Verizon workers on multiple occasions during your inspiring Verizon Strike — both in New York (CWA D1) and Pennsylvania (CWA D2-13). (link, link)
  • 2016: Fought alongside your members in the 2016 Presidential Primary, in pursuit of a more pro-worker White House — an experience I hope to share with the 700,000 members of CWA once again. (link)
  • October 2015: Held a press conference with CWA and another one of CWA’s congressional champions Congressman Mark Pocan, to announce the introduction of the landmark Workplace Democracy Act, which would make it easier for workers to form unions through majority signup. (link)
  • July 2015: Rallied alongside thousands of CWA activists and other allies in Washington, DC as part of a National Day of Action celebrating the 50th anniversary of Medicare. (link)
  • April 2015: Marched and rallied with CWA and other allies in Washington, DC to oppose the disastrous Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. (link)
  • January 2015: Spent MLK Day on the picket line with striking FairPoint Communications workers standing up to corporate greed. (link)
  • January 2015: Sent a letter to FairPoint’s CEO during the CWA strike, challenging FairPoint’s blatant corporate greed. (link)
  • October 2014: Stood with CWA members on strike to call on FairPoint Communications to return to the bargaining table and negotiate a contract in good faith. (link)
  • April 2014: Protested with CWA activists and other allies outside of the U.S. Supreme Court, in opposition to the McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission decision that gave the super-rich an even greater say in elections and our democracy. (link)
  • October 2013: Met with members of CWA Local 3204 to discuss the importance of workers joining together throughout the South to restore economic justice for working families. 
  • May 2013: Fought alongside CWA in its ‘Give Us 5!” campaign to fill all vacancies at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and restore the ability for that Board to defend workers against workplace abuses. (link)
  • January 2013: Joined with CWA and the Fix The Senate Now coalition to fight for meaningful filibuster reform and advance Senate procedural improvements. (link)
  • February 2012: Addressed the 700+ CWA members attending that year’s CWA Legislative-Political Conference, and echoed your call to oppose corporate money in politics and the disastrous Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court Decision. (link)
  • February 2012: In support of CWA’s values, I voted in opposition to the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 658, FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act, which was opposed by CWA and included provisions attacking the rights of workers in the aviation and railroad industries. (link)
  • December 2009: Was proudly named one of CWA’s “Senate Heros” for my strong and unwavering record of support for CWA members. (link)
  • December 2009: Held a news conference with CWA to focus congressional and public attention on the devastating effects of proposed Senate plans to tax health care benefits, and to uplift the personal story of a CWA Local 2204 member fighting for better benefits. (link)
  • January 2008: Joined a panel with former CWA in support of your “Stop the Sale” campaign to keep quality telecommunications services and jobs in northern New England, and to discuss how to move forward on workers’ rights and social justice. (link)
  • June 2007: Rallied alongside more than 4,000 union activists from CWA, AFSCME, UAW, IBEW, AFT and Teamsters who had gathered to ask their elected officials to support the bill. (link)
  • August 2006: Sent letter to Verizon opposing their plans to sell off 1.6 million local telephone lines in New England which would adversely affect 350 CWA members. (link)
  • October 2006: Hosted a public forum with CWA members and other community allies to discuss the lack of high speed internet in rural communities and lift up the priorities of CWA’s Speed Matters campaign. (link)
  • February 2005: Was the first member of Congress to sign a letter to Verizon CEO, Ivan Seidenberg, detailing the company’s union-busting practices and seeking a face-to-face meeting with the CEO to discuss restoring check card and neutrality. (link)

    … and there have been many, many more shared struggles. I am very proud to have worked my entire career to be the candidate most dedicated to a strong and vibrant trade union movement.

 

WORKERS’ RIGHTS & ORGANIZING

(a) Do you support the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (H.R. 2474/S. 1306)?
Yes, I am proud to be an original co-sponsor of the Protecting the Right to Organize Act. As President, I will expand on the PRO Act by passing my Workplace Democracy plan into law.

I understand that union membership is good for workers: union workers earn 22 percent more, on average, than non union workers. In America today, 72 percent of union workers have a defined benefit pension plan that guarantees an income in retirement compared to just 14 percent of non-union workers. Union workers are also half as likely to be victims of health and safety violations or of wage theft and 18 percent more likely to have health coverage.

Declining unionization has fueled rising inequality. Today, corporate profits are at an all-time high, while wages as a percentage of the economy are near an all-time low. The middle class is disappearing, and the gap between the very rich and everyone else is growing wider and wider.

That is why my Workplace Democracy proposal will double union membership during my first term in office.

Under this plan, when a majority of workers in a bargaining unit sign cards to join a union, they will have a union. Period.

And we will make sure that when workers vote to join a union, employers will not be able to deny them a first contract – through a mandatory mediation process if necessary.

Under this plan, we will end “Right to Work” laws in 27 states by repealing section 14(b) of the Taft-Hartley Act.

Under this plan, we will make sure that all public employees in America have the right to organize and bargain collectively – not only for decent wages, but for decent benefits, safe working conditions and reliable schedules.

Under this plan, companies will no longer be able to ruthlessly exploit workers by misclassifying them as independent contractors or deny them overtime by falsely calling them a “supervisor.”

Under this plan, every union worker in America will have the right to strike – including those working for the federal government – and we will ban the replacement of striking workers once and for all. When I am president, I will sign an executive order to prevent large, profitable corporations that engage in union busting, outsource jobs overseas or pay workers less than $15 an hour from receiving federal contracts.

If companies want to shut down factories in America and move abroad, pay workers starvation wages and refuse to respect the constitutional rights of their workers to form unions, they cannot expect to get a lucrative federal contract from my Administration.

Under this plan, I will protect and expand pensions. Because of a 2014 change in law instituted in the dead of night and against my strong opposition, it is now legal to cut the earned pension benefits of more than 1.5 million workers and retirees in multi-employer pension plans.

As president, I will sign an executive order to impose a moratorium on future pension cuts, reverse the cuts to retirement benefits that have already been made and pass the Keep Our Pension Promises Act that I introduced to protect the pensions of 10 million Americans in multi-employer pension plans.

Further, we will:

  • Require companies that merge to honor existing union contracts.
  • Guarantee the right to unionize for all workers – including farm workers and domestic workers.
  • Stop corporations from forcing workers to attend mandatory anti-union meetings as a condition of continued employment.
  • Establish a fair transition for union workers. When Medicare for All is signed into law, companies with union negotiated health care plans will be required to enter into new contract negotiations overseen by the National Labor Relations Board. Under this plan, all company savings that result from reduced health care contributions as a result of Medicare for All will be converted into increased wages or other benefits for union workers. Further, this plan will ensure that union-sponsored clinics and other providers are integrated within the Medicare for All system, and kept available for members. And unions will still be able to negotiate for and provide wrap-around services and other coverage not duplicative of the benefits established under Medicare for All.

 

(b) Do you support the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act (H.R. 3463/S. 1970)?

Yes. I am proud to be an original co-sponsor of the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act. As President, I will sign this bill into law to guarantee the right of public employees to organize and bargain collectively for better wages, benefits and working conditions in states like Iowa that currently do not offer these fundamental protections. And I will guarantee every union worker in America the right to strike – including public sector workers – and we will ban the replacement of striking workers once and for all.

I understand the power of unions and am proud to be running the first presidential campaign to unionize. This campaign voluntarily recognized the union immediately, and agreed to a historic, fair and equitable first contract. We are also the first campaign in history to use its own text and email lists to push its own supporters to join nearby union picket lines

 

(c) Will you oppose any federal right-to-work (a.k.a. “right to work for less”) policy, and use your platform to oppose any such anti-worker efforts?

Yes. When I am President we will eliminate anti-worker “Right to Work for Less” laws and guarantee the right to unionize for workers historically excluded from labor protections, like farm workers and domestic workers.

My plan would repeal Section 14(b) of the Taft Hartley Act, which has allowed 27 states to pass legislation that eliminates the ability of unions to collect dues from those who benefit from union contracts and activities, undermining the unions’ representation of workers.

I will also deny federal contracts to employers that engage in union busting. On day one as president, I will issue an executive order to prevent companies from receiving federal contracts that refuse to remain neutral in union organizing efforts, hire workers to replace striking workers, or close businesses after workers vote to unionize.

Not only will I be Commander in Chief, I will be Organizer in Chief. I will rally the American people and stand up to the greed of the corporate elite. I will support workers by showing solidarity with them during organizing drives, on picket lines and by using the bully pulpit to support workers on strike just as I have done throughout my career. I am proud to have walked on more picket lines than all of my opponents combined.

 

(d) What policies will you adopt to ensure that the federal contracting process supports good jobs, rather than subsidizing poverty wages?

On day one of my presidency, my Administration will deny federal contracts to companies that pay poverty wages, outsource jobs overseas, engage in union busting, deny good benefits, and pay CEOs outrageous compensation packages.

When I am president I will issue an executive order to prevent companies from receiving federal contracts that outsource jobs overseas, pay workers less than $15 an hour without benefits, refuse to remain neutral in union organizing efforts, pay executives over 150 times more than average workers, hire workers to replace striking workers, or close businesses after workers vote to unionize.

 

GOOD JOBS & OFFSHORING

(a) Do you support the U.S. Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act (H.R. 3219/S.1792)?

Yes. The billionaire class cannot continue to send jobs overseas when millions of Americans need jobs. It is unacceptable that companies like AT&T receive enormous tax breaks only to lay off thousands of workers and ship those jobs overseas to countries where workers can be paid less than $2 an hour.

Not only will I sign the U.S. Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act into law, my Administration will deny federal contracts to companies that pay poverty wages, outsource jobs overseas, engage in union busting, deny good benefits, and pay CEOs outrageous compensation packages.

 

(b) Do you support the No Tax Breaks for Outsourcing Ac (H.R. 1711/S.780)?

Yes, I am committed to ending tax breaks for companies that ship their jobs overseas. I developed the Outsourcing Prevention Act to prevent companies that outsource jobs from receiving federal contracts, tax breaks, grants or loans; claw back federal benefits from companies that outsource jobs have received over the last decade; establish an outsourcing tax on companies that move U.S. jobs offshore; and prohibit executives from profiting off of the outsourcing of U.S. jobs.

As President, I will repeal all of the Trump tax breaks that benefited the top one percent and large corporations. When Trump and Republicans in Congress handed out their $1 trillion tax cut to the rich and profitable companies like GM, they promised working people the return of manufacturing jobs with good benefits and competitive pay. Today the exact opposite is happening in places like Lordstown, Ohio. Working people deserve better than to be tossed aside while corporate executives rake in profits. When we are in the White House we are going to stand with working people, unlike Trump.

Since the Trump tax cuts passed, bonuses for average workers are up a mere $0.02/hr. Massive corporations have cut thousands of jobs while spending more than $1 trillion on stock buybacks to make shareholders richer. Corporations do not need gigantic tax cuts like Trump has given them. They need to pay all of their workers a living wage with decent benefits. Our job now is to repeal Trump’s tax breaks for billionaires and greedy corporations, and invest in the programs and resources that working people rely on.

When I am in office, the wealthy and multinational corporations in this country will start paying their fair share of taxes. We are going to end austerity for working families, and provide a little austerity to large, multinational corporations and the billionaire class.

At a time of massive wealth and income inequality, we need a progressive tax system in this country that is based on the ability to pay. It is unacceptable that major corporations have paid nothing in federal income taxes, and that corporate CEOs in this country often enjoy an effective tax rate that is lower than their secretaries. If we are serious about reforming the tax code and rebuilding the middle class, we have got to demand that the wealthiest Americans, large corporations, and Wall Street pay their fair share in taxes.

 

(c) Will you fight to defend existing workers’ pensions, and pledge to oppose any attacks on these had-earned benefits?

Yes. As President, I will fight to protect and expand pension benefits of employees in both the public and the private sector.

Because of a change in law instituted in the dead of night and against my strong opposition, it is now legal to cut the earned pension benefits of more than 1.5 million workers and retirees in multi-employer pension plans. That is absolutely unacceptable.

As president, I will sign an executive order to impose a moratorium on future pension cuts and would reverse the cuts to retirement benefits that have already been made. In addition, I will fight to implement legislation I first introduced in 2015 to prevent the pensions of up to 10 million Americans from being cut.

Instead of asking retirees to take a massive cut in their pension benefits, we will make multi-employer plans solvent by closing egregious loopholes that allow the wealthiest Americans in this country to avoid paying their fair share of taxes.

If Congress could provide a multi-trillion bailout to Wall Street and foreign banks in 2008, we can and we must protect the pensions that were promised to millions of Americans.

 

(d) Do you support legislation to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour regardless of region and linking increases to inflation thereafter?

Yes. I am very proud to have been the first Senator to both stand with the Fight for 15 and the union movement and introduce legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Four years ago, when I said that we needed to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour and tie it to inflation, it was considered an impossible dream that would never, ever happen. Today, thanks to a strong grassroots movement of working people who refused to take no for an answer, 32 jurisdictions throughout the country have implemented a minimum wage of at least $15 an hour and legislation I introduced with Congressman Bobby Scott to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour passed the House last summer.

The fight for $15 has proven to the world that when people stand together and fight for economic, social, and racial justice real change can take place. Today, the Fight for $15 is a mainstream idea that the majority of the American people support. The $7.25 an hour federal minimum wage is a starvation wage that must be raised to $15 an hour.

 

(e) Will you support and strengthen paid leave in all places of employment, and use your platform and influence to actively oppose any attempts to cut such programs?

Yes. I believe we must guarantee paid family and medical leave, paid vacation, and paid sick days. When it comes to supporting real family values, the United States lags behind virtually every major country on earth. As President, I will provide 6 months of paid family leave, provide families with paid sick time, paid vacation, and ensure survivors of domestic violence receive paid leave as well.

 

(f) Do you support H.R. 2208/S. 1112, the Cabin Air Safety Act, to establish proper training, monitoring, reporting and investigations to ensure that flight crews and passengers are protected from the effects of toxic cabin air?

Yes, I believe the United States should have the best safety and training for its workers in the world. I am committed to ensuring all workers have the training and resources they need to do their jobs safely.

Union workers are half as likely to be victims of health and safety violations, and when I am President I will prioritize worker safety over corporate greed.

 

FAIR ELECTIONS & GOOD GOVERNMENT

(a) Do you support the For the People Act (H.R. 1/S. 949)?

Yes. I am a proud cosponsor of the For the People Act and will sign it into law as President. I have long supported comprehensive election reforms. When I am in the White House, we will pass a Constitutional Amendment that makes clear that money is not speech and corporations are not people, we will abolish super PACs, and we will replace corporate funding and donations from millionaires and billionaires with the public funding of elections.

To make sure every vote counts, I will pass the For the People Act. I will:

  •  Secure automatic voter registration for every American over 18.
  • End racist voter suppression and partisan gerrymandering.
  • Restore and expand the Voting Rights Act.
  • Re-enfranchise the millions of Americans who have had their right to vote taken away by a
    felony conviction, including those currently incarcerated, as voting is a fundamental American
    right. What I believe is if you’ve committed a crime and you’re in jail, you’re paying a price.
    But you’re still a member of American society and that means you have a right to vote.
  • Ending prison gerrymandering, ensuring incarcerated people are counted in their communities,
    not where they are incarcerated.
  • Abolish burdensome voter ID laws.
  • Make Election Day a national holiday.
  •  Abolish the Electoral College.
  •  Expand early voting and also make absentee voting easier.
  • Ensure voting is accessible to people with disabilities

 

(b) What criteria will you use to select your Secretary of Labor?

I will select a Secretary of Labor who is fundamentally committed to standing on the side of workers, restoring workers’ rights to bargain for better wages, benefits, and working conditions. We need a Labor Secretary who will make it easier, not harder, for workers to join unions. Someone who has a history of standing up for workers against corporate greed.

I will appoint a Labor Secretary whose first and only priority is to protect workers’ rights. We need a Labor Secretary who will stand up for workers, raise the minimum wage to a living wage and establish pay equity for women.

 

(c) What criteria will you use in choosing any potential Supreme Court nominees?

President Trump’s court appointments are a rubber-stamp for an extreme, right-wing agenda pushed by corporations and billionaires. The debate on who should be appointed to our courts is about the future of the movement for the trade union movement, racial justice, the disability rights movement, Roe v. Wade, public education, campaign finance reform, voting rights, workers’ rights, health care, environmental protection and many other important issues.

Any person who I nominate to the court must fundamentally understand the need to protect the rights of everyone, not just a select few. They must defend Roe v. Wade and the constitutional right to an abortion. That means a promise to defend the rights of people with disabilities. It means they vote to overturn the disastrous Citizens United decision. They must defend voting rights. And they must respect the rights of workers, which includes a commitment to overturn the disastrous Janus decision and protecting our public sector workers. And, unlike many of Trump’s nominees, any justice I nominate must loudly and clearly support the original Brown v. Board ruling.

 

HEALTH CARE

(a) What is your plan for making health care a basic human right? Where do Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act fall into that?

I will enact a national, Medicare for All system to guarantee health care as a human right for everyone in this country, regardless of their income, disability, the color of their skin, or their immigration status. The current debate over Medicare for All really has nothing to do with healthcare. It has everything to do with greed and the desire of the healthcare industry to maintain a system which fails the average American, but which makes the industry tens and tens of billions of dollars every year in profit.

It is about whether we maintain a dysfunctional system which allows the big drug and health insurance companies to make over $100 billion in profits in 2018, while the top CEOs in that industry made $2.6 billion in total compensation – all the while 1 out of 5 Americans cannot afford the prescription drugs their providers prescribe.

It’s about whether we maintain a system in which the CEO of the Aetna insurance company, Mr. Mark Bertolini, received a golden parachute worth nearly $500 million after his company merged with CVS Health, while elderly people lack the resources to purchase a hearing aid. It’s about whether we maintain a system that allows the former CEO from Gilead (John Martin) to become a billionaire by charging $1,000 a pill for a hepatitis c drug called Sovaldi that costs a dollar to manufacture.

Let us make no mistake about it. The struggle that we are now undertaking, to guarantee health care to all Americans as a right and to substantially lower the cost of prescription drugs, will be opposed by some of the most powerful forces in America – entities that have unlimited amounts of money. We’re talking about the insurance companies, the drug companies, private hospitals, medical equipment suppliers, Wall Street and other powerful entities.

Over the last 20 years, the insurance industry and pharmaceutical companies have spent more than $330 million in campaign contributions and over $4 billion in lobbying to get Congress to do its bidding.

The pharmaceutical industry alone has hired some 1,200 lobbyists – including the former leadership of both political parties.

I find it quite interesting that Billy Tauzin, the Republican Congressman who wrote the bill to prevent Medicare from negotiating for lower drug prices and then went on to become the President and CEO of Pharma, received over $11.6 million in compensation in 2010.

That’s how business is done in Washington. Well, our campaign has a different vision of what a rational healthcare system is all about. Instead of massive profits for the drug companies, the insurance companies and Wall Street, we will provide a healthcare system that provides quality healthcare to all in a cost effective way.

By cutting unnecessary administrative costs, bringing down the outrageous prices of prescription medication, and ensuring large corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share in taxes, we can afford to bring the United States, the richest country in the world, in line with every single other industrialized nation and guarantee quality health care coverage to all Americans.

Medicare for All completely eliminates premiums, deductibles and copayments for services. Under Medicare for All, health care is free at the point of service for all people in the U.S. regardless of income.

Medicare for All will expand on the existing Medicare program by including dental care, mental health care, and much more. Home-based health care and community-based services, rehabilitative services, durable medical equipment and assistive technology will also be covered, so seniors and people with disabilities can get the help they need to remain in their homes and communities without having to first exhaust all of their savings or spend down to qualify for a means tested program. Medicare for All will cover primary care, hospital services, and prescription drugs.

And I will require that resulting healthcare savings from union-negotiated plans result in wage increases and additional benefits for workers during the transition to Medicare for All. When Medicare for All is signed into law, companies with union negotiated health care plans would be required to enter into new contract negotiations overseen by the National Labor Relations Board. Under this plan, all company savings that result from reduced health care contributions from Medicare for All will accrue equitably to workers in the form of increased wages or other benefits. Furthermore, the plan will ensure that union-sponsored clinics and other providers are integrated within the Medicare for All system, and kept available for members. Unions will still be able to negotiate for and provide wrap-around services and other coverage not duplicative of the benefits established under Medicare for All.

Study after study shows that Medicare for All will save workers and average families thousands of dollars every year on health care, all while making sure corporations like Amazon and the ultra-wealthy pay their fair share.

Health care costs are a crushing tax for middle class families right now. If you count health care premiums as taxes, the United States is the second-highest taxed nation in the world. We can guarantee health coverage to all Americans while bringing down costs, just like every other developed country. For decades, the American people have been told a lie: that we cannot afford to do what every other major country already does, and guarantee health care to all our people as a right, not a privilege. What the insurance industry’s lies fail to mention is that we already spend more per capita on health care than any other major country, with worse health outcomes, and that moving to a Medicare-for-all, single payer system would actually end up saving the American people trillions of dollars. We can and will guarantee health care as a human right.

 

(b) What is your plan for lowering prescription drug costs as well as out-of-pocket costs for workers?

Medicare for All completely eliminates premiums, deductibles and copayments for services. Under Medicare for All, health care is free at the point of service for all people in the U.S. regardless of income.

Medicare for All will expand on the existing Medicare program by including dental care, mental health care, and much more. Home-based health care and community-based services, rehabilitative services, durable medical equipment and assistive technology will also be covered, so seniors and people with disabilities can get the help they need to remain in their homes and communities without having to first exhaust all of their savings or spend down to qualify for a means tested program.

In the United States, we pay the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. This year alone the price of major prescription drugs have increased more than five times the rate of inflation with price hikes as high as 875 percent. While about one out of five Americans cannot afford to pay for the medicine prescribed by their doctors,10 big drug companies made $69 billion in profits last year and the top 25 CEOs in the pharmaceutical industry received $440 million in compensation in 2017.

Under Medicare for All, we will stop the pharmaceutical industry from ripping off seniors by making sure that no one in America pays over $200 a year for the medicine they need by capping what Americans pay for prescription drugs. This is exactly what exists in countries like the United Kingdom, Sweden and New Zealand. Under this plan, seniors will never experience another donut hole where they are forced to pay thousands of dollars for the life-saving medicine they need.

We will also take bold action to take on the pharmaceutical industry by:

  • Requiring Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices while maintaining access to all
    FDA-approved medications.
  • Cutting drug prices by 50% by making sure the U.S. pays no more for prescription drugs than
    other major countries.
  • Allowing patients, pharmacists and wholesalers to purchase lower-cost drugs from Canada and
    other countries.
  • Exercising federal march-in rights to manufacture drugs produced at taxpayer expense.
  • Requiring companies to disclose the costs of clinical drug trials.

And I will require that resulting health care savings from union-negotiated plans result in wage increases and additional benefits for workers during the transition to Medicare for All. When Medicare for All is signed into law, companies with union negotiated health care plans would be required to enter into new contract negotiations overseen by the National Labor Relations Board. Under this plan, all company savings that result from reduced health care contributions from Medicare for All will accrue equitably to workers in the form of increased wages or other benefits. Furthermore, the plan will ensure that union-sponsored clinics and other providers are integrated within the Medicare for All system, and kept available for members. Unions will still be able to negotiate for and provide wrap-around services and other coverage not duplicative of the benefits established under Medicare for All.

Study after study shows that Medicare for All will save workers and average families thousands of dollars every year on health care, all while making sure corporations like Amazon and the ultra-wealthy pay their fair share.

Health care costs are a crushing tax for middle class families right now. If you count health care premiums as taxes, the United States is the second-highest taxed nation in the world. We can guarantee health coverage to all Americans while bringing down costs, just like every other developed country.

 

TAKING ON WALL STREET GREED

(a) Do you support closing the carried interest loophole?

Yes. I have long fought to close the carried interest loophole. If we are serious about reforming the tax code and rebuilding the middle class, we have got to demand that the wealthiest Americans, largest corporations, and Wall Street pay their fair share in taxes. When I am in the White House, we will end special tax breaks on capital gains and dividends for the rich and close tax loopholes that benefit the wealthy and large corporations.

 

(b) Do you support the Inclusive Prosperity Act of 2019 (H.R.2923/S.1587)?

Yes. I am proud to have authored and introduced the Inclusive Prosperity Act.

We can guarantee higher education as a right for all and cancel all student debt for an estimated $2.2 trillion. To pay for this, we will impose a tax of a fraction of a percent on Wall Street speculators who nearly destroyed the economy a decade ago. This Wall Street speculation tax will raise $2.4 trillion over the next ten years. It works by placing a 0.5 percent tax on stock trades – 50 cents on every $100 of stock – a 0.1 percent fee on bond trades, and a 0.005 percent fee on derivative trades. Some 40 countries throughout the world have imposed a similar tax, including Britain, South Korea, Hong Kong, Brazil, Germany, France, Switzerland and China.

If we can bail out the crooks on Wall Street, we can cancel the $1.7 trillion in student debt that 45 million Americans are struggling to pay off and make public colleges, universities and trade schools tuition free and debt free.

 

(c) Do you support The Reward Work Act (H.R. 3355/S. 915)?

Yes. I am proud to be an original co-sponsor of the Reward Work Act. Instead of using their massive profits to benefit workers and our society as a whole, corporate America has pumped over $1 trillion into stock buybacks to reward already-wealthy shareholders and executives since the Trump tax plan was signed into law. Meanwhile, as the very rich become ever richer, the average hourly wage of the American worker has gone up by just 1 percent from where it was 46 years ago, after adjusting for inflation. Since 1982, the Walton family has experienced a more than 10,000 percent increase in its wealth, while the median family in America has less wealth today than it did 37 years ago.

The reality is that today the executives and biggest shareholders of most large, profitable corporations could not give am damn about the working class or the communities in which our corporations operate. This type of greed is not an economic model we should be embracing. We can do better; we must do better.

I will fundamentally shift the wealth of the economy back into the hands of those who create it. Not only will I sign the Reward Work Act into law, as President I will use executive authority to ban stock buybacks. I will treat large-scale stock buybacks like stock manipulation, just as they were before 1982. This will be done by repealing the Securities and Exchange Commission’s misguided Rule 10b-18. Since Trump signed his tax plan into law, corporations have announced over $1 trillion in stock repurchases which provide absolutely no benefit to the job-creating productive economy. These buybacks are nothing more than stock price manipulation and must be treated as such.

Instead of stock buybacks, I will share corporate wealth with workers. Corporations with at least $100 million in annual revenue will be required to provide at least 2 percent of stock to their workers every year until the company is at least 20 percent owned by employees. This will be done through the issuing of new shares and the establishment of Democratic Employee Ownership Funds.

And as President, I will ensure 45 percent of the board of directors in any large corporation with at least $100 million in annual revenue will be directly elected by the firm’s workers – similar to what happens in Germany.

 

(d) Do you support ending “Too Big to Fail” by breaking up the Wall Street mega banks and separating depository banking from risky investment banking?

Yes. I believe we need a banking system that is part of the productive economy – making loans at affordable rates to small- and medium-sized businesses so that we create decent-paying jobs. Wall Street cannot continue to be an island unto itself, gambling trillions in risky financial instruments, making huge profits and assured that, if their schemes fail, the taxpayers will be there to bail them out. As President, I will break up Too Big to Fail financial institutions so that they no longer pose a grave threat to the economy. We will end the Too Big-to Jail doctrine. This country can no longer afford to tolerate the culture of fraud and corruption on Wall Street. Under my administration, Wall Street CEOs will no longer receive a get-out-of jail free card.

We will reinstate a 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act to clearly separate commercial banking, investment banking and insurance services.

We will establish a tax on Wall Street speculators. We have got to discourage reckless gambling on Wall Street and encourage productive investments in the job-creating economy.

We will reform credit rating agencies so that they are independent from Wall Street. No longer will Wall Street be able to pick and choose which credit agency will rate their products.

And we will reform the Federal Reserve. It is unacceptable that the Federal Reserve has been hijacked by the very bankers it is in charge of regulating. It is outrageous that Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JP Morgan Chase, served on the board of the New York Fed at the same time that his bank received a $391 billion bailout from the Federal Reserve. That is a clear conflict of interest that I will ban as president. When I am elected, the foxes will no longer be guarding the henhouse at the Fed. Under my administration, banking industry executives will no longer be allowed to serve on the Fed’s boards and handpick its members and staff.

Further, the Fed should stop paying financial institutions interest to keep money out of the economy and parked at the Fed. Incredibly, the excess reserves of financial institutions that are sitting in the Federal Reserve has grown from less than $2 billion in 2008 to more than a trillion dollars today. That is absurd.

Instead of paying banks interest on these reserves, the Fed should charge them a fee that could be used to provide affordable loans to small businesses to create hundreds of thousands of jobs.

 

(e) Do you support ending predatory lending and expanding access to fair consumer banking services through “a public option” like public banks or postal banking?

Yes. As President, I will put predatory lenders out of business, cap credit card interest rates at no more than 15%, and allow every American to receive basic banking services at their local post office.

In Texas, the average annual interest rate on a payday loan is 661 percent. But in Vermont, the payday loan industry doesn’t exist. That’s because interest rates on small dollar loans are capped at 18 percent. I will cap consumer loans and credit card interest rates at 15 percent across all financial institutions and allow states to go even further.

The Postal Service is the most popular agency, by far, in the federal government. It provides universal service to all people in every part of America six days a week, no matter how small or remote. And the cost Americans pay for this service is far less than anywhere else in the industrialized world. That is why I have proposed using the 31,000 post offices across the country to provide basic banking services that include basic checking and savings accounts, debit cards, direct deposit, online banking services, and low-interest, small dollar loans. To accomplish this goal, I will have the Postal Board of Governors and Postmaster General work with postal workers and unions to provide banking services, as required in the APWU collective bargaining agreement so that we can provide fair banking to every person in America.

 

(f) Will you defend the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) from any corporate-sponsored attacks and use your platform and influence to strengthen the Bureau and empower it to further protect consumers?

Yes. As a Senator I fought for the creation of CFPB and has fought against every attack to dismantle or weaken it. The CFPB has worked to protect Americans across this country from the greed and recklessness of corporate America. My administration will support these efforts and stand against any attacks from large corporations. I will appoint a CFPB commissioner who will aggressively investigate corporate wrongdoing and hold bad actors accountable. My CFPB will reverse the Trump administration’s disastrous rules on debt collectors, payday lending, and forced arbitration. My CFPB will develop a public, secure credit registry to replace for profit credit rating bureaus, end abusive and predatory practices by debt collectors, ban deceptive and unfair practices throughout consumer finance, and provide restitution for those taken advantage of by corporate greed.

 

(g) Do you support the Stop Wall Street Looting Act?

Yes. I am proud to be an original co-sponsor of the Stop Wall Street Looting Act and will sign it into law as president.

Wall Street vulture funds have looted companies and destroyed entire industries, loading debt onto struggling companies and reaping massive profits from fees and dividends. I will not wait on Congress to act to stop these vultures. I will use regulatory authority to ban management fees that Wall Street vultures use to extract wealth from companies, all while receiving special tax treatment and I will ensure all fiduciary responsibilities are maintained for pension funds.

My Administration will be looking out for working families, not the billionaires who control Wall Street.

 

(h) How will you restore fairness to our tax system? Will you roll back President Trump’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act?

I will repeal all of the Trump tax breaks that benefited the top one percent and large corporations. When Trump and Republicans in Congress handed out their $1 trillion tax cut to the rich and profitable companies like GM, they promised working people the return of manufacturing jobs with good benefits and competitive pay. Today the exact opposite is happening all over this country. Working people deserve better than to be tossed aside while corporate executives rake in profits. When I am in the White House we are going to stand with working people, unlike Trump.

Since the Trump tax cuts passed, bonuses for average workers are up a mere $0.02/hr. Massive corporations have cut thousands of jobs while spending more than $1 trillion on stock buybacks to make shareholders richer. Corporations do not need gigantic tax cuts like Trump has given them. They need to pay all of their workers a living wage with decent benefits. Our job now is to repeal its tax breaks for billionaires and greedy corporations, and invest in the programs and resources that working people rely on.

When I am President, the wealthy and multinational corporations in this country will start paying their fair share of taxes. We are going to end austerity for working families, and provide some austerity for large, multinational corporations.

At a time of massive wealth and income inequality, we need a progressive tax system in this country that is based on the ability to pay. It is unacceptable that major corporations have paid nothing in federal income taxes, and that corporate CEOs in this country often enjoy an effective tax rate that is lower than their secretaries. If we are serious about reforming the tax code and rebuilding the middle class, we have got to demand that the wealthiest Americans, large corporations, and Wall Street pay their fair share in taxes.

As President, I will:

 

TRADE

(a) Will you ensure that any free trade agreements advanced during your administration include strong, enforceable labor and environmental protections?

Yes. In 2016, Trump promised he would substantially reduce the trade deficit, stop the outsourcing of American jobs, and rip up NAFTA. He lied about all three. Since Trump has been in office, our trade deficit in goods has shot up to a record-breaking $891 billion. He has given out over $50 billion in government contracts to companies that are shipping jobs overseas. He passed tax cuts that reward companies for offshoring even more jobs. And now more than 170,000 American jobs have been shipped overseas under his watch. We need a president who will actually fight for American workers, keep their promises, and stand up to the giant corporations who close down plants to send jobs overseas.

I will fundamentally rewrite our failed trade policies to benefit workers, not just the CEOs of multinational corporations. Any trade deal I sign will include swift and certain labor enforcement mechanisms, lower the cost of prescription drugs, protect the environment, and include strong country-of-origin labeling rules and enforcement mechanisms in the core text of the agreement.

Furthermore, I will renegotiate disastrous trade deals to protect the environment. Not only have agreements like NAFTA and Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China outsourced millions of American jobs, they have allowed corporations to outsource their pollution. Trade deals have been written in secret by billion-dollar companies to give polluters special handouts and protections, as well as the right to sue governments that pursue stronger environmental protections.

As President, I will:

  • Sign an executive order ending federal contracts to corporations that outsource American jobs.
  • Eliminate the disastrous Investor State Dispute Settlement system that allows corporations to
    sue governments that pass laws to protect workers, consumers and the environment in front of
    an unelected international tribunal.
  • Eliminate the incentives baked into our current trade and tax agreements that make it easier for
    multinational corporations to ship jobs overseas. Corporations should not be able to get a tax
    deduction for the expenses involved in moving their factories abroad and throwing American
    workers out on the street.
  • Support the small businesses that are creating good jobs in America instead of providing
    federal tax breaks, contracts, grants, and loans to corporations that outsource jobs.
  • Expand “Buy American,” “Buy Local,” and other government policies that will increase jobs in
    the U.S.
  • Ensure that strong and binding labor, environmental, and human rights standards are written
    into the core text of all trade agreements.
  • Add to the core text of every U.S. trade agreement, enforceable rules against currency cheating,
    which allows countries to unfairly dump their products in this country and makes our exports
    more expensive abroad.
  • End the harm that trade agreements have done to family farmers and communities throughout
    America.
  • Eliminate rules in our trade deals that increase the cost of medicines and fight to make them
    more affordable.

(b) Will you support ensuring that countries come into compliance with basic standards protecting worker rights, the environment, and human rights before Congress votes on a trade agreement with those countries?

Yes. Under my administration, trade deals will be renegotiated to ensure strong and binding labor rights, climate standards, and human rights with swift enforcement. I will rewrite our trade agreements to include strong and swift enforcement mechanisms to raise the wages of workers, to prevent corporations from outsourcing American jobs, and end the global race to the bottom.

 

(c) Will you remove harmful Investor-State Dispute Settlement provisions from any future or renegotiated trade agreements?

Yes. My administration will eliminate the disastrous Investor State Dispute Settlement system that allows corporations to sue governments that pass laws to protect workers, consumers and the environment in front of an unelected international tribunal. We need a new approach to trade in this country — one that benefits working families and not just the CEOs of multinational corporations. I am proud to have led the fight against “fast track” and the TPP. One of the reasons I opposed the TPP is because it would have undermined our national sovereignty by giving multinational corporations the right to challenge any law that could reduce their “expected future profits” through the ISDS system. We need to end ISDS once and for all.

 

(d) Will you ensure that any future trade agreements do not include any provisions that would interfere with efforts to protect data security and privacy for U.S. consumers or to protect high-quality customer service call-center jobs?

Yes. I will ensure our future trade agreements do not include any provisions that would interfere with efforts to protect data security and privacy for U.S. consumers or to protect high-quality customer service call-center jobs.

I am proud to have spent my entire career fighting for workers and to protect the privacy and civil liberties of the American people. I will eliminate the incentives baked into our current trade and tax agreements that make it easier for multinational corporations to ship jobs overseas. And I believe the American people should have control over their own personal data — not huge corporate conglomerates. As President, I will reinstate and expand privacy protection rules and work with privacy experts, racial justice activists, and other stakeholders to develop and pass a digital privacy bill of rights into law. I will also work to extend these protections to the workplace. We must ensure that employers do not misuse the personal information of their employees.

 

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

(a) Will you support repealing the Federal Communications Commission’s dangerous One Touch, Make Ready rule, which undermines consumer outcomes and worker safety, while also interfering with fairly negotiated collective bargaining agreements?

Yes. As President, I will reverse the Trump FCC’s anti-union “One Touch, Make Ready” (OTMR) policy and work with unions to replace it with regulations that allows for new providers to attach to utility poles while respecting the rights of union workers and ensuring workplace safety.

(b) How will your administration ensure that broadband access is extended to underserved communities across the country? How will you ensure that federal funds utilized in this work protect good, family-supporting jobs?

When I am president, every American household will have affordable, high-speed internet by the end of my first term.

Today, high-speed internet is central to the basic functions of families, students, and businesses. Small businesses often cannot exist without it. Access to health care often depends on it. Yet across the country, huge swaths of the population lack access to an internet connection.

The geographic disparities of internet access are stark: in rural communities, more than 31 percent of Americans still lack access to what the Trump FCC defines as broadband. In urban areas, low-income communities and communities of color disproportionately lack access to broadband. The United States ranks just tenth of 22 in a comparison with European countries in broadband deployment.

The situation is even worse for under-resourced groups, communities of color, Native Americans, and people with disabilities. White, educated households are more likely to have broadband internet than households in communities of color. More than 80 percent of white households have home internet, compared to only 70 percent of Latino households and 68 percent of Black households. The FCC has reported that less than half of rural tribal areas have access to high speed internet. Roughly one in four people with disabilities say they do not use the internet, and people with disabilities are 20 percent less likely to have broadband. We must end these disparities by connecting every household in America to high-speed internet, regardless of their income or zip code.

As President, I will deliver access to high-speed broadband internet to everyone in the United States by investing $150 billion to build out the necessary resilient, modern infrastructure. I will condition grants on strong labor, wage and sourcing standards to ensure that federal funding goes toward creating good-paying union jobs and ensure all funded projects cannot subcontract work to evade labor law through the Workplace Democracy Plan. As part of this funding, I will set aside $7.5 billion of this funding to expand high-speed broadband in Indian Country and fully resource the FCC’s Office of Native Affairs and Policy.

I will expand the E-Rate and Rural Health Support programs to ensure all schools, libraries, hospitals and other essential community facilities are connected equitably and affordably. And I will provide dedicated funding to ensure these facilities on Tribal Lands are connected.

I will protect and expand the Lifeline program to connect low-income households to the internet. And I will provide $500 million per year for digital inclusiveness. Grants will be distributed to schools, libraries, community centers, senior centers, and other community-based programs to promote digital literacy, adoption, and inclusivity.

 

(c) Do you support H.R. 530, the Accelerating Broadband Development by Empowering Local Communities Act to ensure that localities are able to guide successful deployment of small cell technology?

Yes. I am committed to empowering local communities throughout America in our effort to guarantee high-speed internet to all. The Accelerating Broadband Development by Empowering Local Communities Act helps us accomplish just that.

 

(d) Given the legacy of family-supporting union jobs in the wireline telecommunications industry, as well as in certain segments of the wireless industry, how will you ensure that your telecommunications policy supports continued high-quality jobs in the sector?

I will be the most pro-worker president in the history of this country. Every policy I enact will put workers first. Period. That includes telecommunications policy.

I will end federal telecommunications contracts to companies that in union busting, outsource jobs overseas or pay workers less than $15 an hour from receiving federal contracts.

Every investment we make in expanding telecommunications infrastructure will have strict labor standards. I wil condition grants on strong labor, wage and sourcing standards to ensure that federal funding goes toward creating good-paying union jobs and ensure all funded projects cannot subcontract work to evade labor law through the Workplace Democracy Plan.

I will rewrite our trade agreements to include strong and swift enforcement mechanisms to raise the wages of workers, to prevent corporations from outsourcing American jobs, and end the global race to the bottom.

I will do all of this and more to create and protect good-paying, union telecommunications jobs here in the United States

 

HUMAN/CIVIL RIGHTS

(a) Do you support comprehensive immigration reform that will grant lawful status to individuals eligible for DACA/DAPA and TPS and includes strong protections to prevent exploitation of immigrant workers?

Yes. I believe we must fundamentally transform our broken immigration system, and I will send a legislative proposal to do so to Congress in my first 100 days. That will include a path to citizenship that is swift, inclusive, and fair. I will prioritize citizenship for undocumented youth, reduce burdensome fees and costs, and ensure that old or low-level contacts with the criminal justice system, such as marijuana possession, do not automatically disqualify applicants. Individuals eligible for DACA/DAPA and TPS holders would be included.

I believe that all workers deserve protections, and that protecting immigrant workers from harassment, exploitation, and fear will benefit all workers. We currently spend 11 times more on immigration enforcement than we do on labor standard enforcement. That must change. I will shift the focus of enforcement from workers trying to provide for their families to employers and large corporations who exploit immigrant workers for profit.

For too long, many employers who rely on largely immigrant workforces have exploited and mistreated their workers. I will extend labor protections to industries historically under-regulated and excluded from basic labor standards, such as farmworkers and domestic workers. I will ensure employers are held accountable for mistreating immigrant workers, and reform work visas to ensure employers are paying prevailing wages and workers are not trapped at one employer.

I will ensure at least a $15 minimum wage, the right to join a union, overtime pay, and safe working conditions for all workers, and pass the POWER Act, which would expand visa eligibility for workers who report workplace violations. Additionally, I will use executive authority to create a deferred action program for undocumented workers who report labor and safety violations.

I will end workplace raids that round up workers trying to put food on the table. I will instead focus resources on enforcing labor standards, including wage theft and safety violations, and ensure employers can’t use their workers’ immigration status to threaten them.

 

(b) Do you pledge to oppose any form of workplace discrimination against LGBTQ workers, in all industries?

Yes. The United States has made remarkable progress on LGBTQ+ equality in a relatively short amount of time. But there is still much work to be done. In many states, it is still legal to fire someone for being LGBTQ+. Incredibly, it is still legal to deny someone housing or service in the military for being transgender. That is unacceptable and must change.

As President, I will:

  • Pass the Equality Act so that every LGBTQ+ person in America is protected from
    discrimination.
  • Protect the rights of LGBTQ+ people around the world by ensuring that written into the core
    text of all global trade agreements, are strong and binding human rights standards and
    strengthening the Special Envoy for LGBTQ+ Rights within the Dept. of the State.
  • Strongly oppose any legislation that purports to “protect” religious liberty at the expense of
    others’ rights.
  • Repeal the Trump Administration’s bigoted ban on transgender people from serving in the U.S.
    military.
  • Make it easier for LGBTQ+ workers to form a union by implementing my Workplace
    Democracy Plan.