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Elizabeth Warren

Biography

  • Senator for Massachussetts
  • Law Professor at University of Texas, Harvard University
  • Established Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Progressive candidate

Signature Policies

Health Care

  • Medicare for All: free for children under 18 and families at or under the 200% federal poverty level, modest costs for everyone (middle class will not have to pay taxes) and eventual transition to completely free healthcare
  • Anti-corruption reform for health insurance and drug companies
  • Government-produced generic drugs

Economy

  • Real Corporate Profits Tax: tax applies to income company reports to investors, with no exemptions
  • Ultra-Millionaire Tax: only taxes households with a net worth of $50 million or more (bring in $3.75 trillion in revenue over a ten-year period)
  • Created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2010 to protect American consumers from corporate interests

Anti-Corruption Reform

  • Tax lobbying
  • Close relationship between health care executives/lobbyists and government
  • Limit corporate donations in elections

POLICIES AT HOME

Climate

  • Rejoin Paris Agreement and support Green New Deal
  • Use Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s plan to achieve 100% clean energy in 10 years
  • Three-part policy: Green Apollo will give $400 billion for R&D for clean energy; Green Industrial Mobilization will allocate $1.5 trillion to create, use, and export clean energy products (revoke military spending); Green Marshall Plan will create new federal office to sell clean-energy products and provide $100 billion to help other countries purchase and use technology

Gun Control

  • Executive action: require background checks, report multiple purchases, and raise minimum age to purchase a weapon
  • Extreme risk protection laws, meaning that family and the police can restrict access to firearms
  • Higher taxes on gun companies, criminal liability for executives, and gun companies pay compensatory damages
  • Ban on people convicted of hate crimes from owning gun
  • Federal licensing and universal background checks

Criminal Justice/Race relations

  • Small Business Equity Fund run by Department of Economic Development: grants targeted at closing the entrepreneurship gap for minority business owners
  • Legalize marijuana and erase past convictions
  • End the criminalization of homelessness
  • Cap various fees and bails associated with the legal system

Education

  • Cancel debt for more than 95% of the nearly 45 million Americans with student loan debt
  • Opportunity to attend a two-year or four-year public college without tuition or fees and make free college universal
  • Provide additional federal funds to address historical discrimination in the education system

Policies Abroad

Immigration

  • Decriminalize migration
  • Separate legal system for immigration
  • Remake Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
  • Use the Justice Department task force to investigate accusations of serious abuses from migrant detention
  • Expand legal immigration
  • Create an Office of New Americans to support immigrants in their transition

Foreign Policy

  • Cut funding to the military and support diplomatic options
  • Workers are represented during negotiation of trade agreements
  • Reform the U.S. to set an example for other democracies

CONTROVERSIES

  • Claimed to be Native American on Texas state bar registration; although a DNA test proved that she was 1/32 Cherokee, she has faced backlash from Native Americans

Sources: Elizabeth Warren, Biography, The Hill

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