Joe Biden’s Platform, Found on Tumblr

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WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 16: U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden share a laugh as the US Senior Men’s National Team and Brazil play during a pre-Olympic exhibition basketball game at the Verizon Center on July 16, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

What does Joe Biden’s platform actually aim to do?

from Joe Biden’s site, joebiden.com)

Legal reforms:

  • Decriminalization, rescheduling, and expungement of existing federal marijuana convictions.
  • End the federal crack and powder cocaine disparity.
  • End all incarceration for drug use alone and instead divert individuals to drug courts and treatment.

Environmental reforms:

  • Invest $400 billion in clean energy research and innovation.
  • Establish an enforcement mechanism to achieve net-zero emissions no later than 2050.
  • Require aggressive methane pollution limits for new and existing gas operations.
  • Require public companies to disclose climate risks and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Invest in carbon capture sequestration technology.
  • Support research into new nuclear technology.
  • Empower communities to develop transportation solutions.
  • Invest in electric rail roads and mass transit.
  • Embrace the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol.
  • Demand a worldwide ban on fossil fuel subsidies.
  • Name and shame global climate outlaws.
  • Pursue a global moratorium on offshore drilling in the Arctic.
  • Hold polluters accountable.
  • Ensure access to safe drinking water for all communities.
  • Ensure that communities harmed by climate change and pollution are the first to benefit from the Clean Economy Revolution.
  • Invest in communities impacted by the climate transformation.
  • Double offshore wind energy by 2030.

Economic reforms:

  • $15/hr minimum wage.
  • Bankruptcy reform.
  • Paid family leave.
  • Paid sick leave.
  • Protect and expand union rights.
  • Repeal the $2.1tn Trump tax cuts.
  • Increase taxes by $1.4tn on top earners.
  • Hold corporations and executives responsible for interfering with unionization.
  • Aggressively pursue employers who violate labor laws.
  • Ensure federal dollars do not support employers who engage in union-busting.
  • Penalize companies that bargain in bad faith.
  • Make it easier for workers who choose to unionize to do so.
  • Ban state “right to work” laws.
  • Create a cabinet-level working group that will solely focus on promoting union organizing.
  • Ensure that workers can exercise their right to strike without fear of reprisal.
  • Empower the NLRB to fulfill its intended purpose of protecting workers.
  • Eliminate non-compete clauses and no-poaching agreements.
  • Put an end to unnecessary occupational licensing requirements.
  • Expand protections for undocumented immigrants who report labor violations.

Health care:

  • Medicare-like public option.
  • Allow Medicare to bargain for prescription drug prices.
  • Increase the value of tax credits to lower premiums and extend coverage.
  • Limiting launch prices for drugs that face no competition.
  • Limiting price increases for all brand, biotech, and abusively priced generic drugs.
  • Allow consumers to buy prescription drugs from other countries.
  • End pharmaceutical corporations’ tax break for advertisement spending.
  • Expanding access to contraception.
  • Protect and defend a woman’s right to choose.
  • Restore federal funding for Planned Parenthood.
  • Doubling America’s investment in community health centers.
  • Expand access to mental health care.

Infrastructure:

  • Invest in historically marginalized communities.
  • Encourage the adoption of electric vehicles.
  • Invest $10 billion into transit projects that serve high-poverty areas.
  • Increase funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers by $2.5 billion per year.
  • Invest $20 billion in rural broadband infrastructure.
  • Invest $100 billion to modernize schools.
  • Invest $10 billion in a new Cities Revitalization Fund.
  • Quadruple funding to provide small manufacturers with the technical expertise needed to compete in a global economy.

Electoral reform:

  • Introduce a constitutional amendment to eliminate private dollars from our federal elections.
  • Enact legislation to provide voluntary matching public funds for federal candidates recieving small donations.
  • Propose a law to strengthen our prohibitions on foreign nationals trying to influence federal, state, or local elections.
  • Work to enact legislation ensuring that SuperPACs are wholly independent of campaigns and political parties.
  • Increase transparency of election spending.
  • End dark money groups.
  • Ban corporate PAC contributions to candidates.
  • Prohibit lobbyist contributions to those who they lobby.
  • Reform funding for national party conventions.
  • Require that all candidates for federal office release tax returns dating back 10 years.
  • Prohibiting foreign governments’s use of lobbyists.

Ethics reforms:

  • Prevent the president or White House from improperly interfering in federal investigations and prosecutions.
  • Increase transparency in DOJ decision-making.
  • Empower agency watchdogs (Inspectors General) to combat unethical behavior.
  • Establish the Commission on Federal Ethics to more effectively enforce federal ethics law.
  • Prevent the president, other senior Executive Branch members, and Congresspersons from being influenced by personal financial holdings.

Policing reform:

  • Ending private prisons.
  • Investing $300 billion in community policing training.
  • Investing in public health and education.
  • Create a new $20 billion competitive grant program to spur states to shift from incarceration to prevention.
  • Expand federal funding for mental health and substance use disorder services and research.
  • Expand and use the power of the U.S. Justice Department to address systemic misconduct in police departments and prosecutors’ offices.
  • Invest in public defenders’ offices.
  • Eliminate mandatory minimums.
  • Eliminate the death penalty.
  • End cash bail.
  • Stop jailing people for being too poor to pay fines and fees.
  • Ensure humane prison conditions.
  • Invest $1 billion per year in juvenile justice reform.
  • Incentivize states to stop incarcerating kids.
  • Expand funding for after-school programs, community centers, and summer jobs.

Education:

  • Two years paid public universities and college or job training for those making less than $125k/yr.
  • Create new a federal grant program.
  • Double the maximum value of Pell grants for low-income and middle-class individuals.
  • Make a $50 billion investment in workforce training.
  • More than halve payments on undergraduate federal student loans.
  • Stop for-profit education programs from profiteering off of students.
  • Crack down on private lenders profiteering off of students.
  • Allow individuals holding private loans to discharge them in bankruptcy.
  • $10,000 across the board federal student loan forgiveness.
  • Forgive all undergraduate federal student loan debt for borrowers who attended public colleges and universities, as well as historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and private minority-serving institutions (MSIs).

Immigration:

  • Repeal Trump era restrictions on immigration
  • Prioritize deporting threats over deporting hard working, upstanding members of the community.
  • End child separation and prolonged detention.
  • Reform the asylum system.
  • End public funding for the border wall.
  • Protect DACA recipients.
  • Hold ICE and CBP agents accountable for inhumane treatment.

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