Amy Klobuchar

Read Kirsten Gillibrand’s positions on all 11 planks of the Pledge Agenda.
Scroll down – or click a plank in the outline below to jump to specific positions.

I. Jobs for All – by Investing in Rebuilding America and a Green New Deal
1. Jobs for All – Created by Rebuilding America
2. Invest in a Green Economy
II. Fight Inequality
3. Empower Workers to Reduce Inequality
4. Opportunity and Justice for All – With Focus on Communities Harmed by Racism
5. Guarantee Women’s Economic Equality
III. A New Social Contract – for Income and Retirement Security – and Healthcare and Education for All

6. High Quality Public Education – Pre-K to University
7. Medicare for All – And Shared Economic Security
IV. Stop Corporations, Banks, and the Wealthy from Controlling Our Economy and Our Democracy
8. Make Corporations and the Wealthy Pay Their Fair Share
9. Close Wall Street’s Casino
10. Rescue Democracy from Special Interests
V. A Global Strategy for Working Americans

11. A Global Strategy for Working Americans

I. Jobs for All – by Investing in Rebuilding America and a Green New Deal
1. Jobs for All – Created by Rebuilding America

  • Amy Klobuchar has released a trillion-dollar plan to rebuild America’s infrastructure and create “millions of good-paying American jobs.” Her top-budget priority, she has pledged she would implement the proposal in the first year of her presidency. Sen. Klobuchar’s proposal would be funded with a series of corporate tax reforms. The plan does not include a jobs for all guarantee. (Klobuchar, Medium, 03/28/19)

2. Invest in a Green Economy

  • On the Green New Deal: “I see it as aspirational, I see it as a jump-start. So I would vote yes, but I would also, if it got down to the nitty-gritty of an actual legislation as opposed to, ‘Oh, here are some goals we have,’ that would be different for me.” (The Hill, 02/12/19).
  • “I think we can get close. I don’t think we are going to get rid of entire industries in the US. This is put out there, as an aspiration, in that it’s something that we need to move toward. Do I think we could cross every ‘t’ and dot every ‘i’ in 10 years? Actually, I think that would be very difficult to do.” (Vox, 02/19/19)
  • “In the first 100 days of my administration,” she said, “I will reinstate the Clean Power rules and gas mileage standards and put forth sweeping legislation to invest in green jobs and infrastructure. And on day one, we will rejoin the international climate agreement.” (Glamour, 02/13/19)

II. Fight Inequality
3. Empower Workers to Reduce Inequality

  • Co-sponsored Bernie $15 wage bill (CNBC, 02/19/19).
  • “Lifting the minimum wage is part of the solution to get the economy back on track for the middle class and at the same time giving our businesses the customers they need with more money in their pockets to buy their goods.” (Senate website)
  • “I support providing paid sick days and paid family and medical leave at the federal level so no one has to sacrifice a paycheck for the birth of a child, to care for an elderly parent, or to get treatment for a serious health condition.” (Senate website)
  • Klobuchar “cosponsored the Healthy Families Act to provide paid sick leave, the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act to provide paid family and medical leave, and the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act to protect the rights of pregnant workers.” (Klobuchar Senate website)

4. Opportunity and Guarantee Justice for All – With a Focus on Communities Harmed by Racism

  • “We have to do more to reduce inflexible mandatory minimums and add safety valves, building on the federal reforms we made last year. True criminal justice reform includes the cash bail system, expanding funding for public defenders and eliminating obstacles to re-entering and participating fully in society. That’s why we also need better educational and job training programs that can help people both before and after they are released.” (Klobuchar op-ed, CNN, 04/05/19)
  • “I have supported comprehensive immigration reform going back to 2007. And, as a member of the Judiciary Committee, I was part of the successful effort to pass the 2013 comprehensive immigration reform bill in the Senate that included an accountable pathway to earned citizenship, prioritized enforcement of existing laws, enhanced border security, provided for reforms to our visa system, and also included the DREAM Act….I will continue to work in every way I can to pass immigration reform and am committed to finding a bipartisan solution for our DREAMers.” (Senate website)

5. Guarantee Women’s Economic Equality

  • Klobuchar “cosponsored the Healthy Families Act to provide paid sick leave, the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act to provide paid family and medical leave, and the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act to protect the rights of pregnant workers.” (Senate website)

III. A New Social Contract – for Income and Retirement Security – and Healthcare and Education for All
6. High Quality Public Education – Pre-K to University

  • Klobuchar has rejected calls from progressives to provide free four-year college. Instead says she would expand Pell Grants, help students refinance their college loans, and make two-year community colleges free. (Business Insider, 02/19/19)
  • “No, I am not for free four-year college for all,” the Minnesota lawmaker said. “If I was a magic genie and could give that to everyone, and we could afford it, I would … I’ve got to tell the truth.” (Business Insider, 02/19/19)

7. Medicare for All – And Shared Economic Security

IV. Stop Corporations, Banks, and the Wealthy from Controlling Our Economy and Our Democracy
8. Make Corporations and the Wealthy Pay Their Fair Share

  • “Putting Main Street ahead of Wall Street. In the wake of the financial crisis that cost millions of Americans their jobs, homes, and nest eggs, I fought for comprehensive reform in the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to protect consumers and restore transparency. Those measures include efforts to monitor and address systemic risk, increase accountability at financial firms, and reform the complex derivatives markets. To shield consumers from unfair, deceptive, and abusive practices, the bill created the independent Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The final bill also included two amendments I co-authored to protect homebuyers from predatory lending practices and to preserve the Federal Reserve’s authority to supervise community banks to ensure that the institution charged with our nation’s monetary policy has a connection to Main Street–not just Wall Street. I believe it is time for Wall Street to start operating by the same rules as the rest of us.” (Klobuchar senate website)
  • To pay for her infrastructure plan, Sen. Klobuchar has proposed making a number of corporate tax reforms including “adjusting the corporate tax rate to 25%, closing loopholes that encourage U.S. companies to move jobs and operations overseas, establishing a financial risk fee on our largest banks, and increasing efforts for tax enforcement.” (Klobuchar, Medium, 03/28/19)
  • Klobuchar has not commented directly on Senator Warren’s proposal to break up big tech companies like Amazon, Google, and Facebook, but she recently re-introduced legislation to modernize antitrust enforcement and promote competition. (Senate press release, 02/01/19) She has also offered “an option to tax tech companies when they either exploit, sell, or give user data to third party sources.” (The Verge, 03/14/19)

9. Close Wall Street’s Casino

10. Rescue Democracy from Special Interests

  • Klobuchar says she is open to eliminating the electoral college in favor of the popular vote, as well as eliminating the Senate filibuster. Meanwhile, she is against term limits for Supreme Court justices, while her position on adding justices to “pack” the Supreme Court is unclear. (Washington Post, 04/11/19)
  • Klobuchar supports automatic voter registration, granting voting rights to the formerly incarcerated, making Election Day a national holiday, and statehood for Washington DC (all in accordance with the rest of the Democratic candidates). She also supports Puerto Rico’s self-determination. It is unclear whether or not she supports lowering the voting age to 16. (Washington Post, 04/11/19)
  • In 2010, the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision opened the door for corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money on federal election activity. Special interests have had too much influence in our political process for too long, and the Supreme Court’s McCutcheon decision in 2014 only expanded that influence. I believe we must address the problems created by these harmful Supreme Court rulings and that we must restore the right of individual Americans to have their voices heard. (Klobuchar senate website)
  • Protecting the voting rights of all Americans. The right to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy, and we should be doing all we can to make sure people’s voices are heard. In many states, voters are facing barriers to the ballot box in the form of long lines, unreasonable identification requirements and shuttered polling locations. As Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee, which has jurisdiction over federal elections, I believe we must do more to encourage participation in elections and strengthen the right to vote. (Klobuchar senate website)

V. A Global Strategy for Working Americans
11. A Global Strategy for Working Americans

  • Klobuchar opposed President’s Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria. Earlier this month, Klobuchar highlighted her opposition by voting in favor of bipartisan legislation that rebuked Trump’s position. At the time of the vote, all the senators who had already announced they were running in 2020 or had declared their intention to run voted against the bill.  (Glamour, 02/13/19)
  • On the crisis in Venezuela, Klobuchar wrote in an email that she supports Venezuelans working to oust Nicholas Maduro. “I support the people of Venezuela standing up against Maduro, installing a new leader, and restoring democracy in Venezuela.” (Huffington Post, 01/30/19)
  • “I have long called for a bipartisan approach to tax reform. If done right, we could help all Americans, simplify the tax code, close wasteful loopholes, bring back money U.S. companies are holding overseas to fund infrastructure projects here at home, and provide incentives to keep jobs in America.” (Klobuchar senate website)
  • According to Vox: “Amy Klobuchar [has] also generally opposed free-trade deals in office, though it is not a signature issue for [her] in the same way it is for Sanders and Warren.” Still, Klobuchar opposed giving Obama fast-track authority for TPP and also voted against the Central American free trade agreement in 2006. (Vox, 03/30/19)
  • On China trade, in October 2016, Klobuchar was one of 12 senators to sign a letter to President Obama urging his administration “to consider all options for increasing China’s compliance with its international trade obligations, including a potential case brought with our allies at the World Trade Organization and a pause of other trade negotiations with China, such as the Bilateral Investment Treaty talk. (Political Charge, 02/22/19)