Elizabeth Warren

Read Elizabeth Warren’s positions on all 11 planks of the Pledge Agenda.
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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

  • Sen. Warren proposes a making an “historic investment in housing that would bring rents down by 10% across America and create 1.5 million new jobs
  • ” Paid for – at least in part – by trillions of dollars in revenue produced by an Ultra-Millionaire Tax on America’s 75,000 richest families. (Campaign site, Rebuild the Middle Class)
  • Warren was a co-sponsor of Bernie Sanders’ proposal for the federal government to guarantee a job paying $15 an hour and health-care benefits to every American worker “who wants or needs one.” The program would fund hundreds of projects throughout the United States aimed at addressing priorities such as infrastructure,care giving, the environment, education and other goals. (Washington Post, 04/23/18)

2. Invest in a Green Economy

  • Greenpeace gave Warren a B+ on climate change, putting her in 5th place in their ranking of the 2020 presidential candidate field. According to the NGO: “Sen. Warren supports the Green New Deal and its call for a 10-year mobilization towards 100% clean energy. She was the first 2020 presidential candidate to commit to end new fossil fuel drilling on public lands and waters on Day One if elected. She supports eliminating fossil fuel subsidies, has signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge, and has put out a robust plan to foster the clean energy economy. Sen. Warren has fought to keep fossil fuel workers from being left behind, and championed resiliency and a just recovery for Puerto Rico and other regions struck by climate-fueled disaster. Sen. Warren has yet to put forward a comprehensive plan to phase out fossil fuels and usher in 100% clean energy for all, though so far she has put out several parts of a climate plan.” (Greenpeace)
  • Warren was a co-sponsor of the non-binding Green New Deal Resolution – introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey – a basic framework encouraging the U.S. to commit to producing 100% clean energy in the next 10 years and invest in major program to build sustainable infrastructure. (Vox, 02/07/19)
  • Warren has tied her support for the Green New Deal to her Ultra-Millionaire Tax on the richest Americans, whose revenue would go towards a down payment on this and other progressive policy proposals. (Campaign site. Rebuild the Middle Class)
  • Warren has signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge, pledging not to accept any money from the oil, gas, or coal industries for her presidential campaign. (New Republic, 03/19/19)

II. Fight Inequality
3. Empower Workers to Reduce Inequality

  • “After decades of largely flat wages and exploding household costs, millions of families can barely breathe. For generations, people of color have been shut out of their chance to build wealth. It’s time for big, structural changes to put economic power back in the hands of the American people.
  • That means putting power back in the hands of workers and unions. It also means transforming large American companies by letting their workers elect at least 40% of the company’s board members to give them a powerful voicein decisions about wages and outsourcing. And it means a new era of strong antitrust enforcement so giant corporations can’t stifle competition, depress wages, and drive up the cost of everything from beef to Internet access.” (Campaign site, Rebuild the Middle Class)
  • Warren’s Capitalism Accountability Act – introduced in 2018 – seeks to “reverse skewed market incentives…and reverse the harmful trends over the last thirty years that have led to record corporate profits and rising worker productivity but stagnant wages.” (Senate press release, 08/15/19)
  • In a 2016 op-ed in the Boston Globe, Warren declared our need to protect “workers’ right to organizeprovide some additional insurance for workers so that taking a little time off to care for a newborn or a loved one doesn’t spell financial ruin — and that includes paid family and medical leave and paid sick days…[and] enforce the labor laws we already have on the books.”  (Boston Globe, 02/29/16)

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

  • “Four words are etched above the Supreme Court: Equal Justice Under Law. That’s supposed to be the promise of our justice system. But today in America, there’s one justice system for the rich and powerful, and another one for everybody else. It’s not equal justice when a kid with an ounce of pot can get thrown in jail while a bank executive who launders money for a drug cartel can get a bonus. It’s not equal justice when, for the exact same crimes, African Americans are more likely than whites to be arrested, more likely to be charged, more likely to be convicted, and more likely to be sentenced. We need criminal justice reform and we need it now. That means ending racial disparities in our justice system. It means banning private prisons. It means embracing community policing and demilitarizing our local police forces. It means comprehensive sentencing reform and rewriting our laws to decriminalize marijuana. Equal justice also demands that everybody – no matter how wealthy or well-connected – is held accountable when they break the law. That means new laws and a new commitment to prosecuting giant corporations – and their leaders – when they cheat their customers, stomp out their competitors, or rob their workers. It means judicial nominees that follow the rule of law instead of catering to the wealthy and the well-connected. It won’t be easy. But we will make structural change to fulfill the promise of our justice system. Our democracy demands it.” (Warren Site, Equal Justice Under the Law)
  • Warren has explicitly endorsed reparations for the families of formerly enslaved people: “I believe it’s time to start the national full-blown conversation about reparations in this country. And that means I support the bill in the House to appoint a congressional panel of experts, people that are studying this and talking about different ways we may be able to do it and make a report back to Congress, so that we can as a nation do what’s right and begin to heal.” (Warren at CNN Town Hall)
  • “There have been studies showing that in exactly — exactly — the same crimes committed by blacks and whites, that blacks are more likely to be arrested, and blacks are more likely to be prosecuted. … That’s why we need significant criminal justice reform. … We should do it on a bipartisan basis. This should not be a partisan issue. This should be about making changes in the criminal justice system that we all need.” (masslive, 08/10/19)
  • Warren’s recently released American Housing and Economic Mobility Act would dramatically increase the federal government’s investment into affordable housing
  • $450 billion over 10 years – producing 3 million affordable housing units, reducing rents for working families by 10%, and creating 1.5 million jobs. It would also work to “reverse decades of discriminatory housing policy.”(Warren press release, 09/26/18)
  • “We need to have policies on immigration that are consistent with our values…An immigration system that is administered so that it is not able to tell the difference between a criminal, a terrorist, & a 12-year-old little girl is an immigration system that not only is not keeping us safer, it does not reflect our values.” (Warren at CNN Town Hall, 03/18/19)

5. Guarantee Women’s Economic Equality

  • Warren has has asserted the need for “passing equal-pay laws. The gender pay gap can add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional wages over a lifetime of work for women doing the same jobs as their male colleagues.” (Boston Globe, 02/29/16)
  • We need to “provide some additional insurance for workers so that taking a little time off to care for a newborn or a loved one doesn’t spell financial ruin — and that includes paid family and medical leave and paid sick days. OK, so we don’t get fired for getting sick or having babies, but according to the Department of Labor, only 12 percent of American private-sector workers get any paid family or medical leave. Without paid leave, too many people must choose between their family responsibilities and their paychecks.” (Boston Globe, 02/29/16)
  • The campaign has released a comprehensive plan “to make child care more affordable for millions of low and middle-income families, and…encourage more women to participate in the workforce rather than stay at home, as state-level expansions of pre-school have done.” (Vox, 02/22/19)

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

  • The campaign has released plans for universal childcare, and also intends to use a part of the revenue produced by an Ultra-Millionaire Tax to finance massive student loan debt relief. (Campaign website, Rebuild the Middle Class)
  • Warren has pushed for debt-free college for years. In 2014, she brought forth a bill that would allow federal student loan borrowers to refinance their debt at a lower interest rate. And in 2017 she co-sponsored Bernie Sanders’ College for All Act, “which would have lowered interest rates for student loans and allowed current borrowers to refinance their loans at that lower rate.”  (The Atlantic, 02/26/19)

7. Medicare for All – And Shared Economic Security

  • Warren’s platform endorses Medicare-for-All, which it intends to pay for with revenue produced by an Ultra-Millionaire Tax . (Campaign website, Rebuild the Middle Class)
  • While Warren signed on to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for all bill, which would ban private health insurance and transition the U.S. to a government-run health system within four years, she also says that she would be open to multiple paths to universal coverage – including less rapid transitions and plans that might not do away with the private insurance industry…”When we talk about Medicare for All, there are a lot of different pathways,” Warren said. “What we’re all looking for is the lowest cost way to make sure that everybody gets covered.” (Warren at CNN Townhall, 03/19/19)
  • Warren’s plan to confront the opioid epidemic would require the federal government to “help treat millions of additional Americans who face addiction. Modeled after the national response to the AIDS epidemic, that plan would pour $100 billion in federal funding over 10 years into fighting the opioid crisis.”(Washington Post, 12/31/19)
  • Senator Warren was part of a group of lawmakers in September to announce the creation of the Expand the Social Security Caucus. She has stated:Social security is a lifeline for seniors and Americans with disabilities. We won’t let it be cut by one cent – and instead we will fight to expand it. The rich and powerful have rigged our economy to make themselves richer, while working families face a massive retirement crisis. If this government really works for the people, it should protect and expand social security.(Motley Fool, 01/18/19)

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

  • “It’s time for big structural changes to put economic power back in the hands of the American people. That means putting power back in the hands of workers and unions. It also means transforming large American companies by letting their workers elect at least 40% of the company’s board members to give them a powerful voice in decisions about wages and outsourcing. And it means a new era of strong antitrust enforcement so giant corporations can’t stifle competition, depress wages, and drive up the cost of everything from beef to Internet access.
  • As the wealthiest nation in the history of the world, we can make investments that create economic opportunity, address rural neglect, and a legacy of racial discrimination–if we stop handing out giant tax giveaways to rich people and giant corporations and start asking the people who have gained the most from our country to pay their fair share. An Ultra-Millionaire Tax on America’s 75,000 richest families to produce trillions that can be used to build an economy that works for everyone, including universal childcare, student loan debt relief, and down payments on a Green New Deal and Medicare for All. And we can make a historic investment in housing that would bring down rents by 10% across America and create 1.5 million new jobs.” (Campaign website, Rebuild the Middle Class)
  •  Warren’s Capitalism Accountability Act – introduced in 2018 – seeks to “eliminate skewed market incentives and return to the era when American corporations and American workers did well together.” The legislation aims to “reverse the harmful trends over the last thirty years that have led to record corporate profits and rising worker productivity but stagnant wages.” (Senate press release)
  • Warren introduced a bill in the Senate that would levy a tax on the richest 0.1% of Americans to raise over 2.75 trillion in 10 years. (Senate press release)
  • Warren has announced a plan to break up big tech companies like Amazon, Google, and Facebook. According to Warren, “today’s big tech companies have too much power — to much power over our economy, our society, and our democracy. They’ve bulldozed competition, used private information for profit, and tilted the playing field against everyone else…I want a government that makes sure everyboy–even the biggest and most powerful companies in America–plays by the rules.” (Warren, Medium, 03/08/19)
  • Elizabeth Warren has denounced recent mergers in the agribusiness industry, state that “consolidation is choking family farms.” Her plan to break up big agribusiness proposes aims to “level the playing field for family farmers” through “writing merger rules, passing a national right-to-repair law, making checkoff programs optional, and establishing a mandatory country of origin label for beef and pork.” (Pacific Standard, 03/28/19)

9. Close Wall Street’s Casino

  • We will also shut the revolving door between Wall Street and Washington and permanently ban Senators and Congressmen from trading stocks in office and from becoming lobbyists when they retire – not for one year or two years, but for life. (Campaign website)
  • According to the Washington Post, “as a candidate for president, Warren will tout similar measures to crack down on white-collar crime, including a bill that would create a permanent law enforcement
    unit
    to investigate crimes at banks and large financial institutions,
    ending what she has called “too big to jail. The law would also require senior executives at banks with more than $10 billion in assets to annually certify they have “found no criminal conduct or civil fraud within the financial institution.
    (Washington Post, 12/31/18)
  • Another bill, backed by Warren and Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.), would require federal agencies to disclose more information about closed federal cases against bad corporate actors. (Washington Post, 12/31/18)
  • “In a portion of her updated version of her ambitious 2018 housing bill, Warren proposed a check on the unregulated takeover of rental housing by the country’s biggest investment firms. Instead of allowing Wall Street-backed developers to flip any distressed and foreclosed mortgage into a single-family rental unit, her bill would require the government to help keep the majority of these homes in the possession of individuals, community groups, and affordable-housing developers by setting aside a supply of mortgages that Wall Street can’t touch.” (Pacific Standard, 03/20/19)

10. Rescue Democracy from Special Interests

  • “Our democracy faces serious threats at home and abroad. Strengthening it will require dramatic changes. That starts with a constitutional amendment to protect the right of every American citizen to vote and to have that vote counted. But it’s just the beginning. Politicians are supposed to compete over how many voters they can persuade, not how many citizens they can disqualify or demoralize. We must eliminate unnecessary and unjustified rules that make voting more difficult, and overturn every single voter suppression rule that racist politicians use to steal votes from people of color. We need to outlaw partisan gerrymandering by Democrats and Republicans. Our democracy is not for sale, and we need to end the influence of big money on our elections. That means overturning Citizens United. It also means ending the unwritten rules requiring anyone who wants to run for office to start by sucking up to rich donors and Washington insiders. No more donations from federal lobbyists. No more donations from PACs. And no more billionaire Super PACs.”(Campaign website, Strengthen Democracy)
  • “Washington works great for the wealthy and the well-connected, but it isn’t working for anyone else. Companies and wealthy individuals spend billions every year to influence Congress and federal agencies to put their interests ahead of the public interest. This is deliberate, and we need to call this what it is—corruption, plain and simple. That’s why Elizabeth has proposed the most ambitious set of anti-corruption reforms since Watergate to fundamentally change the way Washington does business. We will start by ending lobbying as we know it by closing loopholes so everyone who lobbies must register, shining sunlight on their activities, banning foreign governments from hiring Washington lobbyists, and shutting down the ability of lobbyists to move freely in and out of government jobs. We will also shut the revolving door between Wall Street and Washington and permanently ban Senators and Congressmen from trading stocks in office and from becoming lobbyists when they retire – not for one year or two years, but for life. We will make the justices of the Supreme Court follow a code of ethics and strengthen the code of conduct for all judges to make sure everyone gets a fair shake in our courts. And we will force every candidate for federal office to put their tax returns online.
  • “Together, these sweeping, structural changes will end the dominance of money in Washington, taking power away from the rich and powerful and putting it back where it belongs – with the American people themselves.”
  • “Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday called for abolishing the Electoral College as part of an effort to expand voting rights, making her one of the first Democrats running for president in 2020 to propose such a radical shift in how U.S. presidents are elected. In a CNN town hall in Jackson, Mississippi, Warren (D-Mass.) noted that deep red states like Mississippi and deep blue states like California or Massachusetts are rarely campaign stops for presidential candidates during the general election because of an overwhelming focus on swing states with the most Electoral College votes.” (Politico)
  • “In 2018, Warren introduced the Anti-Corruption and Public Integrity Act, “the most ambitious anti-corruption legislation since Watergate.” (Senate press release)
  • “Warren 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 where she stands on lowering the voting age to 16.” (Washington Post)
  • “Warren is also supports eliminating the electoral college in favor of the popular vote and eliminating the Senate filibuster. She is open to adding justices to “pack” the Supreme Court, as well as implementing term limits for Supreme Court justices.”(Washington Post)

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

  • “When foreign governments sow division, attack our democracy, and interfere in our elections, we must fight back and hold them accountable. And to prevent future attacks, we must reject the efforts of those with power to weaponize hatred and bigotry to divide us.” (Campaign website, Strengthen Our Democracy )
  • “From endless wars that strain military families to trade policies that crush our middle class, Washington’s foreign policy today serves the wealthy and well-connected at the expense of everyone else. For too long, our economic policies have left workers with the short end of the stick. We need to strengthen labor standards – and then fight to enforce them. That’s why Elizabeth will oppose Trump’s new “NAFTA 2.0” unless he produces a better deal for America’s working families. It’s time to stop prioritizing corporate profits over American paychecks.A strong military should act as a deterrent so that most of the time, we won’t have to use it. We must continue to be vigilant about the threat of terrorism, but it’s time to bring our troops home – and make sure they get support and benefits they’ve earned.”
  • “We should also leverage all the tools of our national power, not just our military might. That means cutting our bloated defense budget and ending the stranglehold of defense contractors on our military policy. It means reinvesting in diplomacy and standing with our allies to advance our shared interests. It means new solutions to new global challenges, from cybersecurity to the existential threat posed by climate change.”
  • “Our strength abroad is generated here at home. Policies that undermine working families in this country also erode our strength in the world. It’s time for a foreign policy that works for all Americans, not just wealthy elites.(Campaign website, Foreign Policy for All)
  • “Warren is a critic of the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, and blames U.S. trade policy more generally for widening economic inequality in the country. While she favors renegotiating NAFTA, she argues the deal Trump struck with Canada and Mexico in 2018 will have few benefits for American workers.(PBS, 01/17/19)
  • Warren does support action to end “unfair Chinese trade policy” including subsidies and tariffs. “What I’d like to see us do is rethink all of our trade policy. And I have to say, when President Trump says he’s putting tariffs on the table, I think tariffs are one part of reworking our trade policy overall.” (Asian Review)
  • “Warren, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, supports reducing the U.S. military’s presence in some global hotspots. Last November, she called for the immediate withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan. Warren also says the U.S. should withdraw service members from Iraq and Syria, though she has not gone into detail about what timetables she would support for those withdrawals.” (PBS, 01/17/19)
  • She is one of eight lawmakers who signed the pledge to end America’s “forever wars” – to work to bring ongoing U.S. global military conflicts to a “responsible and expedient” end. (The Intercept, 03/04/19)
  • On the Venezuelan crisis, Elizabeth Warren has  opposed both economic sanctions as well as military intervention to depose of Nicholas Maduro. (Huffington Post, 01/30/19)
  • Warren and Gillibrand also led the fight to keep the Trump administration from pulling out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia. (The Atlantic, 02/21/19)