Eric Swalwell

Read Eric Swalwell’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
Jobs for All – Created by Rebuilding America

2. Invest in a Green Economy

  • “I’m also a supporter of the Green New Deal, and I support that because aspirationally, in our lifetime, we should strive to see 100% renewable output in America.” (Eric Swalwell in Iowa, The Hill, 02/18/19)
  • “If you’re a worker who is on a [gas or oil] pipeline, you should have a skills and wage guarantee as you transition from dirty fossil fuels to a green economy.” (CNBC, 02/11/19)

II. Fight Inequality
3. Empower Workers to Reduce Inequality

  • “There may be some economic miracles on the top floors of buildings across our country,” Swalwell said, “but for most workers on most floors who toil away, they’re not seeing the benefits of this economy. They feel like yeah they’re working but just running in place, and health care is eating up their paychecks and they’re just one emergency of a flat tire or a washing machine going out or a kid going to the ER from being wiped out.” (CNBC)
  • “If you’re a worker who is on a [gas or oil] pipeline, you should have a skills and wage guarantee as you transition from dirty fossil fuels to a green economy.” (CNBC, 02/11/19)

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

  • “I believe that citizens in states across the county should be empowered to make their own decisions as to how to treat marijuana,” said Swalwell.  “The people of California voted to allow patients access to medical marijuana, and the federal government should not stand in their way…and we should be directing the hundreds of millions of dollars currently spent on marijuana enforcement to more serious priorities. These bills are good for the economy, patients and states’ rights.” (Swalwell press release, 03/05/13)

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

  • Swalwell does not support any free college tuition proposals. Instead, he supports what he calls a “college bargain.” “I would offer a college bargain,” Swalwell said at the “Politics & Eggs” breakfast speaker series. “If you work through college, through work-study, and you come out [and] through part-time, volunteer service hours, lift up and help out a community in need, and still do your full-time job … you can get a debt-free education. If you work for college, college should work for you in America. It’s not free college, it’s a bargain.” (Washington Examiner, 02/25/19)
  • Swalwell signed the Debt-Free College Resolution, “which calls for students to be able to graduate from public colleges and without debt.” He also led “legislation to allow student loan borrowers to refinance their loans at a lower rate.” (Swalwell letter to constituents)

7. Medicare for All – And Shared Economic Security

  • “Medicare for All is the obvious solution to a health care system that drives people to financial ruin.” (Swalwell op-ed, NBC, 03/02/19)
  • However, in his “Morning Joe” interview, Stalwell gave a firm “no” when asked if would support M4A proposals that would end private insurance. “I support coverage for all, which would be a public option that would drive down the pressure on the private insurers.” (Forbes, 03/19/19)

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

  • In response to the 2017 “Republican Tax Scam,” Swalwell explained, “I’m for real tax reform that has the mega-wealthy paying their fair share – not for this shameful sop to the rich that hits for working and middle-class families where it hurts.” (Swalwall Facebook post, 11/16/17)

9. Close Wall Street’s Casino

10. Rescue Democracy from Special Interests

  • Rep. Swalwell co-sponsored the HR1, For the People Act, expressing his support for “implementing automatic voter registration, requiring early voting and vote by mail, committing Congress to reauthorizing the Voting Rights Act, and ensuring the integrity of our elections by modernizing and strengthening our voting systems and ending partisan redistricting.” The bill also “curbs big money’s influence by requiring all political organizations to disclose large donors, updating political advertisement laws for the digital age, establishing a public matching system for citizen-owned elections, and revamping the Federal Election Commission to ensure there’s a cop on the campaign finance beat. And H.R. 1 takes real action to “drain the swamp” by extending conflict-of-interest laws to the President and Vice President and requiring the release of their tax returns, closing loopholes that let former members of Congress avoid cooling-off periods for lobbying, breaking the revolving door between industry and the federal government, and establishing a code of conduct for the Supreme Court.” (Swalwell House website)
  • Swalwell is a supporter of ranked-choice voting because “it gets rid of the all-or-nothing proposition for voters.” (Ozy, 03/13/19)

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