Joe Biden

Read Joe Biden’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 Inequality
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

2. Invest in a Green Economy

  • Greenpeace gave Biden a B+ on climate change, putting him in 6th place in their ranking of the 2020 presidential candidate field. According to the NGO: “Biden’s climate plan has a lot to like, including investments in clean energy, an enforcement mechanism to get us to net-zero emissions, promises to hold polluters accountable, a strong international focus, and making sure we don’t leave workers or communities behind in the transition to a renewable energy economy. He recently told a Greenpeace activist he supports phasing out coal, oil, and gas — including banning fossil fuel exports. He signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge. But he still has a ways to go when it comes to confronting the fossil fuel industry. All candidates must pledge to make bold climate action a Day One priority in office.” (Greenpeace)

II. Fight Inequality
3. Empower Workers to reduce Inequality

  • He calls for “laws that allow labor unions to flourish and fight for basic worker protections” but also for a suite of new kinds of protections that operate outside the scope of traditional union-focused labor law. Biden wants a ban on non-compete agreements, a suite of measures to ensure that workers can discuss their pay without fear of retaliation, and stronger measures against wage theft. (Vox, 12/18/18)

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

5. Guarantee Women’s Economic Inequality

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

  • Biden endorsed the idea of free college in a 2015 speech as Vice-President. “I believe we have to level the playing field for the American people, and that’s going to take access to education and opportunity to work…We need to commit to 16 years of free public education for all our children. We all know that 12 years of public education is not enough. As a nation, let’s make the same commitment to a college education today that we made to a high school education a hundred years ago.”

7. Medicare for All – And Shared Economic Security

  • According to Vox, Biden “has stayed pretty mum on the topic” of Medicare-for-all.” He has not endorsed Medicare-for-all, nor has he disavowed the idea.” (Vox, 04/22/19)

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

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