Tulsi Gabbard

Read Tulsi Gabbard’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

2. Invest in a Green Economy

  • Gabbard did not co-sponsor the Green New Deal resolution. “I have some concerns with the Green New Deal, and about some of the vagueness of the language in there, so have not co-sponsored the legislation,” the Hawaii congresswoman said when asked about the progressive plan to rapidly shift away from fossil fuels to fight climate change.” (The Hill, 02/20/19)
  • “One of the most aggressive pieces of climate change legislation in Congress, Gabbard’s “OFF Fuels for a Better Future Act” would mandate a dramatic move away from fossil fuels. The plan would require electric utilities to use 80 percent renewable resources by 2027 and 100 percent by 2035. In addition, it would set similar goals for car emissions, mandating zero emissions by 2050. Finally, it would end all subsidies and tax breaks for fossil fuels and it would ban fracking.”(PBS, 01/14/19)

II. Fight Inequality
3. Empower Workers to Reduce Inequality

  • Along with Senator Bernie Sanders and other Democratic leaders, Tulsi introduced  theRaise the Wage Act to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour by 2024 (Tulsi House press release, 05/25/17)
  • “Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) joined a coalition of over 160 lawmakers in introducing legislation that would create a national paid family and medical leave program. The Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act, known as the FAMILY Act, would ensure that every American worker can take up to 12 weeks of paid leave for a pregnancy or the birth or adoption of a child, to recover from a serious illness, or to care for a seriously ill family member.” (Tulsi House press release, 02/14/19)
  • “….Without a national family leave policy, millions of Americans are forced to make an impossible choice between their family’s health, and their financial security. Our legislation will provide the security our working families need to care for their loved ones, without risking their ability to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table.” (Tulsi House press release, 02/14/19)

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

  • “Rep. Tulsi Gabbard says that ending the federal prohibition of marijuana is smart policy and, on Thursday, she is introducing legislation in Congress to do just that.” (Forbes, 03/17/19)
  • “Tulsi is fighting to reform America’s broken criminal justice system by working to reduce [but not eliminate] mandatory minimums for certain non-violent offenders, recidivism rates, crime rates, and the social and economic cost of an over-criminalized society.” (Tulsi 2020, Criminal Justice Reform)

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

  • “Gabbard backs Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ proposal to cut or eliminate higher education tuition for most Americans. She would make community college tuition-free for all Americans, and four-year public colleges tuition-free for students whose families make $125,000 or less per year. The plan would pay for that tuition by imposing a new tax on stock and bond trades.” (PBS, 01/14/19)

7. Medicare for All – And Shared Economic Security


  • Congresswoman Gabbard has indicated that – for her – Medicare-for-all does not mean getting rid of the private insurance industry. She said on ABC’s The View that “Medicare for all would provide quality health care for every single American, at a cheaper price to every one of us. If folks want to get their own private insurance at the same time, they’re free to do that.” (The Washington Post, 04/11/19).


  • Congresswoman Gabbard believes that that federal government should have the ability to negotiate drug prices for Medicare and import drugs from other countries. She has not indicated whether or not she supports having the federal government produce and sell generic drugs to lower prices. (The Washington Post, 04/11/19)


  • Gabbard has not indicated if supports expanding Medicare by allowing people ages 50-64 to buy into the program or whether or not she believes undocumented immigrants should be covered under a
    government
    health care plan. (The Washington Post, 04/11/19).


  • “We must stand up against big pharma and insurance companies who extort those who are sick, who put their profits above the health of our people. We must fight to ensure that every American gets the quality healthcare they need, through Medicare for All.” (Tulsi 2020, Medicare for All)

  • Gabbard co-sponsored a bill to create a government-run system to provide health care for all residents of the United States. That bill, “The Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act,” would pay for health care by increasing taxes on the wealthiest 5 percent of Americans, create a progressive excise tax on payroll and self-employment, tax unearned income, and also tax stock and bond transactions (not just the gains from those transactions). (PBS, 01/14/19)

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

  • Rep. Gabbard has said she “agree[s] with Senator Warren on the need to break up big tech companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon” and will be introducing similar legislation in the U.S. House. (The Verge, 03/14/19)

9. Close Wall Street’s Casino

  • “Tulsi believes Americans should have peace of mind knowing that the health of their mortgage, retirement plan, or even salary isn’t tied to a roll of the dice on Wall Street.” (Tulsi 2020, Wall Street Reform)
  • “Break up the big banks – Banks that are “too big to fail” are simply too big. As long as individual banks hold such a huge portion of our economy, then we are bound to be faced with having to bail out the giant banks again. This will devastate our economy.” (Tulsi 2020, Wall Street Reform)
  • Restore the Glass Steagall Act – For decades, the Glass Steagall Act protected the public by separating risky investment banking and commercial banking. Had this common sense regulation not been repealed, we never would have faced the economic hardship that we do today. Without this healthy separation, greed leads bankers to leverage available funds for the highest profit potential – and often riskiest investments. (Tulsi Gabbard, Wall Street Reform)
  • Ban naked credit defaults- Naked credit defaults are a form of excessive speculation that put our financial markets in a position of unnecessary and unhealthy risk. As a form of gambling, naked credit defaults have no place in our banking system. (Tulsi 2020, Wall Street Reform)

10. Rescue Democracy from Special Interests

  • Tulsi Gabbard is open to eliminating the electoral college and the Senate filibuster. It is still unclear whether or not she supports adding justices to “pack” the Supreme Court or implementing term limits.  (Washington Post, 04/11/19)
  • Tulsi stands with the rest of the presidential field in supporting automatic voter registration for 18 year olds, Election Day as a National Holiday, voting rights for the formerly incarcerated, and statehood for Washington, DC. She believes Puerto Ricans should be able to vote on statehood. And it is unclear still whether she supports some candidates’ calls to lower the voting age being lowered from 18 to 16. (Washington Post, 04/11/19)

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

  • Gabbard has said the U.S. is complicit in a humanitarian disaster by giving support to the Saudis, because they have cut off aid to large parts of the Yememi population while battling rebels there. (PBS, 01/14/19)
  • Stand up against new regime change wars – Iran, Venezuela. Every dollar that we spend on regime change wars or on the new cold war and this nuclear arms race is a dollar coming out of our pockets … dollars that should be used to address the very real, urgent needs of our people and our communities right here at home. (Tulsi 2020, War and Peace)
  • On the crisis in Venezuela, Gabbard tweeted that “the United States needs to stay out of Venezuela and let the Venezuelan people determine their future. We don’t want other countries to choose our leaders―so we have to stop trying to choose theirs.” (Huffington Post, 01/30/19)
  • “Gabbard argued, along with a small minority of foreign policy analysts, that the best way to defeat ISIS in Syria was for the US to align itself with Assad’s regime. She argued that the US should cut funding to the rebels fighting Assad, even sponsoring a bill in Congress to cut off US support. In the fall of 2015, when Russia began its bombing campaign in Syria, Gabbard celebrated it as a win for counterterrorism.” (Vox, 01/17/19)
  • “She joined Republicans in demanding that Barack Obama use the term “radical Islam.” She was the member of Congress most willing to advocate for Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. She dubbed herself a “hawk” on terrorism.” (Vox)
  • “Al-Qaeda attacked us on 9/11 and must be defeated. Obama won’t bomb them in Syria. Putin did. (Gabbard Tweet, 2015)
  • Rep. Gabbard says she is against the Trans-Pacific Partnership. “The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is a bad deal for the American people.  This historically massive trade deal — accounting for 40 percent of global trade — would reduce restrictions on foreign corporations operating within the U.S., limit our ability to protect our environment, and create more incentives for U.S. businesses to outsource investments and jobs overseas to countries with lower labor costs and standards.”  (Tulsi 2020, Trans-Pacific Partnership)
  • On her campaign website, Gabbard stresses the need to “end tax breaks for corporations that outsource jobs overseas.” (Tulsi 2020, Economy and Jobs)