Policy Shop (2019)

Policy, Plans and Proposals: Drawing Distinctions
More than any other race, be it for city council or governor, the campaign for president focuses on character.  The candidates' positions on issues can be lost amid questions about electability or who is up and who is down in the polls.  The positions of current and former elected officials are a matter of public record, but a presidential campaign provides an opportunity to introduce, re-frame and advance ideas to a broad audience.  Drawing distinctions on policy can help a candidate emerge from the field.  At the center of the discussion is the role of the federal government; candidates approach these issues with varying mixes of ideology and pragmatism.  One could also add realism.  In this era of divided government and an ever escalating national debt, it is not enough just to introduce policy proposals, candidates should address if they could be adopted and how they would be paid for.  Some of the candidates are offering bold, ambitious and specific plans, while others have been very cautious or outlined only broad themes.  In this sense a candidate's approach on policy does provide insights on his or her character. 

The process of developing and presenting policy is also worth considering.  Current officials may have sizable policy staffs and advisors, and can introduce actual legislation or sign actual bills, but they still need to translate those activities to the campaign trail.  Depending upon its resources, a campaign's policy team may be tiny or in some cases even relegated to consultants, or it may have a robust operation.  Typically the candidate will deliver a speech when introducing a policy proposal, sometimes before a think tank or interest group forum or in a key state.  Several candidates have taken to posting policy on Medium.  Policy rollouts are often accompanied by emailed ICYMIs (in case you missed it) and WTASs (what they are saying) and sometimes tied to fundraising appeals.  The candidates' websites show a range of approaches to presenting policy; most have in-depth issues section or a more general vision section, but on some policy appears as an afterthought.


Policy Plans and Proposals by Subject    
   limited to rollouts from the campaign trail
does not include legislative announcements from congressional/Senate offices
 
see the candidates' websites (below) for more information
Note to campaigns and supporters: If you see a policy or plan I've missed please call or email: action08 @ gmail
- as of August 23, 2019 -

CULTURE AND SOCIETY
Biden (criminal justice)  |  Booker (clemency initiative)  |  Buttigieg (national service, empowerment of Black America)  |  Castro (policing, indigenous communities)  |  Delaney (Black America, national service, Cities Fair Deal plan, mandatory national service)  |  Gillibrand (family bill of rights, LGBTQ rights, legalize marijuana)  |  Harris (equal pay, invest in HBCUs and Black entreneurship)  |  Moulton (national service)  |  O'Rourke (LGBTQ equality)  |  Sanders (criminal justice)  |  Sestak (social and racial justice)  |  Warren (end private prisons, Tribal nations and indigeneous peoples, criminal justice)  |  Williamson (LGBTQ rights, Department of Children and Youth, reparations)
Gun Violence, Domestic Terror, Hate Crimes: Buttigieg  |  Booker, 2  |  Castro  |  Harris, 2  |  Klobuchar O'Rourke Swalwell  |  Warren
Seniors:
Biden  |  Buttigieg  |  Gillibrand (expand Social Security, aging with dignity)  |  Klobuchar  |  O'Rourke |   Sanders

DEFENSE, NAT'L SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Warren  |  Moulton  ||  Bennet (election security)  |  Biden  |  Buttigieg  |  Delaney  |  Gillibrand  |  O'Rourke (veterans)  |  Sestak (Israel)  |  Warren (corporate influence at the Pentagon, military housing, rebuild the State Department)  |  Williamson (foreign policy, department of peace)

THE ECONOMY

Booker (EITC expansion)  |  Delaney (entrepreneurship czar, infrastructure, living wage)  |  Harris (equal pay,)  | Hickenlooper (National Strategy for a Working America)  |  Inslee (clean energy economy)  |  Klobuchar (infrastructure)  |  Moulton (tax reform)  |  O'Rourke (women and minority owned businesses)  |  Ryan (industrial plan)  |  Sanders (21st Century Economic Bill of Rights)  |  Warren (ultra-millionaire tax, child care, corporate profits tax, tech reform, debt relief for Puerto Rico, economic patriotism, Small Business Equity Fund, value the work of women of color, financial sector, averting economic crash, trade)
Agriculture and Rural America: Biden  |  Buttigieg  |  Delaney  |  Gillibrand  |  Inslee  |  Hickenlooper  |  Klobuchar, 2  |  Sanders  |  Sestak  |  Warren, 2
Housing: Booker  |  Castro  |  Harris  |  Klobuchar  |  Warren
Labor: Bennet  |  Buttigieg  |  de Blasio  |  Inslee  |  O'Rourke  |  Sanders  ||  Unionizing Campaign Staff (1, 2, 3, 4)

EDUCATION

Biden  |  Castro  |  de Blasio  |  Harris (teacher pay, HBCUs)  |  Inslee  |  Klobuchar  |  O'Rourke  |  Ryan  |  Sanders  |  Warren (student debt, early childhood)

ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT

Climate Change: Bennet  |  Biden  |  Delaney 2  |  Inslee (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)  |  Gillibrand  |  O'Rourke  |  Sanders  |  Warren
More: Booker (strengthen EPA)   Castro (invest in renewable energy)  |  Warren (public lands, green manufacturing)

HEALTH CARE
Bennet (rural health care)  |  Biden (protect and build on the ACA)  |  Buttigieg (rural health)  |  Castro (lead exposure)  |  Delaney (framework, drug prices,)  |  Harris (prescription drug costs, Medicare for All)   |  Sanders (Medicare for All)
Mental Health: and Addiction: Buttigieg  |  Delaney (mental health, opioid epidemic)  |  Gillibrand  |  Klobuchar  |  tMoulton  |  Warren (opioid crisis)
Reproductive Rights: Booker  |  Gillibrand  |  Harris  |  O'Rourke  |  Warren

IMMIGRATION
Booker  |  Castro  |  Harris  |  Inslee  |  O'Rourke  |  Warren  |  Williamson

POLITICS IS BROKEN
Bennet (clean up corruption and strengthen our democracy)  |  Gillibrand (Clean Elections, restore our democracy)   |  Hickenlooper (protect voting rights)  |  O'Rourke (cabinet town halls, voting rights and democracy reform)  |  Steyer (fix the broken political system)  |  Swalwell (transparency and free press)  |  Warren (no president is above the law, strengthen our democracy)


Democrats
U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet
michaelbennet.com/vision/
proposals
Senate
Priorities
Legislation
Voting Record
Congress.gov
Fmr. VP Joe Biden
joebiden.com/joes-vision/
proposals
Congress.gov
U.S. Sen. Cory Booker
proposals
Senate
Priorities
Congress.gov



Gov. Steve Bullock
stevebullock.com/one-big-idea/
Governor
Issues
Mayor Pete Buttigieg
meetpete.org
peteforamerica.com/issues/
proposals
Fmr. HUD Sec. Julián Castro
proposals



Mayor Bill de Blasio

Fmr. U.S. Rep. John Delaney
www.johndelaney.com/issues/
proposals
U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
House
Issues
Congress.gov



U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
kirstengillibrand.com/issues/
proposals
Senate
Issues
Congress.gov
U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris
Our America
proposals
Senate
Congress.gov
Fmr. Gov. John Hickenlooper
proposals



U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar
proposals
Senate
Issues
Congress.gov
Mayor Wayne Messam
wayneforusa.com/   priorities



Seth Moulton for America
sethmoulton.com/#issues
proposals
House
Issues
Congress.gov
U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan
House
Issues
Congress.gov






Author Marianne Williamson
www.marianne2020.com/issues
proposals



Entrepreneur Andrew Yang
www.yang2020.com/policies/


 


               Republicans              
Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.
www.promiseskept.com/
Weld 2020 Pres. Campaign Committee

   




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