US Senator, New Jersey
- Drops out of race January 13, 2020
- US senator from New Jersey
- born April 27, 1969, Washington, D.C.
- Stanford University, elected class president, graduated with B.A. in sociology in 1991, and M.A. in 1992
- graduated Yale Law School 1997
- Newark mayor 2006-2013
- U.S. Senate 2013-present
Booker on impeachment:
“The long arc of history will look back and say, ‘What did the United States Senate, what did the Congress do when a president of the United States was acting more like a dictator or totalitarian authoritarian leader than someone who is subject to the checks and balances as designed by our founders?'” Source: NPR News
Slogan: We Rise
New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker backs “Medicare-for-All” (co-sponsor of Senate bill) but not eliminating private health insurance.
Like most of the other 2020 Democratic candidates, he said a decision about abortion should be up to the woman.
He also endorses a “public option,” in which a government-run health plan competes with private insurers.
“Health care is a human right, and long-term services and supports are an important part of that. In one of the richest nations in the world, no person should ever go broke or have to quit their job to afford long-term care or to take care of a loved one.” – as reported by the Washington Times
Booker calls for banning “assault weapons, high-capacity magazines and bump stocks.”
He is a co-sponsor of a Senate bill to ban assault weapons.
Booker backs “universal background checks” to close the “gun show loophole” and the “Charleston loophole.”
His plan calls for a federal licensing program for all gun owners, which would include a background check, safety training, and an in-person interview.*
If elected, Booker will use executive action to close gun sales loopholes.
Booker’s $3 trillion plan to combat climate changes includes:
- $1.5 trillion for clean energy, energy storage, and electric vehicle technologies;
- $100 billion toward boosting existing sustainable agriculture practices;
- $400 billion to fund Moonshot Hubs in each state for research and development of new technologies;
- and $300 billion in climate resiliency and disaster relief.
Democrat would also ban all new fossil fuel leases on federal lands.
- He would push for all new vehicles after 2030 to be zero-emission.
- He would establish a national electric vehicle charging stations.
- He says his carbon fee and dividend program would return money to citizens monthly.
- Senator supports Green New Deal and Paris accord, has advocated for a price on carbon since 2016.
- He endorses eliminating unfair subsidies for oil and gas.
Immigration/child-parent separation, detention and border wall
Senator introduced in 2018, along with 29 other Senate Democrats, the Keep Families Together Act, meant to stop families from being separated at the U.S.-Mexico border.
On Day One of his presidency, Booker says he would virtually eliminate immigration detention and put an end to the humanitarian crisis at the border and in detention centers across the country.
In 2017, Booker, along with other Democrats, said they would not vote for a spending bill that did not include protections for DREAMers.
Booker would support expanded protections for DACA.
Booker told the Washington Post he opposes criminal prosecution for people crossing the border illegally.
Senator sponsored a bill to prevent DHS from giving information about DACA recipients to law enforcement.
Economy/minimum wage/income inequality
Booker would close America’s racial wealth gap by giving every newborn a $1,000 savings account managed by the US Treasury.
Children from low-income families would receive an added $2,000 a year until 18.
Booker backs raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.
During the first debate, he said he would target companies like Amazon that pay low federal taxes or none at all.
Education/student debt/free tuition
Booker and Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Kamala Harris have signed onto legislation that would provide a federal match on state spending to cover all costs beyond what a student or a family can afford to pay. It would also cover college costs beyond tuition.
As mayor of Newark, N.J., he oversaw a $100 million pledge from Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg.
Senator is a co-sponsor of the 2018 Debt-Free College Act.
Senator is unsure about returning to Iran nuclear deal.
Initially, he backed the Iran nuclear deal and condemned Trump’s decision to pull out of it as “an abdication of American leadership.”
Cory Booker voted against arms sales to Saudi Arabia and criticized U.S. airstrikes in Syria.
Booker has been critical of Trump’s travel ban.*
He would strengthen election security to protect from foreign interference.
* “This stems from a person that started their campaign talking about Mexicans and Muslims in a way that just disappoints me… We need to reclaim our values… we’re a good nation, we’re good people, and we should be setting a standard on this planet of what humanity should be about.” — Booker on CNN: https://www.elle.com/culture/career-politics/a26136668/cory-booker-presidential-election-2020-issues/
He supports scaling down US armed forces in Afghanistan in a responsible and safe manner.
“We need to bring our American troops home. We cannot have forever wars in this nation.”
Booker supports legalization and expunging past criminal convictions for marijuana possession.
Booker announced in February a bill to legalize marijuana nationwide.* His bill would expunge some federal crimes and allow offenders to petition courts for shorter sentences.
* Co-sponsors of the bill, known as the Marijuana Justice Act, include fellow current and former 2020 Democratic contenders Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Kamala Harris of California and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.
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