US Senator, Massachusetts
- U.S. senator from Massachusetts, 2013-present
- first woman ever elected to the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts
- born June 22, 1949, in Oklahoma City
- graduated University of Houston 1970, Rutgers Law School at Rutgers University–Newark 1976
Warren on impeachment:
“The president is asking for help against one of his political rivals and asking a foreign government for a thing of value for himself personally. That’s against the law,” Warren said. Source: https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/27/politics/elizabeth-warren-impeachment-ukraine/index.html
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Along with Gillibrand, she would push Congress to repeal restrictions on when federal funds can pay for abortion, and prevent states from passing laws that restrict access.
She also supported the “Medicare for All” bill spearheaded by Sanders. Warren offers it as a way to protect those who buy through private insurance.
She also intends to use the Ultra-Millionaire Tax in order to institute a universal childcare program that would provide free care for up to 12 million children in America.
Financial assistance would be given to some who buy health insurance on their own.*
*Under Warren’s bill, she would increase the affordability and reliability of health insurance plans available on the Affordable Care Act marketplaces. Under her plan, no one would pay more than 8.5 percent of their income on premiums.
In 2013, she co-sponsored legislation that would ban military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
She would require background checks for all gun sales (including gun sales at gun shows), mandatory reporting on multiple purchases of guns or bulk sales of guns, and raise the minimum age to 21 for all gun sales.
She would hold gun manufacturers liable.
She would also raise taxes on guns and ammunition.
“I encourage you to take action to ensure that the gun companies in which you invest are taking steps to reduce gun violence,” Warren wrote to Fidelity, BlackRock, Vanguard Group and others invested in gun manufacturers after deadly 2017 in Parkland, Fla.
Her campaign started early with a pledge to prohibit all new fossil fuel leases on public lands. She was one of the first presidential candidates to sign the No Fossil Fuel pledge.
Senator Warren would:
- Invest a total of $2 trillion over the next ten years.
- Require all public companies to disclose climate-related risks.
- Direct the Pentagon to achieve net-zero carbon emissions for all its non-combat bases and infrastructure by 2030.
- Spend $400 billion over ten years on clean energy R&D.
- Use $100 billion to encourage other countries to buy US-made clean-energy technology.
She also says she supports “the idea of a Green New Deal.”
Her campaign says: Warren is “a longtime advocate of aggressively addressing climate change and shifting toward renewables.”
Warren’s proposal mirrors Inslee’s, who has dropped out of the race, by eliminating emissions from power plants, vehicles and buildings over 10 years and paying for the $1 trillion transition by reversing President Trump’s tax cuts for wealthy people and corporations.
Immigration/child-parent separation, detention and border wall
She opposes the border wall and Trump’s family separation plan, but favors replacing ICE with “something that reflects our morality and that works.”*
Warren calls for eliminating criminal penalties for people “entering the country without authorization” but would leave civil penalties for illegal border crossings.
Candidate favors at least $1.5 billion in aid for programs for Central American countries.
“[Trump’s] advanced a policy of cruelty and division that demonizes immigrants. He’s axed programs that protect young Dreamers and asylum-seekers fleeing violence and upheaval. He’s championed dramatic cuts to legal immigration and imposed a bigoted ban on travelers from Muslim-majority countries.”
Economy/minimum wage/income inequality
After the financial crisis in 2008, she proposed and helped create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to protect consumers from financial abuse.
The Massachusetts senator believes a minimum wage should be a living wage, one that is able to support a family.
She backs “Ultra-Millionaire Tax” on the 75,000 richest families in the United States.
Senator would pay for universal childcare by a 2% tax on households with net worth of more than $50 million and an additional 1% levy on wealth above $1 billion.
She calls for breaking up megacorporations like Google, Facebook and Amazon.
Warren calls for increasing Social Security benefits by taxing the wealthiest Americans.
“I am a capitalist. Come on. I believe in markets. What I don’t believe in is theft, what I don’t believe in is cheating. That’s where the difference is. …Markets without rules is about the rich take it all, it’s about the powerful get all of it. And that’s what’s gone wrong in America.”
Warren on CNBC, July 2018
Education/student debt/free tuition
Warren’s $1.25 trillion higher education plan to cancel all student debt and provide tuition-free learning at all US public colleges is fueled by taxing the wealthiest people and corporations to raise $2.75 trillion over 10 years.*
Massachusetts Democrat is pitching an end to public funding of for-profit colleges.
Borrowers with a household income of less than $100,000 would have $50,000 in student debt canceled; borrowers with an income between $100,000 and $250,000 would be eligible for some debt cancellation, though not the full $50,000.
*She also backed a proposal in which students at public colleges wouldn’t have to take out any loans to pay for tuition, room and board, books, or other expenses.
Warren has introduced legislation to reduce the interest rates on student loans.
Senator supports tariffs on Chinese goods.
Warren opposes President Trump’s new “NAFTA 2.0” unless he produces a better deal for US working families.
Warren wants Congress to change the law to permit Puerto Rico, which is still struggling to recover from twin hurricanes in 2017, to end its unsecured public debt.
“The United States will spend more than $700 billion on defense this year alone. That is more than President Ronald Reagan spent during the Cold War. It’s more than the federal government spends on the rest of the discretionary budget combined. That’s wrong. It’s wasteful. It’s unsustainable. If more money for the Pentagon could solve our security challenges, we would have solved them by now.”
At debate in Ohio (10/15/2019), Warren blasted President Trump’s pullout of U.S. troops from northern Syria, but also said she thought the United States “ought to get out of the Middle East.”
Candidate vows to reduce defense spending and withdraw troops from Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq.
“We’ve ‘turned the corner’ in Afghanistan so many times that it seems we’re now going in circles.”
Elizabeth Warren writing in Foreign Affairs, Jan.-Feb. 2019
Despite her claims, Warren has not consistently supported the legalization of marijuana before 2016.
A year before announcing her run for president in December 2018, she became a vocal advocate for the legalization of marijuana, reflecting a long trend of Americans supporting legalization.*
*“I support delisting marijuana as a Schedule I drug to limit federal intervention when states have already legalized marijuana … I also support the full legalization of marijuana and restorative justice for those unjustly jailed for marijuana crimes.” — Warren, writing to the American Prospect in September 2019 https://prospect.org/day-one-agenda/sanders-warren-vow-to-legalize-marijuana/
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