- Candidate Harris drops out of the 2020 presidential race on Dec. 3, 2019.
- U.S. senator from California, 2017-present
- born October 20, 1964, Oakland, Calif.
- graduated University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1989
- California attorney general 2011-2017
Harris on impeachment:
“I strongly believe that it is long past due that we begin impeachment proceedings against this president. He’s pressured a foreign leader, the Ukraine president, to dig up dirt on a political opponent, in the 2020 presidential election. He urged a foreign country to attack our democracy in the 2016 presidential election. He gave classified information to Russian officials in May of 2017.” Source: CNN
The senator backs Obamacare and a single-payer Medicare for All, which every American could buy into within 10 years.*
She would allow private insurers to offer Medicare plans and would lower the age of Medicare eligibility to 50.
She doesn’t support eliminating private health insurance in the U.S.
* “Essentially, we would allow private insurance to offer a plan in the Medicare system, but they will be subject to strict requirements to ensure it lowers costs and expands services. If they want to play by our rules, they can be in the system. If not, they have to get out,” Harris wrote.
Harris said she would also require near-universal background checks to be run by people selling more than five guns in a year and revoke the licenses of gun manufacturers and dealers that break the law.
She would use executive action to ban imports of AR-15 style assault weapons if elected president.
Harris supports a ban on assault weapons and on the sale of high-capacity magazines.
She also backs universal background checks.
She would block those convicted of a federal hate crime from purchasing a firearm.
“A real national emergency is the epidemic of gun violence in America. On average, 96 people die from it every single day. Let’s do something about that,” she wrote on Twitter Jan. 11., 2019.
A real national emergency is the epidemic of gun violence in America. On average, 96 people die from it every single day. Let’s do something about that.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 12, 2019
Candidate opposed President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord in 2017.
Senator supports the Green New Deal and re-engaging in the Paris agreement.
Her $10 trillion plan in public and private funding would seek to create a clean-energy economy by 2045, requiring all new buses, heavy-duty vehicles and vehicle fleets to be zero-emission by 2030 and all vehicles to be 100 percent zero-emission by 2035.
It would require all new buildings to be carbon-neutral by 2030 and having a carbon-neutral electric grid by 2030.
She has introduced in Congress an “equity” plan that would prioritize low-income and vulnerable communities in future climate-change legislation because they “have faced historic, systemic environmental injustice.”
“Climate change is an existential threat to our species, and the United States must lead the world with bold action to safeguard our future and protect our planet,” Harris said as reported Sept. 4, 2019, in the Los Angeles Times.
Immigration/child-parent separation, detention and border wall
Senator would reinstate DACA and provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
She wants to ensure immigrants have access to legal counsel.
Harris would close private immigrant detention centers, advocating the use of more humane and cost-effective alternatives to detention.
The senator plans to increase oversight of enforcement agencies, such as Customs and Border Protection. Her goal: to refocus enforcement on increasing public safety.
Harris would reverse President Trump’s Muslim Ban.
She wants to fix the family visa backlog.
She called Trump’s proposed border wall a “vanity project.”
She says stabilizing Central America so that families are not forced to flee should be a priority. *
Economy/minimum wage/income inequality
Harris supports raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour as a means to combat income inequality.
Her plan would partially replace President Trump’s tax law, by repealing parts of it and giving qualifying middle- and lower-income households free cash.
Families would get a refundable tax credit of up to $6,000 a year for married couples earning up to $60,000 a year — in the form of the “LIFT Act,” (costing $3 trillion over 10 years — roughly in the range of the price tag for the 2017 tax cuts.)*
Education/student debt/free tuition
Sens. Cory Booker, 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.
The California senator unveiled a 10-year, $315 billion plan she said would increase the average teacher’s salary by $13,500 over four years.
Under her plan, borrowers of Pell Grants could have up to $20,000 in student debt canceled if they start a business and operate it in a disadvantaged community for at least three years.
In 2018, she was one of the Democratic senators who signed a letter to President Trump stating he did not have the authority to order a preemptive strike against North Korea without permission from Congress.
Harris has stated that she believes in a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.
She would have the U.S. rejoin the Iran nuclear deal after Trump withdrew in 2018.
In 2018, she voted to withdraw U.S. military aid for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen.
She also backed a resolution blaming Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul.*
She opposes privatizing the Department of Veterans Affairs.
She said as president she will end the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and US military involvement in Syria.
She says she supports a two-state solution in relationship with Israel “so that Palestinians and Israelis can govern themselves in security, dignity, and peace.”*
In 2015, Harris called for ending “the federal ban on medical marijuana,” but against complete legalization.
In 2018, she added her name to Booker’s Marijuana Justice Act ”to make marijuana legal at the federal level.”
On April 12, 2018, “Sens. Hatch and Harris wrote a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions calling on the Department of Justice to stop blocking medical marijuana research.*
In addition to full legalization, the candidate, in her book, “The Truths We Hold,” said, “nonviolent marijuana-related offenses” should be removed from people’s records.
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