- U.S. senator from Colorado, 2009 (appointed) to present
- born Nov. 28, 1964, in New Delhi, India
- attended Yale 1988 until 1990
Bennet on impeachment:
“They’re particularly horrified by what the president did in northern Syria by abandoning the Kurds there, something that I think there’s a consensus in the Senate no other president in history would have done. We have to stand up to tyrants here and abroad. That’s what we’re all about.” Source: Fox News
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Senator supports public option rather than Medicare-for-All; make public plan optional; others can keep private insurance.
Supports access to safe, legal abortion without restrictions.
He said the Hyde Amendment, which bars federal dollars from being used for abortion, was “federally sanctioned discrimination” and that it should be overturned immediately.
He and Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., reintroduced their Medicare-X legislation as an extension of the Affordable Care Act.
“When you tell people the first thing about Medicare-for-All — either that it takes insurance away from 180 million Americans that have it through their employer or the taxes we would have to pay to afford that $30 trillion program — that 70 percent support falls to the mid-30s. I think we need to level with the American people,” Bennet said on CNN in May 2019.
“We need to get to universal health care. I believe the way to do that is by finishing the work we started with Obamacare and creating a public option so that every family and every person in America can make a choice for their family,” Bennet as reported by ABC News on July 11, 2019.
He backs universal background checks and banning assault weapons.
He voted YES on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets.
Senator in 2010 voted to oppose restricting the right to bear arms and in 2009 voted to allow Amtrak riders to check bags containing guns.
He backs closing the gun show loophole.
Michael Bennet is rated C+ by the NRA.
Senator has not supported Green New Deal but says he favors zero-emission growth in rural America.
Bennet’s climate change plan seeks 100% net zero emissions no later than 2050 with a focus on slashing emissions from farming and ranching.
The plan would also create a “climate bank” to drive $10 trillion in private investment in innovation and infrastructure for domestic and international markets.
It seeks to create 10 million green technology jobs in 10 years.
The plan would also seek to “conserve 30 percent of America’s lands and oceans by 2030.”
Senator favors recommitting to the Paris Agreement and preserving Obama-era climate regulations that President Trump is reversing.
Candidate signed the No Fossil Fuel Funding pledge on June 26.
Michael Bennet broke with most Senate Democrats to vote for the Keystone XL pipeline.
In a 2017 op-ed in USA Today, Bennet wrote that “saying no to responsible production of natural gas—which emits half the carbon of the dirtiest coal and is the cleanest fossil fuel—surrenders progress for purity.”
Immigration/child-parent separation, detention and border wall
Bennet was a cosponsor of the original DREAM Act.
Senator does not support decriminalizing authorized border crossings.
Senator was a member of the Gang of Eight in 2013, a bipartisan group of senators who attempted to push through comprehensive immigration reforms that included a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
He has called proposed border wall medieval, but in 2018 backed giving Trump $1.6 billion for wall in exchange for a pathway to citizenship for so-called “DREAMers.” Bennet asked DHS to halt the expedited removal of undocumented immigrants without due process.
Senator supports a path to citizenship for DREAMers and opposes family separation. He also favors:
- A path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who pass a background check, pay a fine and back taxes and learn English.
- An expanded visa program for agricultural workers and an expedited path to permanent residency for student visa holders who have earned advanced STEM degrees.
- A stronger system for companies to verify employees’ immigration status.
Economy/minimum wage/income inequality
Michael Bennet is a co-sponsor of the American Family Act, a Senate proposal that would give every family with children a refundable tax credit of $250 to $300 per month. He also supports expanding the earned-income tax credit and increasing SNAP benefits by as much as 15% during downturns.
He favors increasing the minimum wage to $12 an hour.
He would overhaul and expand the child tax credit.
Under Bennet’s plan, families would get a $300 monthly credit for each child under 6 and $250 a month for each child under 17.
Education/student debt/free tuition
As Denver schools superintendent, he pushed a merit-pay plan for teachers and as a candidate believes in paying educators “a lot more.”
Senator agrees with the bipartisan solution to simplify the financial aid process.
In 2015, he helped write legislation that overhauled the No Child Left Behind Act, transferring some authority from the federal government to the states and reducing the use of standardized tests to evaluate students and teachers.
His plan calls for $10 billion in federal spending over five years to make educational opportunities more equal for students by 2028.
His plan also envisions free community college, reduced college costs and an expansion of college loan forgiveness.*
“It is not to forgive it as Bernie has said. We need to lower the cost of college, that’s the most important thing and make it easier for people who have the debt to repay their debt. But forgiving it — that’s not a progressive policy, that’s an effort, by him, I think to get votes,” Bennet said as reported by ABC News on July 11, 2019.
In July 2017, Bennet co-sponsored the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, making it a federal crime for Americans to encourage or participate in boycotts against Israel and Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories if protesting actions by the Israeli government.
Source: www.congress.gov, March 23, 2017
“If you’re a kid in college or you’re 18 or 19 years old, you’ve only known us being at war. We’ve spent $5.6 trillion in the Middle East. It’s time for us to come home from Afghanistan.”
Senator supported legislation to protect the U.S. energy grid and safeguard American companies against state-sponsored technology theft.
Senator voted to end U.S. military support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.
Senator sponsored the SAFE Banking Act to allow marijuana businesses access to banking services.
Bennet joined Sen. Cory Gardner in speaking out against the prospect of the feds messing with banks’ ability to work with pot businesses.
“Michael believes that the Department of Justice shouldn’t interfere with state efforts to regulate the sale of marijuana for medical and recreational purposes.”
Right now, legal marijuana businesses must operate on a cash basis—raising significant public safety concerns. The #SAFEBankingAct will give these businesses access to much-needed banking services. Congratulations to @RepPerlmutter on passing this important bill out of committee.
— Michael Bennet (@SenatorBennet) March 28, 2019
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