US Representative, Hawaii
- U.S. representative from Hawaii, 2013-present
- born April 12, 1981, American Samoa
- graduated Hawaii Pacific University 2009
- Major, U.S. Army (She served in a field medical unit of the Hawaii Army National Guard in Iraq from 2004 to 2005 and was also deployed to Kuwait from 2008 to 2009.)
On impeachment inquiry, after initially saying the move would be “terribly divisive”:
“Future presidents, as well as anyone in positions of power in the government, will conclude that they can abuse their position for personal gain, without fear of accountability or consequences. I don’t think that we should defeat Donald Trump through impeachment. I think it’s really important for us, in this country, to come together and have the American people vote to take Donald Trump out of office in 2020.” Source: Fox News
Gabbard co-sponsored a bill to create government-run health care for all by increasing taxes on the wealthiest Americans by 5%, creating an excise tax on payroll and self-employed, and tax stock and bond transactions — not just the gains from those transactions.
She is pro-choice and voted against a proposed ban after 20 weeks of pregnancy.*
She opposes attempts to ban transgender Americans from serving in the military.
She supports the legal status of same-sex marriage.
*She used to be pro-life and opposed same-sex civil unions in Hawaii but changed her positions after serving in Iraq.
She supports universal background checks, closing the gun show loophole and banning military-style assault weapons.
She added her name as a co-sponsor of the Assault Weapons Ban of 2018.
Congresswoman would require all electric utilities to be 100% renewable energy by 2035, and zero out all car emissions by 2050, ban fracking and end subsidies for fossil fuels.
She has criticized fossil-fuel subsidies and spoken in favor of a price on carbon.
She introduced a bill in 2015 to transition the US off of fossil fuels and toward clean energy.
Gabbard said she supports the Green New Deal’s zero-emissions goals, but “I do not support ‘leaving the door open’ to nuclear power unless and until there is a permanent solution to the problem of nuclear waste.”
Immigration/child-parent separation, detention and border wall
Representative voted with Republicans in 2015 to impose extreme vetting on Iraqi and Syrian refugees.
She supports DACA and DREAMers, who are undocumented people who came to the US as children.
Gabbard supports the “Keep Families Together Act” in defiance of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy at the border.
“Without secure borders, we don’t really have a country. And while some of the other Democratic candidates will say, ‘Well, that’s a conservative argument and that’s not really what’s being advocated for.’ If you look at the practical implications of some of the things they’re pushing for, it is essentially open borders.”
Economy/minimum wage/income inequality
She co-sponsored legislation to hike the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Like Warren and Sanders, Gabbard calls to bring back the Depression-era Glass-Steagall Act that prevented a single company from engaging in both retail and investment banking.
Education/student debt/free tuition
Veteran and Hawaii representative introduced legislation last year to improve and expand GI Bill benefits that veterans can use to pay for their education.
She wants to cut student-loan interest rates for new borrowers in half and enable existing borrowers to refinance their loans.
Gabbard believes tuition should be eliminated at four-year public colleges and universities. She says community college should also be tuition-free.
Candidate believes the United States should withdraw troops from Afghanistan and Syria.*
In 2017, Gabbard said she was “skeptical” that President Bashar al-Assad’s regime was behind the chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of people in Syria.
Gabbard rebuked Trump for conducting airstrikes against the Assad regime that were levied in response to the chemical-weapons attack.
Gabbard’s fiercely anti-interventionist views align her with many on the far left and the far right, like former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke.**
Candidate supports denuclearization talks with North Korea but opposed US withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal.
* Gabbard is best known for her controversial 2017 trip to meet President Bashar al Assad of Syria.
** “Publicizing Duke’s so-called ‘endorsement’ is meant to distract from my message: that I will end regime-change wars, work to end the new cold war and take us away from the precipice of a nuclear war, which is a greater danger now than ever before,” she said.
Gabbard initially supported President Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria in December 2018, but blasted his decision to do the same in October 2019 as green-lighting Turkey’s invasion of the country and “launching an ethnic cleansing and offensive against the Kurds” — a US ally against Islamic State fighters.*
.@RealDonaldTrump remove our troops from Syria now! You’ve put them in harm’s way w/ no clear mission/strategy. They’re not helping the Kurds or going after AQ. It’s been 1 year since you promised to bring them home—long enough to have done so “carefully” https://t.co/3U26HLC51r
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) October 11, 2019
Gabbard introduced in early 2019 what she called the only bipartisan bill to end the federal marijuana prohibition.
In April, she introduced legislation to end prohibition by federally descheduling marijuana.
She blasted a criminal justice system that “puts people in prison for smoking marijuana while allowing corporations like Purdue Pharma, who are responsible for the opioid-related deaths of thousands of people, to walk away scot-free with their coffers full.”
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