The vigorous contest of
Democrats seeking the 2020 presidential nomination has produced excellent
policy proposals to address major issues. Senator Bernie Sanders released hisHousing for All” plan. This
is a summary from the Sanders campaign:
– U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders unveiled hisHousing for All plan, a bold proposal to guarantee every American – regardless of
income – a fundamental right to a safe, decent, accessible, and affordable home.
“There is virtually no place in America where
a full-time minimum wage worker can afford a decent two bedroom apartment. At a
time when half of our people are living paycheck to paycheck, this is
unacceptable,” said Sen. Sanders. “For too long the federal government has
ignored the extraordinary housing crisis in our country. That will end when I
am president. My administration will be looking out for working families and
tenants, not the billionaires who control Wall Street.”
In America today, there is a shortage of 7.4
million affordable homes for the lowest-income renters and more than 18 million
families in America are paying more than half of their limited incomes on
housing and utilities. The federal government should be expanding housing programs,
but Donald Trump wants to cut them by $9.6 billion, or 18 percent.
for All plan would instead end the housing crisis, build millions of
affordable housing units, implement a national rent control standard,
revitalize public housing, protect tenants, combat gentrification, end
predatory lending and modern day redlining, and end homelessness by:
nearly 10 million homes through the National Affordable Housing Trust Fund,
social housing, Community Land Trusts, and other housing programs.
funding tenant-based Section 8 rental assistance at $410 billion over the next
ten years and making it a mandatory funding program for all eligible
a national cap on annual rent increases at no more than 3 percent or 1.5 times
the Consumer Price Index, whichever is higher, to help prevent the exploitation
of tenants at the hands of private landlords.
exclusionary and restrictive zoning ordinances and replacing them with zoning
that encourages racial, economic, and disability integration that makes housing
McKinney-Vento homelessness assistance grants to more than $26 billion over the
next five years to build permanent supportive housing.
the mass sale of mortgages to Wall Street vulture funds and thoroughly
investigating and regulate the practices of large rental housing investors and
legislation to prevent abusive “contract for deed” transactions and using
existing authority to protect communities of color, which for too long have
been exploited by this practice.
Sanders’ proposal will be fully paid for by
establishing a wealth tax on the top one-tenth of one percent. It will cost
$2.5 trillion over the next decade.
The details of the Sanders housing plan can be read here.
vigorous contest of Democrats seeking the 2020 presidential nomination has
produced excellent policy proposals to address major issues. Senator Bernie
Sanders released hisimmigration plan, “A Welcoming
and Safe America for All.” This is a summary from the Sanders campaign:
WASHINGTON – Sen. Bernie Sanders unveiled his immigration
plan, “A Welcoming and Safe America for All,” which would fundamentally
overhaul immigration into a humane, lawful process that protects families and
respects human rights. Sanders would reverse Trump’s executive actions, create
a swift and fair pathway to citizenship, decriminalize immigration and
demilitarize our border, protect and strengthen immigrant labor rights, support
immigrants in America, and enact fair trade deals and a humane foreign
“My father came to America as a refugee without a nickel in his pocket,
to escape widespread anti-Semitism and find a better life,” Sanders said. “As
the proud son of an immigrant, I know that my father’s story is the story of so
many Americans today. When I am in the White House we will stop the hatred
towards our immigrant brothers and sisters, end family separation, and locking
children up in cages. We will end the ICE raids that are terrorizing our
communities, and on my first day as president, I will use my executive power to
protect our immigrant communities and reverse every single horrific action
implemented by Trump.”
The plan, which is the most progressive immigration proposal put forth
in presidential history, was written in conjunction with several DACA
recipients and other immigrants on Bernie 2020 staff.
As President, Sanders will use his executive authority to
overturn all of President Trump’s actions to demonize and harm immigrants on
day one of his administration. Sanders will extend legal status to the 1.8
million young people currently eligible for the DACA program, and provide
administrative relief to their parents, those with Temporary Protected Status,
and parents of legal permanent residents. He will also use advance parole,
parole-in-place, and hardship waivers to remove barriers to legal status and
citizenship for as many undocumented immigrants as possible.
authority to reverse Trump’s harmful actions on immigration, including ensuring
asylum seekers can make their claims in the United States, ending family
detention and separation, reuniting families, reversing the Muslim ban and
halting construction on Trump’s racist border wall.
Place a moratorium on
deportations and end ICE raids.
Restore and expand
DACA and use advance parole, parole in place, and hardship waivers to remove
barriers to legal status and citizenship for as many undocumented immigrants as
Push Congress to enact
a fair, swift, and inclusive path to citizenship for the 11 million
undocumented living in the United States.
bloated, dysfunctional Department of Homeland Security, break up ICE and CBP
and return their core functions to their previous departments, and begin
treating immigration outside the context of national security.
demilitarize the border, ensure migrants due process, and fully fund and staff
independent immigration courts.
Strengthen and protect
immigrant labor rights, including for historically excluded and underregulated
occupations such as farmworkers and domestic workers, ensure employers are held
accountable for mistreating immigrant workers, and reform work visas.
trade deals, develop a humane foreign policy, and lead the world in addressing
climate change, including taking in those forced from their homes due to
Ensure immigrants in
the United States get the support and benefits they need, including healthcare
and education, and streamline immigration and naturalization.
Pointing to how the park
had to be closed once 20,000 people had jammed in, leaving some 5,000 more to
take over the street, Senator Bernie Sanders declared, “There is no doubt
revolution will sweep the country, sweep Trump out of office and bring the country
the change long needed.
“This campaign is not
just about defeating most dangerous president in history, it’s about
transforming the country, creating economy and government that works for all of
us, not just 1%.
“For 45 years, class war has been waged against working families by the billionaire class and corporate elite. I have bad news for them: things will change. We will have government of working people, not 1%.”
Sanders acknowledged the endorsement of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, saying she “is the youngest woman elected to Congress. In one year, it is hard to believe the degree she has transformed politics in America. She has electrified the country with the concept of Green New Deal. She has been an inspiration to millions of young people who now understand the importance of participation and standing up for justice.”
In his first major campaign rally since undergoing heart surgery, he said, “As far as my health, I am more than ready, more ready than ever to carry on. I am back.
“I was faced with adversity
over last couple of weeks, but Americans throughout country are facing own
adversity: 500,000 homeless. In NYC over 130,000 including 45,000 children
slept in homeless shelters last year. Half our population – working class – is
living paycheck ot paycheck, dealing with incredible stress of struggle just to
stay alive and feed family.
“87 million are
uninsured or underinsured, unable to go to doctor when get sick because the
United States maintains the most dysfunctional and cruel health care system in the
“In a country that once
led the world in education, millions of working class families search for
affordable child care, thousands are unable to fulfill their dream because they
can’t afford outrageous cost of higher education, tens of millions struggle
with student debt.
“Millions of senior
citizens unable to afford prescription drugs – government allowed price fixing
and political bribery by the pharmaceuticals industry, while Trump and the
Republicans cut Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid.
[Chant: “We will win.”]
“Damn right,” Sanders
said. “Justice is coming to America.”
“Income inequality: people
are working two to three jobs to pay their bills, while 49% of all new money
goes to the top 1%.
“The richest people live
15 years longer than poorest; poverty is a death sentence. We will end that.
“The average white family owns 10 times more wealth
than blacks; a black woman is three times more likely to die; the rate of infant
mortality in black family is double white [boo].
“We have a broken and
racist criminal justice system: blacks get 19% more jail time for the same
crime; African Americans are jailed at 5 times the rate of whites.
“These enormous problems can’t be solved by
same old approach to politics. We tell corporate elite, enough is enough, no longer
accept greed, corruption, attacks against working class.
Brothers and sisters,
need new vision for America – that’s what this campaign is about.”
Quoting Nelson Mandela, “It
always seems impossible until it’s done,” Sanders said, “They want us to
believe real change is impossible – not just Republicans, Democrats on the Ohio
debate stage, too.
“We disagree on the kind
of America we will fight for:
“End all forms of
“Education, universal affordable child care, rebuild public
education that gives teachers respect, compensation they deserve, make public
colleges and universities tuition free, fund HBCUs, cancel all student debt.
“If Congress 11 years
ago could bail out crooks on Wall Street and provide zero interest loans to
banks and Trump and Republicans give over $1 trillion in tax breaks to big
corporations and the 1%, if we can spend $750 billion year on military [boo],
we can cancel all student debt with a modest tax on Wall Street.”
A Federal Jobs Guarantee program that pays good wages and affords union representation. “There is
an enormous amount of work to be done – we
need new skilled workers.15 million jobs rebuilding crumbling infrastructure;
expand child care, education, health care and services for senior citizens.
“We must end the international embarrassment of the USA as the only major
country that doesn’t guarantee health care to all. End the absurdity of
spending twice as much per capita as every major country when 87 million are
uninsured or underinsured.30,000die each year for lack of care; 500,000 go
bankrupt [over medical bills]. We will pass Medicare for All single payer.
Green New Deal
to address climate change – the most comprehensive plan of any candidate. I
propose legislation holding the fossil fuel industry accountable. A Green New
Deal would create 20 million jobs as we transform away from fossil fuel to
energy efficiency and sustainable energy, and develop the tools we need to help
lead the world in combating climate change and save planet.
“A Green New Deal will
end environmental racism. It will clean the environment and end environmental
“In the richest country
in history of world, Alexandria and I believe every American should have
fundamental right to safe, decent affordable
housing. It is unacceptable and un-American for veterans and families with
young children to sleep on the streets.
“18 million families pay
over half of their income on housing, and wealthy real estate developers are
“We will fund 10 million
apartments and homes, eliminate homelessness in America, end gentrification in
New York, Seattle, San Francisco and across America. I will create a National
Rent Control Standards, and provide $20 billion to the New York public housing
authority to repair, modernize, make accessible and access to hi speed
“I will end broken,
racist criminal justice system in America,
end the embarrassment of having more people in jail in America than any country.
We spend $80 billion on jails and incarceration instead of investing in jobs
and education. I will end the war on drugs, legalize marijuana [big cheers]. End
the disgrace of 400,000 locked up because they are too poor to afford cash
bail. I will redefine criminal justice –it is absurd to jail someone for
selling marijuana when the crooks on Wall Street and at drug companies who
killed thousands are not facing criminal charges. Equal justice under law, rich
“Instead of demonizing
undocumented immigrants, I will pass comprehensive
immigration reform and create a path to citizenship. On my first day, I will
sign executive order legalizing the status for 1.8 million DACA recipients and
extend it to parents. I will develop a humane border policy for those seeking
asylum; I won’t snatch babies from mothers, throw children in cages; I will end
“Our administration will
take on the NRA, move aggressively to end
the epidemic of gun violence, pass commonsense gun legislation that an overwhelming
majority of Americans want. People who should not have guns will not have.
“Women have the right to
control own bodies, not politicians. I would never nominate anyone to Supreme
Court not 100% pro-Roe v Wade.”
As for how he would pay
for his progressive agenda, Sanders said, “I will tell the wealthiest they are
going to start paying their fair share of taxes; rescind the Trump tax breaks for billionaires and corporations, end
the insanity of tax breaks and subsidies to the fossil fuel industry. And we don’t’
have to spend more than next 10 nations combined on defense.”