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Background

Experience

Senator, U.S. Senate (2009 - present); superintendent of Denver Public Schools (2005 - 2009); former Managing Director, Anschutz Investment Company; attorney

Family
Married; Children: 3
Education
BA History, Wesleyan University,
JD, Yale Law School,
Home Address
Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Building
1244 Speer Boulevard
Denver, CO 80204

CAMPAIGN AND FUNDRAISING SUMMARY

Long before serving as a U.S. Senator from Colorado, Bennet was the Chief of Staff for another candidate on this page, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.  Bennet announced his presidential campaign after successful surgery for prostate cancer in April 2019.

Reporting Date: December 31, 2018

POSITION ON ISSUES

These issue positions are derived from the annual Citizens Count issue surveys or candidate websites, social media posts, media interviews, voting records, and other sources.

Crime and Public Safety

Should the U.S. impose additional sanctions on North Korea unless it abandons its nuclear program?
Should the U.S. impose additional sanctions on Russia in retaliation for its aggressive action in Syria and the Ukraine?
Do you support Pres. Trump's decision to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement?
Should the federal government expand background checks for firearms sales?
Should the government enforce federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized marijuana?

Economy, Budget and Taxes

Do you believe the "Trump tax plan" bill passed in December 2017 helps middle income citizens?
Should the federal government increase funding for transportation infrastructure, such as road repair and highway expansion?
Should the federal government privatize some or all of Social Security?
Do you generally support higher tariffs on imports from countries such as China, where we have a large trade deficit?
Should the federal government raise the minimum wage?

Education

Should the federal government allow student loan payments to be reduced based on income?

Energy and Environment

Do you agree with President Trump on withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement?
Should the federal government do more to combat climate change by providing subsidies for energy efficiency?
Should the federal government continue to subsidize the domestic production of oil?
Should the federal government do more to combat climate change by providing subsidies for renewable energy?

Health Care

Should the federal government amend the Affordable Care Act/"Obamacare" by giving states a fixed block grant for Medicaid?
Should the federal government amend the Affordable Care Act/"Obamacare" by eliminating the "essential health benefits" insurance plans must cover?
Should the federal government continue to fund Planned Parenthood?
Should the federal government ban abortion after 20 weeks gestation, with exceptions for cases of rape/incest and health complications?
Should the federal government provide health care and/or insurance to every citizen?

Recreation and Transportation

Should the federal government increase funding for transportation infrastructure, such as road repair and highway expansion?

Social Issues

Should the federal government continue to fund Planned Parenthood?
Should the federal government ban abortion after 20 weeks gestation, with exceptions for cases of rape/incest and health complications?
Should the federal government provide more funding to states to fight opioid addiction?
Should the U.S. build a physical wall between Mexico and the U.S.?
Should the government enforce federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized marijuana?
Should Congress create a path to citizenship for illegal/undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children?

VOTING RECORD

2019

Crime and Public Safety

S J Res 7 (2019) - Prevents the U.S. from fighting in or assisting in Yemen's civil war. - Voted to stop the U.S. from fighting in Yemen.
S 1 (2019) - Reauthorizes a cooperation agreement with Jordan, authorizes sanctions against Syria, extends a loan gaurantee program with Israel, and increases protections for state and local governments that refuse to invest in or contract with companies which boycott Israel. - Voted for Middle East policy bill.
H J Res 46 (2019) - Ends the national emergency on the U.S.-Mexico border declared by President Trump. - Voted to end national emergency.

Economy, Budget and Taxes

H J Res 31 (2019) - Final 2019 federal budget bill, including $1.4 billion for 55 miles of physical barrier on the border with Mexico, $415 million for humanitarian relief at the border, $12 billion for disaster relief, and $3.3 billion for highway and bridge infrastructure. - Voted for final 2019 budget bill.
S Amdt 5 (2019) - Republican bill to end the government shutdown and fund the government through September 2019. The bill includes $5.7 billion for a border wall. - Voted against moving this bill forward.
S Amdt 6 (2019) - Democratic bill to end the government shutdown and fund the government through September 2019. The bill does not include $5.7 billion for a border wall. - Voted to move this bill forward.
2018

Crime and Public Safety

S 756 (2018) - Makes various reforms to the criminal justice system, such as mandating de-escalation training for correctional officers, improving feminine hygiene for prisoners, and adding more leniency to sentences for non-violent offenders. - Voted for criminal justice reform
S 139 (2018) - Extends so-called "section 702" surveillance by the NSA under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. - Voted against reauthorizing surveillance

Economy, Budget and Taxes

S 2155 (2018) - Eases some of the financial regulations of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. - Voted to ease Dodd-Frank regulations
HR 195 (2018) - Stopped a federal government shutdown by funding the government through February 8, 2018. This bill also extends the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years. This bill does not include an extension of the immigration program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or any other immigration-related policy. - Voted for temporary funding bill

Social Issues

HR 2 (2018) - "Farm bill" that authorizes a variety of agriculutral programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  The final version of this bill did not include stricter work requirements for SNAP, as originally proposed.  The bill also legalizes industrial hemp. - Voted for farm bill
2017

Economy, Budget and Taxes

S Con Res 3 (2017) - Sets the federal budget. This bill also establishes rules that pave the way for a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare." - Voted against
S J Res 34 (2017) - Overtuns a rule from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that requires all internet browsing and app usage data be subject to the same privacy requirements as private personal information.  The FCC rule is stricter than previous regulations, which had various privacy requirements depending on the sensitivity of the online information. - Voted to keep stricter rule on privacy of internet browsing data
HR 1 (2017) - Reduces the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%, reduces the individual income tax rate for high earners from 39.6% to 37%, increases the income threshold to qualify for the alternative minimum tax, and repeals the mandate to purchase health insurance. - Voted against tax cut bill
HR 1370 (2017) - Stopped a federal government shutdown by funding the government through January 19, 2018. - Voted against temporary funding bill
S J Res 34 (2017) - Overtuns a rule from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that requires all internet browsing and app usage data be subject to the same privacy requirements as private personal information.  The FCC rule is stricter than previous regulations, which had various privacy requirements depending on the sensitivity of the online information. - Voted to keep stricter rule on privacy of internet browsing data

Health Care

H J Res 43 (2017) - Allows states to withhold federal funding for Planned Parenthood. - Voted to continue federal funding for Planned Parenthood
HR 1628 (2017) - "American Health Care Act" that repeals parts of the Affordable Care Act (also known as "Obamacare") and revises many health care laws.  For example, this bill would cap Medicaid funding, repeal various insurance coverage requirements, and replace the requirement to buy health insurance with a penalty the next time you get insurance if you allow your coverage to lapse. - Voted against moving this bill forward

Social Issues

H J Res 42 (2017) - Effectively allows states to drug test anybody claiming unemployment benefits or food stamps. - Voted to keep limits on drug tests for unemployment benefits and food stamps

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