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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
1435 Garrison Street
Ste. 203
Lakewood, CO 80215

CAMPAIGN AND FUNDRAISING SUMMARY

Long before serving as a U.S. Senator from Colorado, Bennet was the Chief of Staff for another 2020 presidential candidate, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (who has since dropped out of the race).  Bennet announced his presidential campaign after successful surgery for prostate cancer in April 2019.

Reporting Date: September 30, 2019

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 federal government ban certain "military-style" firearms, such as the AR-15?
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 legalize marijuana at the federal level?

Economy, Budget and Taxes

Should the federal government raise the minimum wage?
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 higher income brackets pay more in federal taxes than they currently do?
Should the federal government reform social security by raising the cap on income subject to the Social Security tax?

Education

Should the federal government provide free tuition at public colleges and universities?
Should the federal government allow student loan payments to be reduced based on income?

Energy and Environment

Should the federal government do more to combat climate change by increasing funding for research on climate issues?
Should the federal government do more to combat climate change by providing subsidies for energy efficiency?
Should the federal government do more to combat climate change by providing subsidies for renewable energy?
Do you agree with President Trump on withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement?

Health Care

Should the federal government amend the Affordable Care Act/"Obamacare" by allowing citizens to opt into Medicare if they so choose?
Should the federal government amend the Affordable Care Act/"Obamacare" by automatically enrolling every citizen in Medicare, replacing most private insurance?
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 pass a law guaranteeing the right to an abortion as decided in Roe v. Wade?

Recreation and Transportation

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

Social Issues

Should the U.S. make illegal border crossings a civil rather than criminal offense?
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 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

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.
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.

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