Background

Experience

Founder, Venture for America; former CEO, Manhattan Prep; attorney

Family
Married; Children: 2
Education
BA Economics, Brown University, Providence, RI.
JD, Columbia Law School, New York City, NY.
Home Address
P.O. Box 214
Midtown Station
New York, NY 10018

CAMPAIGN AND FUNDRAISING SUMMARY

Yang is an entrepreneur who made his name with the nonprofit Venture for America. He is gaining attention for his proposal to give all adults $1,000 in "universal basic income." One lucky family in Goffstown, New Hampshire will receive this income during his campaign.

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 U.S. impose additional sanctions on Russia in retaliation for its aggressive action in Syria and the Ukraine?
Should the U.S. impose additional sanctions on North Korea unless it abandons its nuclear program?
Do you support Pres. Trump's decision to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement?
Should the government legalize marijuana at the federal level?
Should the federal government limit certain firearm purchases to residents over age twenty-one?
Should the federal government expand background checks for firearms sales?
Should the federal government ban certain "military-style" firearms, such as the AR-15?

Economy, Budget and Taxes

Should higher income brackets pay more in federal taxes than they currently do?
Should the federal government privatize some or all of Social Security?
Should the federal government reform Social Security by raising the retirement age?
Should the federal government raise the minimum wage?
Do you generally support higher tariffs on imports from countries such as China, where we have a large trade deficit?
Should the federal government increase funding for transportation infrastructure, such as road repair and highway expansion?
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 providing subsidies for energy efficiency?
Do you agree with President Trump on withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement?
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 taxing carbon emissions?
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 automatically enrolling every citizen in Medicare, replacing most private insurance?
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 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. build a physical wall between Mexico and the U.S.?
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 Congress create a path to citizenship for illegal/undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children?
Should the federal government provide more funding to states to fight opioid addiction?
Should the U.S. make illegal border crossings a civil rather than criminal offense?

VOTING RECORD

This candidate did not hold office as a legislator in the most recent session, and therefore does not have a voting record available.

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COMMENTS

Steve Garr
- Plattsburg

Tue, 09/24/2019 - 11:20am

I like what this guy is all about!

Stephanie Proctor
- Garland

Sat, 05/25/2019 - 7:48am

Lots of good things you’d like to do, but where will all the funding come from. I have a good job with excellent benefits. I do not want to be taxed to pay for someone else’s healthcare or be forced to have universal mandatory healthcare. I have friends from both England and Canada and most of them wait a very long time for care. I am happy with what I have. I am not rich. I have no retirement set aside due to many family emergencies using it all, but I’m not asking someone else to give up their hard earned money to support me. I just want truly viable answers to funding all we need. Frankly I’d rather the planned parenthood funding go to general health care or infrastructure. Planned parenthood will find private donors very willing to fund them. So many questions and needs and very few workable answers without causing the middle class to crumble under more taxes. Please give some good answers to these questions.

Thomas Fink
- Hanover

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 4:43pm

Just starting to look through this site, this guy is the first one I read through his stances. My opinion: the $1,000 to every family is a gimmick just so he can get on the ballot. It's so little money. I'm not out of touch, it just is. $3 a day. It's far more influential on people's lives how you deal with jobs and the economy. Not to mention, he is liberal on every single social issue. Somewhere you have to show you have independent thought or it seems phony, just to get votes. I agree with many- marijuana laws, gun control, gay marriage (though it's not even an issue anymore), funding for drug rehab, and environmental issues somewhat. Abortion only if its a health risk or rape. He is for it in all circumstances- I don't care if it's her body, if she was irresponsible, and she's not at any risk, it's sick. At any stage. Even before viability. But the later it is, the sicker it gets. Also- student loans, we're already in a huge deficit. These students agreed to the terms. In exchange they get the fancy degree and long run will pay off. They did that equation at the time. Why do I have to pay for their mistake with my tax dollars? Not a chance with Yang, he seems pathetic.

Steven Little
- Friendship

Sat, 03/23/2019 - 9:52am

I like your positions on many things. I am a registered Republican, but I have come to realize it isn't about parties, right and left, etc it is about the normal working person. It is about balance. I would like to see abortion seriously restricted (except in certain circumstances) once the fetus has reached a point of potential viable outside the womb. I do not believe it is a person until that point is reached. I also would like to see an investment in education and contraception to limit the number of abortions because in my opinion it is an irresponsible form of birth control, but it is still a woman's right. If your gun positions are what are outlined here and not further restrictions and outlawing I think they are reasonable with the exceptions for hunting perhaps with an adult up to 18 and some compromise on hunting to the age of 21. I think learning to hunt with a father or old brother is an excellent means of learning responsibility and gun safety, etc. I think your ideas regarding background checks, mental health care, the poor, drug abuse, etc will go miles in cutting down gun crimes in those feeling the need to commit crimes for money, crimes of mental illness, and crimes of frustration, and domestic abuse related crimes. Will everything be perfect? Of course not, but I think if the other issues are addressed the numbers will dip significantly. I think the government needs to be put back in order with term limits, campaign reform, the elimination of executive order to create laws, etc. 'We the people...' isn't we the corporations and lobbyists that are deciding who is elected and what they represent when in office. We need the checks and balances back in place without the executive branch creating laws in a vacuum. Your basic income plan has merit if it can truly be financed, but my one concern is illegal immigration and this practice. I think a certain number or people should be allowed in the country illegally and the cost of legal immigration should not be so high for people wanting to come here and become citizens. I hear it is very high currently. Becoming an American shouldn't be about money. We also need to find a practical way to stem the flow of those entering the country illegally and the biggest reason is those coming in need to be vetted. We need to remember the separation of church and state and seriously look at pseudo-religions such as Scientology getting tax exemptions and having abuses swept under the rug. I feel that excessive property tax exemptions for religious organizations should be looked into for any religious organization, as it can put an undue burden on the rest of the community. I understand the Catholic Church has vast holdings some places. I know there are other issues and questions, especially for someone like me on SSI etc, but this is long enough for anyone to read. Thank you for your time and I look forward to learning more about you and I think everyone should look into you and decide for themselves if you are the right person to be the next president. Currently I am leaning that way!

Steven Little
- Friendship

Sat, 03/23/2019 - 10:00am

It should read a certain number allowed into the country legal not illegally.

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