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2020 Dems’ Leftward Lurch

- June 12, 2018

 

 

 

Five Democrats Eyeing 2020 Will Race Each Other To The Left At This Year's "We The People Summit" Hosted By Over A Dozen Progressive Liberal Organizations


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • At tomorrow's "We the People 2018" ultra-liberal gathering in Washington D.C., the leftward lurch of the potential 2020 Democrat field will be on full display.
  • From their positions on government shutdowns, single-payer healthcare, taxpayer-funded guaranteed jobs for all, and tax increases, Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) have all fallen in line behind the far-left positions supported by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
  • Senators Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand have co-sponsored Senator Bernie Sanders' single-payer healthcare plan, which could cost $32 trillion and add $18 trillion to the federal deficit and will, according to Sanders, cause "pain" and increase taxes.
  • Senator Booker introduced a bill, co-sponsored by Senators Harris, Gillibrand, and Warren, that guarantees a taxpayer-funded job for Americans, and according to the Center on Budget and Policy, would cost more than half a trillion per year.
    • Senator Sanders plans to release his own Jobs For All bill and Senator Gillibrand has suggested that the country should invest $1.5 trillion in such programs.
  • These Democrat 2020 hopefuls joined their party in opposing the GOP tax cuts, and have said they would rather see taxes increase.
    • Senator Sanders has released tax proposals that would raise personal income tax rates as high as 52 percent and hit middle-income households.
    • Senator Booker, who previously pledged to work with Republicans on lowering corporate tax rates, has now attacked the GOP tax reform which contains ideas he once supported as an "absolute travesty."
    • Senators Gillibrand and Harris were called out by news publications for misleading the public that the GOP tax reform would raise taxes on the middle class, and found the opposite was likely to happen.
  • During the 2018 government shutdown, Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) called out the members of his party jockeying for 2020 who all voted to keep the government shut down in favor of illegal immigrants.

This Week, 2020 Hopefuls, Senators Booker, Gillibrand, Harris, Sanders, And Warren Will Rally The Far-Left At The "We The People 2018" Summit

Planned Parenthood Announced It Would Hold A "We The People 2018" Summit To Bring Together "More Than A Dozen National Progressive Organizations." "More than a dozen national progressive organizations announced an unprecedented summit - We The People 2018 - where their members will come together with federal elected leaders to discuss the country's most pressing problems, with a goal of forging a different, better vision of America going forward." (Press Release, "Sens. Booker, Gillibrand, Harris, Sanders, And Warren To Discuss National Progressive Agenda At Historic We The People Summit, Featuring Coalition Of More Than A Dozen Progressive Organizations," Planned Parenthood , 6/6/18)

We The People Will Be Hosted By Groups Like Planned Parenthood, SEIU, Sierra Club, MoveOn, Indivisible, People's Action, And More. "We the People is an event hosted by Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Communications Workers of America. Center for Popular Democracy Action, Demos Action, MoveOn, People's Action, 32BJ SEIU, Working Families Party, PICO National Network, Caring Across Generations Action Fund, National Domestic Workers Alliance, New York Communities for Change, Faith in Action Fund, Sierra Club, 350 Action, Indivisible, and United We Dream Action." (Press Release, "Sens. Booker, Gillibrand, Harris, Sanders, And Warren To Discuss National Progressive Agenda At Historic We The People Summit, Featuring Coalition Of More Than A Dozen Progressive Organizations," Planned Parenthood , 6/6/18)

The Summit Will Feature "Progressive Leaders Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)." "Progressive leaders Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) will engage with summit participants on issues that are of pressing importance in communities across the country." (Press Release, "Sens. Booker, Gillibrand, Harris, Sanders, And Warren To Discuss National Progressive Agenda At Historic We The People Summit, Featuring Coalition Of More Than A Dozen Progressive Organizations," Planned Parenthood , 6/6/18)

This Coalition Of Progressive Groups And Individuals Hope To "Lay Out The Choices That Define The Future Of Progressive Politics," And Further "Project A Bold, Transformative Vision." "Guided by shared values, the We the People coalition will start a conversation rooted in achieving a few key goals: Engage with activists and organizers on the issues that matter, energize progressives, and lay out the choices that define the future of progressive politics, to ensure that our current leaders' positions will reflect our vision for the country. Project a bold, transformative vision rooted in multi-racial, pro-worker progressivism." (Press Release, "Sens. Booker, Gillibrand, Harris, Sanders, And Warren To Discuss National Progressive Agenda At Historic We The People Summit, Featuring Coalition Of More Than A Dozen Progressive Organizations," Planned Parenthood , 6/6/18)

SENATORS WITH 2020 AMBITIONS HAVE MOVED SO FAR LEFT THEY HAVE BEGUN PROMISING TAXPAYER-FUNDED JOBS FOR EVERYONE

Senator Booker Introduced Legislation That Would Guarantee A Federal Job And Could Cost An Estimated $543 Billion

In 2018, Senator Booker Announced His Federal Jobs Guarantee Development Act Which He Claimed Would "Guarantee The Option Of Employment" In 15 High-Unemployment Communities And Regions Across The Country. "U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) has announced that he will introduce legislation that seeks to establish a model federal jobs guarantee program in up to 15 high-unemployment communities and regions across the United States. The bill, the Federal Jobs Guarantee Development Act, would allow high-need communities to apply to participate in a 3-year pilot program to guarantee the option of employment for all of its residents." (Press Release, "New Booker Bill Seeks To Establish Model For Federal Jobs Guarantee Program In High-Unemployment Communities," Sen. Cory Booker , 4/20/18)

Booker's Program Promises Jobs That Pay A Living Wage For Those Who Want One. "The program would guarantee that adults in participating communities who want to work can do so, in a job that pays a living wage and provides benefits like health insurance, paid sick leave, and paid family leave - all while helping to advance critical local and national priorities that are currently under-provided, like child and elder care, infrastructure, and community revitalization." (Press Release, "New Booker Bill Seeks To Establish Model For Federal Jobs Guarantee Program In High-Unemployment Communities," Sen. Cory Booker , 4/20/18)

Senator Booker's S.2746 - Federal Jobs Guarantee Development Act of 2018, Was Co-Sponsored By Senators Harris, Warren, And Gillibrand. ("S.2746 - Federal Jobs Guarantee Development Act of 2018," Congress , 4/25/18)

According To The Center On Budget And Policy Priorities, A Federal Job Guarantee Program Could Cost $543 Billion Per Year . (Mark Paul, William Darity, Jr. And Darrick Hamilton "The Federal Job Guarantee - A Policy to Achieve Permanent Full Employment," Center On Budget And Policy Priorities, 3/9/18)

Senator Sanders Plans To Introduce A Jobs For All Bill That Would Guarantee Public Funded Employment To All Americans

Senator Sanders' Bill Promises To Guarantee "A Job With At Least A $15-Per-Hour Wage And Health Benefits To Every Adult American." "Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is set to announce a federal jobs proposal that would guarantee a job with at least a $15-per-hour wage and health benefits to every adult American 'who wants or needs one.'" (John Bowden, "Sen. Sanders To Announce Proposal Promising Jobs To All Americans," The Hill , 4/24/18)

Senator Sanders Has Not Released A Plan To Fund His Bill, But "Previous Large-Scale Projects Proposed By The Vermont Progressive Have Involved Ending Tax Breaks For The Wealthiest Americans And Large Corporations." "Sanders's office has yet to release the details of the plan's funding, but previous large-scale projects proposed by the Vermont progressive have involved ending tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans and large corporations." (John Bowden, "Sen. Sanders To Announce Proposal Promising Jobs To All Americans," The Hill , 4/24/18)

Critics Say Senator Sanders' Federal Jobs Proposal Could Lead To Fewer Private Businesses Hiring Employees. "Critics of federal jobs proposals say that government intervention to raise wages could lead to private businesses cutting costs in other areas, including hiring fewer employees. Sanders is a longtime advocate of "Fight for 15," the national movement aimed at raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour." (John Bowden, "Sen. Sanders To Announce Proposal Promising Jobs To All Americans," The Hill , 4/24/18)

Senator Sanders Is Joined By Sens. Gillibrand And Booker Who Have Also "Expressed Support" For Similar Bills. "The Vermont senator joins two other possible 2020 contenders, Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), who have also expressed support for similar proposals in recent weeks.'" (John Bowden, "Sen. Sanders To Announce Proposal Promising Jobs To All Americans," The Hill , 4/24/18)

Senator Gillibrand Supports A Government-Backed Jobs Guarantee

Senator Gillibrand Believes The U.S. Government Must Take A Larger Role In The Workforce Through "Guaranteed Jobs Programs." "Senator Kirsten Gillibrand told The Nation she supports a government-backed jobs guarantee. 'Guaranteed jobs programs, creating floors for wages and benefits, and expanding the right to collectively bargain are exactly the type of roles that government must take to shift power back to workers and our communities,' she said." (Sean McElwee, Colin McAuliffe, And Jon Green, "Why Democrats Should Embrace A Federal Jobs Guarantee," The Nation , 3/20/18)

Senator Gillibrand Said "If Republicans Could Give $1.5 Trillion In Tax Cuts To Corporations And The Wealthiest Among Us, Why Can't We Invest A Similar Amount In A Guaranteed Jobs Plan." "If Republicans could give $1.5 trillion in tax cuts to corporations and the wealthiest among us, why can't we invest a similar amount in a guaranteed jobs plan for regular Americans who are unemployed and willing to work to better their local community?" (Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Twitter Feed , 4/17/18)

THE SENATORS ATTENDING THE RALLY HAVE ALL COALECED IN SUPPORT OF SINGLE-PAYER HEALTHCARE

Senators Booker, Gillibrand, Harris, And Warren Have Co-Sponsored Senator Sanders' Single-Payer Healthcare Bill, Which He Admits Will Cause "Pain" To Implement And Result In Job Losses

In 2017, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) Introduced Bill, S.1804 - Medicare for All Act of 2017, Which Was Also Co-Sponsored By Senators Booker, Gillibrand, Harris, And Warren. ("S.1804 - Medicare for All Act of 2017," Congress , 9/13/17)

Sanders Stated That His Bill "Is Where The Country Has Got To Go." "'This is where the country has got to go,' Sanders said in an interview at his Senate office. 'Right now, if we want to move away from a dysfunctional, wasteful, bureaucratic system into a rational health-care system that guarantees coverage to everyone in a cost-effective way, the only way to do it is Medicare for All.'" (David Weigel, "Sanders Introduces Universal Health Care, Backed By 15 Democrats," The Washington Post , 9/13/17)

When Asked, "How We're Going To Raise $3 Trillion A Year" For The Bill, Sanders Claimed That "There Has Not Been The Kind Of Research And Study That We Need." "'Rather than give a detailed proposal about how we're going to raise $3 trillion a year, we'd rather give the American people options,' Sanders said. 'The truth is, embarrassingly, that on this enormously important issue, there has not been the kind of research and study that we need. You've got think tanks, in many cases funded by the drug companies and the insurance companies, telling us how terribly expensive it's going to be. We have economists looking at it who are coming up with different numbers.'" (David Weigel, "Sanders Introduces Universal Health Care, Backed By 15 Democrats," The Washington Post , 9/13/17)

Senator Sanders Called Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz's Stance That Democrats Should Be "More Concerned With National Fiscal Responsibility" And Government Spending On Healthcare "Dead Wrong." "Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday, suggested outgoing Starbucks executive chairman and possible presidential candidate Howard Schultz was 'dead wrong' on his stance on health care and government spending. 'I think his comment is dead wrong,' said Sanders, responding to remarks the businessman made this week in which he signaled an openness to running for office and argued the Democratic Party ought to be more concerned about national fiscal responsibility." (Josiah Ryan, "Bernie Sanders Says Starbucks' Howard Schultz 'Dead Wrong' On Health Care," The Washington Post , 9/13/17)

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During The Interview With CNN's Chris Cuomo, Senator Sanders Said "'There Will Be Pain' And Some People Will Lose Jobs If His Plan For Single-Payer Healthcare Is Implemented." "In an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) acknowledged 'there will be pain' and some people will lose jobs if his plan for single-payer healthcare is implemented." (Ian Schwartz, "Bernie Sanders on Cost Of Single Payer Health Care: 'There Will Be Pain,'" Real Clear Politics , 6/9/18)

Senator Sanders Added That People In The Healthcare Industry Will Just Have To "Deal With That Pain." "'There will be a transition just as the same way to transform our energy system away from fossil fuel. We create more jobs but there will be pain and you got to deal with that pain,' Sanders said about costs and people in the healthcare industry who will lose their jobs." (Ian Schwartz, "Bernie Sanders on Cost Of Single Payer Health Care: 'There Will Be Pain,'" Real Clear Politics , 6/9/18)

Studies Have Shown Senator Sanders' Bill Would Cost Taxpayers $32 Trillion And Increase The Federal Deficit By More Than $18 Trillion

During The 2016 Presidential Campaign, Senator Sanders Released His Single-Payer Health Care Plan. "Bernie Sanders released the details of his 'Medicare for all' single-payer health care plan just two hours before the Democratic debate here on Sunday night, escalating the bitter wrangling over health care with Hillary Clinton." (Gabriel Debenedetti, "Sanders, Clinton Clash Over His New 'Medicare For All' Plan," Politico , 1/17/16)

The Urban Institute's Health Policy Center Estimated Senator Sanders' Single-Payer Plan Would Cost $32 Trillion Over A Period of Ten Years. "In total, federal spending would increase by about $2.5 trillion (257.6 percent) in 2017. Federal expenditures would increase by about $32.0 trillion (232.7 percent) between 2017 and 2026." (John Holahan, et al., "The Sanders Single-Payer HealthCare Plan," The Urban Institute , 5/16)

The Tax Policy Center Estimated That Senator Sanders' Health Care Plan Would Increase The Federal Budget Deficit By More Than $18 Trillion Over The Next Decade. "The Tax Policy Center finds the new government benefits would more than offset new taxes for 95 percent of households, but the combined tax and transfer plan would increase federal budget deficits by more than $18 trillion over the next decade." (Len Burman, Gordon Mermin, and Frank Sammartino, "An Analysis Of Senator Bernie Sanders's Tax And Transfer Proposals," Urban Institute And Brookings Institution Tax Policy Center , 5/9/16)

To Pay For His Single-Payer Healthcare Proposal , Senator Sanders Has Proposed Raising Income Taxes And Other Taxes

In An Accompanying White Paper Released With His Single-Payer Legislation, Senator Sanders Has Proposed $16.19 Trillion In Tax Increases. "7.5 percent income-based premium paid by employers Revenue raised: $3.9 trillion over ten years. 4 percent income-based premium paid by households Revenue raised: $3.5 trillion over ten years. Savings from Health Tax Expenditures Revenue raised: $4.2 trillion over ten years. Make the Personal Income Tax More Progressive Revenue raised: $1.8 trillion over ten years. Make the Estate Tax More Progressive Revenue raised: $249 billion over ten years. Establish a Wealth Tax on the Top 0.1 percent Revenue raised: $1.3 trillion over ten years. Close the Gingrich-Edwards Loophole and Create Parity for Wealthy Business Owners Revenue raised: $247 billion over ten years. Impose a one-time tax on currently held offshore profits Revenue raised: $767 billion over ten years. Impose a Fee on Large Financial Institutions Revenue raised: $117 billion over ten years. Repeal Corporate Accounting Gimmicks Revenue raised: $112 billion ten years." ("Options To Finance Medicare For All," Sen. Bernie Sanders , Accessed 9/20/17)

One Suggestion Contained In The White Paper Is A "7.5 Percent Income-Based Premium Paid By Employers" That Would Raise $3.9 Trillion Over A Decade. "7.5 percent income-based premium paid by employers. Revenue raised: $3.9 trillion over ten years." ("Options To Finance Medicare For All," Sen. Bernie Sanders , Accessed 9/20/17)

Another Suggestion In The White Paper Is A 4 Percent Tax Increase On Household Income That Would Raise $3.5 Trillion Over A Decade. "4 percent income-based premium paid by households. Revenue raised: $3.5 trillion over ten years." ("Options To Finance Medicare For All," Sen. Bernie Sanders , Accessed 9/20/17)

A Family Making $50,000 A Year Would Pay An Additional $844 Should This Tax Become Law. "Under this option, a typical family of four earning $50,000, after taking the standard deduction, would pay a 4 percent income-based premium to fund Medicare for All - just $844 a year." ("Options To Finance Medicare For All," Sen. Bernie Sanders , Accessed 9/20/17)

In Addition To Raising Income Taxes, Senator Sanders Also Seeks To Impose A "Wealth Tax." "This option would establish an annual 1 percent federal wealth tax on the net worth of the wealthiest 0.1 percent of U.S. households. The tax would apply to net worth exceeding $21 million for a household. That means a household with $21.5 million would pay 1 percent of $500,000, or $5,000." ("Options To Finance Medicare For All," Sen. Bernie Sanders , Accessed 9/20/17)

  • Some Have Argued That This Tax Would Be "Potentially Unconstitutional." "Others Have Argued That Any Wealth Tax Would Be Dauntingly Complicated, And Potentially Unconstitutional. Sanders Has Described It As One Way To Spread The Concentration Of Wealth." (Ruby Cramer, "With Popular Single-Payer Plan, Bernie Sanders Enters New Territory: A Wealth Tax," Buzzfeed , 9/20/17)

While Running For The U.S. Senate In 2012, Senator Warren Avoided Committing To Single-Payer And Questioned Its Political Efficacy, But Now Claims It Is A "Goal Worth Fighting For"

In 2012, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) Questioned The Political Efficacy Of Single-Payer But Has Now Thrown Her Full Support Behind Senator Sanders And Suggested Democrats Running In 2018 And 2020 Should Embrace Single-Payer. "Warren's support for the Sanders bill is not a huge surprise. She has long expressed openness to the idea - though she questioned its political efficacy during her 2012 race. In June, she unequivocally threw her support behind a single payer health care system, telling the Wall Street Journal that Democrats running in 2018 and 2020 should embrace single payer. The Affordable Care Act was one step forward on the path to better health care coverage, she said. 'Now it's time for the next step. And the next step is single payer.'" (Victoria McGrane, "Warren Sanders' Single Payer Health Care Plan," The Boston Globe , 9/7/17)

In June 2012, Warren Told A Local Television Host That She Did Not Support A Single-Payer Health Care System, Saying, "I Think Right Now What We Have To Do … I Think You've Got To Stay With What's Possible." NECN's JIM BRAUDE: "If you were the tsarina, something like single payer health care, government run [unintelligible], far lower administrative costs, that sort of thing, would be the Senator Warren prescription, would it not?" SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN (D-MA): "I think right now what we have to do - I'm serious about this - I think you've got to stay with what's possible. And I think what we're doing - and look at the dust-up around this. We really need to consolidate our gains around what we've got on the table." BRAUDE: "But you do support single payer, do you not?" WARREN: "No, what I've got right now …" BRAUDE: "You've wrote repeatedly that you have, have you not?" WARREN: "Oh! I think you need to go back and take a look." BRAUDE: "I have a paragraph: 'The most obvious solution would be universal, single payer health care. Single payer care would also free families from dependents on an employers' plan and make certain that everyone is covered whether or not.' You wrote that with a co-author from Ohio." WARREN: "I wrote that with two. Actually with two I think. That's exactly right. But the point is, what we've got to do, is we've got to keep moving in the direction of getting more families covered and bringing down the costs of health care, and I think we've taken a big step in that direction." (NECN's " Broadside," 6/29/12)

In March 2012, "When Asked If She Supports A Single-Payer Health Care System, Funded Through Taxes To Pay The Doctors, Warren Said The Focus Needs To Be On The Law As It Stands." "Consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren, Brown's chief Democratic rival in his re-election bid, said she believes the law is right for the nation, calling increased protections for citizens included in the legislation 'basic rights.' 'I support the Affordable Care Act. Thanks to the new law, insurance companies cannot discriminate based on pre-existing conditions, 2.5 million young adults are now covered by health insurance through their parents' plan and more than 100 million people no longer have a lifetime limit on their insurance,' Warren said. 'Scott Brown and all the other Republicans want to repeal these basic rights. Going forward, Congress should focus more on lowering costs. That's what I'll do as a U.S. senator.' … When asked if she supports a single-payer health care system, funded through taxes to pay the doctors, Warren said the focus needs to be on the law as it stands." (Robert Rizzuto, "Sen. Scott Brown, Elizabeth Warren And Marisa DeFranco Weigh In On Health Care Debate Ahead Of Supreme Court Case," The Republican , 3/24/12)

In June 2012, Warren Avoided Questions On Single-Payer And Tried To Keep The Focus On The Affordable Care Act. "Asked for Warren's views on a single-payer system, campaign spokeswoman Alethea Harney said, 'Elizabeth supports the (Affordable Care Act). The issue right now is whether we keep the many benefits of health care reform. Scott Brown and the Republicans will say anything because they don't want to talk about the fact that they want to repeal all of the benefits of health care reform, including kids staying on their parents' insurance until age 26, the end of lifetime limits, closing the donut hole, and preventive care services.'" (Shira Schoenberg, "Factcheck: Does Elizabeth Warren Support Single-Payer Health Care?" The Republican , 6/29/12)

In January 2018, Senator Warren Claimed Single-Payer Health Care Is A "Goal Worth Fighting For" And She Said She Is "In This Fight All The Way." "Warren said the Sanders plan 'lays out a way to give every single person in this country a guarantee of high-quality coverage,' adding, 'this is a goal worth fighting for and I am in this fight all the way.'" (Kimberly Leonard, "Elizabeth Warren: 'Time For Us To Go On The Offense' On Healthcare," The Washington Examiner , 1/25/18)

  • In Addition To Being A Co-Sponsor For Sanders' Single-Payer Health Bill, Warren Has Introduced Her Own Legislation To Combat High Insurance Costs. "The legislation, called the Consumer Health Insurance Protection Act, would offer people buying health insurance on their own more financial assistance ― and allow more people to qualify for that assistance. Nobody would have to pay more than 8.5 percent of income on premiums. Warren does not envision this new plan as an alternative to more ambitious proposals. She remains a co-sponsor of the single-payer legislation introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)." (Daniel Marans, "Elizabeth Warren Has A Plan To Make Health Care Coverage Cheaper And More Reliable," Huffington Post , 3/21/18)

Senator Booker Has Called Obamacare Only The "First Step" On The Road To Single-Payer

Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) Believes That Obamacare Was The First Step, But Ultimately He Won't Rest Until Health Care Is A "Right To All." "'You should not be punished because you are working-class or poor and be denied health care. I think health care should be a right to all,' Booker said in the interview. 'This is something that's got to happen. Obamacare was a first step in advancing this country, but I won't rest until every American has a basic security that comes with having access to affordable health care.'" (Eric Bradner, "Democratic 2020 Prospects Back Bernie Sanders' Single-Payer Bill," CNN , 9/12/17)

According To Booker, "Healthcare Is A Right Enshrined In Our Constitutional Value." "'Healthcare is a right enshrined in our constitutional value. We are a nation where we pledge to liberty and justice for all, there is no justice if there is no health care,' Senator Booker said at the 'Protect Our Care' rally in Newark, New Jersey." (Karlton Smith, "Cory Booker And New Jersey Dems Rally Behind Health Care," NBC News , 1/16/17)

Senator Harris Co-Sponsored Sanders' Single-Payer Bill And Joked She Didn't Even Tell Her Staff Before Doing So

Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) Was The First Democrat To Announce That She Would Co-Sponsor Sanders' Single-Payer Health Care Bill When It Was Introduced. "Sen. Kamala Harris is the first Democrat to announce she'll co-sponsor Sen. Bernie Sanders' single-payer health care bill when it's introduced in September. The California freshman -- seen as a rising star in the party and a 2020 presidential prospect -- revealed her plans to back Sanders' legislation at a town hall Wednesday night in Oakland." (Eric Bradner, "Kamala Harris To Co-Sponsor Bernie Sanders' Single-Payer Health Care Bill," CNN , 8/30/17)

Harris Announced Her Plan To Co-Sponsor Sander's Bill Before She Talked To Her Staff About It, After The Surprise Announcement She Said At A Town Hall, "Somebody Should Tell My Staff." "'Here, I'll break some news: I intend to co-sponsor the Medicare-for-all bill, because it's just the right thing to do,' Harris said. She announced her support for Sanders' single-payer plan at the end of her town hall and joked that 'somebody should tell my staff.'" (Eric Bradner, "Kamala Harris To Co-Sponsor Bernie Sanders' Single-Payer Health Care Bill," CNN , 8/30/17)

THE 2020 Democratic HOPEFULS OPPOSED GOP TAX REFORM AND INSTEAD SUPPORT HIGHER TAXES

Senator Sanders Opposed The GOP Tax Reform And Instead Proposed Raising Income Tax Rates, Which Would Hit Middle And Low-Income Americans

On December 20, 2017, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) Voted Against The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act. (H.R. 1, Roll Call Vote #323 : Approved 51-48; R 51-0; D 0-46; I 0-2, 12/20/17, Sanders Voted Nay)

Senator Sanders Has Said "It Is Clear That We Must Raise Significant New Revenue." "As Congress debates deficit reduction, it is clear that we must raise significant new revenue." (Sen. Bernie Sanders, Op-Ed, "A Choice For Corporate America: Are You With America Or The Cayman Islands?," The Huffington Post , 2/9/13)

Senator Sanders Has Proposed Raising Personal Income Tax Rates To As High As 52 Percent . "This plan would replace the top three income tax rates (33%, 35%, and 39.6%) with more progressive rates: 37% on income between $250,000 and $500,000. 43% on income between $500,000 and $2 million. 48% on income between $2 million and $10 million. (In 2013, only 113,000 households, just 0.08 percent of all taxpayers, had income between $2 million and $10 million.) 52% on income of $10 million and above. (In 2013, only 13,000 households, just 0.01 percent of taxpayers, had income exceeding $10 million.)" ("Making The Wealthy, Wall Street, And Large Corporations Pay Their Fair Share," Bernie Sanders For President , Accessed 6/11/18)

An Analysis By The Tax Foundation Concluded That Senator Sanders' Proposal Would Lead To Lower After-Tax Incomes For All Taxpayers. "In an analysis released today, the Tax Foundation, an independent tax policy research organization, found that Sanders' plan would lead to 10.56% lower after-tax income for all taxpayers, and a 17.91% lower after-tax income for the wealthiest Americans." (Frank Sammartino, Len Burman, Joseph Rosenberg, and Jeff Rohaly, "An Analysis Of Senator Bernie Sanders's Tax Proposals," Tax Policy Center , 3/4/16)

If Senator Sanders' Tax Proposal Passed, "Middle-Income Households Would See Their Taxes Rise By About $4,700, An Amount Equal To About 10 Percent Of After-Tax Income" And Those In The Lowest Income Tax Bracket Would See A 1.3 Percent Increase. "Middle-income households would see their taxes rise by about $4,700, equal to about 10 percent of after-tax income. Those in the lowest-income bracket would pay an additional $165, or 1.3 percent." (Linda Qiu, "PolitiFact's Guide To The 2016 Presidential Candidate Tax Plans," Politifact , 4/7/16)

Despite Previous Support For Cutting Corporate Taxes And Pledging To Work With Republicans, Senator Booker Called The GOP Tax Reform An "Absolute Travesty"

On December 20, 2017, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) Voted Against The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act. (H.R. 1, Roll Call Vote #323 : Approved 51-48; R 51-0; D 0-46; I 0-2, 12/20/17, Booker Voted Nay)

Senator Booker Said, "It's An Absolute Travesty That Senate Republicans Chose Corporate Profit Over The American People Tonight." "It's an absolute travesty that Senate Republicans chose corporate profit over the American people tonight. We will not forget. #GOPTaxScam" (Sen. Cory Booker, Twitter Feed , 12/20/17)

Senator Booker Called The GOP Tax Bill "Insanity," And "Fiction Being Hoisted Upon The American People." " 'This in insanity,' said Booker, D-N.J., in a speech on the Senate floor as lawmakers debated the GOP tax bill. 'This is folly. This is fiction being foisted upon the American people.'" (Jonathan D. Salant, "'This Is Insanity!' That's What Booker Just Said About Trump-Backed Senate GOP Tax Bill," The Star-Ledger [New Jersey] , 11/30/17)

Senator Booker Claimed That The GOP Was Attempting To "Camouflage" Trickle-Down Economics As Tax Reform. "Trickle-down economics, no matter how it's disguised, doesn't work and Republicans' attempts to camouflage it as tax reform is offensive and won't work for American workers" (Jonathan D. Salant, "'This Is Insanity!' That's What Booker Just Said About Trump-Backed Senate GOP Tax Bill," The Star-Ledger [New Jersey] , 11/30/17)

In January 2015, Booker Said He Hoped To Work With Republicans On Reducing The Corporate Tax Rate. "Booker, re-elected in November, said reducing the corporate tax rate, developing alternatives to prison for certain non-violent offenders and repealing the Affordable Care Act's tax on medical devices are all issues where he hoped to work with Republicans on." (Jonathan D. Salant, "Cory Booker, Sworn In For A Full Term, Says First Priority Is To Reach Out To Republicans," NJ Advance Media , 1/6/15)

Booker Said That Lowering The Corporate Tax Rate By Eliminating Deductions Targeted To Specific Industries Would Help Spur Investment And Encourage Companies To Bring Back Earnings From Overseas. "Booker said the most important goal is to find ways to grow the economy and help lower- and middle-class Americans. Lowering the corporate tax rate from its current 35 percent by eliminating deductions targeted to specific industries would help spur investment, he said. So would a lower tax rate to encourage companies to bring back earnings from overseas." (Jonathan D. Salant, "Cory Booker, Sworn In For A Full Term, Says First Priority Is To Reach Out To Republicans," NJ Advance Media , 1/6/15)

In A 2011 MSNBC Interview, Booker Said, "I'm A Big Believer That You Should Give Tax Breaks On Those People Who Are Creating Wealth. We're Driving Businesses Out Of Our Nation Right Now, Putting Them Overseas. We're Driving Businesses Out Of New Jersey Because Of Our High Tax Rates." BOOKER: "But on the flip side of that, I'm a big believer that you should give tax breaks on those people who are creating wealth. We're driving businesses out of our nation right now, putting them overseas. We're driving businesses out of New Jersey because of our high tax rates. And I am one, on a daily basis, trying to woo businesses to our state and to my city and have a hard time doing it when they look at their bottom line compared to other places in the United States or other places outside of our country." (MSNBC's "The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell," 2/22/11)

Senator Warren Demonized The GOP Tax Reform, But Previously Pushed For Simplifying Taxes And Reforming Our System

On December 20, 2017, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) Voted Against The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act. (H.R. 1, Roll Call Vote #323 : Approved 51-48; R 51-0; D 0-46; I 0-2, 12/20/17, Warren Voted Nay)

Senator Warren Claimed That The GOP Tax Plan "Kicks Working Families To The Curb." " 'The 'new' Republican tax plan is the same warmed-over, trickle-down plan they've been pushing for decades. It delivers massive tax cuts to millionaires and giant corporations and kicks working families to the curb.'" (Press Release, "Warren Statement On Trump Tax Reform Proposal," Sen. Elizabeth Warren , 9/27/17)

Senator Warren Claimed Republicans "Jammed" The Tax Bill Through The Senate And Said It Was A "Heist" Not Tax Reform, And Our "Government Is For Sale." "The bill that the Republicans jammed through the Senate tonight isn't tax reform. It's a heist. Let's call this out for what it is: Government for sale. #GOPTaxScam" (Elizabeth Warren, Twitter Feed , 12/20/17)

Senator Warren Announced Her Tax Filing Simplification Act Which Would Decrease How Much American's Pay In Costs To File Taxes. "Senator Elizabeth Warren announced that her Tax Filing Simplification Act has received the support of 54 tax experts from across the country. This legislation, which was introduced by Senator Warren and eight other senators last week, would simplify the tax filing process and decrease the costs of filing for millions of Americans." (Press Release, " On Massachusetts Tax Day, Support Grows For Warren's Bill To Simplify Tax Filing ," Sen. Elizabeth Warren, 4/19/16)

The Tax Filing Simplification Act She Introduced Would Have Directed The IRS To Develop Programs To Simplify The Code For Taxpayers. "The Tax Filing Simplification Act would direct the IRS to develop a free, online tax preparation and filing service that taxpayers can use to prepare and file their taxes directly with the federal government, if they choose to do so, and would prohibit the IRS from entering into agreements that restrict its ability to provide free online tax preparation or filing services." (Press Release, " On Massachusetts Tax Day, Support Grows For Warren's Bill To Simplify Tax Filing ," Sen. Elizabeth Warren, 4/19/16)

Politico Says Senator Gillibrand's Attacks Against Tax Tax Reform Were Barely Accurate

On December 20, 2017, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) Voted Against The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act. (H.R. 1, Roll Call Vote #323 : Approved 51-48; R 51-0; D 0-46; I 0-2, 12/20/17, Gillibrand Voted Nay)

In November 2017, Senator Gillibrand Wrote An Op-Ed That Claimed The Tax Bill "Directly Harms Middle Class Taxpayers Here In Central New York, And Across The Country." "A good tax system should do three things: It should reward work, it should be fair for working families, and it should help create good-paying jobs. But the Republican tax plan that passed the House of Representatives two weeks ago in Washington, without a single Democratic vote, not only fails this test, it actually goes further and directly harms middle class taxpayers here in Central New York, and across the country," (Kirsten Gillibrand, Op-Ed, "Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: Stop Harmful GOP Tax Plan 'In Its Tracks,'" The Post-Standard (New York) , 1/29/17)

Gillibrand Believes That The Tax Bill Was Designed To Only Help "Large, Profitable Corporations That Hide Money Offshore, And The Wealthiest Americans." "No amount of spin can change the fact that this tax plan is designed to primarily benefit two groups: large, profitable corporations that hide money offshore, and the wealthiest Americans. The plan does not seek anything close to the type of relief that regular working people need; instead, it is a blatant attempt to take millions of families' hard-earned money and hand it over to rich corporations on the Fortune 500 list." (Kirsten Gillibrand, "Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: Stop Harmful GOP Tax Plan 'In Its Tracks,'" The Post-Standard (New York) , 11/29/17)

In December, 2017, Gillibrand Claimed That The Tax Bill Was "Going To Raise Taxes On The Middle Class." "'I'm concerned, obviously, about this tax bill because it's going to raise taxes on the middle class,' Gillibrand said. 'The truth is this tax [plan] raises middle-class taxes. For all New Yorkers who pay local and state taxes, it's going to be very difficult, because they're going to have to pay a lot more money.'" (Dan Clark, "Will The Republican Tax Law Raise Middle-Class Taxes," Politifact , 12/22/17)

Politico Ruled Her Statement "Half True" And Said If It Weren't For Sunset Provisions, It Would Have Rated Her Statement "False Or Perhaps Mostly False." "Gillibrand said the Republican 'tax [plan] raises middle-class taxes.' That's not true during the first years of the new tax provisions. If not for the sunset for the tax changes for individuals, we likely would have rated Gillibrand's statement False or perhaps Mostly False. Middle-income taxpayers will either benefit or see no change in their tax liability through 2025. But her claim could hold up after the bill's individual provisions expire that year. There's no guarantee a future Congress will extend those parts of the bill. So for that reason, her statement is partially true but still ignores important details. We rate it Half True." (Dan Clark, "Will The Republican Tax Law Raise Middle-Class Taxes," Politifact , 12/22/17)

Senator Harris Received "Four Pinocchios" From The Washington Post For Her Comments About The GOP Tax Plan

On December 20, 2017, Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) Voted Against The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act. (H.R. 1, Roll Call Vote #323 : Approved 51-48; R 51-0; D 0-46; I 0-2, 12/20/17, Harris Voted Nay)

In A Haste To Condemn The GOP Tax Plan Senator Harris Spread A "False Claim" That Middle Class Families Would "Face A Hefty Tax Hike." "In their haste to condemn the GOP tax plan, Democrats have spread far and wide the false claim that families making less than $86,100 on average will face a hefty tax hike. Actually, it's the opposite. Most families in that income range would get a tax cut." (Glenn Kessler, "Senate Democrats Falsely Claim GOP Tax Plan Will Raise Taxes For Most Working-Class Families," The Washington Post , 11/2/17)

Senator Harris Deleted Her Comments From Twitter After The Washington Post Said Her Claim, That Middle-Class Taxes Would Rise, Was Actually The "Opposite" And Received Four Pinocchios. "Actually, it's the opposite. Most families in that income range would get a tax cut. Any Democrat who spread this claim should delete their tweets and make clear they were in error. [Update: Harris and Casey deleted their tweets after this column appeared.]" (Glenn Kessler, "Senate Democrats Falsely Claim GOP Tax Plan Will Raise Taxes For Most Working-Class Families," The Washington Post , 11/2/17)

Senator Harris Called The GOP Tax Plan "Shameful" After It Was Passed By The Senate. "The tax plan approved tonight by my Republican colleagues is shameful. Tonight, corporations and the top 1% of Americans won at the expense of middle class families. This is wrong and does not reflect the best of who we are as a country." (Press Release, " Harris Statement on Passage of the Republican Tax Plan ," Sen. Kamala Harris, 12/2/17)

Senator Harris Accused The GOP Tax Plan Of "Playing Politics With People's Lives." "Instead of playing politics with people's lives, we should be delivering for the American people who have spoken loud and clear that this isn't what they want. There is a better way to reform our tax code, one that is bipartisan, transparent, and fair for all Americans." (Press Release, " Harris Statement on Passage of the Republican Tax Plan ," Sen. Kamala Harris, 12/2/17)

THE 2020 DEMOCRATIC FIELD WAS CRITICIZED BY THEIR OWN PARTY FOR MOVING FURTHER LEFT DURING THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

During The 2018 Government Shutdown, Senator Chris Coons Warned 2020 Dems About Moving "Farther And Farther To The Left"

To His Colleagues Who "Might Be On The Ticket In 2020," Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) Does Not Believe Moving Further And Further To Left Is The Way To Do It. "'For my colleagues who are hoping that they might be on the ticket in 2020, I don't think simply moving further and further to left is the best way to accomplish that,' Coons said. 'I think showing we can solve big problems is the way to encourage people to believe that Democrats belong in control of the Congress and back in the White House.'" (Cameron Cawthorne, "Potential 2020 Dems Should Not Move 'Farther and Farther to the Left'," The Washington Free Beacon , 1/22/18)

Coons Claimed That Democrats Should Be More Focused On Finding Solutions Now, Rather Than Appealing To The Democratic Base For A Primary That Is Still Years Away. "Coons said that he doesn't care what issues will appeal to the Democratic base in a primary that is still years away, saying he would rather focus on finding solutions for issues now." (Cameron Cawthorne, "Potential 2020 Dems Should Not Move 'Farther and Farther to the Left'," The Washington Free Beacon , 1/22/18)

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Senator Sanders Voted To Keep The Government Shut Down In Favor Of Illegal Immigrants, A Move He Previously Likened To "Holding The American People Hostage"

On January 19, 2018, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) Voted To Shut Down The Government. (H.R. 195, Roll Call Vote #14 : Rejected 50-49; R 45-5; D 5-42; I 0-2, 1/19/18, Sanders Voted Nay)

On January 22, 2018, Senator Sanders Voted To Keep The Government Shut Down. (H.R. 195, Roll Call Vote #16 , Passed 81-18, R 48-2; D 32-15; I 1-1, 1/22/18, Sanders Voted Nay)

Senator Sanders Said He Would Not Vote For Any Spending Bill "Without A Permanent DACA Fix." "Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), another White House hopeful, tweeted last month that, 'I won't vote for any spending bill without a permanent DACA fix.'" (Alexander Bolten, "Schumer Walks Tightrope On Shutdown, Immigration Fights," The Hill , 12/7/17)

In 2013, Senator Sanders Criticized Republicans For "Holding The American People Hostage," Urging Republicans To "Reopen The Government And Pay Our Bills." "Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement today on the 11-day-old government shutdown and the debt ceiling: 'It is imperative that Republicans stop holding the American people hostage and let us reopen the government and pay our bills. Frankly, given the enormous problems facing this country, it is beyond belief that we have wasted weeks debating whether, for the first time in our history, the largest economy in the world should default and plunge the world into a severe financial crisis.'" (Press Release, "Sanders Statement On The Fiscal Crisis," Sen. Bernie Sanders , 10/11/13)

During The 2013 Government Shutdown, Senator Sanders Cautioned That Congress Was "Entering Very Dangerous Territory" And That If A Default Occurred, "The United States Will Become A Deadbeat Nation, Precipitating A National And International Financial Crisis." "'We are entering very dangerous territory.' Early Monday, when the outlook for agreement seemed bleak, Sanders worried about the impact of a default - which treasury officials have said would occur Thursday unless Congress authorized a higher level of government borrowing. 'It is becoming increasingly possible that for the first time in the history of our country the United States will become a deadbeat nation, precipitating a national and international financial crisis. If a default occurs, it is likely that interest rates will spike for home mortgages, car loans, student loans and credit cards. It is possible that the stock market will plunge, deeply impacting pension programs and household savings. This must not be allowed to happen.'" (Nancy Remsen, "Delegation: Hoping Deal Will End Shutdown And Prevent Default," Burlington Free Press, 10/15/13)

Senator Booker Voted To Keep The Government Shut Down In Favor Of Illegal Immigrants, A Move He Previously Likened To Political "Extremism"

On January 19, 2018, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) Voted To Shut Down The Government. (H.R. 195, Roll Call Vote #14 : Rejected 50-49; R 45-5; D 5-42; I 0-2, 1/19/18, Booker Voted Nay)

On January 22, 2018, Senator Booker Voted To Keep The Government Shut Down. (H.R. 195, Roll Call Vote #16 , Passed 81-18, R 48-2; D 32-15; I 1-1, 1/22/18, Booker Voted Nay)

Senator Booker Said He Would Not Vote For A Spending Bill That Doesn't Include Solutions To Protect DACA Recipients. "Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) took the same tough line, declaring last month, 'I want solutions to protect these kids, and won't vote for a spending bill that doesn't include one.' He called it an issue 'of basic decency and morality.'" (Alexander Bolten, "Schumer Walks Tightrope On Shutdown, Immigration Fights," The Hill , 12/7/17)

In 2013, Senator Booker Characterized Government Shutdowns As Extremism And Playing Politics. "Discussing the government shutdown and coming debt-ceiling deadline, Booker derided 'tea-party extremists' and sought to paint Lonegan as one of them, while saying that 'we need people that will raise the debt ceiling and not play this shutdown politics that plays with the full faith and credit of the United States of America.'" (Elizabeth Titus, "Lonegan Blasts Booker's City," Politico , 10/9/13)

In 2013, As A Candidate, Booker Said The Government Shutdown Made Him Realize Why Congress Had Such A Low Approval Rating. "'I stayed up last night expecting our Congress to stand together and stop a government shutdown. I sat and stared at my TV and hoped for the best. I always tell people I am a prisoner of hope. And as I sat there and watched midnight come and go, I suddenly knew why I think I read once that Congress has such a low approval rating - somewhere around cockroaches and colonoscopies. And as one of my friends said, I think they have a nine or 10 percent approval rating, which means only their friends and family like them.'" (Michael Izzo, "Booker Discusses Shutdown, College Affordability At FDU," Courier News [New Jersey], 10/15/13)

Senator Warren Voted To Keep The Government Shut Down In Favor Of Illegal Immigrants, A Move Which She Previously Called "Staggeringly Irresponsible

On January 19, 2018, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) Voted To Shut Down The Government. (H.R. 195, Roll Call Vote #14 : Rejected 50-49; R 45-5; D 5-42; I 0-2, 1/19/18, Warren Voted Nay)

On January 22, 2018, Senator Warren Voted To Keep The Government Shut Down. (H.R. 195, Roll Call Vote #16 , Passed 81-18, R 48-2; D 32-15; I 1-1, 1/22/18, Warren Voted Nay)

Senator Warren Expressed Concern With A Spending Bill That Did Not Protect DACA Recipients. "Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has put herself in the same camp by signaling it would be tough to back a spending bill this year that does not protect the young immigrants covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which Trump in September said he would unwind. She urged Trump last month to 'stop playing politics [and] fix this.'" (Alexander Bolten, "Schumer Walks Tightrope On Shutdown, Immigration Fights," The Hill , 12/7/17)

In 2017, When Asked About A Potential Shutdown, Senator Warren Said Government Shutdowns Are "Staggeringly Irresponsible." SEN. ELIZABETH WARRNEN (D-MA): "It is staggeringly irresponsible to say, Let's just shut down the government. In fact, it was the threat of shutting down the government, the fact that the Republicans would own it since they have the White House, they have the Senate, they have the House of Representatives, that drove Congress towards cutting this budget deal that we're going to sign off on this week." (MSNBC's, "Hardball With Chris Matthews," 5/2/17)

  • Senator Warren Said A Government Shutdown Would Cost The U.S. "Literally Billions, Even Trillions Of Dollars." WARREN: "You know, and that's the thing. When the government is shut down, it costs this country literally billions, even trillions of dollars. We miss out on all kinds of contracts. We shut things down that mean that tourists can't come. It's everywhere." (MSNBC's, "Hardball With Chris Matthews," 5/2/17)

Despite Previously Comparing Such Tactics To A Childish "Tantrum", Senator Gillibrand Voted To Keep The Government Shut Down In Favor Of Illegal Immigrants

On January 19, 2018, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) Voted To Shut Down The Government. (H.R. 195, Roll Call Vote #14 : Rejected 50-49; R 45-5; D 5-42; I 0-2, 1/19/18, Gillibrand Voted Nay)

On January 22, 2018, Senator Gillibrand Voted To Keep The Government Shut Down. (H.R. 195, Roll Call Vote #16 , Passed 81-18, R 48-2; D 32-15; I 1-1, 1/22/18, Gillibrand Voted Nay)

Senator Gillibrand Said She Would Not Vote For A Spending Bill Without Protections For DACA Recipients. "'In the coming days, Senate Republicans are going to have to pass a spending bill or the government will shut down on their watch. If Republicans refuse to do the right thing and protect Dreamers in this must-pass bill, then I'm going to vote against the bill. We can never allow our Dreamers to be used as political pawns, and I will urge my Senate colleagues to join me in opposing this legislation if protections for Dreamers aren't part of the deal.'" (Press Release, "Gillibrand, Espaillat Stand With Dreamers And Urge Republican Leaders To Include DACA Fix In Long-Term Spending Bill," U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand , 12/4/17)

In 2013, Senator Gillibrand Compared The Government Shutdown To A Tantrum A Child Throws When They Do Not Get Their Way. "'This is much more like what I deal with Henry in the morning when he says he wants to say, 'I want candy for breakfast.' It's really a tantrum; it's a tea party tantrum. 'You either give me my way, or we're going to shut down government,' the New York Democrat said on MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' on Wednesday." (Tal Kopan, "Gillibrand: GOP Behaving Like A Child," Politico , 10/2/13)

Senator Harris Voted To Shut Down The Government In Favor Of Illegal Immigrants

On January 19, 2018, Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) Voted To Shut Down The Government. (H.R. 195, Roll Call Vote #14 : Rejected 50-49; R 45-5; D 5-42; I 0-2, 1/19/18, Harris Voted Nay)

On January 22, 2018, Senator Harris Voted To Keep The Government Shut Down. (H.R. 195, Roll Call Vote #16 , Passed 81-18, R 48-2; D 32-15; I 1-1, 1/22/18, Harris Voted Nay)

Senator Harris Said She Needed An "Ironclad Guarantee" For DACA Recipients In Order To Vote To Reopen The Government. "The Majority Leader's comments fell far short of the ironclad guarantee I needed to support a stopgap spending bill. I refuse to put the lives of nearly 700,000 young people in the hands of someone who has repeatedly gone back on his word." (Senator Kamala Harris, Twitter Feed , 1/22/18)

 


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