Read time: 1 minute

2020 Democratic Hopefuls Roll Out Sweeping Policy Proposals

Senator Bernie Sanders, Beto O'Rourke, and Governor Jay Inslee tackled different issues with major policy arguments ahead of the debates this week.

Three Democratic 2020 hopefuls have rolled out major policy initiatives ahead of this week's debates.

Senator Bernie Sanders proposes to wipe out all student debt on the books - $1.6 Trillion - by imposing a tax on Wall Street that is projected to raise $2 trillion over 10 years. Sanders proposes to wipe out all student debt on the books, including private and graduate school debt. Sanders' proposal also includes making public universities, trade schools and community colleges tuition-free going forward.

Sanders' full proposal is here.

Beto O''Rourke proposes a "war tax" to pay for veterans' benefits.

O'Rourke proposes a tax on households which will be earmarked in a trust fund to cover health care of the veterans of any newly-authorized wars:

Households making less than $30,000 per year would pay $25; those making less than $40,000 would pay $57; those making less than $50,000 would pay $98; those making less than $75,000 would pay $164; those making less than $100,000 would pay $270; those making less than $200,000 would pay $485; and those making more than $200,000 would pay $1,000.

O'Rourke's full proposal is here.

Governor Jay Inslee says his federal government would end all ties between the government and the fossil fuel industry. Inslee proposes an end to tax breaks for oil companies, banning all drilling and extraction on federal lands and beneath federal waters, and closing the revolving door between oil lobbyists and the federal government.

“The climate reduction goals simply cannot be achieved unless America as a nation is prepared to take on the greatest and most powerful special interests that are holding back our clean energy future,” Inslee wrote.

Inslee's full policy paper is here.

This is part of our continuing coverage of the 2020 elections.

View more

We Need Your Help Now More Than Ever

For 17 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit, but now Facebook and social media are drowning us in an ocean of right wing lies. Please give a one-time or recurring donation, or subscribe for an ad-free experience.

More C&L Coverage


New Commenting System

Our comments are now powered by Insticator. In order to comment you will need to create an Insticator account. The process is quick and simple. Please note that the ability to comment with a C&L site account is no longer available.

We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service (revised 3/17/2016) for information on our posting policy.

Please Do Not Use the Login Link at the Top of the Site.

In order to comment you must use an Insticator account. To register an account, enter your comment and click the post button. A dialog will then appear allowing you create your account.

We will be retiring our Crooks and Liars user account system in January, 2021.

Thank you.
C&L Team