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Joe Biden, Jr.'s Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for President with Kamala Harris

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Issue Positions

For Presidential and Congressional candidates who refuse to provide voters with their positions, Vote Smart has researched their public records to determine their likely responses. These issue positions are from 2020.

  • "Republicans in AL, FL, GA, and OH are ushering in laws that clearly violate Roe v Wade and they should be declared unconstitutional. Roe v Wade is settled law and should not be overturned. This choice should remain between a woman and her doctor." (votesmart.org)
  • "States across the nation are passing extreme laws that violate a woman’s constitutional right to choose. These bills are a blatant attempt to overturn Roe v Wade. It's wrong. It's pernicious. We must #StopTheBans and ensure this choice remains between a woman and her doctor." (votesmart.org)
  • "Income inequality is on the rise - made worse by the Trump tax cut that was a giant giveaway to the super-wealthy. We’ve got to rebuild the backbone of this country - the middle class. That starts by rewarding work, not just wealth." (votesmart.org)
  • "It’s time to reward work, not just wealth. On day one, I’ll move to: eliminate the Trump tax cut for the super-wealthy, cut the unjustified loopholes in our tax code, and use that money to invest in America’s future." (votesmart.org)
  • "And with regard to Social Security, we will not -- we will not privatize it. If we had listened to Romney, Governor Romney, and the congressman during the Bush years, imagine where all those seniors would be now if their money had been in the market. Their ideas are old and their ideas are bad, and they eliminate the guarantee of Medicare." (votesmart.org)
  • "Americans work hard every day, and they deserve a worry-free retirement with a steady income. I’ll put Social Security on a path to long-run solvency through a tax on the wealthiest wage earners. Learn more about my plan for Older Americans at  â€¦" (joebiden.com)
  • "Overturning Citizens United isn’t enough. Ridding our politics of big money and corporate special interests demands more. We must go further." (votesmart.org)
  • "It’s time we overturn Citizens United and create a public financing system for our elections." (votesmart.org)
  • "Overturning Citizens United is an important step in ending the corrupting influence of money in our politics, but we must go further." (votesmart.org)
  • "We need to create a public financing system for federal campaigns and pass a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United to amplify the voices of individual Americans and ensure elected officials are working for the people." (votesmart.org)
  • "We need real police reform that holds all cops up to the high standards that so many of them actually meet -- that holds bad cops accountable, and that repairs the relationship between law enforcement and the community they are sworn to protect. And we need to stand up as a nation -- with the black community, and with all minority communities -- and come together as one America." (votesmart.org)
  • "We have to make this an era of action — starting with real police reform. No more excuses. No more delays. Add your name to demand Congress ban chokeholds — and pass real police reform — right now" (www.facebook.com)
  • "We need a comprehensive agenda for racial equity in this country. This isn't just about police reform. It's about dealing with the deep wound of systemic racism in this nation." (votesmart.org)
  • "We need real policing reform, and we need it now. Congress should immediately: - Outlaw chokeholds - Improve oversight and accountability - Create a model use of force standard - Stop the transfer of weapons of war to local police forces" (twitter.com)
  • "Our military is one tool in our toolbox--along with diplomacy, economic power, education, science and technology. We must invest in and strengthen all elements of our power. And, we must modernize our military to prepare for the wars of tomorrow, while ensuring that we only deploy American troops into harm's way when it is in our vital national security interest." (votesmart.org)
  • "President Trump has abandoned all fiscal discipline when it comes to defense spending. His budget is dominated by investments in aging legacy capabilities. At a time when we’re winding down our main combat efforts from the last two decades, we need to make smarter investments in our military. We can maintain a strong defense and protect our safety and security for less. The real question is not how much we invest — it’s how we invest." (www.militarytimes.com)
  • "We can't keep spending tens of billions of dollars a year to sustain a stalemate." (votesmart.org)
  • "We need a transformational investment in America’s infrastructure and future" (votesmart.org)
  • "And when people -- when you ask Americans from all walks of life all across the country what's their number one priority, it's improving the economy and putting people back to work. And one of the best ways we can do it is to do something about the roads, the bridges, the ports, the airports, the sewer lines all across the country that need repair." (votesmart.org)
  • "I have nothing against Amazon, but no company pulling in billions of dollars of profits should pay a lower tax rate than firefighters and teachers. We need to reward work, not just wealth." (votesmart.org)
  • "The first step is reversing President Trump’s tax cuts for the super-wealthy and corporations." (joebiden.com)
  • "The Biden Plan also calls on the U.S. Treasury Department to coordinate with the Federal Reserve to monitor and consider policies to address severe credit and liquidity challenges related to the fall-out of COVID-19 and thus prevent small businesses and those in impacted industries from severe cutbacks, shutdowns, and layoffs." (votesmart.org)
  • “Dramatically increasing Title I funding in order to give teachers a raise will allow school districts and educators to decide what the biggest need is for their communities instead of using a one-size-fits-all approach.” (joebiden.com)
  • "Fixing No Child Left Behind: A long-time proponent of education reform, Senator Biden wants to see the No Child Left Behind law improved by giving schools greater flexibility in evaluating student performance and by fully funding education. President Bush has under funded the program by $85 billion." (votesmart.org)
  • "Using the Federal government procurement system – which spends $500 billion every year – to drive towards 100% clean energy and zero-emissions vehicles." (joebiden.com)
  • "The Biden administration will make the largest ever investment in clean energy research and innovation to develop zero-carbon technologies, so America is the engine of the world’s clean energy economy." (votesmart.org)
  • "The Biden plan will make a historic investment in our clean energy future and environmental justice, paid for by rolling back the Trump tax incentives that enrich corporations at the expense of American jobs and the environment." (joebiden.com)
  • "We must turbocharge our efforts to address climate change that threatens communities across the country. Through clean, renewable energy and cleaner, safer, faster transportation, America will not only help the environment but provide millions of good-paying middle-class jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • "I commend President Obama and EPA Administrator McCarthy for finalizing ambitious policies to reduce carbon pollution and combat climate change. We're in a race against climate change and have no time to lose. We must be aggressive in reducing our carbon footprint -- the health of our environment and the quality of the air our children breathe are at stake. These rules will promote renewable energy alternatives and empower states to tailor individual plans for curbing emissions from power plants. I look forward to the long-term benefits this plan will bring to those who live and work in New Jersey." (votesmart.org)
  • "We’re going to make record-breaking investments in research and development and zero-carbon technologies so that America is the engine of the world’s clean economy. The United States will be a 100% clean-energy economy with net-zero emissions by 2050.  â€¦" (go.joebiden.com)
  • "I am also encouraged by the flexibility the administration's plan provides for each state to decide exactly how they will achieve our national goal to reduce emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030. In light of today's announcement, New Jersey should consider rejoining the successful Regional Green House Gas Initiative, which would allow us to reduce and offset our carbon emissions by making investments in clean energy. I am confident that New Jersey will achieve the goals presented today and remain a national leader in clean energy production." (votesmart.org)
  • "The Biden administration will make the largest ever investment in clean energy research and innovation to develop zero-carbon technologies, so America is the engine of the world’s clean energy economy." (votesmart.org)
  • "As we watched in horror at the events in El Paso and Dayton, Chicago suffered its most violent weekend of 2019. We cannot go on like this. We must muster up the courage to take on the @NRA, pass common-sense reform, and end our gun violence epidemic." (votesmart.org)
  • "Mr. President, immigration isn’t the problem. White nationalism is the problem. America’s inaction on gun safety legislation is the problem. It’s time to put the politics aside and pass universal background checks and an assault weapons ban. Lives depend on it." (votesmart.org)
  • "We should defend and build upon the Affordable Care Act to ensure every American has access to quality, affordable health care." (votesmart.org)
  • "I worked hard to pass the Affordable Care Act—it was a milestone for American health care. I will continue to oppose every effort to tear it down. We have come too far to start over. Read my plan to protect and build on Obamacare at" (votesmart.org)
  • "As president, Biden will protect the Affordable Care Act from these continued attacks. He opposes every effort to get rid of this historic law – including efforts by Republicans, and efforts by Democrats."   (joebiden.com)
  • "We need to defend and build on the Affordable Care Act. I was proud every day to serve alongside President Obama as Vice President – but never more so than the day the Affordable Care Act passed. Now we have to finish the job." (votesmart.org)
  • "Providing widespread access to paid sick leave not only allows families to recover from sickness, but it also keeps sick workers and children away from the general population and helps slow the spread of disease. The Biden Plan calls for an emergency paid leave program that will ensure that all workers can take paid leave during the COVID-19 crisis. It calls for passage of the Healthy Families Act with the addition of an emergency plan that will require 14 days of paid leave for those who are sick, exposed, or subject to quaratines--while also ensuring that employers will not bear any additional costs for such additional leave in the midst of this crisis." (votesmart.org)
  • "The relief bill passed by Congress was a good start, but now we need to: - Forgive at least $10,000 of student loan debt per person - Provide emergency paid sick leave to everyone who needs it" (votesmart.org)
  • "A border wall is the physical embodiment of @realDonaldTrump's inability to develop effective immigration policy. His use of Department of Defense funds for the wall is a phony answer to the real challenges we face-and he knows it." (votesmart.org)
  • "We must secure our borders, but "build the wall" is a slogan divorced from reality. We need to focus on improving screening procedures at our legal ports of entry & making smart investments in border technology. These policies will do more for our security than a wall ever could." (votesmart.org)
  • "DREAMers-young people who came to the U.S. as children-are Americans. They don’t deserve to sit in limbo as the Supreme Court decides whether President Trump can end the Obama-Biden DACA policy. Congress should act now to give them a path to citizenship." (votesmart.org)
  • "President Trump’s ICE raids are inhumane. His scare tactics solve nothing. We shouldn't be terrorizing communities and splitting up families. We should provide a pathway to citizenship and find a lasting solution." (votesmart.org)
  • "7 years ago, @BarackObama and I offered security to DREAMers, young people brought here as kids who only know America as home. Trump is trying to break our country's promise to them & continues to threaten their status. DREAMers are Americans. It’s time we kept our word to them." (votesmart.org)
  • "This crisis demands clarity and compassion. Americans deserve a Congress that will finally act to reform our broken immigration laws and provide a way to earn a pathway to citizenship for countless undocumented immigrants who want nothing more than to make a better life for themselves and their kids." (votesmart.org)
  • "And if Iran resumes its pursuit of nuclear weapons, no option available today will be off the table. As a matter of fact, the options will be greatly increased because we will know so much more." (votesmart.org)
  • “Diplomacy is important, but diplomacy requires a strategy, a process, and competent leadership to deliver. That is why, as President, I would renew a commitment to arms control for a new era — including on North Korea. The historic Iran nuclear deal the Obama-Biden administration negotiated blocked Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, and it provides a blueprint for an effective negotiation. As president, I will empower our negotiators and jumpstart a sustained, coordinated campaign with our allies and others – including China – to advance our shared objective of a denuclearized North Korea.” (www.cfr.org)
  • “If Iran moves back into compliance with its nuclear obligations, I would re-enter the JCPOA as a starting point to work alongside our allies in Europe and other world powers to extend the deal’s nuclear constraints. Doing so would provide a critical down payment to re-establish U.S. credibility, signaling to the world that America’s word and international commitments once again mean something. I would also leverage renewed international consensus around America’s Iran policy—and a redoubled commitment to diplomacy—to more effectively push back against Tehran’s other malign behavior in the region.” (www.cfr.org)
  • “In North Korea, President Biden will empower our negotiators and jump start a sustained, coordinated campaign with our allies and others, including China, to advance our shared objective of a denuclearized North Korea.” (joebiden.com)
  • "And if Iran violates the deal, we can impose sanctions and no one can stop us at the U.N. And we can re-impose our own sanctions. And no collection of states, including Russia, China, can block us from doing that the way the agreement is written." (votesmart.org)
  • "Finally, Iran began to talk. And talks grew into an interim deal. When it did, people predicted the sky would fall; some of my best friends in the region; Iran would cheat and sanctions would crumble. But the deal held, and so did the sanctions. In fact, many at home and in the region who initially saw the interim deal as a historic mistake, I think was the quote, saw it as important part of stopping a nuclear-armed Iran." (votesmart.org)
  • "If Iran moves back into compliance with its nuclear obligations, I would re-enter the JCPOA as a starting point to work alongside our allies in Europe and other world powers to extend the deal’s nuclear constraints. Doing so would provide a critical down payment to re-establish U.S. credibility, signaling to the world that America’s word and international commitments once again mean something. I would also leverage renewed international consensus around America’s Iran policy—and a redoubled commitment to diplomacy—to more effectively push back against Tehran’s other malign behavior in the region." (www.cfr.org)
  • “Biden will end the forever wars in Afghanistan and the Middle East, which have cost us untold blood and treasure.” (joebiden.com)
  • “I would bring American combat troops in Afghanistan home during my first term.” (www.cfr.org)
  • "I would bring our combat troops home from Afghanistan during my first term." (www.militarytimes.com)
  • "In North Korea, President Biden will empower our negotiators and jump start a sustained, coordinated campaign with our allies and others, including China, to advance our shared objective of a denuclearized North Korea." (joebiden.com)
  • "Joe Biden has long believed that the US should narrow rather than broaden its military efforts in Afghanistan, and has for years advocated for ending the war responsibly. We can't keep spending tens of billions of dollars a year to sustain a stalemate. #DemDebate" (votesmart.org)
  • “Trump’s tariff war with China is crushing American farmers. It's easy to talk tough when someone else feels the pain. We need to be tough AND smart—working with allies to curb China’s abusive trade practices, not isolating us from our closest partners. “ (twitter.com)
  • "Your place at the geographic crossroads of this hemisphere should be viewed as a remarkable asset and taken advantage of. We want to help you make the most of that. That means reducing tariffs, investing infrastructure, and borders, streamlining customs, partnering with each other and your neighbors on issues like roads and energy."  (votesmart.org)
  • "First and foremost, we must enforce existing trade laws and invest in the competitiveness of our workers and communities here at home, so that they complete on a level playing field. Then, we need to write the rules of the road for international trade through a modern, inclusive process--rules that protect our workers, safeguard the environment, uphold labor standards and middle-class wages, foster innovation, and take on big global challenges like corporate concentration, corruption, and climate change. If we don't, other countries will write the rules for us." (votesmart.org)

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