The Issues

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Protecting and Strengthening our Democracy

Our democracy and our freedoms are at stake in this election. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are committed to strengthening our democracy and protecting our freedoms, and we can count on them to stand up to the extremists who undermine our Constitution to increase their own power. Joe and Kamala believe in a government of the people, by the people, and for the people—that is what they work for every single day.

Donald Trump is a dangerous threat to our democracy. He tried to overturn the 2020 presidential election after he lost, encouraging an angry mob to attack the Capitol on January 6, where they violently assaulted police officers and attempted to prevent the peaceful transfer of power. He calls those who attacked the Capitol “patriots” and “hostages.” If elected to a second term, he has promised to pardon the January 6 insurrectionists. Now he is running to regain power, punish his enemies, and silence his opponents. After being criminally convicted by a jury of his peers, he is attacking the American judicial system, claiming there will be a “bloodbath” if he loses and promising to be a dictator on “day one”—even calling for the “termination” of the Constitution.

Democratic Accomplishments

President Biden and Democrats took on special interests and are lowering costs for working families, making big corporations begin to pay their fair share in taxes, and rebuilding our economy so it works better for the middle class. Under President Biden’s leadership, the economy has created over 14 million jobs, including over 800,000 American manufacturing jobs, and the unemployment rate is at 3.7%. Democrats have also delivered bipartisan legislation to fix our roads and bridges, ensure better health care for our veterans, and increase our competitiveness with China.

Climate Change

President Biden and Democrats passed the Inflation Reduction Act, which takes aggressive action to combat the existential crisis of climate change. These historic investments will help American families save every year on their energy bills while strengthening our energy security, creating jobs, and getting us closer to meeting our climate goals.

The Economy and Jobs

There’s more work to do, but President Biden’s plan to fight inflation and lower costs is working. We’re building an economy that works from the bottom up and the middle out, with a record of over 14 million jobs — a record that includes over 800,000 manufacturing jobs — created already under President Biden’s leadership.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris believe that prices are still too high for working families—that’s why their number-one priority is fighting to lower costs for you. They have already lowered and capped prescription drug costs for seniors and others on Medicare, and they’re saving working families billions by cracking down on unfair junk fees charged by banks, credit card companies, and airlines. They also know there is a lot more to do—that’s why they will lower drug costs for all Americans, make renting and buying a home more affordable, and give tax cuts to middle-class families—a sharp contrast with Donald Trump, who will give handouts to billionaires and big corporations. Joe and Kamala will continue their fight to crack down on price gouging that pads the profits of big corporations at your expense.

Donald Trump wants to rig the economy for himself and his ultra-wealthy friends while raising costs for working families by cutting Social Security, eliminating the Affordable Care Act, and repealing limits on drug costs. Trump will allow Wall Street to rip off renters, side with Big Oil as they raise gas prices, give in to Big Pharma and raise the price of prescription drugs, and let big corporations take advantage of hard working Americans. And he will raise the prices of household goods, from groceries to clothing to medicines—imposing a radical tariff policy that creates a tax on middle-class families of $8,300 a year. Experts agree: a second Trump presidency will increase inflation and make life more expensive for working families.

Gas Prices

President Biden is committed to doing everything in his power to respond to Putin’s price hike at the pump, taking action to strengthen energy security, address supply, and lower costs.

Growing the Middle Class

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are rebuilding the backbone of America—a strong, inclusive middle class—after Donald Trump rigged the economy for rich people like himself. After Trump left office with the worst jobs record since the Great Depression, Joe and Kamala brought us back from the brink, creating more than 15.5 million jobs and a record number of small businesses. They worked across the aisle to pass historic legislation that is creating good-paying American jobs, rebuilding America’s infrastructure, and bringing manufacturing back home. They are running to finish the job and ensure that every American gets a fair shot at the American Dream.

Donald Trump is running to rig the economy for himself and his ultra-wealthy friends, while the middle class suffers. During his four years in office, the United States lost nearly 3 million jobs—the worst job record of any president in modern American history—and he rigged the economy for the wealthy and big corporations at the expense of Main Street businesses. The billionaires funding Trump’s campaign know that if he is elected to a second term, he will give them more tax breaks while he cuts Social Security and Medicare and seeks to “terminate” the Affordable Care Act.

Gun Reform

In 2022, President Biden signed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act into law — the most significant gun violence legislation in nearly 30 years. While there’s more work to do, the law takes important steps to address the gun violence epidemic, such as funding crisis intervention including state red flag laws, closing the “boyfriend loophole,” requiring young people to undergo enhanced background checks, and more.

Health Care

President Biden and Democrats took historic action with the Inflation Reduction Act to lower health care costs for American families and for the first time allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices with Big Pharma companies to lower costs for beneficiaries. The Inflation Reduction Act caps seniors’ out-of-pocket spending for prescription drugs at $2,000 per year and caps insulin prices for seniors on Medicare at $35 a month.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris believe health care is a right, not a privilege. Under their leadership, more Americans have health insurance than ever before, with huge increases in coverage for Black and Latino Americans. They strengthened the Affordable Care Act to lower premiums and expand access to affordable care, and they took on Big Pharma and won—capping the price of insulin at $35 a month and yearly out-of-pocket prescription drug costs at $2,000 for seniors and others on Medicare. They empowered Medicare to negotiate with drug companies to lower the cost of some of the most expensive drugs that cost seniors $3.4 billion annually. Now, they are fighting to expand affordable care, lower prescription drug prices for all Americans, and cap the price of insulin and out-of-pocket drug costs for everyone.

Donald Trump will increase health care costs and take away health care protections for nearly every American. He was one vote away from repealing the Affordable Care Act in his first term and said he will “terminate” the law if reelected. If Trump gets his way, more than 100 million Americans with pre-existing conditions could be denied coverage or charged thousands of dollars more for health insurance coverage, and a middle-class family could pay over $13,000 more on their annual premium. And, he will gut Medicare and repeal limits on drug costs to enrich his friends in Big Pharma.

Inflation

President Biden and Democrats passed the Inflation Reduction Act without a single Republican vote, which is lowering costs for working families like prescription drug prices and energy bills. Republicans have laid out plans that could raise costs and make inflation worse.

LGBTQ+ Rights

President Biden and Vice President Harris are committed to making this nation a place where LGBTQIA+ people can live openly, proudly, and freely. With the Respect for Marriage Act, President Biden signed historic bipartisan legislation protecting marriage for same-sex and interracial couples in federal law. Democrats will always fight to protect LGBTQIA+ rights in the face of unprecedented violence and discrimination.

Prescription Drugs

The Inflation Reduction Act locks in lower health care premiums for millions of Americans, gives Medicare the power to negotiate drug prices with Big Pharma companies to lower costs for beneficiaries, and caps seniors’ out-of-pocket expenses for prescription drugs at $2,000 per year. Every Republican in Congress voted against lowering costs for life-saving prescription drugs.

Reproductive Rights

Democrats want to codify Roe v. Wade into law to protect women’s freedom to make their own health care decisions, while extreme MAGA Republicans are working to ban abortion nationwide.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris believe that reproductive health care decisions should be made by women with their doctors, not politicians. After Donald Trump overturned Roe v. Wade and ripped away nearly 50 years of women’s rights, Joe and Kamala took action to protect and strengthen reproductive health care access amid ongoing MAGA Republican attacks. This includes signing three executive orders to strengthen reproductive health care access, fighting for a woman’s right to emergency medical care, defending and expanding access to medication abortion, and strengthening access to birth control. Joe and Kamala are fighting to restore the protections of Roe—and they will never allow a national abortion ban to become law.

Donald Trump “proudly” overturned Roe and brags about unleashing extreme abortion bans across the country that are putting women’s lives at risk and threatening doctors with jail time. He has called these state abortion bans “a beautiful thing to watch” and said that women who have an abortion should be punished. If elected, Trump will ban abortion nationwide, and he refuses to support nationwide protection for IVF. His close allies’ Project 2025 proposal includes plans to attack reproductive health care in all 50 states without the help of Congress—including banning abortion, restricting access to birth control, and prosecuting and jailing women and doctors for sending or receiving abortion medication in the mail.

Taxes

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris believe that no billionaire should pay a lower tax rate than a school teacher or a firefighter. That’s why their tax plan rewards work, not wealth. Despite Republican opposition, they passed historic legislation to make our tax code fairer, imposing a 15 percent corporate minimum tax and cracking down on wealthy tax cheats. Now they are fighting to give tax cuts to the middle class while making the ultra-wealthy and big corporations finally pay their fair share. Under their plan, nobody earning less than $400,000 will pay an additional penny in federal taxes.

Donald Trump believes the tax code should work for himself and his billionaire donors. He enacted a $2 trillion tax scam that overwhelmingly benefited the ultra-wealthy and the biggest corporations and exploded the national debt. He is promising another Billionaire Tax Break that will give a yearly $3.5 million handout per billionaire, create a roughly $1.5 trillion windfall for big corporations, and make it easier for wealthy tax cheats to avoid paying what they owe—all while he cuts Social Security and Medicare for regular people.

Veterans

President Biden is delivering on his promise to strengthen health care and benefits for America’s veterans and their survivors. Last year, he signed the bipartisan PACT Act, the most significant expansion of benefits and services for toxic exposed veterans in more than 30 years.

Voting Rights

Democrats believe that the right to vote is the bedrock of our democracy. We are fighting to strengthen our democracy by working to protect every American’s right to vote and to stop Republicans’ voter suppression efforts.