“Attorney General Barr’s decision directing the Bureau of Prisons to resume executions of people on death-row is disturbing and does nothing to advance the cause of justice. It’s reflective of the attorney general’s persistent and historic resistance to meaningful reform of our broken criminal justice system... Throughout our nation’s history, we have seen how the death penalty is not only ineffective and immoral, but also fraught with biases against people of color, low-income individuals, and those with mental illness. It is a waste of taxpayer dollars and does nothing to improve public safety. Instead, capital punishment seeks to satisfy a desire for vengeance and retribution. Our government must represent the best of who we are, not the worst. We can, and should, do better.”
Source: Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, "Feds Resume Death Penalty Executions, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker Objects," trentonian.com, July 28, 2019
Pro Should Universal Background Checks for Gun Purchases Be Made Law?
"Just as a driver’s license demonstrates a person’s eligibility and proficiency to drive a car, a gun license demonstrates that a person is eligible and can meet certain basic safety and training standards necessary to own a gun.
Here’s how it would work: Individuals could seek a gun license at a designated local office, widely available in urban and rural areas, similar to applying for or renewing a passport. They would submit fingerprints, provide basic background information, and demonstrate completion of a certified gun safety course."
Source: Cory Booker, "Cory's Plan to End the Gun Violence Epidemic," medium.com, May 6, 2019
"For too long, America’s economic agenda has centered on further enriching the already-rich, with massive windfalls for multinational companies, tax breaks for the wealthy, and trade deals that boost corporate profits at the expense of hard-working Americans.
As president, Cory will pursue an ambitious agenda to build an economy where everyone has a stake in its success... [including a plan to] Raise the minimum wage to $15/hour."
Source: Cory Booker, "Economic Security and Opportunity," corybooker.com (accessed July 29, 2019)
"I will use reconciliation to roll back the Trump tax credits and do the kind of things that I think, to have a tax system that reflects our our values, our morals and frankly is better for our economy. You know, giving a hedge fund guy, to be able to pay lower percent of his salary in taxes than a teacher doesn’t reflect our values nor does it reflect what’s best for our economy."
Source: Pod Save America, "2020: Cory Booker on Radical Love and the Filibuster," crooked.com, Mar. 20, 2019
"Today, student loans are the fastest growing segment of US household debt, and too many young people see college as out of reach.
As president, Cory will fight for every young person’s right to pursue their dreams — whether that’s pursuing higher education without crushing student loan debt, starting a small business or getting on the job skills training through an apprenticeship program or vocational training schools:
Establish a path to debt-free college, because choosing to pursue higher education should not mean a lifetime of debt... [and] Make tuition-free community college and vocational training a reality across the country."
Source: Cory Booker, "College and Workforce Training," corybooker.com (accessed July 29, 2019)
Not Clearly Pro or Con Should Student Loan Debt Be Forgiven?
"Student loan debt is holding millions of Americans back from buying their first home, starting families, and starting new businesses. We should start by looking at means-tested debt forgiveness for those who work in public service professions like teaching. As President, I would also work to reduce the burden of student debt by allowing eligible student loan borrowers to refinance their federal loans, and allowing eligible student loan borrowers to refinance their private loans into the federal program."
Source: Washington Post, "Should the Government Cancel Existing Student Debt, and If So, for Everyone or Based on Income?," washingtonpost.com (accessed Sep. 9, 2019)
[Editor's Note: Cory Booker co-sponsored the Debt Free College Act in Mar. 2019 that would "establish State-Federal partnerships to provide students the opportunity to attain higher education at in-State public institutions of higher education without debt."
Source: Congress.gov, "S.672 - Debt Free College Act of 2019," congress.gov (accessed Aug. 29, 2019)]
"All people deserve to control their own bodies. That’s why Cory fights alongside those working to protect the constitutional right to abortion and to ensure that everyone has real access to reproductive health care... As president, Cory will work to:
Nominate judges who are committed to upholding reproductive rights.
Pass legislation to codify the protections guaranteed by Roe v. Wade.
Create a White House Office of Reproductive Freedom charged with coordinating and affirmatively advancing abortion rights and access to reproductive health care."
Source: Cory Booker, "Reproductive Rights," corybooker.com (accessed Aug. 7, 2019)
Pro Should the US Switch to a Medicare-for-All Healthcare System?
"I stand by supporting Medicare for All, but I'm also that pragmatist that, when I'm chief executive of the country, like I was (as mayor of Newark, New Jersey), I'm going to find the immediate things that we can do. Because I'm telling you right now, we're not going to pull health insurance from 150 million Americans who have private insurance who like their insurance -- my union friends, brothers and sisters, who have negotiated for their health insurance. I believe if we're designing our system, Medicare for All is the right way to go. But I'm also realistic to say -- and you know this -- when I become President we may have only maybe a 50-50 tie in the Senate. And my vice president, whoever she is, is going to have to get a lot of exercise going to the Senate and breaking ties. We are going to have to do things that might get me towards my goal of expanding access and lowering cost [of healthcare]."
Source: Devan Cole, "Booker Doubles Down on Support of Both 'Medicare for All' and Private Insurance Plans," cnn.com, May 5, 2019
Con Should the US Continue to Build a Border Wall at the US/Mexico Border?
"We do have a problem at the southern border. Democrats should not deny that we [do]. Nations should have borders, borders should be respected.
And so, my beef with this president is that number one, his technologies don’t work. I’ve gone down to the border, I’ve hung out with [Customs and Border Protection] and other border patrol folks and they’re like, 'there’s no way we need a wall coast to coast.' We have a time now where you can use sensors and technologies and drones and a lot more to protect the border, which is what we should do.”
Source: Tal Axelrod, "Booker: 'We Do Have a Problem at the Southern Border' and 'Democrats Should Not Deny That,'" thehill.com, Apr. 16, 2019
Pro Should the US Adopt a Climate Change Plan such as the Green New Deal?
"The time to act is now for a 100% clean energy economy, millions of good-paying jobs, and a guaranteed right to clean air, water, and soil for all Americans.
Cory was an original cosponsor of the Green New Deal resolution in the Senate because he believes we need to act with an urgency and force that meets the scale of the challenge that we face. As president, Cory will unite Americans to heal our atmosphere, our lands, and our communities with a bold vision for achieving a 100% clean energy economy quickly and equitably. Together, we will create millions of new high-paying jobs building the energy technologies, infrastructure, buildings, and vehicles of the future. We will invent new technologies and materials as innovative and resilient as we are. And we will be a moral leader on the world stage.
The reality is that we can’t afford not to act. We spend more than $100 billion each year solely on the health impacts of burning fossil fuels, and have spent $450 billion on climate-related disasters in the last three years alone. A recent paper in the National Bureau of Economic Research found that the U.S. economy could shrink by more than 10 percent by 2100 if we don’t act decisively on climate change."
Source: Cory Booker, "Cory's Plan to Address the Threat of Climate Change," corybooker.com (accessed Sep. 3, 2019)