"My statement on the federal government resuming capital punishment for the first time in nearly two decades: 'I have opposed the death penalty from back in my time as a prosecutor. It does not reduce crime, it is costly and it is discriminatory. A life sentence compared to a death sentence depends on where you live, who your lawyer is and the color of your skin. That's not right. When thepenalty of life without parole is available for heinous murderers, we do not need the death penalty. I disagree with the President's decision.'"
Pro Should Universal Background Checks for Gun Purchases Be Made Law?
"Gun violence prevention policies are long overdue. Amy supports a package of gun violence policies including instituting universal background checks by closing the gun show loophole and banning bump stocks, high capacity ammunition feeding devices and assault weapons. She is also the author of a proposal that would close what is commonly referred to as the ‘boyfriend loophole’ by preventing people who have abused dating partners from buying or owning firearms."
Source: Amy Klobuchar, "On the Issues: A Safer World," amyklobuchar.com (accessed Aug. 29, 2019)
"If we are going to build a stronger middle class, we need to make sure that Americans can work their way into it. I support increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour... "Lifting the minimum wage is part of the solution to get the economy back on track for the middle class and at the same time giving our businesses the customers they need with more money in their pockets to buy their goods."
Source: Amy Klobuchar, "Jobs and the Economy," klobuchar.senate.gov (accessed Aug. 16, 2019)
"Pay for infrastructure proposals with a series of corporate tax reforms. To pay for this infrastructure investment, Amy will make a number of corporate tax reforms including adjusting the corporate tax rate to 25%, closing loopholes that encourage U.S. companies to move jobs and operations overseas, establishing a financial risk fee on our largest banks, and increasing efforts for tax enforcement."
Source: Amy for America, "Amy's Plan to Build America's Infrastructure," medium.com, Mar. 28, 2019
"I think we have to do everything to help our students afford college. My idea is to make it easier to refinance, to start with two-year degrees, the community colleges being free. That's something that President Obama was pushing. There's a reason I'll get to why I'm starting there instead of four-year...
I am not for free four-year college for all, no...
And I wish -- if I was a magic genie and could give that to everyone and we could afford it, I would. I'm just trying to find a mix of incentives and make sure kids that are in need -- that's why I talked about expanding Pell Grants -- can go to college and be able to afford it and make sure that people that can't afford it are able to pay."
Source: Veronica Rocha and Brian Ries, "Amy Klobuchar Takes Questions at CNN Town Hall," cnn.com, Feb. 18, 2019
Not Clearly Pro or Con Should Student Loan Debt Be Forgiven?
"You have got $1.5 trillion in student debt right now in this country... So the first thing I would do is allow students, no matter how old they are, former students, to refinance student loans at that rate that's a little above 3%...
I would target the loan forgiveness at those that, for instance, I brought up people that went into public service, in-demand locations and in-demand jobs that we have in our economy."
Source: Cnn.com, "Sen. Klobuchar Outlines Plan to Deal with Student Debt," cnn. com, Apr. 22, 2019
"Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio have all tried to effectively ban abortion this year. This is a coordinated attack on women's constitutional rights and we must fight back. #StopTheBans"
Source: Amy Klobuchar, twitter.com, May 31, 2019
[Editor's Note: Klobuchar Co-sponsored SB 1645, the Women's Health Protection Act, which states, "To protect a woman's ability to determine whether and when to bear a child or end a pregnancy, and to protect a health care provider's ability to provide reproductive health care services, including abortion services." (Introduced May 23, 2019).]
Not Clearly Pro or Con Should the US Switch to a Medicare-for-All Healthcare System?
Anderson Cooper: "You also mentioned Medicare in terms of Medicare-for-All are you prepared to support that as many of your fellow Democratic candidates have?"
Klobuchar: "I want to see universal healthcare, Anderson, and there are many ways to get there. I think the smartest transition right now would be to do a public option. And you can do it by expanding Medicaid. You can expand Medicare. I’m on both bills that do that. And that’s going to get us more quickly, I believe, to where we need to go."
Cooper: "So not Medicare-for-All?"
Klobuchar: "I am happy to look at is as an option but I’m not on that bill right now."
Source: CNN, “Amy Klobuchar: I Have Learned How to Deal with Trump,” youtube.com, Feb. 12, 2019
Not Clearly Pro or Con Should the US Continue to Build a Border Wall at the US/Mexico Border?
"We need to reopen the government and get these workers back on the jobs providing vital services for the American people. Once it is open, as my colleagues have made clear and as leadership has made clear, we can continue negotiations with the President about border security. I am someone, as is my colleague from Pennsylvania, who voted for a bill that had over $40 billion in border security that was part of comprehensive immigration reform.
We did this, but was it a wall through the entire border? No, it was not. It allowed the experts to decide where there should be technology, where there should be fencing, where there should be barriers, where there should be personnel. That is the way to do this."
Source: Amy Klobuchar, "Klobuchar Speaks on Senate Floor about the Serious Consequences of the Government Shutdown," klobuchar.senate.gov, Jan. 24, 2019
Pro Should the US Adopt a Climate Change Plan such as the Green New Deal?
"The evidence is clear: the climate crisis isn’t happening in 100 years — it’s happening now. 2018 was the fourth-hottest year on record globally and it was another near-record year for U.S. weather and climate disasters. The dire warnings in the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the National Climate Assessment make clear that immediate action is needed. The National Climate Assessment lays out how increasing global temperatures are harming our country’s food systems and public health by increasing the risk of respiratory and cardiovascular disease, while displacement and destruction caused by climate-related natural disasters threaten our economy and national security. Senator Klobuchar is deeply committed to tackling the climate crisis and she believes that it is an urgent priority for our country, for our economy and for our planet. She is a co-sponsor of the Green New Deal, has signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge, and believes we must stand up to the fossil fuel companies, which means campaign finance reform and taking on special interests."
Source: Amy Klobuchar, "Turning Ideas into Action: Senator Klobuchar on Combating Climate Change," amyklobuchar.com (accessed Aug. 29, 2019)