A Sampling of Hillary Clinton’s Commitments
Campaign Finance Reform. From the outset of her campaign, Hillary Clinton declared that campaign finance reform would be one of its pillars. She has consistently called for ending big money’s dominance of elections, including by providing a public funding multiple match for small-dollar contributions (so that, for a candidate who agrees to limit spending, individual contribution up to a low threshold might be matched 6:1 by public funds) and disclosure of all political expenditures. She has even said that she will only appoint to the Supreme Court justices who will overturn Citizens United. She has also pledged to issue an Executive Order requiring federal contractors to disclose the political expenditures they make through trade associations and tax-exempt groups, and to encourage SEC regulations that require disclosure of political expenditures.
Climate. In the Senate, Clinton supported making wind and solar tax credits permanent, and eliminating fossil fuel subsidies As Secretary of State, she appointed the first-ever Special Envoy for Climate, and worked to limit super-warming HFCs, and to get China and other major polluters to reduce their emissions. She has announced goals to generate enough renewable energy to power every American home, reduce oil use by one third, regulate methane leaks from existing sources, and take other steps to insure that, even if Congress fails to approve climate legislation, the US will meet its Paris Climate Conference pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent in 2025 (from the 2005 level) and more than 80 percent by 2050.
Women’s equality and reproductive rights. As First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State, Clinton has been a bold champion for women’s right to equal opportunity, including reproductive rights, fair pay, and protection from violence. In each of those posts, she has also carried that fight abroad, declaring, often in places unfriendly to the idea, that “women’s rights are human rights and human rights are women’s rights.”
Education. Clinton has, since her days in Arkansas, been a passionate advocate for investing in proven parenting coaching programs for disadvantaged kids, and universal access to preschool, so that all kids start kindergarten ready to succeed. A top priority as President will be to make sure all families can get quality child care without paying more than 10% of its income. Since studies prove that suspending and expelling students passes up the early-warning opportunity to get them back on track, and leads to failure and crime, she will push schools to reform punitive disciplinary policies. And she will fight to make sure that families with incomes below $125,000 have free access to college or career training.
Economic Opportunity. Together with a jobs plan, child care, support for workers rights to organize, and her commitments to education, Clinton supports phasing in a $15 minimum wage, and has fought to guarantee workers paid family and medical leave.
Jobs and Investment. Hillary has announced that she will to pass a plan in her first 100 days in office to invest $275 billion over five years in infrastructure, manufacturing, research and technology, broadband access, and clean energy. Civil Rights, Voting Rights and LGBT equality. While still in law school, Hillary Clinton went undercover in Alabama to bust segregated private schools and help take away their tax exemptions. She advocates not only restoring the Voting Rights Act protections that were wiped out by the Scalia/Roberts Supreme Court, but automatically registering all citizens when they turn 18 unless they opt out. On LGBT rights, she has fought in the US for legislation banning workplace discrimination, and against restrictions that blocked adoptions by gay couples, and also carried her advocacy of gay rights around the globe as Secretary of State.
Gun violence prevention. Clinton has long been a strong advocate of banning assault weapons and requiring comprehensive background checks, including closing the gun show and other loopholes, and other steps to prevent gun violence.
Health Care. As First Lady, Hillary led the fight for health care reform. After that proposal was blocked, she worked successfully, with Senators Kennedy and Hatch, to create the Children’s Health Insurance Program, providing health insurance to millions of children who made too much to qualify for Medicaid, but too little to pay for health care. She supports improving the Affordable Care Act by adding a “public option” and allowing people over 55 to buy into Medicare, as well as by removing restrictions that obstruct negotiation over drug prices.
Taxes. Hillary supports the Buffet Rule and other changes to insure that the wealthiest pay their fair share. She would also close tax loopholes like inversions that reward companies for shifting profits and jobs overseas. She will charge an “exit tax” for companies leaving the U.S. to settle up on their untaxed foreign earnings.
Criminal Justice. Clinton calls for prioritizing treatment and rehabilitation—rather than incarceration—for low-level, nonviolent drug offenders, and reforming mandatory minimum sentencing, including reducing sentences for those who are already behind bars for non-violent offenses