The Democratic Party made hay in the 2018 midterm elections, winning a majority of seats in the House of Representatives, and Bernie Sanders has some ideas for Democrats to not just maintain this House majority, but to win control of the Senate and the White House down the line. In a Washington Post op-ed, the independent Vermont Senator argues that simply and loudly refuting President Donald Trump is not enough.
Pushing a bold legislative agenda covering 10 primary points, Sanders argues, Democrats will win elections. He outlines an agenda, articulating a set of priorities Democratic legislators should pursue in the first 100 days of the upcoming 116th United States Congress. From the jump, lawmakers must push an agenda "centered on economic, political, social, racial and environmental justice."
But what do you, as an American, feel about each of Sanders's points? Which do you think are the important and which do you think Democrats can let slide for now? Are you in favor of raising the minimum wage? What about lowering the cost of prescription drugs? Vote on each of the senator's points below, along with his quoted explanations for each.
"Americans pay, by far, the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs because, unlike other countries, the United States doesn’t directly regulate the price of medicine. The House should pass legislation to require Medicare to negotiate for lower drug prices and allow patients, pharmacists and wholesalers to purchase low-cost prescription drugs from Canada and other countries. It should also pass legislation to make sure that Americans don’t pay more for prescription drugs than citizens do in other major countries."
"We must end the absurdity of the United States having more people in jail than any other country on Earth. We must invest in jobs and education for our young people, not more jails and incarceration."
"Every day, Americans drive to work on potholed roads and crumbling bridges, and ride in overcrowded buses and subways. Children struggle to concentrate in overcrowded classrooms. Workers are unable to find affordable housing. The structures that most Americans don’t see are also in disrepair - from spotty broadband and an outdated electric grid, to toxic drinking water and dilapidated levees and dams. Congress should pass a $1 trillion infrastructure plan to address these needs while creating up to 15 million good-paying jobs in the process."
"When 1 out of 5 seniors is trying to get by on less than $13,500 a year, we must expand Social Security so that every American can retire with dignity and security. The House should pass legislation to expand Social Security benefits and extend its solvency for the next 60 years by requiring that the wealthiest Americans - those making more than $250,000 a year - pay their fair share of Social Security taxes."