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PROTECTING AMERICANS AND RECOVERING FROM THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
BUILDING A STRONGER, FAIRER ECONOMY: Protecting Workers and Families and Creating Millions of Jobs Across America, Raising Wages and Promoting Workers’ Rights, Enacting Robust Work-Family Policies, Investing in the Engines of Job Creation, Building A Fair System of International Trade for Our Workers, Putting Homeownership in Reach and Guaranteeing Safe Housing for Every American, Leveling the Economic Playing Field, Reforming the Tax Code to Benefit Working Families, Curbing Wall Street Abuses, Ending Poverty, Protecting Consumer Rights and Privacy, Tackling Runaway Corporate Concentration, Guaranteeing a Secure and Dignified Retirement.
ACHIEVING UNIVERSAL, AFFORDABLE, QUALITY HEALTH CARE: Securing Universal Health Care Through a Public Option, Bringing Down Drug Prices and Taking on the Pharmaceutical Industry, Reducing Health Care Costs and Improving Health Care Quality, Expanding Access to Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment, Expanding Long-Term Care Services and Supports. Eliminate Racial, Gender, and Geographic Health Inequities, Protecting Native American Health, Securing Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice, Protecting and Promoting Maternal Health, Protecting LGBTQ+ Health, Strengthening and Supporting the Health Care Workforce, Investing in Health Science and Research.
PROTECTING COMMUNITIES AND BUILDING TRUST BY REFORMING OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.
HEALING THE SOUL OF AMERICA: Protecting Americans’ Civil Rights, Achieving Racial Justice and Equity, Protecting Women’s Rights, Protecting LGBTQ+ Rights, Protecting Disability Rights, Honoring Indigenous Tribal Nations, Ending Violence Against Women, Ending the Epidemic of Gun Violence, Supporting Faith and Service, Supporting Press Freedom, Supporting the Arts and Culture.
COMBATING THE CLIMATE CRISIS AND PURSUING ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
RESTORING AND STRENGTHENING OUR DEMOCRACY: Protecting and Enforcing Voting Rights, Reforming the Broken Campaign Finance System, Building an Effective, Transparent Federal Government, Making Washington, D.C. the 51st State, Guaranteeing Self-Determination for Puerto Rico, Supporting the U.S. Territories, Strengthening the U.S. Postal Service.
CREATING A 21ST CENTURY IMMIGRATION SYSTEM
PROVIDING A WORLD-CLASS EDUCATION IN EVERY ZIP CODE: Guaranteeing Universal Early Childhood Education, Supporting High-Quality K-12 Schools Across America, Making Higher Education Affordable and Accessible, Providing Borrowers Relief from Crushing Student Debt.
RENEWING AMERICAN LEADERSHIP: Revitalizing American Diplomacy, Rebuilding America’s Tool of First Resort, Reinventing Alliances, International Institutions, Foreign Assistance and Development, Transforming Our Armed Forces for the 21st century, Ending Forever Wars, Securing our Competitive Edge, Defense Spending, Keeping Faith with Our Veterans and Military Families, Civil-Military Relations, Mobilizing the World to Address Transnational Challenges, Global Health and Pandemics, Climate Change, Technology, Nonproliferation, Terrorism, Democracy and Human Rights, Advancing American Interests, Global Economy and Trade, Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East.
And what about the 2020 Republican Party Platform?
The Republican National Committee voted to approve its 2020 platform last week with little fanfare. Casual browsers of the 58-page platform might be confused by the dozens of disparaging references to the “current administration,” “current president,” and “current occupant” of the White House. Has the Grand Old Party turned on its commander in chief?
Not quite. The RNC’s official platform this year has been rolled over unchanged from 2016 for reasons more logistical than strategic.
The RNC’s executive panel voted to keep the 2016 platform last Wednesday because of a dustup between President Trump and North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, a Democrat, over the coronavirus protocol at Trump’s upcoming nomination speech in Charlotte. Cooper wanted the Trump team to implement social distancing measures to keep attendees safe from the spread of COVID-19. Trump, predictably, refused. The speech portion of the convention was ultimately moved to Jacksonville, Florida. Rather than make its 5,000 Republican delegates and alternates fly to both Jacksonville to see the president speak and Charlotte to vote on a new platform — or risk the possibility of a small number of rabble-rousing delegates gathering in Charlotte to pass a new platform while everyone else was distracted — the RNC decided to just keep its old platform. The decision makes sense practically speaking. Policy-wise, it leaves the GOP in the dust — especially when it comes to climate change.
So, the Republican Party platform for the 2020 campaign has been released—but it does not exist! As published on the party’s official web site, the “Resolution Regarding the Republican Party Platform” states: “RESOLVED, That the Republican National Convention will adjourn without adopting a new platform until the 2024 Republican National Convention.”