This list gives a basic outline of the platforms of the Republican and Democratic parties in the 2020 election. The Epoch Times has included actions the Trump administration has taken in its first term.
- Grant tax credits to companies that move manufacturing back to United States, tariffs on those that don’t.
- Continue improving trade deals after USMCA, China Phase 1, South Korea, and Japan deals.
- Continue to cut regulations for businesses.
- Fund on-the-job training, apprenticeships.
- Make major investment in infrastructure.
- Launched “opportunity zones” program in 8,766 distressed areas, which, so far, have attracted $75 billion in private capital.
- Build on becoming a net energy exporter.
- Increase the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour.
- Strengthen worker organizing, collective bargaining, and unions.
- Make major investment in infrastructure focused on reducing carbon emissions.
- Make racial equity part of the mandate of the Federal Reserve.
- Will insist on strong and enforceable standards for labor, human rights, and the environment in any future trade agreements
- Will ban anonymous shell companies, expand anti-money-laundering requirements, disclosure of beneficial ownership, and greater oversight of cross-border transactions.
- Signed tax cut legislation.
- Cut capital gains tax to 15 percent.
- Increased the estate tax basic exemption amount from $5 million to $10 million.
- Proposes a cut to payroll tax.
- Greatly increase capital gains tax to same rate as income tax.
- Increase taxes by $4 trillion over 10 years, including raising taxes on people making over $400,000 a year.
- Restore balance and vertical separation of powers between the federal and state governments.
- Promote voter ID, urging all states to join program to keep voter rolls accurate.
- Supports apportionment and redistricting based on Census count of all citizens, and not including illegal immigrants.
- Appoint more federal judges.
- Make Puerto Rico the 51st state; keep the District of Columbia as a district.
- Pass congressional term limits.
- Directed federal agencies to move out of D.C. to opportunity zones.
- Make the District of Columbia the 51st state.
- Supports removing the Confederate flag and statues of Confederate leaders from public properties.
- Establish a national commission to examine slavery, Jim Crow segregation, and racially discriminatory federal policies on income, wealth, educational, health, and employment outcomes, and to study reparations.
- Opposes Voter ID laws and supports automatic voter registration, same-day voter registration, early voting, and universal vote-from-home and vote-by-mail options.
- Supports apportionment and redistricting based on Census count of everyone, including illegal immigrants.
- Supports requirement for all federal office candidates to disclose at least 10 years of tax returns.
- Rescinded the individual mandate in Affordable Care Act and supports repealing the entire act.
- Protect those with pre-existing conditions.
- Supports health care price transparency.
- Stop “surprise billing” by banning out-of-network charges when the patient doesn’t have control over provider choice.
- Drive down prescription drug prices. Allow purchases from abroad; cut out the middlemen who negotiate drug rebates; introduce “favored nation status” where Medicare pays the lowest drug price available globally.
- Accelerated generic drug approval.
- Signed the Right to Try bill.
- Anti-abortion—curbed federal spending that even indirectly supported abortion.
- Permanently expand telehealth through Medicare payments and preserve more rural hospitals through Medicare incentives.
- Enabled short-term insurance up to a year and is expanding the use of health savings accounts.
- Allowed employers to pay premiums for employees in individual market.
- Allowed small businesses to band together to access insurance plans available to large employers.
- Declared opioid crisis a national public health emergency and focused resources on supply, demand, and treatment.
- Introduce “public option” health insurance plans run by the federal government.
- Protect and expand the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
- Increase tax credits toward health coverage. Give the tax credits to higher-income people who currently aren’t eligible
- Provide free health care to illegal aliens.
- Expand Medicaid in states that rejected expansion offered by ACA.
- Stop “surprise billing”—ban out-of-network charges when the patient doesn’t have control over provider choice.
- Lower drug prices. Repeal law barring Medicare from negotiating lower prices with drug corporations; government-set prices for new drugs with no competition; allow consumers to buy prescription drugs from other countries.
- Treat abortion as a constitutional right and restore federal funding to Planned Parenthood.
- Double the federal funding to community health centers.
- Target health care companies for antitrust violations.
- Exclude drug ads from tax deductible costs for pharma companies.
- Expand national and global vaccine programs.
- Support school choice—homeschooling, career and technical education, private or parochial schools, magnet schools, charter schools, online learning, and early-college high schools.
- Wants funding to follow child (currently an average of $12,000 per student per year in public school).
- Ensure First Amendment protections for students on campus.
- Sue colleges for discriminating against Asians and whites.
- Opposes Common Core and supports alternatives; supports less testing.
- Opposes school-based clinics that provide referral or counseling for abortion and contraception.
- Restore private sector student loans and decrease student costs
- Triple the funding for Title I schools, increase teacher wages.
- Double the number of psychologists, guidance counselors, nurses, and social workers in schools.
- Increase federal funding for public school infrastructure.
- Provide universal Pre-K for all 3- and 4-year-olds.
- Double funding for home visiting programs for parents of young children.
- Make public colleges and universities tuition-free for all students whose family incomes are below $125,000.
- Forgive student debt for low-income and middle-class individuals who have attended public colleges and universities.
- Halt the diversity visa lottery program that randomly gives out 50,000 green cards annually.
- Clarify birthright citizenship to exclude illegal immigrant children and “birth tourism.”
- Possibly resubmit DACA repeal to Supreme Court.
- Continue to build 733 miles of border wall on the southern border.
- Increase merit-based immigration from 12 percent to 57 percent, and possibly higher.
- Continue Migrant Protection Protocols, where asylum-seekers who enter illegally are sent to wait in Mexico for their case to be adjudicated.
- Step up workplace enforcement of illegal workers and their employers.
- Forged cooperation agreements with Central American countries to help with regional asylum issues.
- Punish “sanctuary cities” that protect illegal immigrants from federal immigration enforcement.
- Provide a pathway to citizenship for the more than 11 million illegal immigrants living in the United States, including Deferred Action to Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status recipients.
- Halt border wall construction, increase screening at ports of entry.
- Widen asylum criteria, stop the Migrant Protection Protocol program, increase refugee cap to 125,000 per year (from 18,000), and vastly expand government resources for all immigrants.
- Rescind travel bans from terror-prone countries.
- Stop workplace enforcement of illegal workers and promote union organization.
- Decrease detention and Immigration and Customs Enforcement interior enforcement efforts.
- Expand temporary worker visa programs for seasonal and high-skilled workers, and provide a pathway to citizenship for agricultural workers.
- Continue family-based immigration, also known as chain migration.
- Provide green cards to foreign graduates of doctoral programs.
- $1 trillion investment to fix current infrastructure, including bridges and roads, and expand rural broadband and 5G wireless infrastructure.
- $1.3 trillion over 10 years for infrastructure and Green New Deal plans.
- Speed transition to electric vehicles; install 500,000 public charging outlets.
- Implement a high-speed passenger rail system between New York and Washington, move the California high-speed rail project ahead, and begin construction of a high-speed rail system from coast to coast.
- Provide every American city with 100,000 or more residents with high-quality, zero-emissions public transportation options.
- Keep zoning decisions local, rather than through a previous administration’s federally administered Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing regulation.
- Create program to help foster children with housing once they age out of the system.
- Use Housing and Urban Development programs to reduce homelessness, especially for veterans and families with children.
- $640 billion over 10 years for access to affordable housing.
- Create new Homeowner and Renter Bill of Rights.
- Provide Section 8 housing vouchers to all eligible families paying more than 30 percent of their income on rent.
- Eliminate local and state housing regulations that “perpetuate discrimination.”
- Withhold federal funds from states that refuse to repeal zoning regulations, with emphasis on ending single-family housing.
- Focus on clean air and water, not carbon emissions.
- Expedited environmental assessments.
- Fund national parks cleanup.
- Rejects U.N. Agenda 21 as erosive of U.S. sovereignty, and opposes any form of global tax.
- Narrowed and clarified the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the United States rule that federally regulates waterways.
- Supports development of all forms of energy without subsidies.
- Proposes shift of environmental regulation from federal to the states and transform EPA into an independent bipartisan commission.
- Invest $1.7 trillion over 10 years for “climate and environmental justice.”
- Implement Green New Deal; move away from fossil fuels and fracking.
- Promises 100 percent clean energy economy and net-zero emissions by 2050.
- Require aggressive methane pollution limits for new and existing oil and gas operations.
- Upgrade 4 million buildings and weatherize 2 million homes over 4 years. Reduce carbon footprint of U.S. building stock 50 percent by 2035.
- Demand worldwide ban on fossil fuel subsidies.
- Recommit to Paris Climate Agreement. Restore funding to Global Environment Facility and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
- Eliminate “no-knock warrants.”
- Fully fund and back police departments.
- Decrease funding to police departments and increase diversity.
- Establish “no-knock warrants” standards.
- Limit the sale and transfer of surplus military weapons to domestic law enforcement agencies.
- Limit qualified immunity.
- Signed the First Step Act in 2018, which allowed for almost 3,100 inmates to be released, mostly drug offenders and inmates serving sentences for weapons charges.
- Supports death penalty.
- Crackdown on child sex trafficking and internet sites that facilite it, as well as pornography.
- Opposes federal decriminalization of marijuana, but indicated support for allowing states to legalize it.
- Create new $20 billion grant program to get states to shift from incarceration to prevention.
- Supports end of mandatory minimum sentences at federal level.
- Decriminalize cannabis use and automatically expunge prior convictions.
- End all incarceration for drug use alone and divert individuals to drug courts and treatment.
- Eliminate death penalty.
- End cash bail and the use of private prisons.
- Provide housing to all individuals upon release from prison.
- Liberally use clemency powers for certain nonviolent and drug crimes.
- Uphold Second Amendment rights.
- Opposes laws that would restrict magazine capacity or ban the sale of the most popular and common rifle.
- Condemns frivolous lawsuits against gun manufacturers and the harassment of firearm dealers.
- Opposes federal licensing or registration of law-abiding gun owners, and registration of ammunition.
- Banned bump stocks.
- Repealed law that required the SSA to send mental health information to the national background check system.
- Supports “red flag” laws.
- Ban manufacture and sale of military-style firearms and high-capacity magazines; regulate possession of existing assault weapons.
- Restrict individuals to one firearm purchase per month.
- Prohibit all online sales of firearms, ammunition, kits, and gun parts.
- Increase background check time from 3 days to 10 days. Require background checks for all gun sales, including gun show and online sales.
- Send information from the Social Security Administration to the national background check system to stop “certain people unable to manage their affairs for mental reasons” from owning a gun.
- Incentivize expansion of “red flag” laws in all states.
- Move toward a system where all guns sold are “smart guns,” requiring an owner’s fingerprint to operate.
- Launched Space Force as the sixth branch of the military.
- Rebuilt troop numbers and readiness.
- Passed the VA Accountability and Veterans Choice acts.
- Dismantled the ISIS terrorist group.
- Killed Iranian terrorist Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani and ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
- Bring more troops home.
- Build a strong cybersecurity defense system and missile defense system.
- Supports sufficient military funding and modernization, but likely decrease in overall defense spending.
- Use force only to defend vital interests and with the informed consent of the American people.
- End Middle East wars, bring troops home from Afghanistan, end support from Saudi Arabia in Yemen conflict.
- Climate change to be at core of Department of Defense policies and plans.
- Allow transgender troops.
- Close Guantanamo Bay detention center.
- Pulled out of Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, Paris climate accord, Iran nuclear deal, U.N. human rights council, U.N. Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), World Health Organization, and the International Criminal Court.
- Escalated sanctions on Iran and Russia.
- Peace agreement between Israel and the UAE, and aiming to add more countries.
- Moved U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.
- Facilitated a larger contribution from countries to NATO.
- Advance the complete, verifiable, and irreversible dismantlement of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.
- Expanding defense cooperation with Taiwan and Poland.
- Cut international aid.
- Supports Russia rejoining the G7.
- Supports rejoining Iran deal, if Iran in compliance.
- Rejoin Paris Climate Agreement. Rejoin WHO and expand funding to it. Rejoin U.N. Human Rights Council, and U.N. Population Fund.
- Expand international aid and commit to the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.
- Increase funding for diplomatic missions.
- Commits to Israel security.
- Strengthen ties with Japan, South Korea, and Australia.
- Call for commitment to NATO.
- Engage allies, including China, to push for North Korea denuclearization.
- Nuclear weapons only as a deterrent or retaliation
- Supports extending New START treaty with Russia.
- Completed Phase 1 trade deal.
- Pushed against proliferation of Huawei in 5G and other IT infrastructure, and took action against TikTok and WeChat.
- Cracks down on China’s influence operations in United States, including Confucius institutes, Chinese state-run media.
- Cracks down on Chinese nationals stealing intellectual property and trade secrets.
- Closed consulate in Houston for spying. Expose and uproot Chinese propaganda and surveillance of Americans.
- Urges universities to divest from China stocks.
- Divest federal retirement funds from Chinese stocks.
- Scrutinize U.S.-listed Chinese companies for shady accounting practices.
- Highlights state-sanctioned religious persecution.
- Sanctioned Chinese entities for human rights violations.
- Make bilateral U.S.–China agreements on carbon mitigation contingent on China eliminating unjustified export subsidies for coal and other high-emissions technologies and making verifiable progress in reducing the carbon footprint of projects connected to the Belt and Road Initiative.
- Urge tech companies to pledge not to facilitate repression in China
Correction: Updated a point on Sept. 13 in the Environment section to be more specific regarding the Waters of the United States regulation.