Issues

What I Stand For

My policy agenda is based on four key priorities—peace, prosperity for working families, environmental sustainability, and support for civil and human rights.
  • Peace and Foreign Relations


    Keith firmly believes that peace and diplomacy should guide U.S. foreign policy. We live in a complicated time in global politics. Keith believes we can better advance U.S. national security when we have broad economic and educational relationships and when we pursue a sustained strategy of engagement. Keith opposed the U.S.'s entrance into the Iraq War and called for an expedited end to the war in Afghanistan.

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  • Economy


    Jobs Keith is dedicated to creating more good jobs in America, expanding opportunity, and reducing income inequality. With millions unemployed and millions more under-employed, we must get America back to work. As Co-Chair of the Progressive Caucus, Keith helped spearhead the Better Off Budget, which turns back the Republican austerity plan and creates 8.8 million jobs by 2017.

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  • Energy and Environment


    Keith’s top environmental priority is to address the very serious challenge of climate change. He supports the EPA’s historic steps to limit carbon pollution from power plants, which produce 40% of U.S. carbon emissions. He also believes we must make strategic investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Keith introduced the End Polluter Welfare Act with Senator Bernie Sanders to repeal over $110 billion in taxpayer giveaways to the oil, gas, and coal industries, which are some of the most profitable companies in the world.

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  • Civil and Human Rights


    Voting Rights Keith supports the rights of all individuals to vote, free of undue burden or harassment. Minnesota has consistently led the nation in voter turnout, without evidence of fraud. This is made possible because of Minnesota’s election laws, which Keith believes should serve as a model for the rest of the country. Keith has introduced legislation to extend Minnesota’s model to the nation, making Election Day voter registration the law of the land.

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  • Health Care, Education, and Housing


    Education Keith is deeply concerned about the skyrocketing cost of higher education, which is a proven pathway to grow the middle class. He believes the Federal Government must do more to make higher education affordable by expanding Pell grants and keeping the interest rates on student loans low. He also believes that we urgently need to close the achievement gap between white students and students of color by investing in our schools and teachers, supporting robust and universal early education, and promoting high expectations for academic success

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  • Immigration


    Keith supports comprehensive immigration reform that includes: a clear path to citizenship to those who are already in the U.S. working and paying taxes; expedited process for family reunification; and workable employment verification system with strict penalties for employers who knowingly hire undocumented immigrants. Keith also supports the DREAM Act, which increases access to higher education for the children of immigrants and gives them an opportunity to succeed and give back to their communities.

     

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  • Veterans


    Every day, America’s men and women in uniform put their lives on the line to defend our freedoms. To help honor their sacrifice, Keith believes it is our responsibility to provide our troops with the support they deserve after returning from duty.

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