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Michael Bennet on Families & Children

Democratic Presidential Challenger; CO Senator

 


Kids belong in classrooms not cages

I love America. I know we can make it better. Before coming to the Senate I ran Denver school district where most of the kids live in poverty. Those kids have exactly the same hopes that I had. Their parents have exactly the same hopes for them that my parents had for me, and that Susan and I have for our three children. But for the last three years, we've been consumed by a president who frankly doesn't give a damn about your kids or mine. Mr. President; kids belong in classrooms, not cages.
Source: July Democratic Primary debate (second night in Detroit) , Jul 31, 2019

Supports broad paid family and medical leave plans

Michael Bennet supports broad paid family and medical leave plans.

15 CANDIDATES HAVE SIMILAR VIEWS: Cory Booker; Peter Buttigieg; Julian Castro; John Delaney; Tulsi Gabbard; Kirsten Gillibrand; Kamala Harris; John Hickenlooper; Jay Inslee; Amy Klobuchar; Seth Moulton; Beto O`Rourke; Tim Ryan; Bernard Sanders; Elizabeth Warren.

The congressional plan creates a universal, gender-neutral, national paid family and medical leave program allowing for up to 12 weeks of paid leave.

Source: Politico "2020Dems on the Issues" , Jul 17, 2019

Expand the Child Tax Credit

Bennet has proposed overhauling and expanding the Child Tax Credit by creating a new $300 per-child monthly credit for children under 6 and $250 for children 6 to 18 years, and making the credit fully refundable. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand backs legislation to boost the child tax credit to $3,000 per child, from the current maximum of $1,050; make the full credit available to families with income under $120,000; and make the credit fully refundable. Amy Klobuchar also favors expanding the CTC.
Source: Politico "2020Dems on the Issues" , Jul 17, 2019

More funding & services for victims of domestic violence.

Bennet co-sponsored Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act

Introduction by co-sponsor Sen. Kay Hagan (D,NC):
We have a serious responsibility to ensure that women and families are protected. The rates of violence and abuse in our country are astounding and totally unacceptable: domestic violence affects more than 12 million people each year. In my home state, 73 women and children are killed on average every year because of domestic violence.

Since 1994, the STOP Program has provided grants for services, training, officers, and prosecutors, and has transformed our criminal justice system and victim support services. And this bill includes the bipartisan SAFER Act, which helps fund audits of untested DNA evidence and reduces this backlog of rape kits. I ask you: What other victims in America have to identify the attacker before authorities will take action? None.Introduction by Sen. Chuck Grassley(R,IA):
I urge my Republican colleagues, as I will do, to support the motion to proceed. There has long been bipartisan support for the Violence Against Women Act. Too many women are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence. There is overwhelming bipartisan support for 98% of what is contained in S. 47. [Since our negative vote last session], controversial provisions have been removed. The key stumbling block to enacting a bill at this time is the provision concerning Indian tribal courts. Negotiations are continuing, and compromises would allow the bill to pass with overwhelming bipartisan support. Introduction by Sen. Pat Leahy (D,VT):
Our bill will allow services to get to those in the LGBT community who have had trouble accessing services in the past. The rates of domestic and sexual violence in these communities are equal to or greater than those of the general population. We also have key improvements for immigrant victims of domestic and sexual violence.

Source: S.47/H.R.11 13-S0047 on Jan 22, 2013

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