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Colorado
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Mayor, Denver

Tenure

2003 — 2011

Position held

Governor, Colorado

Tenure

2011 — 2019

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Infrastructure

Reinvent America’s transportation system, including electric-vehicle charging infrastructure and making America’s electric grid more intelligent, reliable, secure, efficient, and resilient. I support raising fuel economy standards with the goal of moving to a 100% electric vehicle fleet. We also support investing in improving the energy efficiency of buildings across the country by focusing on revising building standards and providing support to local governments and the private sector to meet the new standards.

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Defense

Our security begins with those who wear our uniform and are willing to sacrifice for our nation. Colorado is home to six U.S. military bases, including NORAD. As Governor, I oversaw in-state deployments of the National Guard to Afghanistan, including those who trained for duty right here in Colorado at the High-Altitude ARNG Aviation Training Site (HAATS).

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Defense

Because we’ve made great strides in health care, more veterans survive combat injuries today than did in previous generations. We need to improve and adapt the care they can receive for these injuries — including the invisible ones. An average of 20 veterans die each day of suicide — an epidemic that we must end.

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Healthcare

The constitutionally protected right to an abortion is one essential component of a comprehensive approach to reproductive health care. We must also guarantee access to affordable and safe contraception, coverage for routine cancer screenings and management of chronic conditions, and access to reliable information about reproductive health that is private, fact-based, and tailored to an individual’s needs.

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Healthcare

We must build on the success of the ACA by creating a public option that will lower health care costs and boost competition. Too many Americans remain uninsured or underinsured, all because insurance coverage is simply too expensive.

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Healthcare

The passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was a watershed moment in our nation’s health. For the first time, insurers could no longer deny coverage to individuals with pre-existing conditions or charge women more than men for the same care. Young people could stay on their parents’ plan until age 26. Lifetime caps were banned.  Mental health, prescription drugs, and preventative care became required benefits.

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Healthcare

We must tackle the staggeringly high cost of prescription drugs by requiring drug companies to be more transparent about drug pricing, allowing Medicare to negotiate for lower prices, and ending the prohibition of the importation of safe drugs from Canada and Mexico. As a small businessman, I find it outrageous that Medicare is legally barred from negotiating the prices of prescription drugs, even though the VA and other countries around the world do exactly that.

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Economy

Furthermore, we must invest in the most dynamic and value-generating sectors of our future economy. Expanding Internet access and helping workers transition to clean energy jobs will make it easier for Coloradans to earn a living wage and develop the skills needed for their families to succeed.

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Economy

I believe we need a different approach. We need an approach that unites powerful forces for change in our economy — the private sector, nonprofits, organized labor, and educational institutions — to help the workers of today prepare for the careers of tomorrow.

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Environment

Climate change is the defining challenge of our time, and our state is on the front lines of this crisis, with shorter winters, catastrophic floods and wildfires, and continued air pollution. While Colorado is playing a leadership role in the face of the Trump Administration’s destructive attacks on our environment, we must do more. Our planet’s health, economic well-being, and national security are all at risk. It is imperative that we address the climate challenges we face with a fierce sense of urgency — human lives and livelihoods are at stake.

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Environment

From day one as senator, I will fight to rejoin the Paris Climate Accord, enforce stricter standards on methane pollution and other harmful emissions, dramatically accelerate development of wind and solar energy, and reverse President Trump and Senator Gardner’s retrogressive and reckless policies.

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Environment

Make large-scale investment in government-funded climate technology research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) to accelerate innovation, including investing in carbon capture, utilization, and storage technology; continued improvements in the development of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar; and in energy-storage technologies.

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Income

In addition to matching the needs of employers with the skills of the workforce, I will work hard to make sure no one is left behind in our economy. This means leveling the playing field by raising the minimum wage, closing the gender pay gap, offering tuition-free community college, growing minority-owned small businesses, and strengthening unions.

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Crime

In the Senate, I would continue to focus on reforming our broken criminal justice system. We must end the dehumanizing practice of solitary confinement. We need to explore policies that reduce the likelihood of people returning to prison upon release. Not only will doing so help people get a second chance at life, but it will also save taxpayer money in the long term. We can reform our justice system by sealing records for nonviolent marijuana convictions and extending voting rights to people who have completed their sentences and are looking for a second chance and a new life.

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Guns

Establish national magazine limits.

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Guns

Restore an assault weapons ban.

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Guns

Ensure background checks for all gun sales.

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Fund community-based violence intervention.

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Immigration

We need to adequately fund our current immigration system so that lawyers, interpreters, and judges can provide timely and fair adjudication for the nearly one million pending cases. We need to immediately establish processing centers for families at our southern border and fully restore humanitarian and security aid to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Finally, we must provide overdue refugee assistance and access to medical services for immigrant families.

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