It’s been another busy week as we race toward Election Day. We hit the 100-day countdown mark over the weekend -- so it’s crunch time! Here’s the news you need to know this week, along with a breakdown of all the important policies that were released.
Moms for Biden Launch Thursday Night
Whether you’re a mother, auntie, tia, or mentor, we invite you to join our Moms for Biden launch tomorrow night at 7 pm ET. Jill Biden, actress Jennifer Garner, DNC National Political & Organizing Director Muthoni Wambu Kraal and activists from across the country will be discussing what is at stake for all caregivers this November.
New War Room Ad:
Trump Cannot Protect Our Children
On Monday, the DNC War Room released a new ad displaying how Trump has continually downplayed the coronavirus and ignored the recommendations of public health experts. As the school year rolls around, the Trump administration is forcing school reopenings without providing the resources and assistance necessary to do so safely, putting the lives of our children, educators, school staff, and parents at risk. The Trump administration is also threatening to withhold funding for schools to protect against the spread of coronavirus if they don’t do as Trump demands, making it clear that the health of Americans is not a priority. Watch and share here.
Over the last few weeks, there have been so many thorough, intersectional, and comprehensive policies unveiled by the Biden team. These policy papers are clocking in at over 20 pages - because real policies are dense! But that makes it all the more important for us to breathe life into these papers and keep talking to our friends and families about what this change would mean.
Women’s Plan: Biden’s full women’s plan is linked here, but below are some key takeaways:
Improve economic security. Biden will fight for equal pay, invest in female-owned, small businesses, expand access to training and further education, and strengthen pay and benefits for women in all careers.
Deeper Dive: One of the issues that contributes to the pay gap is lack of transparency around pay rates. The Biden Administration would require medium and large companies to disclose compensation rates by race, gender, and ethnicity to better target enforcement of equal pay. They also would make it easier for employees to join together in class-action lawsuits.
Expand access to health care and tackle health inequities. Biden plans to expand accessible and affordable health care, namely reproductive health care.
Deeper Dive: Black women are 2.5 times and Native women are 2.3 times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than non-Hispanic white women. California came up with a strategy that halved the state’s maternal death rate, and as President, Biden will start tackling this devastating disparity by taking California’s strategy nationwide.
Help women navigate work and families. Biden will expand access to affordable child care, as well as care for seniors with people with disabilities. Biden will also help women ensure fair and flexible work schedules, as well as providing paid leave.
End violence against women. Biden will work to end violence against women, continuing his leadership on this issue, as he authored the Violence Against Women Act in 1994.
Deeper Dive: As Secretary DeVos has rolled back sexual assault survivor’s rights under Title IX, Biden would expand survivors’ reporting rights and options on college campuses; restore Title IX guidance for colleges and increase fines imposed on colleges for Clery Act violations (failing to report statistics about campus safety) as well as develop stronger enforcement protocols to oversee reporting under the U.S. Department of Education.
Protect and empower women throughout the world. Biden plans to confront gender-based violence globally and elevate women economically.
Build Back Better - Advancing Racial Equity Across the American Economy: Joe also unveiled the fourth plank of his Build Back Better Plan this week, focused on racial equity. The full plan is linked here and these are just 3 of the 13 aspects of the plan:
New Small Business Opportunity Plan: To address the racial wealth gap, the opportunity gap, and the jobs gap for Black and Brown people, Biden will launch a historic effort to empower small business creation and expansion in economically disadvantaged areas – and particularly for Black-, Latino-, AAPI-, and Native American-owned businesses. Collectively, Biden will leverage more than $150 billion in new capital and opportunities for small businesses that have been structurally excluded for generations.
Housing Plan with Bold Investments in Homeownership and Access to Affordable Housing: Because home ownership is how many families save and build wealth, racial disparities in home ownership contribute to the racial wealth gap. Biden would help families buy their first homes and build wealth by creating a new refundable, advanceable tax credit of up to $15,000. The plan would also protect homeowners and renters from abusive lenders and landlords through a new nationwide Homeowner and Renter Bill of Rights.
Provide Relief from Student Debt: Student debt burdens are unequal across races, disproportionately depriving young Black and Latino graduates from beginning their working lives free of crushing student loan debt. Biden would:
Make public colleges and universities, as well as private HBCUs and MSIs, tuition-free for all families with incomes below $125,000.
Include in the COVID-19 response an immediate cancellation of a minimum of $10,000 of federal student loan debt.
Double the maximum value of Pell grants and significantly increase the number of middle-class Americans who can participate in the program.
Fix the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program and forgive $10,000 of undergraduate or graduate student debt for every year of national or community service, up to five years.
Forgive all undergraduate tuition-related federal student debt from two- and four-year public colleges and universities and private HBCUs and MSIs for debt-holders earning up to $125,000.
Thank you for all you do and all you continue to do to better our nation.
Women's Political Director
Democratic National Committee