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Economy - John Hickenlooper for U.S. SenateSkip to main content Enable accessibility for visually impaired Open the accessibility menu Skip to content CHIP IN $10 TO SUPPORT JOHN HICKENLOOPER >> CHIP IN $10 TO SUPPORT JOHN HICKENLOOPER >> Home Meet John Español Facebook-f Twitter Instagram Spotify Donate Now Donate Now Economy Building a Strong, Resilient Economy After COVID-19 INTRODUCTION In mid-March, seemingly overnight, our economy shut down. The threat of an invisible yet deadly virus created an economic crisis of a magnitude not seen since the Great Depression. The fallout has been severe, lopsided, and unrelenting. Many small businesses, struggling to come up with the money to stay afloat, have closed their doors for good. Tens of millions of Americans lost their jobs and often their health coverage in one fell swoop. Schools hastily transitioned to online learning, forcing parents to adopt dual roles of working professional and at-home teacher and widening the digital divide for households without reliable internet access. Colorado families have struggled to pay rent while billionaires reached extraordinary levels of wealth. Through it all, essential workers keep going to work, risking their lives to do the jobs that keep our cities running, grocery stores full, and population healthy. These workers, disproportionately Black and Latinx and often without adequate personal protective equipment (PPE), have seen their communities especially hard-hit by COVID-19 as a result.  The pandemic has highlighted and often exacerbated structural inequalities that predated this crisis. Systemic racism. Income Inequality. Unaffordable housing. Stagnant wage growth. Climate change. Unaffordable health care. Crumbling infrastructure. Attacks on labor unions. And a weakened social safety net unable to meet the needs of the most vulnerable in our society. For too long, the economy has benefited the wealthiest among us, at the expense of small businesses and working families. As the richest nation on earth, we can and we must do better.   One of the many tragedies of COVID-19 is that willful disregard of science and mismanagement at the highest levels of government worsened this needless catastrophe. When the pandemic first started, President Trump dismissed the crisis out-of-hand, wasting precious weeks when the country could have been mobilizing a strong response. He refused to model good public health behavior by wearing a mask, opposed increased testing because he didn’t like what the data had to say, and sidelined scientists from his administration’s response. And Senator Cory Gardner stood by him every step of the way. While the House passed critical COVID-19 relief legislation in May, Senator Gardner went on vacation instead of taking action—leaving Colorado families in the lurch.  We need a problem-solver who knows how to get things done representing Colorado in the U.S. Senate, not a Donald Trump ‘yes’ man. As Governor, I helped bring Colorado’s economy from 40th in job creation to the number one economy in the nation. I know what it takes to recover from the fires, floods, and other crises that Coloradans have faced in the past. And as an entrepreneur, I have experienced firsthand the thrills and challenges of running a small business. If elected, I will draw from these experiences to rebuild our economy stronger and more resilient than before. My four-point plan calls for economic growth that is immediate, inclusive, integrated, and innovative to get our country back on track after COVID-19.  Here’s what this plan means for Coloradans:   Immediate: Help Colorado families weather the economic crisis caused by COVID-19. Inclusive: End giveaways to big corporations, invest in workers, and make sure every community can benefit from Colorado’s economic success. Integrated: Align the skills of the workforce with the needs of Colorado employers. Innovative: Invest in the most dynamic and value-creating industries of the future. An immediate, inclusive, integrated, and innovative economic plan will make it easier for Coloradans to earn a living wage, build and grow small businesses, and develop the skills needed to succeed in the 21st-century economy.  IMMEDIATE Help Colorado families weather the economic crisis caused by COVID-19  Prioritize Public Health to Reopen the Economy: Our economy cannot fully rebound from COVID-19 until we get the present outbreak under control. But Senate Republicans, including Cory Gardner, shirked their responsibility to pass relief legislation that helps Americans stay afloat and healthy when returning to work. The government must adopt a national, equitable vaccine development and distribution strategy—one that does not cut corners in the name of politics. In the interim, the production and procurement of PPE and COVID-19 testing should continue to be a top priority to keep workers safe on the job.  Support the Smallest Businesses: The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has been a successful lifeline for some companies—but not everyone was able to benefit. Black and Latinx entrepreneurs, as well as many of the smallest businesses, struggled to navigate a flawed program that disadvantaged minority and small business owners who lacked pre-existing relationships with big banks. Senator Gardner personally advocated to expand the program, allowing large, publicly-traded corporations to be at the front of the line for assistance. Congress must prioritize assistance to the smallest small businesses through entities such as Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) and Minority Depository Institutions (MDI), which primarily lend to underbanked communities and communities of color. The stakes could not be higher for our 630,000 small businesses in Colorado and the 1.1 million Coloradans they employ.  Help Local Governments Through the Economic Crisis: States and municipalities are facing severe funding shortfalls due to the pandemic, which means cuts to education programs, layoffs for public employees, dwindling unemployment funds, and canceled contracts with local businesses. Congress should provide fiscal relief to local governments to jumpstart the economic recovery in states like Colorado and prevent further decline.  Pass Legislation to Help Coloradans get Back on Their Feet: From supplemental emergency unemployment insurance to eviction assistance and funding for schools to safely reopen, Congressional legislation is necessary to help Coloradans recover from COVID-19. The House passed a bill in May, while Mitch McConnell and Cory Gardner’s Senate spent four months bickering without passing additional relief. In the Senate, I will focus my efforts on legislation that aids the Coloradans who have been most affected by the coronavirus outbreak. We cannot afford any more delays. INCLUSIVE End giveaways to big corporations, invest in workers, and make sure every community can benefit from Colorado’s economic success Fight for Working Families: In 2017, President Trump and Cory Gardner’s Senate enacted a regressive tax giveaway to wealthy families and corporations. The results were predictable: inadequate support for workers and more stock buybacks and government debt. 60 of the country’s biggest companies such as Amazon and Netflix even used the law to pay no taxes at all. Unfortunately, these actions are part of a larger pattern from Washington Republicans of supporting the wealthy at the expense of the middle class. Revenue from corporate taxes, aided by billions in targeted tax breaks, has been on the decline for decades, leaving the middle class to foot more of the bill. If elected to the U.S. Senate, I will prioritize putting money back in the pockets of working families. I support expanding and strengthening the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC), which have effectively tackled poverty and boosted incomes for countless Coloradans. I am in favor of funding critical nutrition and workforce programs such as SNAP, WIC, and TANF—lifelines during and after economic crises like COVID-19. I will fight for a public option, to boost competition and lower health care costs, which are a huge expense for many families. And I will protect Social Security—which helps millions of Americans retire with dignity—against any attempt to reduce benefits. Help People Earn a Living Wage: For decades, the cost of living has skyrocketed and paychecks simply haven’t kept up. The value of the minimum wage has gone down by thirty-one percent from its peak in 1968. Stagnant wages put families in a more precarious financial position when the pandemic hit. This reality is unacceptable. While Senator Gardner has voted against increasing the minimum wage, I support raising it to $15 per hour, an action that would boost the pay of nearly 40 million Americans. Coloradans shouldn’t have to work multiple jobs to be on stable financial footing. A higher minimum wage could help rebuild a sense of financial security during and after this crisis. Strengthen Labor Unions: Unions are critical to an inclusive economy. Collective bargaining lowers income inequality, raises wages, and improves working conditions for all—both members and nonmembers alike. Benefits such as the 40-hour workweek, health insurance, and pensions are all the result of worker advocacy. Yet Washington Republicans have been promoting the insidious spread of right-to-work legislation for over a decade—a national effort that has significantly weakened labor unions in our country and put the profits of big corporations above the middle class. Unions are key advocates for worker health and safety—an essential priority during the pandemic. I believe workers should have the right to organize and collectively bargain if they choose to do so, and legislation such as the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act and the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act are important steps in this direction. Boost Fairness in our Economic System: For centuries, women and communities of color have faced gaps in wealth, gaps in pay, and gaps in opportunity, which this administration has done nothing to address. Today, these groups are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. I support legislation to boost pay equity between men and women of all races, which Senator Gardner has voted against four times. I will work to make childcare more affordable and pass paid family and sick leave legislation to strengthen the economic wellbeing of Colorado households. And I believe we must address workplace discrimination against the LGBTQ community by finally passing the Equality Act. As Senator, I will make it my mission to level the economic playing field by supporting legislation that brings opportunity closer for all Coloradans. Support Wealth-Building Efforts in Communities of Color: The economic impact of racism is staggering. In our country today, communities of color have systematically lower levels of homeownership, a significant wealth gap, decreased access to credit opportunities, and less money saved in the bank. Over their lifetimes, for example, Black Americans can expect to earn $1 million less than white Americans. Wealth-building efforts, specifically those aimed at the Black community, will be essential to address these historic injustices. Congress can help build more equal pathways to wealth by increasing access to a quality, affordable education for all Americans, supporting homeownership in communities of color, helping minority entrepreneurs obtain affordable capital, investing in skills training initiatives and professional pipelines for high-quality jobs, addressing workplace discrimination, and so much more. Economic justice and inclusion must be a top priority for the next Congress to help communities of color recover from COVID-19 and to make our economy fairer and more resilient overall.  Invest in Rural Economies: From the Eastern Plains to the Western Slope, Colorado’s rural communities are vital to the economy of our state. As Governor, I worked to expand broadband internet across the state, established Colorado’s Outdoor Recreation Industry Office, and made it easier to start a business through the Rural Jump-Start program. In contrast, President Trump and the Republican-led Senate have harmed rural Colorado by overseeing the largest rollback of protected public lands in U.S. history. And Cory Gardner refuses to support the CORE Act—a collaborative, locally-driven, decade-in-the-making effort to protect 400,000 acres of Colorado public lands and boost our outdoor recreation economy. If elected to the U.S. Senate, I will prioritize passing the CORE Act, as well as other public lands legislation that preserves the outdoor lifestyles of Coloradans and generates jobs and economic activity throughout our state. And I will fight to expand access to reliable, high-speed broadband internet nationwide, so rural communities can meaningfully benefit from, and contribute to, the 21st century economy.    Advocate for Colorado Farmers and Ranchers: President Trump has been bad for Colorado agriculture. He picked a fight with China, leading to tariffs that have had catastrophic effects on farmers and ranchers in our state. Meanwhile, COVID-19 has disrupted agricultural supply chains, put farm and commercial food workers in harm’s way, and increased the volatility of meat and other food prices—all while wildfires and droughts raged with abandon. As Senator, I will fight for Colorado agriculture, as I have always done in my career. When I was governor, we collaborated with farmers and ranchers to boost agricultural exports in Colorado. In the Senate, I will make sure any trade deal ratified by the United States is to their benefit. I will work to ensure that agriculture remains a viable career path for Coloradans and that the federal government supports beginning farmers and ranchers. I will advocate for small farmers grappling with agricultural consolidation, as well as farms that adopt sustainable and regenerative practices. And I will ensure that Colorado farmers and ranchers have their voices heard during farm bill negotiations in 2022. Unlike President Trump and Senator Gardner, I will always advocate for our farming and ranching communities.  Address Housing Inequality: Affordable housing is a fundamental necessity. During a pandemic, it is a lifeline. Yet decades of segregationist and racist housing policies have left communities of color more housing insecure than their white peers. Expansion of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and compliance with the 1968 Fair Housing Act are critical steps towards reducing this disparity. If elected to the Senate, I will also push for the inclusion of affordable housing in any major infrastructure package we consider, work to make sure all new federal housing units meet accessibility guidelines for individuals with disabilities, and hold lenders accountable for discrimination and predatory housing loans.  Make Higher Education More Affordable: Higher education can be a powerful tool for economic mobility. Yet our present model is failing to deliver on this promise. For many students, the cost of college is prohibitive and the return on investment increasingly unclear. Congress has failed to respond, leaving Americans crushed by student debt. Senator Gardner has voted at least four times against allowing borrowers to refinance student loans and at least 10 times to cut funding for Pell Grants. I believe we must act swiftly to reform student loans: lowering interest rates and expanding loan forgiveness for those working in public service or rural areas. Community colleges offer flexible, industry-aligned credentials, and should be accessible tuition-free for those who need it. And I support expanding Pell Grant eligibility to include short-term workforce training to help adult learners acquire skills that help preserve their competitive edge. INTEGRATED Align the skills of the workforce with the needs of Colorado employers Expand Apprenticeship Programs: Only thirty-nine percent of young people in the United States ever complete a bachelor’s degree or higher. Apprenticeships are powerful alternatives that help shift the conversation away from expensive degrees and towards the skills needed to do the job. While the Trump Administration proposed an apprenticeship program that undermines fair wages and labor standards, I helped establish CareerWise in Colorado, a job training program that provides students with valuable work experience, a paycheck in the tens of thousands, and free college credit—all while still in high school. In addition, we launched the Skillful State Network, a bipartisan community of 20 fellow governors focused on promoting skills acquisition in hiring, which continues to this day. By working in the Senate to support these types of programs nationwide, we can expand certified skills training programs to students across America, encourage employers to hire based on clearly-defined abilities, and provide workers with a pathway to well-paying, dignified work without a college degree. Doing so could close employment gaps in manufacturing, trades, rural health care, technology, and provide diverse cohorts of students the on-the-job training they need to succeed in the economy of the future. Preparing our Workforce for the Future: Twenty-five percent of all jobs are at a high risk of automation, portending a future of mass displacement—particularly for women and workers of color. Embracing the opportunities created by technological innovation will require rethinking how we support individuals most impacted by this transition. So far, Washington has done little to address their needs. As Senator, I intend to take decisive action. First, I will boost funding for training programs and incentivize companies to retrain workers in roles that build on their existing abilities. Second, I will expand access to certified apprenticeships, which offer on-the-job preparation for new, well-paying positions. Third, I will put power back in the hands of workers in the gig economy who do not enjoy employer-provided benefits by supporting the development of portable savings and retirement accounts, and reimagining the social safety net in the process.   INNOVATIVE Invest in the most dynamic and value-creating industries of the future Make it Easier to Start and Grow a Business: Business creation is central to American economic prosperity. Unfortunately, it has been declining nationwide for decades. I intend to draw upon my experience as an entrepreneur to pass legislation in the Senate to reverse this trend and strengthen our economy after the COVID-19. We must start by increasing access to affordable capital, particularly for women and minority CEOs, through expanded crowdfunding and innovation voucher programs. Congress should also leverage the ability of CDFIs and MDIs to deliver financing in communities of color and set aside specific funding for minority-owned lending institutions and minority-owned businesses. I know from experience how important mentorship is for fledgling entrepreneurs, and I support facilitating opportunities for startups to learn from more seasoned business owners. Colorado’s Rural Jump-Start program has demonstrated the power of startups to spur entrepreneurship in rural communities, and I am in favor of the expansion of similar programs nationwide. And to mitigate some of the risk inherent in building a business, Congress can help by boosting the portability of health and retirement benefits. Finally, I intend to work with the Small Business Administration to streamline regulations for small businesses, which could help them keep a competitive edge in the face of increasing consolidation of large corporations. This includes reforming occupational licensing, which can increase business creation among groups that traditionally face barriers to entry such as military families, immigrants, and individuals with a criminal record.   Promote Job Growth in the Clean Energy Economy: As a small business owner, I saw firsthand how creating jobs and protecting Colorado’s environment can go hand-in-hand. Our brewpub prioritized sustainability from the start, including by recycling cardboard, glass, and water before it was common to do so. And we prospered. Similarly, the clean economy offers an exciting opportunity to create millions of new jobs. Entrepreneurs can play a vital role in creating value rather than destroying it. That is why in my plan to address climate change, I propose establishing a Climate Corps Program, which will inspire more young people to pursue careers in renewable energy, carbon capture, regenerative agriculture, and green startups. I support investments in sustainable infrastructure, which will create jobs while greening our nation’s severely neglected transportation networks, as well as promoting clean vehicles on our roads. And for individuals working in sectors that will be negatively impacted by this transition—many of whom have the most marketable skills in our workforce—we need to ensure financial support, skills training, and community engagement are available to help ensure each and every person finds quality work in the new economy. While Cory Gardner unravels limits on pollution and fails to take meaningful action on climate change, I will focus on building a workforce built around conservation, regeneration, and renewable energy.  Support the Marijuana Industry: Colorado has led the movement for marijuana legalization since 2012. From a social justice perspective, this change was significant because African American men are disproportionately imprisoned for nonviolent marijuana crimes. From an economic perspective, the legalization of marijuana created new opportunities for thousands of startups in our state, boosted tourism, and produced over a billion dollars in new sales and tax revenue to help fund education, mental health, and local government services. I believe Congress should deschedule marijuana nationwide, creating new pathways for entrepreneurship and medical research across the country. As Senator, I am also committed to leveling the playing field for entrepreneurs of color in the cannabis industry. As a small business owner, I know how challenging it can be to access capital. All aspiring entrepreneurs should be able to take advantage of the economic opportunity this burgeoning industry presents, should they choose to do so. Invest in Technological Leadership: The United States has historically been the undisputed leader in technology and innovation. This primacy is now in question. While Congress dithers on key technological investments, other nations are racing ahead. As the founder of the National Cybersecurity Center, I know what it takes to prioritize innovation. I believe the United States can and will drive the development of artificial intelligence, 5G internet, quantum computing, blockchain, and other technologies, but only with a whole-of-government approach. A new national innovation strategy is necessary to boost research funding for agencies and require that every department outline a strategic plan for incorporating advanced technologies. 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Protecting Our Democracy - John Hickenlooper for U.S. SenateSkip to main content Enable accessibility for visually impaired Open the accessibility menu Skip to content CHIP IN $10 TO SUPPORT JOHN HICKENLOOPER >> CHIP IN $10 TO SUPPORT JOHN HICKENLOOPER >> Home Meet John Español Facebook-f Twitter Instagram Spotify Donate Now Donate Now Protecting Our Democracy We are living in a moment unlike any other. Widespread protests against the murder of Black Americans are calling attention to the legacy of institutional racism and police brutality in this country. COVID-19 is sweeping the globe, shuttering our economy and causing levels of unemployment not seen since the Great Depression. And we have a president who attempts to influence judicial proceedings, willfully ignores foreign interference in U.S. elections, and enriches himself at public expense. The status quo is no longer working for most Americans — if it ever did. It’s clear that decades of weakening campaign finance laws have made our government broken and dysfunctional. Dark money floods our elections, influencing the outcome of races up and down the ballot. Americans’ trust in their government is at an all-time low, and who could blame us for feeling that way? Washington politicians stand by while corporate money lines their pockets and nothing gets done. Meanwhile voters, striving for change, wait for hours to cast their ballot, submitting to tactics of modern-day voter suppression that inordinately impact communities of color. This cannot and must not be allowed to stand. Congress must find the political will that we had in Colorado to make our election system reflect our values. When I was Governor, I worked with the legislature to make sure every eligible registered voter in Colorado gets a mail-in ballot. We also changed the rules so voters can register to vote online, and at any time — even on Election Day. These policies strengthen our democracy and help hold elected officials accountable. I pledge to do what bought-off politicians won’t: get money out of politics, make voting easy, safe, and fair, and hold government accountable. When I get to the Senate, one of my first priorities will be working to pass the For The People Act, the most sweeping campaign finance, voting rights, and ethics reforms since Watergate. The For the People Act (H.R.1, S.949) proposes to reform money in politics by bolstering public financing and donor disclosure provisions. It strengthens our elections by addressing regulatory barriers to voting and creating a system of automatic voter registration. And it bolsters accountability by closing lobbying loopholes and requiring greater transparency from government officials. This bill was passed in the House with unanimous Democratic support and has been cosponsored in the Senate by every Democratic Senator, but has been blocked by Mitch McConnell and Cory Gardner for over a year. I support swift action on the For the People Act to curb the influence of special interests in our government and make it easier for all eligible voters to have a say in our democracy.  This is a moment where making our voices heard is vital. For too long, the powerful in this country have tipped the scales of political interests to get ahead at the expense of working Americans. This injustice needs to end. The current social upheaval is a clarion call; a time to set new, higher standards for our democracy; a time to put power back in the hands of people. If elected, I commit to fight for reforms that will finally make our government work for all citizens. GET MONEY OUT OF POLITICS Refuse Corporate PAC Money — Support from corporate PACs is one of the many ways that politicians become beholden to special interests once they are elected to office. Unlike Senator Gardner, who has taken over $5.4 million from corporate PACs, I have pledged not to accept any corporate PAC money throughout this campaign and when I am in office. I am committed to putting power back in the hands of people, not special interests. Overturn Citizens United — The 2010 Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC opened the door to dark money and corporate influence that have corrupted our institutions. But corporations are not people, plain and simple.In the Senate, I will fight to overturn Citizens United by passing the Democracy For All constitutional amendment to stop the flood of money to Washington. I am proud that my commitment to this effort has earned the endorsement of End Citizens United, a leading campaign finance reform organization, and look forward to working together to get money out of politics. Increase Donor Transparency — Dark money groups have devoted nearly $1 billion to influence U.S. elections over the last decade. Instead of reducing college debt or expanding health care coverage, those dollars have corroded the integrity of our democracy. We desperately need greater transparency in election spending. I support the DISCLOSE Act, which requires outside groups to report campaign contributions greater than $10,000; the Real Time Transparency Act, which necessitates political campaigns and committees to disclose donor information to the FEC for donations over $1,000 within 48 hours; and the End Dark Money Act to close the “social welfare” loophole that hides the names of big donors to dark money groups. By reducing anonymity in our campaign finance system, we can shine a light on dark money and curb its influence in our elections. MAKE VOTING EASY, SAFE, AND FAIR Restore the Full Power of the Voting Rights Act — The U.S. has a long and shameful legacy of suppressing the vote of Americans of color. The 1965 Voting Rights Act was landmark legislation that reduced some of those barriers and held states accountable for racist efforts to limit voting access. In 2013, the Supreme Court struck down key provisions in the law, a regressive decision that undoes many hard-fought safeguards for communities of color. While the Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA) passed the House with bipartisan support last year, it has been held up in McConnell’s Senate. I support passing the VRAA to reinstate these core civil rights protections. Protect The Right to Vote for All Americans — From a President who baselessly attacks vote-by-mail, to the passage of discriminatory voter ID laws across the country, Republican voter suppression efforts are alive and well. The implications — hours-long lines, restrictive early voting, voters being deregistered without their consent, and misallocation of polling resources — disenfranchise all voters and disproportionately impact communities of color. Voting is every citizen’s fundamental right in a democracy. Bills such as the For the People Act will restore core protections to make it easier for all Americans to access this right. Expand Vote-By-Mail Options Nationwide — Colorado has been largely voting from home for seven years, with lower costs and higher turnout. In our state, no one has to miss work or find childcare simply to exercise their right to vote. Risk-limiting audits, a centralized signature database, and paper ballots keep it secure. Our experience with voting from home has laid the groundwork for just this moment, when mail-in voting options across the country could be vital to protecting Americans’ health — and the health of our democracy. I support giving states the resources they need to expand vote-by-mail programs, as well as bolstering the USPS so it can handle a surge of ballots this November. The House has taken action by passing $4 billion in election funding, but those proposals were killed in McConnell’s and Gardner’s Senate. Expand Voter Registration — I believe that voting should be as convenient as possible. That is why, as Governor, I established same-day voter registration and expanded early registration in Colorado and will fight to enact the same policies across the U.S. I also support doing nationally what we’ve done in Colorado by expanding early voting and restoring voting rights for those who have served time in prison and are reentering civic life. Finally, we must pass legislation to prevent the widespread purging of voter rolls, which, from 2010 to 2018, had disenfranchised over 1 million voters in Georgia elections and disproportionately targeted individuals of color. End Partisan Gerrymandering — In 2018, Colorado voters approved amendments to create an independent redistricting commission to end partisan gerrymandering. Our state could become a model for the nation when districts are redrawn after the 2020 census. In the meantime, I support Senator Michael Bennet’s Fair Maps Act, which prohibits partisan gerrymandering at the national level and provides guidance on redrawing and contesting maps. Voters should pick their elected officials, not the other way around. Protect Our Elections From Foreign Meddling — According to a U.S. Senate investigation, Russian hackers targeted the election systems of all 50 states in 2016. The importance of securing our elections against any tampering — foreign or domestic — cannot be overstated. This means modernizing our voting machines, requiring paper ballots, conducting routine risk assessments and post-election audits, and adequately funding our election systems, to name a few. Many of these protections were included in the SAFE Act, which passed the House nearly a year ago but has yet to be taken up in Sen. McConnell’s and Gardner’s Senate. We know what works to secure our elections, now it is time to act on it. Strengthen Election Cybersecurity — As Governor, I established the National Cybersecurity Center, so I know what it takes to enact strong online protections. I support bolstering the defense of our voting systems by investing in cybersecurity efforts to secure voter registration databases, voting machines, reporting websites, and other software vulnerable to meddling.  Implement Safeguards Against Foreign Influence — Election hackers pose a very real risk, but why break in when the front door is unlocked? There are numerous loopholes that permit foreign actors to legally influence the outcome of our elections. I support passing the SHIELD Act, which would help prevent foreign actors from spending in U.S. elections, require reporting on offers of foreign assistance, and boost transparency in online advertisements. Address Disinformation Campaigns, Increase Transparency — Social media platforms were weaponized by Russia to sow misinformation and influence the outcome of the 2016 election. There is little doubt they will try to do the same this fall, yet the Senate has shown no willingness to act on legislation like the Honest Ads Act, which would help address this. As Senator, I would advocate for holding online advertisements to the same standard as television and radio ads, including transparency in where the money comes from and consequences for spreading disinformation.   REDUCE CORPORATE INFLUENCE & STRENGTHEN GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT Ban Congress from Lobbying —  446 former members of Congress currently work as lobbyists. We will never release the stranglehold of corporations on Washington until we close this revolving door. If elected, I promise the voters of Colorado I will not treat my service on Capitol Hill as a job interview with special interests. I pledge to never lobby after the U.S. Senate, and I will work to hold all members of Congress to the same standard.   Limit Conflicts of Interest — It is legal for members of the House of Representatives to serve on corporate boards, and individuals in both chambers can trade stocks in industries they regulate. The potential for conflicts of interest is breathtaking. If elected, I support bills that would put an end to these activities. I put my earnings from the Wynkoop in a blind trust upon my mayoral election in 2003, and I pledge to leave it there for the entirety of my career in elected service. I believe Members of Congress should always put the needs of the country before those of the publicly-traded companies to which they are financially connected. It should no longer be the other way around. Pass ‘For Cause’ Protections for Inspectors General — Congress created Inspectors General (IGs) to protect taxpayer dollars from departmental waste, fraud, and abuse. President Trump has politicized IGs by firing those with whom he disagrees. Congress has an obligation to protect every IG against undue interference from the powers he or she investigates. The current law allows the president to remove watchdogs without cause. I will push to pass “for-cause” protections in the Senate, which would require the president to justify the removal of an IG under a strict set of criteria such as criminal activity or negligence.  Restructure the FEC — The FEC has a mandate to prevent corruption in campaign spending. So it is a problem that partisan squabbling in Congress has divided and undermined the agency. I support common sense reforms such as reducing the number of commissioners from six to five to prevent gridlock in decision making — with one nonpartisan appointee. Congress should also enforce term limits and strive to increase diversity in the body. 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Prevención de violencia con armas de fuego - John Hickenlooper for U.S. SenateSkip to main content Enable accessibility for visually impaired Open the accessibility menu Skip to content VOTANDO EN COLORADO VOTANDO EN COLORADO Indicio Conoce a John English Facebook-f Twitter Instagram Spotify Donar Donar Prevención de violencia con armas de fuego Estados Unidos se enfrenta a una epidemia de violencia con armas de fuego que es trágicamente demasiado familiar para nosotros en Colorado. Hemos perdido a muchos de nuestros amigos, vecinos e hijos a causa de las armas, lo que ha resultado en la pérdida de 39,000 vidas en todo el país en solo un año. Durante la última década, más de 1.2 millones de estadounidenses han recibido disparos y millones más están traumatizados por la violencia generada por las armas de fuego, que ha impactado desproporcionadamente a las comunidades de color. Cada día, 21 niños más son víctimas de la violencia con armas de fuego. La pérdida de vidas preciosas es incomprensible, devastadora y está profundamente grabada en nuestros corazones y recuerdos en lugares como Columbine, Arapahoe, Platte Canyon, STEM School de Highlands Ranch, Aurora y en escuelas y comunidades en todo nuestro estado y nación. Durante demasiado tiempo, el liderazgo de la Asociación Nacional del Rifle (NRA) ha luchado imprudentemente contra incluso las medidas más básicas de seguridad de armas, como las verificaciones de antecedentes universales, que el 90% de los estadounidenses y la mayoría de los miembros de la NRA apoyan. Cuando yo era gobernador de Colorado, afrontamos el liderazgo de la NRA y ganamos. No fue fácil, pero con el apoyo de funcionarios electos locales y estatales y una coalición diversa de residentes de Colorado, pudimos promulgar leyes que requieren la verificación de antecedentes para todas las ventas de armas, así como la prohibición de cargadores de gran capacidad. Nos convertimos en el primer estado púrpura en promulgar una legislación integral sobre seguridad de armas. Si pudiéramos vencer a la NRA en Colorado, podemos vencerlos a nivel nacional. El senador Gardner ha recibido casi 4 millones de dólares en apoyo de parte de la NRA y está obstaculizando que la verificación de antecedentes, entre otras reformas, reciba una audiencia en el Senado de los Estados Unidos. También votó en contra de cerrar las escapatorias que permiten que las armas caigan en manos peligrosas. Ya basta. Como su próximo senador, lucharé por políticas integrales y de sentido común para combatir la violencia con las armas de fuego. Una agenda nacional: políticas de seguridad de armas con sentido común Asegurar verificaciones de antecedentes para todas las ventas de armas. Las verificaciones de antecedentes salvan vidas. Desde la década de 1990, el sistema de verificación de antecedentes ha bloqueado la venta de más de 3 millones de armas a delincuentes, abusadores domésticos y otras personas peligrosas. Necesitamos ampliar las verificaciones de antecedentes para cubrir espectáculos de armas y minoristas en línea, así como cerrar el “Charleston Loophole” (La Escapatoria de Charleston) para garantizar que todas las verificaciones de antecedentes se completen correctamente. Establecer límites nacionales para cargadores. Los límites de los cargadores salvan vidas durante los tiroteos. El tirador que mató a 12 e hirió a 59 en un cine de Aurora en 2012 llevaba una pistola equipada con un cargador de 100 balas. El tirador en Tucson, Arizona, que mató a 6 personas e hirió a 13, incluida la ex congresista Gabby Giffords en 2011, llevaba una pistola equipada con un cargador de 33 balas. Ese tiroteo llegó a su fin cuando un espectador lo abordó mientras intentaba recargar su arma. Restaurar una prohibición de armas de asalto. Es hora de que el Congreso promulgue una prohibición efectiva de armas de asalto que se base en la legislación anterior que expiró en 2004. Financiar la intervención comunitaria contra la violencia. Las comunidades de color en Colorado y en nuestra nación tienen que lidiar a diario con la violencia con armas de fuego y enfrentan un riesgo considerablemente mayor de ser víctimas de homicidio con arma de fuego. Se ha demostrado que la financiación de programas de intervención contra violencia basados ​​en evidencia es eficaz para reducir los tiroteos en ciudades de todo el país. Fortalecer la aplicación de la ley contra el tráfico de armas. Debemos detener el tráfico de armas fortaleciendo el enjuiciamiento del pequeño número de traficantes de armas de “mal actor” que venden armas ilegalmente sin una verificación de antecedentes. La policía también necesita las herramientas para tratar las “compras fraudulentas” (donde los delincuentes que no pueden pasar una verificación de antecedentes hacen que alguien compre armas en su nombre) como delitos graves. Detener la proliferación de “pistolas fantasmas”. Las pistolas fantasmas son armas de fuego que se pueden ensamblar en casa con piezas que se han pedido en línea o producidas por una impresora 3D. Están disponibles sin una verificación de antecedentes, no pueden ser rastreados por la policía y son un problema emergente en Colorado y en todo el país. Debemos aprobar una ley federal que garantice que nadie pueda construir un arma de fuego sin primero pasar por una verificación de antecedentes. Responsabilizar a los fabricantes de armas imprudentes. Tenemos que derogar la ley de 2005 que protege de manera única a los fabricantes de armas irresponsables para que puedan ser reportados y los coloque en la misma categoría que cualquier otro negocio. Implementar leyes de Orden de Protección contra Riesgo Extremo. Para evitar futuros actos de violencia, las leyes de Orden de Protección contra Riesgo Extremo permiten que las familias y las fuerzas del orden eliminen temporalmente el acceso de un individuo a las armas de fuego cuando se considere que constituye un peligro para sí mismo o para otros. Estas políticas son efectivas tanto para prevenir tiroteos masivos como para reducir el suicidio. Crear un futuro más seguro para nuestros niños y comunidades. Sé bien que el liderazgo del NRA se ha embarcado en un esfuerzo implacable para engañar, caracterizar y despistar. Sabemos en Colorado que podemos proteger nuestros derechos de la Segunda Enmienda y proteger a nuestros niños y comunidades con políticas razonables de seguridad de armas. 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