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Equity for All - 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 Equity for All The United States has a long history of racism, segregation, and legalized oppression based on skin color. The economic disadvantages associated with race are varied, and persist to this day. Any form of discrimination, either overt or covert, has no place in our state or country. We must ensure all people have access to quality education, a strong social safety net, family-sustaining jobs, and physical security. I am committed to working hand-in-hand with communities of color to design economically just reforms that make an impact on the legacy of inequality that has plagued our country for generations. For the entirety of my career in public life, I have been committed to increasing the size of the table so that everyone has a seat. When I was mayor of Denver, nearly 60% of my cabinet appointments were women, and more than half were people of color. My predecessor, Mayor Wellington Webb, connected our team with leading organizations that became invaluable partners in supporting our agenda of diversity and inclusion. As governor, I put special effort into making sure that every state board and commission more accurately reflected the diversity of Colorado’s population.  My Equity For All plan is a continuation of this work and a commitment to the people of Colorado. Every individual deserves to live in a country where biases against race do not determine their opportunity to succeed. Whether in health care, the economy, the legal system, the environment, or our democracy, greater equity is not optional — it is required. We have a moral imperative to do far better than we ever have before, and I am committed to being a fierce advocate in this fight. INCREASING HEALTH EQUITY Improve Access to Health Care: Health care is a right, not a privilege. As governor, I was proud to bring lawmakers together from both sides of the aisle to expand Medicaid for an additional 400,000 Coloradans. I also established our state exchange, Connect for Health Colorado, which allowed individuals to compare plans for quality and affordability. In the process, we cut the uninsured rate by nearly two-thirds.  We worked hard to reach everyone, but there is more work to be done. As of 2019, 361,000 Coloradans still lacked health insurance — a quarter of whom are eligible for coverage under Medicaid. And, as of 2015, the Latinx community in Colorado was uninsured at three times the rate of white Coloradans. The final steps to universal coverage are among the most difficult, and largely depend on the outcome of November’s election. Senator Gardner and the Republican-led Senate have repeatedly voted to repeal the ACA and Medicaid expansion, and Gardner supports a lawsuit before the Supreme Court that could end protections for people with preexisting conditions — including 2.4 million Coloradans.  If elected, I am committed to working towards affordable, universal coverage by introducing a public option that can boost competition in the marketplace and lower prices. I will also fight to cut the cost of prescription drugs and ensure that our vital social safety net programs such as mental health and substance abuse recovery services, as well as CHIP, Medicare, and Medicaid, have Congress’s full funding and support. Address Systemic Racism: Health care outcomes diverge dramatically based on race. This reality is rooted in structural biases, systemic racism, and decades of underinvestment in communities of color. It is not enough to simply expand the scope of coverage, we must change the nature of how care is provided to ensure more equal treatment for all. No policy proposal will be a panacea — the factors that contribute to these health disparities are as varied as they are damaging — but dedicated resources will absolutely help. We must research diseases where divergent outcomes are pronounced — including diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and infant mortality — to better understand their roots. Congress should appropriate funds for programs addressing the social determinants of health, including nutritious food, public transportation, and safe spaces for physical activity. Medical schools must play their part by prioritizing diversity and inclusion when recruiting the next generation of practitioners, and curriculums should provide thorough training in identifying and correcting biases in care. Finally, important bills such as the Health Equity and Accountability Act, a collaborative effort to reduce inequalities in health care that has been reintroduced each Congress for 13 years, should finally have the chance to become law. Close Gaps in COVID-19 Outcomes: The coronavirus is highlighting the glaring inequalities in our healthcare system. Black Coloradans make up nearly 4% of the state’s population yet account for 7.6% of coronavirus cases. Latinx Coloradans are 22% of the population and make up 35% of the state’s positive cases. This is unacceptable. Coloradans of color are particularly vulnerable to contracting COVID-19 because they are more likely to be essential workers in this pandemic, and it is vital that they have the protective equipment they need to do their jobs safely. Furthermore, study after study shows that Black and Latinx Americans are dying of coronavirus at significantly higher rates than white Americans. Adequate testing, robust contact tracing, and social distancing are essential components to address any outbreak, but to get to the source of these divergent outcomes, we also must address the structural inequities in our healthcare system. Rooting out biases can and should continue far beyond the search for a vaccine. Fight for Reproductive Rights: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) marked a dramatic advancement for reproductive rights in this country, with childbirth no longer classified as a “pre-existing condition” and significantly reducing or eliminating out-of-pocket expenses for birth control. Yet gaps in coverage and access persist in communities of color, particularly during pregnancy. The United States has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the industrialized world, and Black women die three to four times more often than white women when giving birth. Women of color deserve equal access to high-quality, patient-centered care, both of which I am committed to fighting for as senator. This means gathering data about maternal mortality, investing in culturally-sensitive perinatal care and doula training, extending Medicaid coverage for new mothers to one year, and using innovative payment models to incentivize improved outcomes. As senator, I pledge to protect the right to choose, fully fund critical government programs for reproductive health such as Title X, and work to reduce racial disparities across the spectrum of reproductive care.  EXPANDING ECONOMIC EQUITY Strengthen the Safety Net for Workers: Persistent efforts to weaken the social safety net — too often led, unfortunately, by Republicans in Congress — have contributed to the chronically high levels of poverty in our nation. These trends have only worsened as workers grapple with low hourly wages, lack of health insurance, and few workforce protections. The economic gap across racial lines is a constant reminder of the work that must be done to address poverty and support equality nationwide. Unions have been critical partners in this regard, nearly doubling wealth for union members as compared to nonmembers — particularly members of color. Workers cannot get ahead without affordable childcare, paid family leave, and fair compensation, including raising the minimum wage to $15. For individuals of color with disabilities, the barriers to economic opportunity can be even steeper, and tailored career, education, and financial support is necessary to foster more equal outcomes. Outside of the workplace, investments in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are critical, to keep working families healthy and fed. Our nation’s public transportation system, which many workers rely on to reach their jobs, is in dire need of repair. Finally, we should use the opportunity zone framework to prioritize federal investment in marginalized communities that face maintenance, safety, and water challenges. We must collectively fight for a future where all people have access to economic opportunities. A strong safety net helps bring those opportunities closer. Invest in Education: Education is one of the best investments we can make in our kids. As a public school parent, I am keenly aware of the particular power that public schools have to equalize opportunity for all students. As mayor of Denver, I helped lead the successful effort to establish the Denver Preschool Program, which provides free early childhood education to Denver families. As senator, I will work to ensure every student can benefit from the foundation for future success that education provides.  This includes closing the achievement gap by expanding literacy opportunities, promoting STEM learning for students of color, funding Head Start and full-day kindergarten, supporting the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), recruiting and retaining teachers of color, and so much more. We must also end the “school-to-prison pipeline,” in which students – sometimes as young as three – are disciplined under “zero tolerance policies” and suspended or expelled. Our public education system needs adequate funding to provide the type of enriching academic environment that is so vital to eliminate this practice. College affordability is another major hurdle for students. Expanded loan repayment and forgiveness programs, tuition-free community college, and investment in minority-serving scholarship programs such as TRIO and Gear Up are a big step in the right direction. For students who go to college but are unable to complete their degree, we must collect quality data on racial disparities in graduation rates as well as policy interventions that work best to address these gaps. Minority-Serving Institutions, such as Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Asian American & Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions, do important work to address discrimination in education, and I am committed to making sure they have the funding they need to continue their vital missions.  Boost Skills Training: Apprenticeships are a great tool for equalizing access to employment for all Americans. Currently, only 37% of young people in the United States complete a four-year degree. Apprenticeships offer an attractive bridge — or alternative — to postsecondary education. As governor, I helped establish CareerWise in Colorado, a job training program that works to provide students with valuable work experience, a paycheck in the tens of thousands, and free college credit—all while still in high school. As senator, I will fight to close employment gaps for communities of color by providing diverse cohorts of students the on-the-job skills training they need to succeed in the economy of the future.  Support Entrepreneurs of Color: Minority-owned small businesses are engines of employment and powerful agents of economic growth in their communities. Yet access to capital, which is a big challenge for any small business owner, is particularly difficult for entrepreneurs of color. Minority entrepreneurs are less likely to be approved for business loans or to receive investment than firms owned by white Americans. Community development financial institutions (CDFIs) step in to fill these gaps, and should receive full financial support from Congress. The economic crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic has made funding particularly challenging to access these days, and by and large, relief efforts have not been designed with minority-owned small businesses in mind. I proposed a COVID-19 recovery plan that would set aside funding, including for businesses with 20 or fewer employees, which represent 88% of all small businesses, and give priority to minority- and women-owned businesses in particular. We must do all we can to make sure that minority entrepreneurs have the support they need to weather this crisis. Address Housing Inequality: Affordable housing is a fundamental necessity. 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 senator, I will also push for the inclusion of affordable housing in any major infrastructure package we consider, and hold lenders accountable for predatory housing loans.  SECURING LEGAL EQUITY Overhaul the Immigration System: Our immigration system is a mess. Children have been held in cages at the southern border, the future of DACA recipients hangs in the balance, and President Trump is using the coronavirus as an excuse to turn away anyone seeking to immigrate. Many of these stories are wrenching. The last time Congress came close to passing comprehensive immigration reform was 2013, when then-Representative Gardner opposed the bill and helped block its passage in the House of Representatives. Our country cannot afford to wait any longer for the Republican-led Senate to find its conscience. Change needs to come now. Change needs to come for the one million pending immigration cases languishing in our underfunded courts system. Change needs to come for the businesses and farmers who depend on consistency yet receive none from our current visa program. And change needs to come for the nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants and 700,000 Dreamers whose lives are being upended by this administration. These individuals are enmeshed in our communities, they have families and pay taxes, and they deserve a pathway to citizenship. If we can invite this change by passing comprehensive immigration reform, we can do justice to our legacy as a nation of immigrants. Addressing Police Brutality: Videos of Black and Brown Americans being shot and brutalized should awaken outrage in every individual. I stand in solidarity with those who seek justice. In communities of color, playing in the park, asking for roadside assistance, relaxing at home, or even reporting on live television—raises the specter of discrimination and violence at the hands of police in a way it never does for other Americans. As mayor of Denver, police reform was one of our central priorities. Ten years before Ferguson, we initiated efforts to reduce lethal force in policing, requiring all officers to go through crisis de-escalation training. For the first time in the history of the Denver Police Department, we hired a minority recruiter and established the Office of Independent Monitor to investigate allegations of police misconduct. We created the Civilian Oversight Commission to give communities direct input on how their own neighborhoods are policed, and we made it easier to discipline officers who use excessive force. What we did wasn’t perfect and there is so much more work to be done, locally and nationally, but we listened to communities of color. We tried to gain a greater understanding of the challenges they face, and we worked together towards a common goal. All of this needs to be done on a much larger scale today as the use of deadly force against Black and Brown Americans by police continues to be an epidemic in our country. There are tangible steps Congress can and must take to stop the violence, including requiring body cameras for all police officers, swiftly disciplining  officers who use excessive force, increasing transparency in policing data, and funding programs to heal the trauma of communities living in fear. As senator, I am committed to working with communities of color to address the fear and mistrust of law enforcement, to fiercely advocate for proper police training, and to increase accountability and oversight. People have a right to be safe, unafraid, and secure in their communities. And people have a right to not be victimized in their day-to-day lives or when they peacefully protest injustice. As a country, we have tolerated systemic racism and a broken criminal justice system for far too long. Now more than ever, we must listen to one another and ask ourselves what we can do to be a part of the solution. I pledge to do my part. Restructuring our Criminal Justice System: Our country incarcerates 22% of the world’s prisoners—the highest rate in the world, and disproportionately incarcerates people of color. 23% of all inmates in the state or federal prison system are Latinx, and 33% are African American. For too many, the criminal justice system is anything but just. As senator, I will work to address these disparities by supporting legislation such as Bobby Scott’s SAFE Justice Act, which offers an evidence-based prevention approach alongside tangible proposals to reduce recidivism and increase sentencing alternatives, including restorative justice. In addition, physical and verbal harassment against people of color, particularly LGBTQ individuals and, more recently, members of the AAPI community, are a form of overt discrimination that should never be tolerated. We must partner with police departments to close gaps that prevent the reporting and enforcement of existing bias crime laws, such as strengthening the tracking and reporting of hate crimes. Restructuring at all levels will be essential to ensuring that both public safety and social equality are protected. Decriminalize Marijuana: The movement for legalization gained steam across the country after Coloradans took decisive action to legalize marijuana in 2012. The implications for the justice system are massive. We know that African American men have been disproportionately imprisoned for nonviolent marijuana crimes. That’s one of the many reasons why I believe we must decriminalize marijuana at the federal level, with the flexibility for states to determine whether or not to legalize it. We should not be putting people in jail for nonviolent marijuana crimes, and we should evaluate sentences for those who were incarcerated prior to legalization. And in states like Colorado where marijuana is legal, we should work to level the playing field with regards to access to capital for entrepreneurs of color in the cannabis industry. All aspiring business owners should be able to take advantage of the economic opportunity this burgeoning industry presents, should they choose to do so. Promote Gun Safety: Over the past decade, more than 1.2 million Americans have been shot and millions more traumatized by gun violence. It is a national crisis, and one that disproportionately impacts communities of color. Latinx Americans are nearly twice as likely to die from gun violence as white Americans, while Black Americans are ten times as likely. We can and must take action by implementing universal background checks, passing red flag laws, banning assault weapons, and funding gun violence prevention research. Federal action on this front is astonishingly overdue and will make all communities safer. GROWING ENVIRONMENTAL EQUITY Support Environmental Justice: Climate change and environmental pollution affect all Americans, but they impact people of color and indigenous communities in an outsized way. According to the NAACP, “race – even more than class – is the number one indicator for the placement of toxic facilities in this country.” Air and water pollution cause higher rates of associated illnesses. The need to ensure that communities can rely on a clean water supply was devastatingly apparent in the failure of government in Flint, Michigan and is playing out again amidst the novel coronavirus pandemic. Fighting for a cleaner planet is irrevocably intertwined with racial justice. As senator, I will approach any climate or environmental policy from the perspective of civil rights and look forward to working with communities of color to design more inclusive, equitable solutions. Expand Access to Public Lands: Colorado is defined by our wild places. In the Senate, I’ll fight to make sure that federal agencies are working with local agencies and the outdoor sports and recreation industry to invest in innovative projects that increase access to and equity in the outdoors. In addition, I will support initiatives to promote hiring a diverse workforce within the National Park Service and associated agencies. By breaking down the barriers that prevent entry to the outdoors for communities of color, we can all share the amazing benefits of time spent exploring the landscapes that make our state unique. PROTECTING DEMOCRATIC EQUITY Reduce Barriers to the Political Process: Voting is the backbone of our democracy. When I was governor, I worked with the legislature to make sure that every eligible registered voter in Colorado gets a mail-in ballot, and we made it so that voters can register to vote online, and at any time — even on Election Day. Automatic voter registration, mail-in ballots, and fixing the Voting Rights Act — which has been gutted of its protections for communities of color by the Supreme Court — will work to make voter suppression a relic of the past and hold our leaders accountable. It is also essential that every resident gets counted by the U.S. Census. In 2010, 2.1% of Black Americans and 1.5% of Latinx Americans were not counted, which impacted how federal dollars were spent and congressional seats apportioned. In 2020, Colorado is at risk of losing $48–$193 million in federal spending if significant undercounting occurs. We can close this gap by providing more funding for the census to reach as many residents as possible. Policies that promote civic engagement help everyone participate in our democracy, and lead to political outcomes that address injustice by genuinely reflecting the will of the people.  Pledge Continued Engagement: Collaboration with, and leadership from, communities of color will be essential to achieving any of the policy objectives I have mentioned. Throughout my tenure as mayor of Denver and governor of Colorado, I relied heavily on advocates in communities of color to develop and implement our agenda to build a more welcoming and diverse state. We must not only fight for legislation that creates a fairer America, we should also lift up and celebrate the arts and traditions of communities of color that intertwine to form America’s cultural fabric. 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Clima - John Hickenlooper for U.S. SenateSkip to content VOTANDO EN COLORADO VOTANDO EN COLORADO Indicio Conoce a John English Facebook-f Twitter Instagram Spotify Donar Donar El cambio climático es el desafío decisivo de nuestro tiempo, y nuestro estado está en la primera línea de esta crisis, con inviernos más cortos, inundaciones catastróficas e incendios forestales, y la continua contaminación del aire. Aunque Colorado está desempeñando un papel de liderazgo frente a los ataques destructivos de la Administración Trump contra nuestro medio ambiente, debemos hacer más. La salud, el bienestar económico y la seguridad nacional de nuestro planeta están en riesgo. Es imperativo que abordemos los desafíos climáticos que enfrentamos con un feroz sentido de urgencia: las vidas humanas y los medios de vida están en juego. Como ex geólogo, he basado mi plan en la mejor ciencia disponible de la actualidad. En primer lugar, estamos pidiendo una transición a una economía de energía 100% renovable con cero emisiones netas para 2050, con el objetivo provisional de una reducción del 43% por debajo de los niveles de 2005 en las emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero para 2030, exactamente donde muchos de los principales científicos mundiales nos dicen que tenemos que irnos. Desde el primer día como senador, lucharé para volver a unirnos al Acuerdo Climático de París, hacer cumplir normas más estrictas sobre la contaminación por metano y otras emisiones nocivas, acelerar drásticamente el desarrollo de la energía eólica y solar, y revertir las políticas regresivas e imprudentes del presidente Trump y del senador Gardner. Necesitamos un enfoque audaz y basado en la ciencia para el cambio climático que incluya: Un plan de energía limpia que crea empleo para Estados Unidos. Apoyamos un esfuerzo ambicioso para llevar a los Estados Unidos a un futuro de energía limpia de cero emisiones netas antes de 2050. En el Senado, lucharé para: Realizar inversiones a gran escala en Investigación, Desarrollo y Demostración (RD&D por sus siglas en inglés) de tecnología climática financiada por el gobierno para acelerar la innovación. Eso incluye una inversión en la tecnología de captura, utilización y almacenamiento de carbono; mejoras continuas en el desarrollo de fuentes de energía renovables como la eólica y la solar y en tecnologías de almacenamiento de energía. Reinventar el sistema de transporte de los Estados Unidos, incluida la infraestructura de carga de vehículos eléctricos y hacer que la red eléctrica del país sea más inteligente, confiable, segura, eficiente y resistente. Apoyo el aumento de los estándares de ahorro de combustible con el objetivo de pasar a una flota de vehículos 100% eléctricos. También apoyamos la inversión para mejorar la eficiencia energética de los edificios en todo el país al centrarnos en revisar los estándares de construcción y brindar apoyo a los gobiernos locales y al sector privado para cumplir con los nuevos estándares. Desarrollar nuestra fuerza laboral con un enfoque en la capacitación de jóvenes y personas en transición de la industria de combustibles fósiles a empleos verdes. Deberíamos reunir a la comunidad empresarial, los sindicatos y las instituciones educativas para crear programas de aprendizaje y capacitación que creen vías para empleos y carreras estables y bien remuneradas. Crear un nuevo Climate Corps Program (Programa de Cuerpo de Clima), desafiando a los jóvenes a seguir carreras que ayuden a combatir el cambio climático global. Incluiría un nuevo conjunto de programas de condonación de préstamos y becas para alentar a una nueva generación de expertos en energía renovable, especialistas en captura de carbono, científicos de almacenamiento de energía y empresarios que pueden ayudar a abordar el cambio climático y hacer de Estados Unidos un líder mundial en la tecnología del clima. Implementar un plan de dividendos de carbono, que según los expertos es un componente crítico de los incentivos de mercado necesarios para reducir las emisiones de carbono de manera rápida y rentable, y al mismo tiempo promover el crecimiento económico de los Estados Unidos. Los ingresos generados por el precio del carbono se devolverían directamente a los contribuyentes estadounidenses como un dividendo, más que compensar cualquier aumento potencial en los costos de energía. Asegurar una equidad a medida que abordamos el cambio climático para que las comunidades vulnerables más afectadas por la mala calidad del aire, el agua contaminada, la contaminación tóxica, la sequía, el aumento del nivel del mar, los incendios forestales y las inundaciones puedan opinar en el desarrollo de estrategias climáticas equitativas. Un liderazgo global hacia objetivos de cambio climático aún más audaces. Este es un desafío global: los Estados Unidos representa el 15% de las emisiones mundiales de gases de efecto invernadero. La única forma de combatir el cambio climático es con una cooperación internacional inmediata y sostenida y con un liderazgo estadounidense ambicioso. Necesitamos ir más allá de los objetivos del Acuerdo Climático de París y crear nuevos vínculos entre los objetivos del cambio climático global y las políticas exteriores y comerciales de Estados Unidos. Debemos: Volver a unirnos al Acuerdo Climático de París y actualizar el acuerdo de manera que inspire y empodere a la comunidad mundial a tomar medidas decisivas. Necesitamos un compromiso para crear un financiamiento climático para los países en desarrollo. Eso es un compromiso clave en virtud del Acuerdo de París y un contraste directo con las políticas equivocadas de la Administración de Trump, que incumplió los compromisos estadounidenses con el principal brazo de movilización de financiamiento climático del mundo, el Fondo Verde para el Clima y otras iniciativas clave. Alcanzar los objetivos de París será de gran ayuda, pero debemos comprometernos con más. Incluso si todos los países cumplen con sus objetivos, eso no mantendrá el aumento de la temperatura global a la meta “muy por debajo de 2 grados Celsius” establecida en el Acuerdo de París. Ratificar la Enmienda de Kigali, que requiere que los países se congelen y luego eliminen los hidrofluorocarbonos peligrosos (HFCs). Exigir que los objetivos de emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero para combatir el cambio climático se establezcan y se apliquen como parte de cualquier nuevo acuerdo comercial de los Estados Unidos como parte de una nueva política de “comercio abierto y justo”. Para aprovechar todo el peso del liderazgo global de los Estados Unidos para enfrentar este desafío, también condicionaré cierta ayuda exterior y asistencia militar extranjera de los Estados Unidos a la cooperación con los esfuerzos de cambio climático por parte de los países receptores. El Récord de Colorado Como alcalde de Denver y gobernador de Colorado, reuní a las personas para lanzar proyectos de energía limpia y promulgar legislación pionera sobre el cambio climático. Como propietario de una pequeña empresa, sé que pedirme que decida entre buenos trabajos y un medio ambiente limpio es una elección falsa. Y, como geólogo capacitado, aportaré al Senado una comprensión práctica y basada en hechos de la ciencia de la Tierra, de la misma manera que logré lo siguiente: Desarrollé el Primer Reglamento de Emisiones de Metano de la Nación. Reuní a grupos industriales y ambientalistas para hacer Colorado el primer estado en limitar la contaminación por metano de los pozos de petróleo y gas. Se estimó que las reglas del “estándar de oro” de Colorado redujeron el equivalente a las emisiones de 340,000 automóviles y redujeron las fugas de metano en más de la mitad. Amplié el Tránsito en Denver. Como alcalde de Denver, reunimos a alcaldes suburbanos para crear el primer sistema de tren ligero de la región, la mayor expansión de este tipo en la historia moderna de Estados Unidos. Al final, los 34 alcaldes apoyaron unánimemente la construcción de 119 millas de nuevos carriles en todo el estado. Comprometí a Colorado con el Acuerdo Climático de París. Después de que el presidente Trump se retiró del Acuerdo Climático de París, me comprometí al mismo con Colorado, emitiendo una orden ejecutiva para reducir las emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero en al menos un 26%, maximizar el uso de energía renovable y aumentar el uso de vehículos eléctricos. Contra-ataqué el retroceso de los estándares de emisiones de Trump e Hice de Colorado un Líder de Vehículos Eléctricos. En 2018, emití una orden ejecutiva para adoptar estándares de vehículos con bajas emisiones en respuesta a la decisión de la Administración Trump de reducir los estándares más estrictos de eficiencia de combustible y emisiones de vehículos. También lancé un Plan de Vehículos Eléctricos y lideré un pacto de los estados occidentales para expandir e invertir en infraestructura de vehículos eléctricos. Convertí la Protección de las Tierras Públicas en una Prioridad y Crecí la Economía de Recreación al aire libre de Colorado. Me opuse a privatizar las tierras públicas, ayudé a hacer crecer la economía de recreación al aire libre de Colorado que respalda 229,000 empleos y genera miles de millones en actividades económicas al crear una Oficina de la Industria de Recreación al Aire Libre. Me puse del lado de las partes interesadas ​​locales en contra de permitir la perforación de petróleo y gas en casi 200,000 acres cerca de la Divisoria Thompson. Supervisé el Cierre de Dos centrales Eléctricas de Carbón y el Traslado hacia la Energía Renovable. Durante nuestra administración, la Comisión de Servicios Públicos de Colorado aprobó el Plan de Energía de Colorado de Xcel Energy para cerrar dos de sus centrales eléctricas de carbón y reemplazar su capacidad con energía renovable y almacenamiento de baterías. Firmé para que las Normas de Referencia Estándar para la Energía Renovable Rural se Convirtieran en Ley. Firmé una legislación que duplica los requisitos de energía renovable para las cooperativas eléctricas rurales. Puse en Marcha la Plantación de un Millón de Árboles Nuevos en Denver y sus Alrededores. Lancé una iniciativa regional sin precedentes para plantar un millón de árboles en toda la región de Denver durante 20 años.●  Firmé los Protocolos de Kyoto. Mientras era alcalde, Denver firmó los Protocolos de Kyoto en 2005 para reducir el calentamiento global. Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on email Share on print Únete a Nosotros Email Código Postal Número de Teléfono Recomendación de canción Al proporcionar su número de teléfono celular, usted acepta recibir actualizaciones periódicas de la campaña de Hickenlooper para Colorado. Envíe un mensaje de texto con la palabra HELP para obtener ayuda, STOP para dejar de recibir mensajes. Puede ser que tarifas de mensajes y data sean aplicadas. Política de Privacidad. 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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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