Hillary Clinton: The Facts

Liam Higgins, Copy Editor

National Security: Hillary Clinton supports increasing regulations on purchasing firearms and expanding background checks. She wants to ban individuals on the terrorist watch list from purchasing firearms.  Mrs. Clinton wants to work with allies in the Middle East to fight the Islamic State and supports drone strikes against suspected terrorists. However, she hopes to prevent the loss of innocent life.  She agrees with President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal, which has halted Iran’s nuclear weapons program and supports a no-fly zone in Syria.

Foreign Relations: Clinton wants to provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants in order to enforce Obama’s immigration executive actions. Regarding ISIS, she plans to rid Iraq and Syria of ISIS strongholds, disassemble the global terrorism network, and strengthen domestic protection. Clinton plans to increase forces on the ground and in the air in Iraq and Syria while working on diplomatic resolution. Her main goal is to prevent future domestic and foreign terrorist attacks. She plans on continuing to support and bolster NATO while also strengthening connections in Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

Healthcare: Hillary Clinton wants to preserve the Affordable Care Act. She wishes to make it possible for a public option in which citizens can buy into government healthcare if they so choose. She wants to allow Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices to lower costs and believes in expanding Medicaid.

Environment: Mrs. Clinton believes that climate change is an urgent problem. She wants to reduce oil consumption by one third through the use of renewable energy and electric cars. She supports cutting subsidies for oil companies and the process of hydraulic fracturing.

Economy: Hillary Clinton wants to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure and American manufacturing with a $10 billion plan. She opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership, saying that it does not promote American job growth.  She wants to expand Social Security by making wealthier Americans pay more towards the program, enabling it to last decades longer.  Mrs. Clinton wants to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Social Issues: Clinton hopes to preserve the Supreme Court decision declaring same-sex marriage a constitutional right. She supports equal pay for equal work and the repealing of the Hyde Amendment, which would allow Medicaid to fund abortions. She also supports guaranteed paid family medical leave.

Government Reform: Hillary Clinton wants to expand voting rights and block Voter ID laws. She proposed using a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United Supreme Court decision and wants to get secret, unaccountable money out of politics and promote transparency in political donations.

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