The document shows the moderate Biden’s willingness to agree with some of the goals of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.
The headquarters of likely Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden published a series of policy recommendations compiled with supporters of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who was his opponent in the primaries.
Thus, they stressed the unity of the party before the elections in November.
The 110-page document is the result of several weeks of negotiations by “unity working groups” of six and eight people appointed by Biden and Sanders.
Most of the recommendations are based on the more moderate positions that Biden took during the primaries, rather than significant policy proposals from the progressive wing.
However, they indicate Biden’s willingness to agree to some progressive goals, including an accelerated timeline for achieving zero carbon emissions, which was recommended by a working group co-chaired by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
“Of course, as with any joint effort, there is room for negotiation and compromise, but I believe the efforts of the working group on climate have seriously and significantly improved Biden’s position, Ocasio – Cortez tweeted.”
The document published on Wednesday is not yet the platform of the Democratic Party.
Biden thanked the working groups “for their service and help in developing a bold, innovative platform for the party and the country.”
For his part, Sanders said that the working groups “had created a good political plan that will lead the country in a much-needed progressive direction.”
The group recommended a commitment to eliminate carbon emissions from power plants by 2035.
She called for re-joining the Paris climate agreement from the first day of a potential Biden administration.
On the issue of criminal justice, the working group called for a ban on the use of chokeholds by police officers and the creation of a national database to track law enforcement officers who abused their authority.
“Democrats believe that we need to overhaul the criminal justice system from top to bottom fundamentally,” the document says.
However, it does not mention stripping the police of funding, which some liberal activists advocate.
On the economy, the working group supported raising the federal minimum wage to $ 15 an hour, 12 weeks of paid sick or family leave for all employees and families, and universal free access to preschool for children 3-4 years old.
The working group said that Democrats “will take strong measures to equalize opportunities for non-whites, working families, women and others who have been put aside.”
In the field of immigration policy, the working group did not support calls from the progressive wing for the elimination of the immigration and customs control Service.
At the same time, they noted that the Democrats want to abandon the approach to immigrants and asylum seekers that President Donald Trump professes.
“Democrats will put an end to the Trump administration’s shameful efforts to close the doors to the world’s most vulnerable refugees,” the recommendations say.