Beto O'RourkeFormer Member of Congress
Beto O’Rourke is a former three-term congressman from Texas and former member of the El Paso City Council.
Unions and Workers
O'Rourke's plan for working people would allow workers to join together industry-wide to negotiate wages and benefits, allow state and local governments to find new ways to give workers power, and put our taxpayer dollars to work to support more good union jobs. He would also expand access to collective bargaining for workers who are currently excluded and make it harder for employers to deny responsibility for wages and working conditions.
Has stood with striking McDonalds workers in the Fight for $15 and a union.
Attended theNational Forum on Wages and Working People on April 27.
Supports universal health coverage plan that offers all Americans a public option for insurance coverage while allowing employer-sponsored health insurance that meets equivalent standards.
Has released a detailed immigration plan that includes an earned pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants that includes an immediate path for Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, prioritizes family unity, makes naturalization easier, and strengthens border infrastructure. His plan also includes engagement with Latin America to reduce violence and ensure regional prosperity. On day one, he pledges to use his executive authority to stop inhumane treatment of children, reform our asylum system, and protect Dreamers and TPS holders from deportation.
Released a four-part plan to combat climate change through both executive action and legislation. Supports the Green New Deal.
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At the climate town hall, O’Rourke said he supports a carbon cap-and-trade plan to reduce emissions but opposes a carbon tax.
O’Rourke responded to tweets by Trump after the mass shooting in El Paso, saying, “22 people in my hometown are dead after an act of terror inspired by your racism. El Paso will not be quiet and neither will I.”
O’Rourke pushed his “Medicare for America” plan, which would automatically enroll people who do not have private insurance in Medicare while allowing others to keep private insurance.
O’Rourke unveiled a plan to combat structural inequality in education, including the creation of a $500 billion fund to close the financing gap between predominately white and non-white school districts. The plan also seeks to end racial disparities in school disciplinary measures, provide student debt relief for educators and invest in the teacher pipeline to increase diversity within the profession.
O’Rourke has announced a plan to bolster Social Security by making Americans eligible for a grant equal to 50% of the average earnings of a full-time worker if they are caring for a child under the age of 12 or a family member of any age who needs help performing daily activities.
O’Rourke’s plan includes a pathway to citizenship, an end to family separations at the border, family reunification and removing “the fear of deportation” for young immigrants brought to the United States as children.
O’Rourke criticized the Trump administration’s family-separation policy and cuts to aid to Central American countries.
O’Rourke released a plan to combat climate change by reducing U.S. emissions to net zero by 2050. O’Rourke’s proposed executive actions include rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement, implementing new regulations including efficiency standards, committing to achieving a net-zero carbon budget for federal lands by 2030, and creating new national parks and monuments.