by Angie Schflett
With the primary elections on the horizon, families need to determine who the best candidate for them is. With Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and others making waves, our future president is likely already in the limelight. With that in mind, we need to take a look at the big picture and some of the main issues families face. Today, we’ll look at Bernie Sanders. This includes everything from his take on health care, to gun control, to his stance on abortion.
In general, the voting history of Bernie Sanders has been with families in mind. His stance on families and children we know the following to be true:
- He has stated we are the only major country in the world that doesn’t currently offer paid family leave. (10/15)
- We must provide an affordable choice for childcare and for those who are in the early pre-K education group. (9/15)
- Bernie Sanders believes the Violence Against Women Act should apply to everyone. (9/15)
- Voted to increase funding for victims of domestic violence. (1/13)
- Banned lead in children’s toys. (11/05)
- He was originally against a nationwide Amber alert (4/03), however, the reason he voted against it is that he felt it had unconstitutional riders attached to it. In particular Bernie Sanders felt the sentencing provisions took away from the powers of the judicial branch.
- Once was an active member of the Missing and Exploited Children Caucus. (1/01)
From this standpoint, Bernie Sanders looks like an individual who has become compassionate and has a pro family attitude in mind. His work for families in the latter years of his career suggests he is pro family.
Next, we need to look at his stance on education. This is a place where things get a little trickier.
- Voted to replace the current NCLB standardized tests with options that are more holistic. (9/15)
- Offered vouchers that allowed public education funds to be placed in private schools. (9/15)
- Charter schools are acceptable as long as they are held to the same standards as public schools. (9/15)
- Low income preschoolers should be welcomed into the Head Start Program. (9/15)
- $18B provided to encourage free tuition at state colleges. (4/15)
- Wants to refinance and forgive old student loans. (4/15)
- Wants higher education to become affordable. (3/15)
- Voted to not count combat pay against free school lunch earnings. (3/09)
- Allowed to make educational assistance for employees a tax deductible solution. (1/1993)
With this, we see that Bernie Sanders has remained a positive force for the education system. His forward thinking approach has proven he values the education of our children.
Drugs are another important area to consider, as it affects the lives of millions. Here is Bernie Sanders approach on drugs.