The candidates on the issues

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Joe Biden
Joe Biden
(D)
vs.
Donald J. Trump
Donald J. Trump
(R)
  • Student Loan Forgiveness

    Donald J. Trump
    Biden (D)

    President Biden reformed Public Service Loan Forgiveness, created a new repayment program, and reversed policies on debt from predatory institutions. Nearly 900,000 educators and public service workers have had had their loans forgiven so far thanks to Biden.

    Source(s): USA Today, 9/27/23; NPR.org, 12/6/23

    Donald J. Trump
    Trump (R)

    As President, Trump continuously proposed eliminating funding for Public Service Loan Forgiveness. His Education Secretary, Betsy Devos, failed to cancel the debts of tens of thousands of borrowers the government already deemed entitled to relief—many of whom are women and people of color who attended predatory, for-profit colleges.

    Source(s): The Chronicle of Higher Education, 10/15/16; NBC News, 5/10/18

  • Donald J. Trump
    Biden (D)

    Signed into law the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, the most significant gun violence prevention legislation in nearly 30 years. The bill improves mental health services for children, tightens background checks for buyers under 21, and closes a loophole to keep guns away from convicted domestic abusers. Biden also has established the first-ever White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention.

    Source(s): NPR, 6/25/22; ABC News, 9/22/23; Everytown.org, 7/13/23

    Donald J. Trump
    Trump (R)

    Proposed arming teachers in response to school shootings. Touted that he was the “most pro-gun, pro–Second Amendment president.” Vowed to expand gun owners’ rights and terminate all of Biden’s gun regulations. The day after a school shooting in Perry, Iowa, he said the community needed to “get over it.”

    Source(s): NBC News, 4/14/23; Des Moines Register, 1/5/24; Politico, 2/9/24

  • Donald J. Trump
    Biden (D)

    The self-professed “most pro-union president” believes the economy should be fueled by union jobs, and was the first sitting president to appear on a picket line. Biden’s National Labor Relations Board has rolled back Trump administration rules, making it easier for unions to organize. His Executive Order 14063 requires Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) for most large-scale Federal construction projects, ensuring the projects will be completed efficiently and on time, while also supporting high quality jobs.

    Source(s): AFLCIO.org, 6/29/23; CNN, 8/28/23; The American Prospect, 8/28/23; WhiteHouse.gov, 12/18/23

    Donald J. Trump
    Trump (R)

    Has a catastrophic history of anti-worker policies. During Trump’s term, the National Labor Relations Board made it more difficult for unions to win representation at nonunion workplaces. In celebrating the Janus decision, he tweeted “non-union workers are…able to support a candidate of his or her choice without having those who control the Union deciding for them.” When a federal judge has blocked his administration from undermining federal unions through a series of executive orders. he sought to challenge workers’ rights agency by agency, such as the Department of Education, where Secretary Betsy DeVos gutted a long-standing labor agreement, referring to unions as “defenders of the status quo.”

    Source(s): CNN, 9/27/23; The Washington Post, 7/9/19; Newsweek, 9/2/18; OnLabor.org, 6/27/18; The Washington Post, 3/28/18

  • Donald J. Trump
    Biden (D)

    Signed into law the largest investment in public education in U.S. history. This funding supported local schools by increasing educator pay, reducing class sizes, hiring more counselors, expanding tutoring programs, modernizing buildings, and ensuring students have access to the internet and technology at home.

    Source(s): DistrictAdministration.com, 3/10/23

    Donald J. Trump
    Trump (R)

    Every year he was in office, Trump proposed slashing billions in federal funding for public education. At the same time he and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos proposed funneling more than $1 billion into private school vouchers and other school choice programs.

    Source(s): The New York Times, 2/10/20; The Washington Post, 2/12/18

  • Donald J. Trump
    Biden (D)

    Said book bans are making teachers “the target of the culture wars” and has campaigned on fighting efforts to restrict access to books, including those that celebrate diversity and those by LGBTQ+ authors and authors of color.

    Source(s): Reuters, 4/27/22

    Donald J. Trump
    Trump (R)

    Called teaching about systemic racism “toxic propaganda” that will “destroy our country.” Favors schools teaching only traditional gender roles.

    Source(s): Time, 9/29/20; The Washington Post, 11/8/23

  • Donald J. Trump
    Biden (D)

    This year, the Biden administration made the single largest investment in student mental health in history when they allocated $285 million to hire and train over 14,000 mental health professionals in schools across the country. Biden has vowed to establish mental health parity by introducing the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act requiring that insurers provide the same level of coverage for both mental and physical health care treatment.

    Source(s): The Associated Press, 7/25/23

    Donald J. Trump
    Trump (R)

    In office, Trump vowed to overturn the Affordable Care Act and increase the duration of short-term health plans, which would have reduced coverage of mental health and substance use services and reduce mental health parity.

    Source(s): KFF.org, 9/14/20

  • Donald J. Trump
    Biden (D)

    Biden is responsible for creating a record number of jobs during his time as president. Specifically, his Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is expected to create 1.4 million new jobs by the end of 2025. The Chips Act will fund R&D among American tech companies, reducing our reliance on Chinese semiconductors. Finally, the Inflation Reduction Act provides clean energy tax credits, spurring billions of dollars in private investment in new clean energy projects.

    Source(s): Reuters, 11/9/23

    Donald J. Trump
    Trump (R)

    Trump’s single term was characterized by a financial downturn exacerbated by his failure to lead during the pandemic; his Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which provided major tax breaks to corporations and the rich; and international trade policies that hurt U.S. industry while alienating America’s allies.

    Source(s): ABC News, 1/20/21

  • Donald J. Trump
    Biden (D)

    Biden made sweeping changes to the interpretation of Title IX that revoked Trump administration mandates around sexual misconduct that some say discriminated against victims; and extended the prohibition on discrimination based on sex to sexual orientation and gender identity, giving landmark protections to transgender students.

    Source(s): NBC News, 6/23/22

    Donald J. Trump
    Trump (R)

    Trump’s interpretation of the law addressing sexual misconduct in schools and universities made it harder for victims of sexual misconduct to understand and exercise their rights. If reelected, said he would ban transgender women from participating in women’s sports nationwide.

    Source(s): CNN, 5/6/20; NBC News, 1/31/22