Sanders Wins Concessions in Dem Draft Platform
Bernie Sanders managed to secure a handful of concessions in the Democratic National Committee’s platform, winning nods on issues like minimum wage, financial regulation, and other issues.
The Hill reports:
A draft version of the platform was released Friday, amid an ongoing battle to get Sanders to end his presidential campaign and endorse presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
The platform explicitly calls for a $15 minimum wage, a position long espoused by Sanders.
“Democrats believe that the current minimum wage is a starvation wage and must be increased to a living wage,” the text reads.
“We believe that Americans should earn at least $15 an hour and have the right to form or join a union. We applaud the approaches taken by states like New York and California. We should raise and index the minimum wage, give all Americans the ability to join a union regardless of where they work, and create new ways for workers to have power in the economy.”
Sanders also campaigned on protecting Social Security, which is reflected in the platform’s call to “expand” the program. His push to end the death penalty and nix private immigration detention centers also appear in the draft.
The platform includes a vigorous defense of the Postal Service, something that was not mentioned in the 2012 platform. The section calls for, among other things, post offices to allow simple banking services like cashing paychecks — which is something Sanders fought for.
Sanders didn’t win all of his concessions, however, with the platform punting on a number of his key priorities, including a full repudiation the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal.
“We have won some huge victories in the Dem Platform,” Sanders policy director Warren Gunnels tweeted Friday afternoon.
But Gunnels also noted in his tweet that Sanders also missed out on some key pieces of his policy agenda. The platform does not ban fracking or institute a carbon tax, and it effectively punts on the TPP.
“On the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), there are a diversity of views in the party,” it says.
“Many Democrats are on record stating that the agreement does not meet the standards set out in this platform; other Democrats have expressed support for the agreement. But all Democrats believe that any trade agreement must protect workers and the environment and not undermine access to critically-needed prescription drugs.”
It also eschews Sanders’ call for a more nuanced stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, instead underscoring the party’s unwavering support for Israel.