Biden-Sanders task force launches platform recommendations


Washington, Jul 9 (IANS): A task force set up by presumptive Democratic nominee, Joe Biden and former contender Bernie Sanders has released platform recommendations that lays out a progressive roadmap for party members, the media reported.

On Wednesday, the task force, which was launched in May, laid out its platform recommendations on a number of key issues including climate change, criminal justice reform, immigration policies, health care, education and the economy in a 110-page document, reports The Hill news website.

Biden and Sanders focused heavily on police reforms and reducing incarceration following the death of George Floyd while in police custody, which has sparked nationwide protests.

The health care platform focuses on expanding ObamaCare, rather than moving toward Sanders's "Medicare for All".

The commission also called for environmental reforms, including carbon-free electricity generation by 2035.

"While Joe Biden and I, and our supporters, have strong disagreements about some of the most important issues facing our country, we also understand that we must come together in order to defeat Donald Trump, the most dangerous president in modern American history," Sanders, the Vermont Senator, was quoted as saying by The Hill news website in a statement.

Biden, the former Vice President, also praised the work of the task force, saying it has led to a "bold, transformative platform" .

"I am deeply grateful to Senator Sanders for working together to unite our party, and deliver real, lasting change for generations to come."

Sanders and Biden formed the task force shortly after the progressive Senator endorsed the latter, despite their disagreements on a number of key issues.

  

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