Politiwatch: TDR 2020 Coverage- Former Rep O'Rourke
Name: Robert Patrick “Beto” O’Rourke (known as Beto O’Rourke)
Age: 46 Years Old
Occupations: Former Senatorial Candidate for Texas; Former Representative for Texas (16th District); Former Mayor of El Paso, & Former Councilman in El Paso, Texas
Party Affiliation: Democratic Party
Announcement Date: March 14, 2019
Motto: We’re all in this together
Accomplishments as Representative
As a Representative, O’Rourke was the primary sponsor of the “Honor Our Commitment Act”, which helped provide adequate mental health care within Veterans Affairs for our veterans.
Addition to Honor Our Commitment Act, O’Rourke added a new provision before exiting his position in Congress- the mental health provisions requires a screening for separating service members.
Along with supporting the annual defense spending bill at Congress, O’Rourke got a provision approved into the bill, creating Castner Range (around El Paso) a permanent protective land in order to reject any corporations from being able to purchase lands surrounding the range.
(Source: Accomplishments )
O’Rourke campaigned on multiple issues throughout his journey, from his former campaign as a senator of Texas and a prospective 2020 Democratic presidential candidate. O’Rourke’s 2020 issues stand as following: Campaign finance, healthcare, education, unions, equality, criminal justice reform, immigration, national security, veterans, climate change, foreign policy, democracy, and economic security.
Additional Positions on:
According to TheResponsbilityReport.org, O’Rourke is…
A Strong supporter- his sister is a person with intellectual and developmental disabilities, so he truly believes that the future has a pathway for entire demographic of People with Disabilities.
Within his short stint as a former Representative, O’Rourke had a strong voting record for the People with Disabilities while sponsoring two massive legislative bills:
Transitioning to Integrated and Meaningful Employment Act (TIME)
Disability Integration Act
He promised to include more people with disabilities in his Campaign and Administration (The Deaf Report yet has to find a reliable source whether O’Rourke has paid employees or volunteers whom are people with disabilities in his 2020 campaign)
(Source: O'Rourke- Disabilities)
O’Rourke downplayed his expectations for Women’s Rights in his town hall in Iowa showcasing his goals as follows:
Increasing funding for Title X
No restrictions on federal funds for abortions
Declare future presidential executive orders to reverse all of the Trump adminstrations efforts towards abortion restrictions
Ensuring bipartisan committees to increase constitutional protections for all women, especially ones in low-income areas and communities of color
(Source: O'Rourke- Women)
Similar to the view of the entire Democratic Party, O’Rourke has promised legislation providing and protecting LGBT community in these ways:
Reversing Trump’s transgender ban in the armed forces
Reversing “deploy or get out” policy towards the people who are HIV positive in the armed forces
Restoring protection policies towards LGBT students who are attending all schools/universities taking funds from the Department of Education
Rejecting conversion therapy
Reforming the policy towards blood donations
Increasing LGBT visibility in the government- donation to campaigns, creation of a caucus and census.
Increasing protections for LGBT at workplace and healthcare
(FYI- O’Rourke did state all of these LGBT expected rights from statements prior to his attendance in New York’s Pride celebration)
(Source:O'Rourke & LGBT)
Criminal Justice Reform:
O’Rourke promised the following from his campaign announcements:
Terminating cash bail on all state levels
Targeting all profitable prisons labeling them as “illegal”
Terminating mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent offenders
Confronting overpolicing in the “black and brown neighborhoods”
Reversing the federal prohibition on marijuana
(Source: O'Rourke- Criminal Justice)
From O’Rourke’s presidential candidacy announcement, he declared that every child should see a future for themselves as how everyone should, receiving equal monetary benefits. He stated “Opportunity must be fully shared with all”.
(Source: O'Rourke- Income Inequality)
Similar to Booker, O’Rourke continued to state that he would propose a new idea to combat income inequality in America
(Source: O'Rourke- Climate)