Create Good-Paying Jobs
Democrats know that nothing is more important than creating good-paying jobs that can support a middle-
class life—from nurses, firefighters, and teachers to construction workers, factory workers, and small business owners. That is why we are committed to doing everything we can to build a full-employment economy, where everyone has a job that pays enough to raise a family and live in dignity with a sense of purpose. Democrats will build strong, sustained, shared economic growth. We know that when Americans
come together, we can do amazing things. In the last century, our leaders came together across the aisle to
electrify the nation, build the Interstate Highway System, support groundbreaking research in medicine,
science, and communications, and send a man to the moon. When we are bold and ambitious, we can do big things and make our economy stronger for decades to come.
Building 21st Century Infrastructure
If we are serious about reversing the decline of the middle class, we need major federal investments to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure and put millions of Americans back to work in decent paying jobs in both the public and private sectors. The climate emergency and the need to expand the middle class demand that we make the most ambitious investment in American infrastructure since President Eisenhower created the interstate highway system. We will put Americans to work updating and
expanding our roads, bridges, public transit, airports, and passenger and freight rail lines. We will build 21st century energy and water systems, modernize our schools, and continue to support the expansion of high-speed broadband networks. We will protect communities from the impact of climate change and help them to mitigate its effects by investing in green and resilient infrastructure. We will address the backlog of deferred maintenance in our four key public land management agencies. And we will protect public health and safety by modernizing drinking and wastewater systems. These investments will create
secure, good-paying middle-class jobs today and will substantially increase demand for American-made steel and other products manufactured in the United States. And by boosting economic growth in a fair and
equitable way, and strengthening our long-term competitiveness, these investments will create many more
jobs in the years to come.
Democrats will also create an independent, national infrastructure bank that will support critical
infrastructure improvements. This bank will provide loans and other financial assistance for investments
in energy, water, broadband, transportation, and multi-modal infrastructure projects. Democrats will
continue to support the interest tax exemption on municipal bonds and will work to establish a permanent
version of Build America Bonds as an additional tool to encourage infrastructure investment by state and
Furthermore, Democrats will fight to ensure resources and programs are adequately targeted to provide
economic development, job training, and critical infrastructure investment in areas of the greatest need.
Fostering a Manufacturing Renaissance
Democrats believe one of the best ways to innovate, prosper, and create good-paying jobs is to make more in America, which is why we firmly support American manufacturing with a “Make it in America” plan. We must revitalize hard-hit manufacturing communities; create thriving hubs of manufacturing and innovation throughout the country; and claw back tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas, using the proceeds to reinvest in communities and workers at home instead. Democrats are proud of rescuing the auto industry from collapse, which saved more than a million jobs, and led the auto industry, which is at the heart of American manufacturing, to record sales. Democrats will defend the Export-Import Bank, which supports good-paying jobs across the country and allows American workers and manufacturers to compete on a level playing field. Donald Trump may talk tough, but he has consistently outsourced his own products. American workers deserve better.
Creating Good-Paying Clean Energy Jobs
We must help American workers and businesses compete for jobs and investments in global clean energy,
high-tech products, internet technology products, and advanced manufacturing and vehicles. We must make American manufacturing more internationally competitive by making it the greenest and most efficient in the world, including by investing in industrial energy efficiency.
Pursuing Our Innovation Agenda: Science, Research, Education, and Technology
Democrats support ambitious public and private investments in science, technology, and research. We
are focused on creating good jobs in communities across America. Entrepreneurship and innovation are
fundamental to our future economic growth—in the information technology (IT) industry as well as energy,
manufacturing, transportation, health, retail, services, and countless other sectors. We will nurture the next generation of scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs, especially women and people of color, to make sure America continues to out-compete and out-innovate the rest of the world with our bold innovation agenda.
New technologies are already transforming our economy, and they have the power to generate trillions in
economic output. We must harness these forces so that they create higher-paying jobs across the country,
bring more people into the workforce, and reduce inequality. To do this, we need to educate our people and
train our workforce; support entrepreneurship and promote inclusion in the digital economy; attract and retain talented people from all over the world; and invest in research and development, innovation hubs,
as well as in getting ideas to market. We also need to ensure that all students have the opportunity to learn
computer science by the time they graduate from high school.
Democrats believe we must harness the promise of technological innovation to promote community participation and enhance opportunities to achieve greater economic self-sufficiency for people with disabilities. We will encourage technology transfer, entrepreneurship, and small business creation throughout the country and in all types of innovation sectors.
High-speed internet connectivity is not a luxury; it is a necessity for 21st century economic success, social
mobility, education, health care, andpublic safety. Despite considerable progress and private investment
in the last eight years to close the digital divide, there is more work to do. Democrats will finish the job of
connecting every household in America to high-speed broadband, increase internet adoption, and help hook up anchor institutions so they can offer free WiFi to the public. We will take action to help America widely deploy 5G technology—the next generation wireless service that will not only bring faster internet connections to underserved areas, but will enable the Internet of Things and a host of transformative technologies.
Democrats support a free and open internet at home and abroad, and will oppose any effort by Republicans
to roll back the historic net neutrality rules that the Federal Communications Commission enacted last year.
Democrats value American innovation and believe it is one of our country’s great strengths. We will protect
the intellectual property rights of artists, creators, and inventors at homeand abroad. The entire nation
prospers when we promote the unique and original artistic and cultural contributions of the women and
men who create and preserve our nation’s heritage.
Democrats will fight against unfair theft of intellectual property and trade secrets. We will increase access to global markets for American intellectual property and other digital trade by opposing quotas, discriminatory measures, and data localization requirements.
Pushing beyond the boundaries of what we know is core to who we are as Americans. Democrats are immensely proud of all that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has done— through its achievements in science, technology and exploration—to better understand our place in the universe and inspire and educate generations of young people in this country to pursue careers in science. Space exploration is a reminder that our capacity for curiosity is limitless, and may be matched only by our ability to achieve great things if we work together. Democrats believe in continuing the spirit of discovery
that has animated NASA’s exploration of space over the last half century. We will strengthen support for NASA and work in partnership with the international scientific community to launch new missions to space.
Supporting America’s Small Businesses
The Democratic Party will make it easier to start and grow a small business in America, unlike Donald
Trump, who has often stiffed small businesses—nearly bankrupting some—with his deceptive and reckless
corporate practices. By supporting small business and entrepreneurship, we can grow jobs faster in America. We will cut the red tape that holds back small businesses and entrepreneurs. We will open up access to credit because we know that small businesses are some of the best job creators in our country.
We will provide tax relief and tax simplification. And we will expand access to new markets because every
American small business should be able to tap new markets — whether across their city, across their state, or around the world. Democrats will provide targeted funding and support for entrepreneurship and small business growth in underserved communities. Democrats also realize the critical importance of small businesses as engines of opportunity for women, people of color, tribes, and people in rural America, and will work to nurture entrepreneurship.
Creating Jobs for America’s Young People
Democrats will make investments to spur the creation of millions of jobs for our young people. Roughly one in ten Americans between the ages of 16 and 24 is unemployed, more than twice the national average.
The unemployment rates for African American, Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI), and
American Indian teenagers and youthwith disabilities are far too high. That is why Democrats will provide
direct federal funding for a range of local programs that will put young people to work and create new
Protecting Workers’ Fundamental Rights
The Democratic Party believes that when workers are strong, America is strong. Democrats will make it
easier for workers, public and private, to exercise their right to organize and join unions. We will fight to pass laws that direct the National Labor Relations Board to certify a union if a simple majority of eligible workers sign valid authorization cards, as well as laws that bring companies to the negotiating table. We support binding arbitration to help workers who have voted to join a union reach a first contract.
A major factor in the 40-year decline in the middle class is that the rights of workers to bargain collectively
for better wages and benefits have been under attack at all levels. Donald Trump would make matters worse by creating a race to the bottom where the middle class is fighting over fewer and fewer good-paying jobs. In fact, Trump rejected some attempts by his own employees to unionize and has personally hired union-busting firms to undermine workers’ rights.
Democrats believe so-called “right to work” laws are wrong for workers—such as teachers and other public
employees who serve our communities every day—and wrong for America. We will continue to vigorously
oppose those laws and other efforts that would eliminate dues check-off procedures, roll-back prevailing
wage standards, abolish fair share requirements, restrict the use of voluntary membership payments for
political purposes, attack seniority, restrict due process protections, and require annual recertification
efforts. We oppose legislation and lawsuits that would strike down laws protecting the rights of teachers
and other public employees. We will defend President Obama’s overtime rule, which protects of millions of
workers by paying them fairly for their hard work.
The Democratic Party believes consumers, workers, students, retirees, and investors who have been
mistreated should never be denied their right to fight for fair treatment under the law. That is why we will
support efforts to limit the use of forced arbitration clauses in employment and service contracts, which unfairly strip consumers, workers, students, retirees, and investors of their right to their day in court.
Supporting Working Families
We will fight to secure equal pay for women, which will benefit all women and their families, particularly
women of color who are disproportionately impacted by discriminatory pay practices, and against other factors that contribute to the wage gap. And we will combat the discrimination they face on and off the job.
While Donald Trump thinks it is “dangerous” for women to leave the home and paid family leave hurts our
economy, Democrats will make sure that the United States finally enacts national paid family and medical
leave by passing a family and medical leave act that would provide all workers at least 12 weeks of paid
leave to care for a new child or address a personal or family member’s serious health issue. We will fight to allow workers the right to earn at least seven days of paid sick leave. We will also encourage employers to provide paid vacation.
Our work and family policies must also help family caregivers. We will ensure that family caregivers have the support, respite care, and training they need to support their loved ones. We will create a strong stable paid caregiving workforce to help meet families’ needs, by raising wages, improving access to training, and giving workers the opportunity to come together to make their voices heard in support of a stronger system.
We will address the conditions that make it hard for workers with unpredictable or inflexible schedules to
meet caregiving responsibilities. We will take steps to expand and strengthen the home care workforce. We will increase investments to make quality childcare more affordable, boost wages for childcare workers,
and support the millions of people paying for, coordinating, or providing care for aging relatives or those
Helping More Workers Share in Near-Record Corporate Profits
Corporate profits are at near-record highs, but workers have not shared through rising wages. Profit-sharing is linked to higher pay and productivity. That is why, working with business, labor, and other stakeholders, we will incentivize companies to share profits with their employees on top of wages and pay increases, while targeting the workers and businesses that need profit-sharing the most.