Williams also mentioned a desire to increase funding for historically black colleges and universities (HBCU). targeted efforts to fight climate change and another COVID-19 relief bill with an incentive for college students to create quality for.
Warnock, a graduate of Morehouse College, said he went to college on a "full faith" scholarship and was unsure how he would pay for school. Through a combination of a Pell Scholarship and soft loan, he became the first in his immediate family to graduate from college. He said in the Senate he would work to "fund the Pell grants in full" and "cut the cost of higher education, lower student debt and support forgiveness programs."
Ossoff presented a plan that included the following The federal funding is intended to "cover HBCU budget deficits", free public and private HBCUs from debt, expand the Pell Grant system, provide grants to finance building and technology improvements, and increase public funding to increase HBCU foundations. The investigative journalist plans to set up public health clinics near HBCUs, set up 200 centers to expand programs in key areas, and help Morris Brown College gain full accreditation for access to federal funding.
Both aspiring senators said they would resume the Paris Climate Agreement and work to reverse the Trump administration's setbacks on clean air, water and fuel economy. Warnock said he would also:
Prepare the Georgian coast for sea-level rise with investments in green infrastructure, structural reinforcement and climate science.
Drive investments in resources, infrastructure and education in color communities to achieve energy cost savings;
Advocate for marginalized people receiving education and training to participate in the green new economy and jobs;
Set goals for reducing CO2 emissions and setting robust climate standards for newly built cars and infrastructure;
Encourage investment in clean energy and commit to moving to a clean economy by 2050; and
Hold polluters and utilities accountable.
Ossoff said he will "support a historic infrastructure plan that includes massive investments in clean energy, energy efficiency and environmental protection" and "lead the negotiation of an even more ambitious climate deal".
"I will urge rapid progress on sustainability – including a rapid phasing out of single-use plastics, tightly enforced treaties to protect oceans and fisheries, aggressive protection of endangered species and habitats, higher fines for spills and contamination, and tighter controls on toxic chemicals" said Ossoff.
COVID-19 auxiliary bill
Warnock, pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church, would reach out to COVID-19 to listen to the experts and support "robust testing, contact tracing, and basic preventive safety like the use of face masks". He also said he would work to better support "those hardest hit by the pandemic" and "fund unemployment and other systems that Washington has neglected".
Ossoff said the federal government should have made efforts in January to "spend whatever it takes and cut red tape to fill the gaps created by the pandemic". He added:
“Use the Army Corps of Engineers, military logistical and medical units and the Defense Production Act as needed to build hospital capacity and properly equip medical teams. Give the governors everything they need. Be transparent about how many additional beds, respiratory intensive care units, and isolation wards will be built where and by when. Go fast!
Second, prop up Americans' finances. Millions are losing jobs. Families stare over a financial cliff. This is not the time for partisan warfare and standstill. Congress needs to send generous emergency money immediately to get over people and businesses.
The quickest and most generous of help should go to those who need it most. And no secret slush funds or special favors for powerful companies. We need full transparency and strict accountability. The dismissal of the President of the Inspector General for the $ 2 trillion aid program days after it went into effect is outrageous. A repetition of the bank bailout debacle would destroy the public's lack of confidence in the government. "
While Warnock has detailed plans to make college more affordable through student loan programs and fully funded Pell grants, he also indicated that the state should provide more options for people who do not intend to attend college, including support for Vocational, commercial and apprenticeship training. He said he will also "fight for teachers' pay and resources for schools," improve primary and secondary education, and expand pre-K educational opportunities.
Ossoff said he supports "increasing teachers' salaries and breaking the link between a community's wealth and the funds available for its public schools" and "providing free business and professional education for every American." He added: “I support a generous forgiveness program for those struggling to repay their student loans, interest caps to ease the financial burden on all borrowers, and a program that links federal student loan payments to income so that student loan repayments can be made never poses a financial difficulty. ”
Both Warnock and Ossoff have pledged their support for Sen. Cory Booker's proposal to set up a commission to investigate the reparation and effects of slavery and detailed specific reform plans for the criminal justice system.
Warnock said he would prioritize strengthening the 1965 Suffrage Act, which bans racial discrimination in votes, and work to "fund police departments responsibly while increasing accountability". He said he would work to "reform the bail system and end mass imprisonment" and use privatized prisons and "ensure that returning citizens can re-enter society with access to adequate resources and support".
Ossoff explained similar plans. "In the Senate, I will work tirelessly to pass a new civil rights law that strengthens civil rights laws and drives comprehensive reform of the criminal justice system," he said. He also mentioned plans to "reverse the militarization of the local police force, improve due process and human rights protection for all citizens, ban private prisons, end bail, reform prisons and raise prison conditions to humane standards, abolish the death penalty," legalize cannabis and end incarceration for nonviolent drug offenses. "
"I will also support more federal law enforcement resources to combat organized crime, human trafficking, extortion, money laundering, fraud, espionage and corruption," Ossoff said in his plan.
Click the links to read Ossoff and Warnock plans on a range of topics.
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