Peter Jacob
for US Congress
Issues
The People's Platform
When I announced my Exploratory Committee, I pledged to honor what I called the People’s Platform, which includes:
  • Taking no corporate lobbyist or corporate PAC money to fund my campaign.
  • Passing a Constitutional Amendment to end corruption in Washington and reform our election system.
  • Raising the minimum wage to $15/hour - and tie it to inflation.
  • Ensuring universal healthcare as a right, and providing Medicare for all Americans.
  • Guaranteeing equal pay for equal work.
  • Ending the private prison industry and reforming drug laws.
  • Providing tuition-free education at all public universities, colleges, and trade schools.
  • Health Care
    It is guaranteed in our Declaration of Independence that all people have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. None of this is possible, especially life, without adequate healthcare. Access to full healthcare is therefore a right of all people, and not a privilege or commodity money can buy. Far too many are being shut out from this essential right. Our healthcare system is grossly inefficient with skyrocketing costs and an overly complicated bureaucracy that increases the burden on patients and providers. We need a healthcare system that significantly reduces overhead and administrative costs that threaten the financial security of our nation. Not only is this the right thing to do, but it’s also good for our economy. When we invest in the health of our communities, we invest in our productivity and economy.
  • By simplifying our payment structure, reducing administrative costs, and incentivizing preventative measures, we can lower healthcare spending.
  • Peter Jacob supports the enactment of a Medicare-for-all, healthcare system.
  • Peter Jacob supports HR 676, Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act.
  • Economy
    Wealth and income inequality is the greatest moral issue of our time. The gap between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else has not been this high since right before the Great Depression. This inequality is causing more and more working Americans to slip through the cracks, and lose out on the American Dream. Our nation was founded on the principle of equality of opportunity, but special interests have been able to write the rules of our society for their own benefit at our expense.
  • When the wealthiest people and corporations create and exploit their own tax loopholes, working Americans are forced to foot the bill.
  • Peter Jacob supports a fairer tax system which requires the highest earning Americans to pay their fair share of taxes.
  • Peter Jacob supports the creation of millions of new jobs though increased infrastructure spending for roads, bridges, railways, airports, public transit systems, ports, dams, wastewater plants, and other infrastructure needs.
  • Peter Jacob supports a responsible increase to the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 an hour.
  • Environment
    The scientific community agrees that climate change is not only real, but already causing incredible devastation across the globe. The great challenge for our generation is to reverse and repair the damage that has already been done to the environment. We have the knowledge and tools to meet this challenge. But, our dependency on dirty energy, facilitated by the greed of the fossil fuel industry, has paralyzed our ability to be a global leader in this struggle.
  • Peter Jacob supports extending subsidies for clean, renewable energy solutions and expanding educational opportunities for the workforce.
  • The United States must be a global leader in this fight and work with the international community to find actionable solutions.
  • Peter Jacob supports working with local and state governments, as well as private corporations, to ensure America can run on 100% renewable energy by 2035.
  • Peter Jacob opposes the Keystone pipeline, PennEast, and Pilgrim gas pipelines.
  • Campaign & Government Reform
    American democracy and the belief that we have a government of, by, and for the people has always been a pillar of freedom for the global community. Our nation was founded on the principle that the voices of the many are represented by the individuals whom we elect to political office. Although corruption in politics has always been a concern, the threats to the sanctity of our democratic process that we have today have never been greater.
  • The Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling declares corporations have the same rights as American Citizens, and campaign contributions are protected as Free Speech.
  • We must strengthen anti-corruption enforcement mechanisms, provide prosecutors with the resources needed to combat corruption, and ban lobbyists who fail to properly register and disclose their activities.
  • Peter Jacob supports the "We the People" constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United ruling and eliminate Super PACs.
  • Peter Jacob supports states’ creation of truly nonpartisan, independent commissions of judges, social scientists, and retired public officials to handle redistricting.
  • Gender Equality
    Our nation has made incredible progress throughout our history to overcome discrimination and create a more equitable society. But, we still have more work to ensure all Americans are guaranteed the same rights and opportunities regardless of gender, race, class, ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation. Women, especially LGBTQ folks and women of color, face higher levels of discrimination, harassment, and assault. District 7 deserves a Representative who vows to advocate and fight for gender equality.
  • It is a great shame that in the year 2017, American women continue to only make $0.79 for every dollar earned by a man doing comparable work. This injustice is even worse for Black ($0.64) and Latina ($0.57) women. Peter Jacob supports the Paycheck Fairness Act that would guarantee equal pay for equal work.
  • Peter Jacob opposes efforts to defund Planned Parenthood and otherwise limit access to women's health services.