Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar has released a list of 100-plus executive orders she said she’d sign in her first 100 days in office.
The orders include rejoining the Paris climate agreement and allowing prescription drugs to be imported from Canada.
The list is intended to give voters an idea of what the first days in a Klobuchar White House would look like. It also puts the Minnesota senator on record with policies she can point to when the 2020 Democrats hold their first presidential debates next week in Florida.
Some of the orders would reverse actions taken by President Donald Trump.
“After four years of Donald Trump, a new president can’t wait for a bunch of congressional hearings to act. The urgent problems our country is facing require immediate action,” Klobuchar said late Monday in a statement. “That’s why in my first 100 days as president I will enact an ambitious, optimistic agenda to improve our health care, combat climate change, pursue economic justice and shared prosperity, and build a stronger democracy and safer world.”
High on the list, the senator plans to focus on rebuilding relationships with international allies to “restore America’s standing in the world.” She says her first international trips would be to Canada and Europe, to begin “restoring trust with our most important allies,” according to CNN.
She also pledges on her first day in the White House to work with the Senate and the American Bar Association to fill judicial vacancies on federal courts.
And Klobuchar plans to revive the effort to combat “racially discriminatory voting laws” in her first 100 days if she’s elected, according to the list.
The senator would also make cybersecurity “an immediate priority” if elected president. She would issue an executive order “launching government-wide cybersecurity initiatives.”
She also plans to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors to $15 an hour and protect recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and those with temporary protected status.
Klobuchar is one of more than 20 candidates vying for the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican President Donald Trump in November 2020. The Minnesota lawmaker has so far struggled to gain traction in opinion polls, according to Reuters.
She will face off on June 26 against nine other candidates in the first debate of the nominating contest. An additional 10 candidates will debate the next night. Her hefty policy list could be used to try to bolster her debate stage credentials.
This article was edited by TheBL.
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