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"Open Up" Libel Laws

"One of the things I'm going to do if I win... I'm going to open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money. We're going to open up those libel laws. So when The New York Times writes a hit piece which is a total disgrace or when The Washington Post, which is there for other reasons, writes a hit piece, we can sue them and win money instead of having no chance of winning because they're totally protected" 
- Trump speech in Ft. Worth, TX, February 2016

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Allow Health Insurance Purchases Across State Lines

As part of the Repeal and Replace Obamacare Act:

"Allow people to purchase insurance across state lines, in all 50 states, creating a dynamic market."

"Modify existing law that inhibits the sale of health insurance across state lines. As long as the plan purchased complies with state requirements, any vendor ought to be able to offer insurance in any state. By allowing full competition in this market, insurance costs will go down and consumer satisfaction will go up."

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Allow Veterans to Receive VA or Private Treatment

As part of the Restoring National Security Act:

"[P]rovides Veterans with the ability to receive public VA treatment or attend the private doctor of their choice;"

"Ensure every veteran has the choice to seek care at the VA or at a private service provider of their own choice. Under a Trump Administration, no veteran will die waiting for service."

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Ban on Foreign Lobbyists Raising Money for American Elections

"[O]n the first day of my term of office, my administration will immediately pursue the following six measures to clean up the corruption and special interest collusion in Washington, DC:
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SIXTH, a complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections."

- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016

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Bolster the U.S. Military Presence in the East and South China Seas

"Strengthen our negotiating position by lowering our corporate tax rate to keep American companies and jobs here at home, attacking our debt and deficit so China cannot use financial blackmail against us, and bolstering the U.S. military presence in the East and South China Seas to discourage Chinese adventurism."

- Trump's U.S. - China Trade Relationship Action Plan

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Bring Back Coal Jobs

"We're going to save that coal industry, believe me. I love those people," - Trump speech, May 2016

"The EPA is so restrictive that they are putting our energy companies out of business. And all you have to do is go to a great place like West Virginia or places like Ohio which is phenomenal or places like Pennsylvania and you see what they are doing to the people, miners and others in the energy business."

- Donald Trump, Second Presidential Debate, October 2016

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Bring Back Steel Manufacturing

"When I'm president, guess what? Steel is coming back to Pittsburgh!"
- Donald Trump speech, Philadelphia, PA, April 2016

"We are going to put American-produced steel back into the backbone of our country. This alone will create massive numbers of jobs."
- Donald Trump speech, Monessen, PA, June 2016

 

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Bring Back the Automobile Industry

"We're going to bring back the automobile industry bigger and better and stronger than ever before.... After we win, I’m going to be coming back to Michigan a lot. I’m going to be coming back every time we open a new factory or a new automobile plant, and we will do it and we will do lot of expansion,"

- Donald Trump speech, Grand Rapids, MI, November 2016

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Cancel Payments to U.N. Climate Change Programs

"I will begin taking the following seven actions to protect American workers:
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SEVENTH, cancel billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs and use the money to fix America’s water and environmental infrastructure."

- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016

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Change Denali Peak Name Back to Mt. McKinley

@realDonaldTrump tweet, August 31, 2015:

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Child Care Income Tax Deduction

As part of the Affordable Childcare and Eldercare Act:

"Rewriting the tax code to allow working parents to deduct from their income taxes child care expenses for up to four children and elderly dependents."

"Americans will be able to take an above-the-line deduction for children under age 13 that will be capped at state average for age of child, and for eldercare for a dependent. The exclusion will not be available to taxpayers with total income over $500,000 Married-Joint /$250,000 Single, and because of the cap on the size of the benefit, working and middle class families will see the largest percentage reduction in their taxable income.

The childcare exclusion would be provided to families who use stay-at-home parents or grandparents as well as those who use paid caregivers, and would be limited to 4 children per taxpayer. The eldercare exclusion would be capped at $5,000 per year. The cap would increase each year at the rate of inflation."

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Collect Unpaid Taxes

"Pay for this necessary rebuilding of our national defense by conducting a full audit of the Pentagon, eliminating incorrect payments, reducing duplicative bureaucracy, collecting unpaid taxes, and ending unwanted and unauthorized federal programs."
- Position Statement

"Government-wide, improper government payments are estimated to exceed $135 billion per year, and the amount of unpaid taxes is estimated to be as high as $385 billion."
- Donald Trump speech, Philadelphia, PA, September 2016

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Combat Smuggling Tunnels at Border

"We will use the best technology," he vowed, "including above- and below-ground sensors.... Above- and below- ground sensors, towers, aerial surveillance and manpower to supplement the wall, find and dislocate tunnels and keep out criminal cartels."

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Conditionally Defund Planned Parenthood

"Planned Parenthood has done very good work for millions of women, but we're not going to allow and we're not going to fund, as long as you have the abortion going on at Planned Parenthood. We understand that, and I've said it loud and clear." 
- Trump press conference, Florida, March 2016

"I am committed to... Defunding Planned Parenthood as long as they continue to perform abortions and reallocating their funding to community health centers that provide comprehensive health care for women." 
- Trump letter to the Susan B. Anthony List, September 2016

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Conduct a Full Audit of the Pentagon

"Pay for this necessary rebuilding of our national defense by conducting a full audit of the Pentagon, eliminating incorrect payments, reducing duplicative bureaucracy, collecting unpaid taxes, and ending unwanted and unauthorized federal programs."

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Convene an International Conference on Stopping Radical Islam

"As President, I will call for an international conference focused on [halting the spread of Radical Islam]. We will work side-by-side with our friends in the Middle East, including our greatest ally, Israel. We will partner with King Abdullah of Jordan, and President Sisi of Egypt, and all others who recognize this ideology of death that must be extinguished." 
- Trump speech in Youngstown, PA, August 2016

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Create a Child Care Tax Rebate for Low-Income Households

As part of the Affordable Childcare and Eldercare Act:

"Provide low-income households an Expanded Earned Income Tax Credit – in the form a Childcare rebate – and a matching $500 contribution for their savings accounts."

"The Trump Plan would offer spending rebates for childcare expenses to certain low-income taxpayers through the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The rebate would be equal to 7.65 percent of remaining eligible childcare expenses, subject to a cap of half of the payroll taxes paid by the taxpayer (based on the lower-earning parent in a two-earner household).

This rebate would be available to married joint filers earning $62,400 ($31,200 for single taxpayers) or less. Limitations on costs eligible for exclusion and the number of beneficiaries would be the same as for the basic exclusion. The ceiling would increase with inflation each year."

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Create a VA Investigative Commission

"Create a commission to investigate all the fraud, cover-ups, and wrong-doing that has taken place in the VA, and present these findings to Congress to spur legislative reform."

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Create a Veteran Complaint Hotline

"Create a private White House hotline, which will be active 24 hours a day answered by a real person. It will be devoted to answering veteran's complaints of wrongdoing at the VA and ensure no complaints fall through the cracks."

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Create Corporate Capital Investment Deduction

"Firms engaged in manufacturing in the US may elect to expense capital investment and lose the deductibility of corporate interest expense. An election once made can only be revoked within the first 3 years of election; if revoked, returns for prior years would need to be amended to show revised status. After 3 years, election is irrevocable."

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Create Tax-Free Dependent Care Savings Accounts

As part of the Affordable Childcare and Eldercare Act:

"Allow parents to enroll in tax-free dependent care savings accounts for their children or elderly relatives."

"All taxpayers would be able to establish Dependent Care Savings Accounts (DCSAs) for the benefit of specific individuals, including unborn children. Total annual contributions to a DCSA are limited to $2,000 per year from all sources, which include the account owner (parent in the case of a minor or the person establishing elder care account), immediate family members of the account owner, and the employer of the account owner. When established for children, the funds remaining in the account when the child reaches 18 can be used for education expenses, but additional contributions could not be made.

To encourage lower-income families to establish DCSAs for their children, the government will provide a 50 percent match on parental contributions of up to $1,000 per year for these households. When parents fill out their taxes they can check a box to directly deposit any portion of their EITC into their Dependent Care Savings Account. All deposits and earnings thereon will be free from taxation, and unused balances can rollover from year to year."

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Create Thousands of New Jobs in Construction and Manufacturing

"Create thousands of new jobs in construction, steel manufacturing, and other sectors to build the transportation, water, telecommunications and energy infrastructure needed to enable new economic development in the U.S., all of which will generate new tax revenues."

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Develop Better Cyberweapons

"As a deterrent against attacks on our critical resources, the United States must possess the unquestioned capacity to launch crippling cyber counter-attacks. This is the warfare of the future, America’s dominance in this arena must be unquestioned." 
- Trump speech on cybersecurity, Herndon, VA, October 2016

"Develop the offensive cyber capabilities we need to deter attacks by both state and non-state actors and, if necessary, to respond appropriately."
- Position Statement

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Dissolve the Donald J. Trump Foundation

"The Foundation has done enormous good works over the years in contributing millions of dollars to countless worthy groups, including supporting veterans, law enforcement officers and children... However, to avoid even the appearance of any conflict with my role as President I have decided to continue to pursue my strong interest in philanthropy in other ways." 
- Trump statement, December 2016

In October 2016, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman directed the Donald J. Trump Foundation to stop taking donations, saying the foundation violated state law requiring charitable organizations that solicit outside donations to register with a state office. A spokeswoman for the attorney general's office said in December 2016 that Trump cannot shutter the foundation while the investigation is ongoing.

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Eliminate Carried Interest Deduction

"Carried interest will be taxed as ordinary income."

- Trump Campaign Web Site

 

"Moss : Good evening. My question is what specific tax provisions will you change to ensure the wealthiest Americans pay their fair share in taxes?

Cooper : Mr. Trump, you have two minutes.

Trump : One thing I’d do is get rid of carried interest. The—one of the greatest provisions for people like me, to be honest with you..."

- Second Presidential Debate, Oct 2016

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Eliminate Gun Crime in Cities

"I'll be able to make sure that when you walk down the street in your inner city, or wherever you are, you're not gonna be shot. Your child isn't gonna be shot.... And I say to the African-American parent: You have a right to walk down the street of your city without having your child or yourself shot... To the Hispanic parent, you have a right to walk outside without being shot. " 
- Trump speech in Tampa, FL, August 2016

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Eliminate Gun Free Zones

"I will get rid of gun-free zones on schools, and — you have to — and on military bases. My first day, it gets signed, okay? My first day. There's no more gun-free zones."
- Donald Trump speech, Burlington, VT, January 2016

"The problem with gun free zones is it's like offering up candy to bad people. They hear gun free zones and they go in there with their guns blazing." 
- Trump interview with CNN, May 2016

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Eliminate Most Corporate Tax Expenditures

"The Trump Plan... eliminates most corporate tax expenditures except for the Research and Development credit."

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Eliminate National Debt in 8 Years

"We’ve got to get rid of the $19 trillion in debt....  I would say over a period of eight years.... The power is trade. Our deals are so bad."

- Donald Trump interview with Bob Woodward, April 2016

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Eliminate Two Existing Regulations for Every New Federal Regulation

"[O]n the first day of my term of office, my administration will immediately pursue the following six measures to clean up the corruption and special interest collusion in Washington, DC:
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THIRD, a requirement that for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated;"

- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016

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Enact the First Amendment Defense Act

"If I am elected president and Congress passes the First Amendment Defense Act, I will sign it to protect the deeply held religious beliefs of Catholics and the beliefs of Americans of all faiths. The Little Sisters of the Poor, or any religious order for that matter, will always have their religious liberty protected on my watch and will not have to face bullying from the government because of their religious beliefs."

The First Amendment Defense Act prohibits the federal government from taking discriminatory action against a person on the basis that such person believes or acts in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction that: (1) marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, or (2) sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.

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Enact the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

"I am committed to... Signing into law the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would end painful late-term abortions nationwide." 
- Trump letter to the Susan B. Anthony List, September 2016

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End Birthright Immigration

"This remains the biggest magnet for illegal immigration. By a 2:1 margin, voters say it’s the wrong policy, including Harry Reid who said “no sane country” would give automatic citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants." 
- Position Statement

Since an 1898 ruling by the Supreme Court, the 14th Amendment has guaranteed citizenship to anyone born in the United States, even if the parents are here illegally.

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End Foreign Trading Abuses that Unfairly Impact American Workers

"I will begin taking the following seven actions to protect American workers:
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FOURTH, I will direct the Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative to identify all foreign trading abuses that unfairly impact American workers and direct them to use every tool under American and international law to end those abuses immediately;"

- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016

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End Offshoring of Jobs

"Establishes tariffs to discourage companies from laying off their workers in order to relocate in other countries and ship their products back to the U.S. tax-free." 
- Part of Trump's End The Offshoring Act

"If I was president, I’d say, “Congratulations. I understand that you’re building a nice $2.5 billion car factory in Mexico and that you’re going to take your cars and sell them to the United States zero tax, just flow them across the border.” And you say to yourself, “How does that help us,” right? “How does that help us? Where is that good”? It’s not. So I would say, “Congratulations. That’s the good news. Let me give you the bad news. Every car and every truck and every part manufactured in this plant that comes across the border, we’re going to charge you a 35-percent tax, and that tax is going to be paid simultaneously with the transaction, and that’s it." 
- Donald Trump's presidential announcement speech, June 2015

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End the H-1B Visa Program

"I remain totally committed to eliminating rampant, widespread H-1B abuse and ending outrageous practices such as those that occurred at Disney in Florida when Americans were forced to train their foreign replacements. I will end forever the use of the H-1B as a cheap labor program, and institute an absolute requirement to hire American workers first for every visa and immigration program. No exceptions." 

- Position Statement

 

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Establish a Commission on Radical Islam

"Establish a Commission on Radical Islam to identify and explain to the American public the core convictions and beliefs of Radical Islam, to identify the warning signs of radicalization, and to expose the networks in our society that support radicalization. "

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Establish Mandatory Sentencing for Repeat Deportees

As part of the End Illegal Immigration Act:

"[E]stablishes a 2-year mandatory minimum federal prison sentence for illegally re-entering the U.S. after a previous deportation, and a 5-year mandatory minimum for illegally re-entering for those with felony convictions, multiple misdemeanor convictions or two or more prior deportations."

 

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Expand VA Treatment in Rural and Underserved Areas

"The Trump Administration will embed satellite VA clinics within hospitals and other care facilities in rural and other underserved areas. This step will ensure veterans have easy access to care and local hospitals and care facilities can handle the influx of patients without backlogs while tapping the specialized knowledge of VA health specialists." 
- Trump Campaign press release, September 7, 2016

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Implement "Penny Plan" to Reduce Government Spending

"Well, we’re cutting back, I mean whether it’s a penny plan—which is something that, as simple as it is, I’ve always sort of liked.... We’re going to be doing smart budget cuts, budget cuts that will make it just as good or better than it is right now, but for a lot less money."
- Donald Trump on Fox Business, August 2016

Variations of the “penny plan,” or the “one-cent solution” as it’s called by activist Bruce Cook, cut one cent per dollar in the federal budget over a period of six or seven years and impose a spending cap until the budget is balanced. Different programs can see greater than 1 percent cuts—or no cuts—as long as overall spending is reduced by 1 percent each year.

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Implement Biometric Entry-Exit Visa Tracking System

"Ensure that a biometric entry-exit visa tracking system is fully implemented at all land, air, and sea ports." 
- Position Statement

"[W]e will finally complete the biometric entry-exit visa tracking system, which we need desperately. For years Congress has required biometric entry-exit visa tracking systems, but it has never been completed.... We must send a message that visa expiration dates will be strongly enforced."
- Donald Trump speech, Phoenix, AZ, August 2016

 

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Impose Tariffs on Chinese Imports

"The only power that we have with China, is massive trade... I would do a tariff, yes — and they do it to us.... I would do a tax. and the tax, let me tell you what the tax should be … the tax should be 45 percent" 
- Donald Trump interview with The New York Times, January 2016

"The 45 percent is a threat that if they don't behave, if they don't follow the rules and regulations so that we can have it equal on both sides, we will tax you. It doesn't have to be 45, it could be less. But it has to be something because our country and our trade and our deals and most importantly our jobs are going to hell." 
- Donald Trump at the Republican Debate, March 2016

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Impose Term Limits on All Members of Congress

"[O]n the first day of my term of office, my administration will immediately pursue the following six measures to clean up the corruption and special interest collusion in Washington, DC:
* FIRST, propose a Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress;"

- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016

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Improve Our Mental Health System

"Fix our broken mental health system. All of the tragic mass murders that occurred in the past several years have something in common – there were red flags that were ignored. We can’t allow that to continue. We must expand treatment programs, and reform the laws to make it easier to take preventive action to save innocent lives. Most people with mental health problems are not violent, but just need help, and these reforms will help everyone."

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Increase Business Tax Credits for On-Site Childcare

As part of the Affordable Childcare and Eldercare Act:

"The annual cap for the business tax credit for on-site childcare authorized by Sec. 205 of the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 would be increased to $500,000 per year (up from $150,000) and recapture period would be reduced to 5 years (down from 10 years).

Businesses that pay a portion of an employee’s childcare expenses can exclude those contributions from income. Employees who are recipients of direct employer subsidies would not be able to exclude those costs from the individual income tax and the costs of direct subsidies to employees could not be used as a cost eligible for the credit."

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Increase Mental Health Care at the VA

"Increase the number of mental health care professionals, and allow veteran's to be able to seek mental health care outside of the VA." 
- Position Statement

"Increase funding for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury and suicide prevention services to address our veterans’ invisible wounds. Service members are five times more likely to develop depression than civilians. They are almost fifteen times more likely to develop PTSD than civilians. This funding will help provide more and better counseling and care. " 
- Trump campaign press release, September 7, 2016

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Increase the U.S. Army to 540,000 Active Duty Soldiers

"Increase the size of the U.S. Army to 540,000 active duty soldiers, which the Army Chief of Staff says he needs to execute current missions."

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Increase the U.S. Marines to 36 Battalions

"Grow the U.S. Marine Corps to 36 battalions."

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Increase the U.S. Navy to 350 Ships

"Rebuild the U.S. Navy toward a goal of 350 ships, as the bipartisan National Defense Panel has recommended."

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Increase Use of Nationwide E-verify System

"This simple measure will protect jobs for unemployed Americans." 
- Trump immigration plan, August 2015

"We will ensure that E-verify is used to the fullest extent possible under existing law, and will work with Congress to strengthen and expand its use across the country."
- Trump Speech, Phoenix, AZ, August 2016

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Let States Manage Medicaid Funds

As part of the Repeal and Replace Obamacare Act:

"Maximize flexibility for states via block grants so that local leaders can design innovative Medicaid programs that will better serve their low-income citizens."

"Block-grant Medicaid to the states. Nearly every state already offers benefits beyond what is required in the current Medicaid structure. The state governments know their people best and can manage the administration of Medicaid far better without federal overhead. States will have the incentives to seek out and eliminate fraud, waste and abuse to preserve our precious resources."

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Limit Student Loan Debt

"We would cap repayment for an affordable portion of the borrower’s income, 12.5 percent, we’d cap it. That gives you a lot to play with and a lot to do... And if borrowers work hard and make their full payments for 15 years, we’ll let them get on with their lives. They just go ahead and they get on with their lives.”
- Trump speech in Columbus, OH, October, 2016

He did not indicate if this repayment cap would apply to all federal loan borrowers or only for those who apply for income-driven repayment, as is the case now. In the most widely available income-driven repayment plan currently available to student loan borrowers, known as Revised Pay As You Earn, or REPAYE, monthly payments are capped at 10% of a borrower's discretionary income. 

Trump's proposal would also forgive student loan debt after 15 years of full payments -- five years earlier than the current REPAYE option -- though it isn't clear whether this applies only to income-driven repayment plans.

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Maintain an Average 3.5% GDP Growth

"Boost growth to 3.5 percent per year on average, with the potential to reach a 4 percent growth rate."

- Position Statement

" And we're bringing GDP from, really, 1 percent, which is what it is now, and if she got in, it will be less than zero. But we're bringing it from 1 percent up to 4 percent. And I actually think we can go higher than 4 percent. I think you can go to 5 percent or 6 percent."

- Donald Trump, Third Presidential Debate, Oct 2016

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Make America Energy Independent

"Make America energy independent, create millions of new jobs, and protect clean air and clean water. We will conserve our natural habitats, reserves and resources. We will unleash an energy revolution that will bring vast new wealth to our country.

Declare American energy dominance a strategic economic and foreign policy goal of the United States.

Unleash America’s $50 trillion in untapped shale, oil, and natural gas reserves, plus hundreds of years in clean coal reserves.

Become, and stay, totally independent of any need to import energy from the OPEC cartel or any nations hostile to our interests.

Open onshore and offshore leasing on federal lands, eliminate moratorium on coal leasing, and open shale energy deposits.

Encourage the use of natural gas and other American energy resources that will both reduce emissions but also reduce the price of energy and increase our economic output."

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Make Post-Secondary Education More Affordable

As part of the School Choice And Education Opportunity Act:

"Work with Congress on reforms to ensure universities are making a good faith effort to reduce the cost of college and student debt in exchange for the federal tax breaks and tax dollars.

Ensure that the opportunity to attend a two or four-year college, or to pursue a trade or a skill set through vocational and technical education, will be easier to access, pay for, and finish."

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Mandatory Minimum Sentencing for Crimes Committed Using a Gun

"Expand and bring back programs like Project Exile and get gang members and drug dealers off the street. When we do, crime will go down and our cities and communities will be safer places to live."
- Position Statement

Project Exile brought together police and prosecutors to take gun-crime cases to federal court in order to impose longer sentences in prisons far from home. It began in Richmond, Virginia, in 1997 and spread to many other cities, first one by one, and then more broadly in 2001 after George W. Bush took Exile national under the name Project Safe Neighborhoods.

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Modernize Navy Cruisers

"We propose to rebuild the key tools of missile defense, starting with the Navy cruisers that are the foundation of our missile defense capabilities in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.... [T]his will cost around $220 million per modernization as we seek to modernize a significant portion of these 22 ships." 
- Trump speech on national security in Philadelphia, PA, September, 2016

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Modernize Our Airports and Air Traffic Control Systems

"Work with Congress to modernize our airports and air traffic control systems, end long wait times, and reform the FAA and TSA, while also ensuring that American travelers are safe from terrorism and other threats."

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National Right to Carry Arms

"National right to carry – should be legal in all 50 states"

"Empower law-abiding gun owners to defend themselves. Law enforcement does a tremendous job, but they can’t be everywhere all of the time."

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Never Default on National Debt Payments

"First of all, you never have to default because you print the money... if we can buy back government debt at a discount, in other words, if interest rates go up and we can buy bonds back at a discount -- if we are liquid enough as a country, we should do that... In other words, we can buy back debt at a discount."

- Donald Trump remarks, May 2016

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No Blanket Trade Agreements

"I don't mind making agreements, but we shouldn't make agreements with 12 countries... We should make agreements with one-on-one."

"If somebody treats us well, we make a trade agreement, and I'll have the best negotiators in the world make a fair agreement.... I don't want to be tied up: If 'Country A' does this and if 'Country C' does that, then 'Country D' will be able to come to -- nobody knows what the hell is going on. And the bad countries, countries that haven't treated us well, benefit because they get the benefit of what the good countries are getting. So everybody is taking advantage."

- Donald Trump speech, South Bend, IN, May 2016

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Overturn Roe v. Wade

"WALLACE: Mr. Trump, you're pro-life. But I want to ask you specifically: Do you want the court, including the justices that you will name, to overturn Roe v. Wade, which includes -- in fact, states -- a woman's right to abortion?

TRUMP: Well, if that would happen, because I am pro-life, and I will be appointing pro-life judges, I would think that that will go back to the individual states.
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WALLACE: But what I'm asking you, sir, is, do you want to see the court overturn -- you just said you want to see the court protect the Second Amendment. Do you want to see the court overturn Roe v. Wade?

TRUMP: Well, if we put another two or perhaps three justice on, that's really what's going to be -- that will happen. And that'll happen automatically, in my opinion, because I am putting pro-life justices on the court. I will say this: It will go back to the states, and the states will then make a determination."

- Third Presidential Debate, Oct 2016

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Pay Off Debt by Making Energy Companies Profitable

"I will bring our energy companies back and they will be able to compete and they’ll make money and pay off our national debt and budget deficits which are tremendous."

- Donald Trump, Second Presidential Debate, Oct 2016

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Preserve Federal Support for Colleges that Work to Reduce Student Debt

"Work with Congress on reforms to ensure universities are making a good faith effort to reduce the cost of college and student debt in exchange for the federal tax breaks and tax dollars." 
- Position Statement

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Preserve Social Security

"I will do everything within my power not to touch Social Security, to leave it the way it is; to make this country rich again; to bring back our jobs; to get rid of deficits; to get rid of waste, fraud and abuse, which is rampant in this country, rampant, totally rampant. And it's my absolute intention to leave Social Security the way it is. Not increase the age and to leave it as is. You have 22 years, you have a long time to go. It's not long in terms of what we're talking about, but it's still a long time to go, and I want to leave Social Security as is, I want to make our country rich again so we can afford it."

- Donald Trump, Republican Debate, March 2016

"First of all, the -- when you say I'm the only candidate, if you listen to the Democrats, they want to do many things to Social Security and I want to do them on its own merit. You listen to them, what they want to do to Social Security, none of these folks are getting elected, OK, whether they can do it or not. I'm going to save Social Security.
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I'm the only one who is going to save Social Security, believe me."

- Donald Trump, Republican Debate, Feb 2016

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Prevent Iran from Developing Nuclear Weapons

"Iran cannot be allowed to have a nuclear weapon and, under a Trump Administration, will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon." 
- Donald Trump foreign policy speech, April 2016

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Privatize Funding of Student Loans

"We think [student loans] should be marketplace and market driven" 
- Sam Clovis, national co-chair and policy director of Trump's campaign, 
  Interview with Inside Higher Ed, May, 2016

The Trump campaign is working involve a complete overhaul of the federal student loan system, moving the government out of lending and restoring that role to private banks, as was the case before President Clinton partially and President Obama fully shifted loan origination from private lenders to the government.

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Protect Domestic Agriculture

"As President, he will fight for American farmers and their families. Mr. Trump knows that American farmers are the best in the world at growing the food and other products that people need to flourish. He knows that growing our Ag sector and supporting our nation’s farmers and ranchers are absolutely critical to making America great again.... All segments of the agriculture industry will have a say in the development of any legislation or rule making done or supported by the executive branch." 
- Statement from Trump's Agriculture Team, November 2016

"As president, I will be an aggressive proponent for defending the economic interests of American workers and farmers on the world stage. I will fight against unfair trade deals and foreign trade practices that disadvantage the United States. I strongly oppose TPP as drafted and will work hard to develop trade agreements that are in the national interest and benefit American workers, including our farmers." 
- Trump response to Penton Agriculture survey of presidential candidates

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Protect the Florida Everglades

"I told the pilot: ‘You sure that we’re okay? Those are big.’ Came in from Palm Beach to here. And I’m saying: ‘Let's get over those . . . because that’s a rough-looking sight down there... You don't want to be down there. Right? I’ve heard for a long time: Go around the Everglades. It will take you longer but — not good. But we’re going to protect them."
- Donald Trump speech in Naples, FL, October 2016

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Provide 6 Weeks of Maternity Leave to New Mothers

"Provide 6 weeks of paid leave to new mothers before returning to work."

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Provide the U.S. Air Force with 1,200 Fighter Aircraft

"Provide the U.S. Air Force with the 1,200 fighter aircraft they need."

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Punish Burning of the American Flag

@realDonaldTrump tweet, November 2016: 

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Pursue State-of-the-art Missile Defense

"We will rebuild our depleted military, and pursue a state-of-the-art missile defense. We will do it based on those three famous words: Peace Through Strength."
- Donald Trump remarks at American Legion convention, Cincinnati, OH, September 2016

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Refocus NASA

"I will free NASA from the restriction of serving primarily as a logistics agency for low-Earth orbit activity—big deal. Instead, we will refocus its mission on space exploration. "
- Donald Trump speech, Florida, October 2016

"NASA should be focused primarily on deep space activities rather than Earth-centric work that is better handled by other agencies. Human exploration of our entire solar system by the end of this century should be NASA’s focus and goal."
- Robert S. Walker and Peter Navarro, Advisers to Trump Campaign, October 2016

 

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Refuse to Refer to Iran's Leader by the Title "Supreme Leader"

"You know the president calls him the Supreme Leader? I guarantee you I will be never calling him the Supreme Leader. He's not going to be called -- I'll say, 'Hey baby, how ya doing?' I will never call him the Supreme Leader."
- Trump remarks on NBC's Today Show town hall, Atkinson, NH, October 2015

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Reopen Trump University

@realDonaldTrump tweet, June 2nd 2016:

Trump University was the subject of two class-action lawsuits and a $40 million lawsuit from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Donald Trump agreed to pay $25 million to settle the fraud lawsuits after the election in November 2016. The deal included no admission of liability on Trump's part.

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Repeal Most Estate Taxes

"The Trump Plan will repeal the death tax, but capital gains held until death and valued over $10 million will be subject to tax to exempt small businesses and family farms. To prevent abuse, contributions of appreciated assets into a private charity established by the decedent or the decedent’s relatives will be disallowed."

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Require Price Transparency from All Healthcare Providers

"Require price transparency from all healthcare providers, especially doctors and healthcare organizations like clinics and hospitals. Individuals should be able to shop to find the best prices for procedures, exams or any other medical-related procedure."

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Secure 95% of the African-American Vote in 2020

"And at the end of four years, I guarantee you that I will get over 95 percent of the African-American vote. I promise you. Because I will produce." 
- Trump speech in Dimondale, MI, August 2016

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Simplify Tax Forms

As part of the Middle Class Tax Relief And Simplification Act:

"The current number of brackets will be reduced from 7 to 3, and tax forms will likewise be greatly simplified."

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Solicit Recommendations for Enhancing U.S. Cyber Command

"Order the Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to provide recommendations for enhancing U.S. Cyber Command, with a focus on both offense and defense in the cyber domain."

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Stop "Zombie Spending"

"We can also stop funding programs that are not authorized in law. Congress spent $320 billion last year on 256 expired laws. Removing just 5 percent of that will reduce spending by almost $200 billion over 10 years."

- Donald Trump speech, Philadelphia, PA, September 2016

"Zombie spending" is spending on government programs that have had their congressional authorization lapse.

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Streamline FDA Medication Approvals

As part of the 

"Reforms will also include cutting the red tape at the FDA: there are over 4,000 drugs awaiting approval, and we especially want to speed the approval of life-saving medications."

"Remove barriers to entry into free markets for drug providers that offer safe, reliable and cheaper products. Congress will need the courage to step away from the special interests and do what is right for America. Though the pharmaceutical industry is in the private sector, drug companies provide a public service. Allowing consumers access to imported, safe and dependable drugs from overseas will bring more options to consumers."

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Sue His Accusers

"Every woman lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign. Total fabrication. The events never happened. Never. All of these liars will be sued after the election is over." 
- Donald Trump speech in Gettysburg, PA, October 2016

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Surveil U.S. Mosques

"I want surveillance of certain mosques if that's OK."
- Donald Trump rally, Birmingham, AL, November 2015

"We have to go and we have to maybe check, respectfully, the mosques. And we have to check other places. Because this is a problem that if we don't solve it, it's going to eat our country alive" 
- Donald Trump rally, Atlanta, GA, June 2016

 

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Unconditionally Support Israel

"The Memorandum of Understanding signed by the American and Israeli Governments is a good first step, but there is much more to be done. A Trump Administration will ensure that Israel receives maximum military, strategic and tactical cooperation from the United States, and the MOU will not limit the support that we give. Further, Congress will not be limited to give support greater than that provided by the MOU if it chooses to do so." 
-  Joint statement from Jason Dov Greenblatt and David Friedman, Co-Chairmen of the Israel Advisory Committee to Donald J. Trump, November 2016

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