2000 Democratic Party Platform
2000 Democratic Party Platform

Provisions Included in 2000 Democratic Platform by the
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®


In advance of the Democratic Party platform deliberations, NAR Government Affairs Vice President Jerry Giovaniello and NAR lobbyists met with the Co-Chairman of the Democratic Platform Committee, Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL). The purpose of that meeting was to outline the major issues that NAR proposed to have included in the Democratic platform statement. NAR provided written testimony to the committee from President Dennis Cronk. In addition, a subsequent meeting was held with the Platform Committee Staff Director, Andre Cherney. The materials provided to Senator Durbin and Mr. Cherney were also sent to the other Co-Chairman of the Platform Committee, Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton (D-Minneapolis), the Chief Domestic Policy Advisor for the Vice President, David Beier, and the Director of Public Policy for Gore 2000, Elaine Kamarck.


Below are statements taken directly from the 2000 Democratic Platform statement:
Homeownership & Affordable Housing

“Eight years later the record is clear . . . The highest home ownership rate ever.”

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“Part of that dream is home ownership. Under Democratic leadership, we have achieved an all-time high in home ownership, including among groups that have historically been left out. We are committed to continuing this progress, because home ownership is a foundation for building wealth and economic security for families, and it provides a vital anchor enabling neighborhoods to thrive. In too many communities, however, owning or renting an affordable home seems an impossible dream. Al Gore and Democrats have long defended the mortgage interest deduction and the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, and believe we must reinvigorate our communities and support our families through partnerships and targeted investments and eliminating community redlining by lenders that will better harness the power of markets to create the housing we need. We must pay down the debt to keep interest rates low . . . We must ensure that housing costs in thriving communities do not outpace the income of middle class families. We must expand the supply of life cycle housing. We must encourage the renovation and construction of affordable housing closer to places of work and to mass transit so workers can get to their jobs without being tied up in traffic for hours.”

Taxes

“Democrats seek the right kind of tax relief – tax cuts that are specifically targeted to help those who need them the most. These tax cuts would let families live their values by helping them save for college, invest in their job skills and lifelong learning, pay for health insurance, afford child care, eliminate the marriage penalty for working families, care for elderly or disabled loved ones, invest in clean cars and clean homes, and build additional security for their retirement.”

Internet

“It also means keeping cyberspace a duty-free zone so that American companies can sell goods around the world and insist that other countries refrain from actions that impede commerce.”

Empowerment Zones/Enterprise Communities

“Under the leadership of Al Gore, the Empowerment Zones and Enterprise Communities programs have brought new hope to cities and rural areas all across America. Now we need a new round of Empowerment Zones to spread prosperity even further. The Clinton-Gore New Markets Initiative is shining a spotlight on the untapped potential for commerce, tourism, and investment in many communities, and Al Gore will extend these efforts to see that prosperity of the mainstream economy flows to the Main Streets everywhere.”

Mortgage Interest Deduction & Low Income Housing Tax Credit

“Al Gore and Democrats have long defended the mortgage interest deduction and the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, and believe we must reinvigorate our communities and support our families through partnerships and targeted investments and eliminating community redlining by lenders that will better harness the power of markets to create the housing we need.”

Brownfields

“[W]e support the ‘Better America Bonds’ – tax credits for state and local bonds to build more livable communities. We must help communities reconnect to the land around them, preserve open spaces, build parks, improve water quality, and redevelop rusty old brown fields.”

Internet Access

“Democrats believe that every American – regardless of income, geography, race, or disability – should be able to reach across a computer keyboard, and reach the vast new worlds of knowledge, commerce, and communication that are available at the touch of a fingertip.”

Small Business

“Strengthening small business is a vital component of economic innovation, job creation, and supporting entrepreneurship. Small businesses have accounted for more than 90 percent of the 22 million new jobs created with Democratic leadership. The Democratic Party is committed to sustaining and adding to that level of growth of small businesses, including home based businesses. Democrats believe that strengthening small businesses is a vital component of strategies to create opportunity and community economic development.”

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“We should make health care accessible and affordable for small businesses.”

Equal Opportunity/Cultural Diversity

“We will fight to reform and strengthen programs to combat discrimination against women and minority entrepreneurs, including federal procurement, because the playing field is still not level.”

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“Democrats believe that God has given the people of our nation not only a chance, but a mission to prove to men and women throughout this world that people of different racial and ethnic backgrounds, of all faiths and creeds, can not only work and live together, but can enrich and ennoble both themselves and our purpose. America’s diversity is expanding, yet amidst important signs of progress, there is widespread evidence of persistent discrimination, growing racial segregation of our schools and neighborhoods, and dream-crushing barriers to opportunity. We cannot – we dare not – remain a nation divided. Our vision is of an America healed of hatreds and misunderstanding, with equality and opportunity so rich that legacies of discrimination and exclusion will be found only in history books, and not in our communities.”

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“Passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was one of the proudest moments of our nation’s history and a sterling testament to our aspirations as a people. Yet, despite undeniable progress over the last several decades, inequality and polarization nevertheless persist in far too many American workplaces, schools, and communities. Over the last eight years, we have fought hard to end discrimination. We have increased funding for civil rights enforcement – so that the laws on our books are not just pleasant words, but pledges of justice.”

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“The Clinton-Gore Administration has appointed the most diverse administration in American history, demonstrating that pursuing excellence means including all of the best that our nation has to offer.”

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“We continue to lead the fight to end discrimination on the basis of race, gender, religion, age, ethnicity, disability, and sexual orientation. The Democratic Party has always supported the Equal Rights Amendment and will continue to do so, and we are committed to ensuring full equality for women and to vigorously enforcing the Americans with Disabilities Act. We support continuation of the White House initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders . . . We support continued efforts, like the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, to end workplace discrimination against gay men and lesbians . . . We recognize the importance of new battles against forms of discrimination and disadvantage that stand as barriers to communities and families, such as environmental injustices and predatory lending practices. And we will fight for full funding and full staffing of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and other civil rights enforcement agencies so they can do their job of ensuring that America lives up to its creed of equal rights and equal opportunity for all.”

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“In the years to come, we must celebrate our diversity and focus on strengthening the common values and beliefs that make us one America – one nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all.”

Database Protection

“This means we must ensure that sound patent and copyright laws motivate our investors and creators to pursue their vision. Internationally, we must work to build support for strong intellectual property laws among the community of nations, including in trade agreements. We must take all steps necessary to secure effective enforcement of those laws – at home and abroad – to ensure that others do not steal intellectual property through piracy and other forms of theft.”

Community Reinvestment/Development

“The Clinton-Gore Administration fought to strengthen the Community Reinvestment Act and to create a network of Community Development Banks, and Al Gore will continue that fight.”

Smart Growth

“Across America a new movement is emerging as citizens work together to build more livable communities. These are communities where the streets are safe and schools are good, where high wage jobs are not hours away from home, where people can get to work and run their errands without spending hours stuck in traffic, where they can breathe clean air and drink clean water, where the spirit of community reigns.

Democrats believe communities know best and that they should have the resources and tools they need to act on their decisions, to have the ability to create communities of which families can be proud. We want to transform out-of-control sprawl to well-planned smart growth.”

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“We need to help save farms from being turned into strip malls and parks from being paved over. We should acquire new lands for urban and suburban forests and recreation sites and set aside wetlands, coastal and wildlife preserves.”

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“We must also continue to decentralize our government, to make it more flexible and responsive towards communities and individuals, and to turn its focus towards empowering Americans to take charge of their own lives.”

Lobbying/Campaign Finance Reform

“We must restore American’s faith in their own democracy by providing real and comprehensive campaign finance reform, creating fairer and more open elections, and breaking the link between special interests and political influence.

The Republicans will have none of this. Instead of limiting the influence of the powerful on our politics, they want to raise contribution limits so even more special interest money can flow into campaigns.”

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“[Gore] will insist on tough new lobbying reform, publicly-guaranteed TV time for debates and advocacy by candidates, and a crackdown on special interest issues ads. Most boldly of all, Al Gore has proposed a public-private, non-partisan Democracy Endowment which will raise money from Americans and finance Congressional elections – with no other contributions allowed to candidates who accept the funding. This will let our priorities be free from the influence of special interests and let Americans believe in their own democracy again.”



 
Page Title: 2000 Democratic Party Platform
 
 
 
 
Information current as of:08/22/2000
 


Publication Date:08/22/2000
Expiration Date:12/31/2002
 
Updated Date:05/30/2002
 
Reprinted by Permission of:added to targeted search 4/29
 
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