PA: John Fetterman (D)
Patrick Toomey, Jr. (R)[i]
Holding Washington Accountable; Preparing the Next Generation; Keeping Our Promise to Veterans; Investing in Rural Communities; Respecting Our Seniors; Safeguarding Our Democracy; Delivering Criminal Justice Reform; Building a Humane, Safe, & Secure Immigration System; Protecting Women’s Reproductive Freedom; Guaranteeing Health Care; Legalizing Cannabis; Securing LGBTQIA+ Rights; Taking on Crime; Fighting Inflation & Lowering Costs; Promoting American Energy & Building a Clean Energy Future; Supporting Workers & the Union Way of Life; Maintaining Smart Global Leadership[vi]
ON THE ISSUES
According to his campaign website, Fetterman supports access to abortions and will vote for the Women’s Health Protection Act, which he has touted will leave women’s healthcare decisions between a patient and her doctor. He has pledged to defend Planned Parenthood and move to repeal the Hyde Amendment.[vii]
ECONOMY, JOBS & TAXES:
A union supporter, Fetterman has said that he will ensure that “long-promised investments in rural broadband and other critical infrastructure make their way to where they’re actually needed” and seek to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour.[viii] [ix] To reduce inflation, he has called for fighting “corporate greed that’s been contributing to sky high prices,” a “fair tax code,” making US supply chains “more resilient” by bolstering domestic manufacturing, and suspending the federal gas tax.[x]
HEALTHCARE & SOCIAL SAFETY NET:
Fetterman has said he believes that healthcare is a “basic, fundamental human right,” and thus supports instituting universal healthcare, lowering the eligibility age of Medicare to 60, and including vision, hearing, and dental in Medicare benefits. To lower drug prices, Fetterman has called for “go[ing] after” pharmaceutical companies that he says profit off “people’s health and well-being,” and allowing the US to bring in cheaper prescription drugs from other countries.[xi] He has also advocated for protecting Social Security.[xii]
IMMIGRATION & BORDER SECURITY:
The husband of a Dreamer, Fetterman has argued that the US immigration system is “broken,” and, to fix it, has said he will “support investments that go towards keeping our borders strong and preventing the flow of illegal drugs into our country.” He has advocated for instituting “humane” immigration practices, including modernizing the US visa system and creating a pathway to citizenship “for frontline workers, small business owners, and young people who have only known this country as their home.”[xiii]
CRIME & PUBLIC SAFETY:
According to his campaign website, to support law enforcement, Fetterman will ensure departments have the “resources necessary to do their job,” but he will also “prioritize oversight, accountability, and violence prevention.”[xiv] He supports federally legalizing marijuana – including “descheduling” the drug, removing all records for prior nonviolent marijuana convictions, and “prevent[ing] the monopolization of this vibrant new industry” – and ending the “war on drugs.”[xv] To promote equality in the US justice system, he has said that he will “will work to make sure that serious crimes receive serious punishment, while also alleviating the burdens placed on prosecutors and judges by focusing on effective diversion programs for nonviolent offenders and prioritizing sentencing reform.”[xvi]
GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS & ELECTION SECURITY:
A supporter of abolishing the filibuster, Fetterman has also called for preventing Members of Congress from owning or trading stocks. To foster election security and prevent voter suppression, he has said that he will “fight like hell” to expand voting rights, root “big money” out of politics, and prevent partisan gerrymandering.[xvii]
According to his campaign website, Fetterman supports implementing universal pre-k and childcare, ensuring public schools receive funding so that teachers “aren’t shouldering so much of a burden,” and greater investments in career and technical programs. To make college more affordable, he has called for making community colleges tuition-free and “reduc[ing] the burden of student loan debt.”[xix]
CLIMATE CHANGE, ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT:
Although he has called for a transition to clean energy resources “as quickly as possible,” Fetterman has also said he believes that the US should “continue to use American oil” and that the transition must preserve natural gas industry jobs. To do so, he promised to support bills that “responsibly” invest in “greener, cleaner technology.” Notably, during the campaign, he also expressed support for fracking, despite making comments years earlier criticizing the practice.[xx]
BIG TECH & DATA PRIVACY:
Though Big Tech was not a key issue in Fetterman's campaign, he has previously supported Pittsburgh's growing technology industry.[xxi] Notably, in a January 2020 tweet, Fetterman seemed to mock California for "Big Tech’s role in politics" in the state, among several issues.[xxii]
Fetterman, who has noted that he is a gun owner, advocates for several gun safety measures, including background checks on all gun sales, red flag laws, and other “more proactive efforts to get illegal guns off our streets.”[xxiii]
During the campaign, Fetterman called for no longer “outsourcing any more jobs and production to China,” arguing the practice worsened inflation.[xxiv] He has referred to the Russian invasion of Ukraine as “an attack on democracy itself.”[xxv]
[i] Lauren Rude & George Stockburger, “Who’s running for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania?,” ABC 27, October 17, 2022, available at https://www.abc27.com/pennsylvania-senate-race/whos-running-for-u-s-senate-in-2022/.
[iii] Gary Rotstein, “John Fetterman — the large, tattooed ex-mayor of Braddock — shed his comfortable beginnings and traditional office career to campaign for social equality,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, accessed October 26, 2022, available at https://newsinteractive.post-gazette.com/john-fetterman-braddock-pa-lt-gov/.
[v] “Lecturers,” Jefferson Educational Society, accessed October 26, 2022, available at https://www.jeserie.org/program-lecturers/john-fetterman-mba-mpa.
[vii] “Protecting Women’s Reproductive Freedom,” Fetterman for Senate, accessed October 27, 2022, available at https://johnfetterman.com/issue/protecting-womens-reproductive-freedom/.
[viii] “Investing in Rural Communities,” Fetterman for Senate, accessed October 27, 2022, available at https://johnfetterman.com/issue/investing-in-rural-communities/.
[ix] “Supporting Workers + the Union Way of Life,” Fetterman for Senate, accessed October 27, 2022, available at https://johnfetterman.com/issue/supporting-workers-the-union-way-of-life/.
[x] “Fighting Inflation + Lowering Costs,” Fetterman for Senate, accessed October 27, 2022, available at https://johnfetterman.com/issue/fighting-inflation-lowering-costs/.
[xi] “Guaranteeing Health Care,” Fetterman for Senate, accessed October 27, 2022, available at https://johnfetterman.com/issue/guaranteeing-health-care/.
[xii] “Respecting Our Seniors,” Fetterman for Senate, accessed October 27, 2022, available at https://johnfetterman.com/issue/respecting-our-seniors/.
[xiii] “Building a Humane, Safe, and Secure Immigration System,” Fetterman for Senate, accessed October 27, 2022, available at https://johnfetterman.com/issue/building-a-humane-safe-and-secure-immigration-system/.
[xv] “Legalizing Cannabis,” Fetterman for Senate, accessed October 27, 2022, available at https://johnfetterman.com/issue/legalizing-cannabis/.
[xvi] “Delivering Criminal Justice Reform,” Fetterman for Senate, accessed October 27, 2022, available at https://johnfetterman.com/issue/delivering-criminal-justice-reform/.
[xvii] “Safeguarding Our Democracy,” Fetterman for Senate, accessed October 27, 2022, available at https://johnfetterman.com/issue/safeguarding-our-democracy/.
[xviii] “Securing LGBTQIA+ Rights,” Fetterman for Senate, accessed October 27, 2022, available at https://johnfetterman.com/issue/securing-lgbtqia-rights/.
[xix] “Preparing the Next Generation,” Fetterman for Senate, accessed October 27, 2022, available at https://johnfetterman.com/issue/preparing-the-next-generation/.
[xx] Andrew Kaczynski & Olivia Alafriz, “John Fetterman said he’s ‘always supported’ fracking – he previously said ‘I don’t’ and ‘never have,’” CNN, October 18, 2022, available at https://www.cnn.com/2022/10/18/politics/john-fetterman-pennsylvania-fracking-support-kfile.
[xxi] John Fetterman Twitter, July 22, 2017, available at https://twitter.com/JohnFetterman/status/888744071925313536?s=20&t=pFsT1av7l3GHbS58t-u3rw.
[xxii] John Fetterman Twitter, January 11, 2020, available at https://twitter.com/JohnFetterman/status/1215993820426526720?s=20&t=KBehAPTQkUF5tjZPnnKxFg.
[xxiv] “Fighting Inflation + Lowering Costs,” Fetterman for Senate, accessed October 27, 2022, available at https://johnfetterman.com/issue/fighting-inflation-lowering-costs/.
[xxv] “Maintaining Smart Global Leadership,” Fetterman for Senate, accessed October 27, 2022, available at https://johnfetterman.com/issue/maintaining-smart-global-leadership/.