US presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar unveils 137-point priority list; climate change, gun control on top of Democratic senator's agenda

Washington: US Senator Amy Klobuchar unveiled on Tuesday a 137-point list of priorities she would address in her first 100 days in office if elected president. She had highlighted a sweeping set of policies as part of her bid for the Democratic nomination.

The policies touch on matters ranging from high-profile topics like climate change, healthcare and gun regulations to the classification of federal tax offices.

 US presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar unveils 137-point priority list; climate change, gun control on top of Democratic senators agenda

File image of Amy Klobuchar. Reuters

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.

She will face off on 26 June 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.

Her first two policy positions are topics popular among Democrats, they are, rejoining the Paris climate agreement from which Trump withdrew the United States and promising to fight efforts to reduce health insurance protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

Other promises include taking her first international trips to Canada and Europe and signing an executive order to end the policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the border with Mexico.

Klobuchar also said she would issue an executive order restoring a requirement that the Pentagon and CIA issue an annual report detailing airstrikes taken outside war zones and detailing the number of military and civilian deaths.

She said she would also reverse an executive order Trump signed in his first weeks of office, which critics said weakened financial regulations and undermined efforts made in the Dodd-Frank bill after the 2008 financial crisis.

Updated Date: Jun 18, 2019 16:06:21 IST