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Every four years, the Democratic Party puts together our party platform, the ideas and beliefs that govern our party as a whole.

What follows is our 2016 platform — our most progressive platform in our party’s history and a declaration of how we plan to move America forward. Democrats believe that cooperation is better than conflict, unity is better than division, empowerment is better than resentment, and bridges are better than walls.

This party platform was voted on and passed by our membership at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in 2016. The platform will be updated and re-approved at the 2020 Democratic National Convention.

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Platform Contents

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Raise Incomes and Restore Economic Security for the Middle Class

Create Good-Paying Jobs

Fight for Economic Fairness and Against Inequality

Bring Americans Together and Remove Barriers to Opportunities

Protect Voting Rights, Fix Our Campaign Finance System, and Restore Our Democracy

Combat Climate Change, Build a Clean Energy Economy, and Secure Environmental Justice

Provide Quality and Affordable Education

Ensure the Health and Safety of All Americans

Principled Leadership

Confront Global Threats

Protect Our Values

A Leader in the World


Dan Truitt’s record on environment (33%/100%)

Many legislators like to talk about their concern for environment, but how about their votes?

Clean Water Action, Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, and the Sierra Club have compiled the the 2013-2014 Pennsylvania Environmental Scorecard.

The report comments: “This legislative session was notable for the large number of attacks on environmental protection. The PA House of Representatives generated most of this anti-environmental legislation.”

Dan Truitt, PA House-156, is no exception. Here are the votes considered in the report in the 2013–2014 session. Bill descriptions are those of the report, not the official ones, which usually obscure the true intent of bills.

+ = Pro-environment vote
– = Anti-environment vote
X = Absent

– Green Buildings (HB 34 – Final Passage)
+ Corporate Tax Credits for Gas (HB 301- Final Passage)
+ More Tax Credits for Gas (HB 305 – Final Passage
– Creating Loopholes for Gas (HB 307 – Final Passage)
– Sewage in Our Streams (HB 1325)
– Ignoring the Health Impacts of Fracking (SB 259 – Amendment A2700)
– Creating Municipal Stormwater Authorities (SB 351)
+ Encouraging Good Stormwater Management (SB 1255 – Final Passage)
– Selling Our Parks to Drillers – Step 1 (HB 2328 – The Budget)
+ Selling Our Parks to Drillers – Step 2 (HB 278 – The Fiscal Code – Concurrence)
– Blocking Clean Power (HB 2354 – Final Passage)
– “Providing for potential pollution” (HB 1565 – Final Passage)

His overall score: a paltry 33% out of a possible 100%.