(Bloomberg) — Bloomberg News is checking the facts as Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris have their one and only debate.
Pence Claim: Biden and Harris support the Green New Deal
Harris co-sponsored legislation rooted in the far-reaching progressive climate plan known as the Green New Deal. And while Biden has said he does not support the Green New Deal, he has released a plan that aligns with some of its goals.
A $2 trillion climate plan Biden outlined in July calls for achieving “a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035,” as well as spending on renewable energy infrastructure, getting cleaner cars on the road and creating zero-emission mass transit systems. The spending would also boost sustainable home building, clean energy innovation and conservation.
The sweeping Green New Deal, proposed by Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey, calls for a “10-year national mobilization” to shift the nation to 100% “clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources.”
Harris Claim: Trump’s trade war with China cost 300,000 American jobs
While the tariffs did hurt some manufacturers and spur job cuts, employment at factories still grew by a net 140,000 from mid-2018 to the start of 2020, before the pandemic. Harris’s point that the trade war spurred a manufacturing recession, however, is backed up by data showing U.S. factory output shrank in the first and second quarters of 2019.
Pence Claim: Biden will repeal all of Trump’s tax cuts
It’s true that Democratic nominee Joe Biden and Harris have both said they want to repeal the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, but their official campaign plan only repeals portions of the law. Harris said no