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Dems Release Draft Platform; Sanders Says It Needs Work

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By    |   Tuesday, 05 Jul 2016 12:27 PM

Democrats released a draft of the 2016 party platform ahead of their national convention, but Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders isn't happy with it, Politico reports.

The proposal includes several liberal initiatives, including a nationwide $15 minimum wage, 12-week paid family and medical leave for all workers, and the abolishment of the death penalty. Despite these progressive policies, Sanders still has issues with several elements.

The primary rival to Hillary Clinton, the party's presumptive presidential nominee, calls the proposal "an excellent start," in an op-ed on Philly.com. But he goes on to say, "let us be clear, this is a document that needs to be significantly improved."

Sanders noted a few parts he supports, such as expanding Social Security, closing corporate tax loopholes, and investing in U.S. infrastructure, but he decried the lack of language opposing the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP. Sanders blamed Clinton supporters, saying the former secretary of state's representatives on the Platform Drafting Committee voted against knocking the proposed trade deal despite her own opposition to it.

"Virtually every major environmental group is opposed to the TPP because they understand that it will make it easier for the biggest polluters in the world to continue despoiling our planet," Sanders said. "Major religious groups are opposed because they understand that it will reward some of the biggest human-rights violators in the world.

"Doctors Without Borders is strongly opposed to this agreement because its members understand that it would increase prescription-drug prices for some of the most desperate people in the world by making it harder to access generic drugs."

Clinton's campaign responded in a statement to ABC News:

"Hillary Clinton opposes TPP today, she will oppose it in November, and she would not move it forward in January. Hillary Clinton has made clear that she is not interested in tinkering around the margins with TPP. As she has said repeatedly, she believes we need a new approach to trade that protects American jobs, raises incomes for American workers, and strengthens our national security."

Sanders delegate and Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison introduced a platform amendment opposing the TPP, but it was voted down because President Barack Obama supports the agreement. The committee felt it would be wrong for the Democratic Party to officially oppose the policy of an outgoing Democratic president.

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