I believe we are stronger when we have an economy that works for everyone—an economy that grows incomes for working people, creates good-paying jobs, and puts a middle-class life within reach for more Americans. I believe we can spur more sustainable economic growth, which will create good-paying jobs and raise wages. And we can have more economic fairness, so the rewards are shared broadly, not just with those at the top. we need an economy that prioritizes long-term investment over short-term profit-seeking, rewards the common interest over self-interest, and promotes innovation and entrepreneurship.

I believe that today’s extreme level of income and wealth inequality—where the majority of the economic gains go to the top one percent and the richest 20 people in our country own more wealth than the bottom 150 million—makes our economy weaker, our communities poorer, and our politics poisonous.

I believe a good education is a basic right of all Americans, no matter what zip code they live in.  We will end the school-to-prison pipeline and build a cradle-to-college pipeline instead, where every child can live up to his or her God-given potential.

I believe in helping Americans balance work and family without fear of punishment or penalty.  I believe in at last guaranteeing equal pay for women. And as the party that created Social Security, I believe in protecting every American’s right to retire with dignity. I firmly believe that the greed, recklessness, and illegal behavior on Wall Street must be brought to an end. Wall Street must never again be allowed to threaten families and businesses on Main Street.

I believe we are stronger when we protect citizens’ right to vote, while stopping corporations’ outsized influence in elections. We will fight to end the broken campaign finance system, overturn the disastrous Citizens United decision, restore the full power of the Voting Rights Act, and return control of our elections to the American people.

I believe that climate change poses a real and urgent threat to our economy, our national security, and our children’s health and futures, and that Americans deserve the jobs and security that come from becoming the clean energy superpower of the 21st century.

I believe we are stronger and safer when America brings the world together and leads with principle and purpose.  I believe we should strengthen our alliances, not weaken them.  I believe in the power of development and diplomacy.  I believe our military should be the best-trained, best-equipped fighting force in the world, and that we must do everything we can to honor and support our veterans. And we know that only the United States can mobilize common action on a truly global scale, to take on the challenges that transcend borders, from international terrorism to climate change to health pandemics.

I believe in protecting civil liberties and guaranteeing civil rights and voting rights, women’s rights and workers’ rights, LGBT rights, and rights for people with disabilities.  



ISSUES

RAISE INCOMES AND RESTORE ECONOMIC SECURITY FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS

  • Raising Workers’ Wages
  • Protecting Workers’ Fundamental Rights
  • Supporting Working Families
  • Helping More Workers Share in Near-Record Corporate Profits
  • Expanding Access to Affordable Housing and Homeownership
  • Protecting and Expanding Social Security
  • Ensuring a Secure and Dignified Retirement
  • Revitalizing Our Nation’s Postal Service

CREATE GOOD-PAYING JOBS

  • Building 21st Century Infrastructure
  • Fostering a Manufacturing Renaissance
  • Creating Good-Paying Clean Energy Jobs
  • Pursuing Our Innovation Agenda: Science, Research, Education, and Technology
  • Supporting America’s Small Businesses
  • Creating Jobs for America’s Young People

FIGHT FOR ECONOMIC FAIRNESS AND AGAINST INEQUALITY

  • Reining in Wall Street and Fixing our Financial System
  • Promoting Competition by Stopping Corporate Concentration
  • Making the Wealthy Pay Their Fair Share of Taxes
  • Promoting Trade That is Fair and Benefits American Workers

BRING AMERICANS TOGETHER AND REMOVE BARRIERS TO OPPORTUNITIES

  • Ending Systemic Racism
  • Closing the Racial Wealth Gap
  • Reforming our Criminal Justice System
  • Fixing our Broken Immigration System
  • Guaranteeing Civil Rights
  • Guaranteeing Women’s Rights
  • Guaranteeing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights
  • Guaranteeing Rights for People with Disabilities
  • Respecting Faith and Service
  • Investing in Rural America
  • Ending Poverty and Investing in Communities Left Behind
  • Building Strong Cities and Metro Areas
  • Promoting Arts and Culture
  • Honoring Indigenous Tribal Nations
  • Fighting for the People of Puerto Rico
  • Honoring the People of the Territories

PROTECT VOTING RIGHTS, FIX OUR CAMPAIGN FINANCE SYSTEM, AND RESTORE OUR DEMOCRACY

  • Protecting Voting Rights
  • Fixing Our Broken Campaign Finance System
  • Securing Statehood for Washington, D.C.
  • Strengthening Management of Federal Government

COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE, BUILD A CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY, AND SECURE ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

  • Building a Clean Energy Economy
  • Securing Environmental and Climate Justice
  • Protecting Our Public Lands and Waters

PROVIDE QUALITY AND AFFORDABLE EDUCATION

  • Making Debt-Free College a Reality
  • Providing Relief from Crushing Student Debt
  • Supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions 
  • Cracking Down on Predatory For-Profit Schools
  • Guaranteeing Universal Preschool and Good Schools for Every Child

ENSURE THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF ALL AMERICANS

  • Securing Universal Health Care
  • Supporting Community Health Centers
  • Reducing Prescription Drug Costs
  • Enabling Cutting-Edge Medical Research
  • Combating Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Treating Mental Health
  • Supporting Those Living with Autism and their Families
  • Securing Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice
  • Ensuring Long-Term Care, Services, and Supports
  • Protecting and Promoting Public Health
  • Ending Violence Against Women
  • Preventing Gun Violence

SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND KEEP FAITH WITH OUR VETERANS

  • Defense Spending
  • Veterans and Service Members
  • Military Families
  • A Strong Military

CONFRONT GLOBAL THREATS

  • Terrorism
  • Syria
  • Afghanistan
  • Iran
  • North Korea
  • Russia
  • Cybersecurity and Online Privacy
  • Non-Proliferation of Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Weapons


Website: Austin Songer For Congress 


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  • Christopher Sennett endorsed

    “I support Austin Songer because he is a bright young man that is creative, innovative, and has the ability to think outside the box, and come up with answers to hard questions facing our legislature. Austin also has the ability to work as a part of a team, and make compromises that work for both sides of the aisle.”

  • Duane Myers endorsed

    “He's a veteran just like me and he actually knows what serving the country means.”

  • Matthew L. Combs endorsed

    “Because he represents my generation.”

  • James Nathan endorsed

    “People are tired of the same old faces and Austin is definitely a new face and has served this country in ways that the other candidates have not. (1) Amanda Howland lost once to Peter Roskam. (2) It's time to nominate a democratic candidate that has a chance of reaching across party lines. (3) Austin being a veteran has the best possible chance of getting republican voters to vote for him. (4) He's young and Congress needs more young faces (5) We should all back Austin so he can have the best possible chance. (6) With all of these democratic candidates it's just going to be easier for Peter Roskam win again. (7) It's time to choose a candidate that is likeable and stands the best chance against Peter Roskam. The choice is obvious. Austin Songer stands the best chance.”

  • Kathleen endorsed

    “I endorse Austin Songer for Congressman for the 6 district in Illinois because we are in need of a change. We need someone who will represent all of the residents of the 6th district including both republicans, democrats, independents, etc....We need someone who is not afraid to face his constituents and understand what his job requires. I am hoping Austin Songer is the man for the job!”

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  • Christopher Sennett endorsed

    “I support Austin Songer because he is a bright young man that is creative, innovative, and has the ability to think outside the box, and come up with answers to hard questions facing our legislature. Austin also has the ability to work as a part of a team, and make compromises that work for both sides of the aisle.”

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  • Duane Myers endorsed

    “He's a veteran just like me and he actually knows what serving the country means.”

  • Matthew L. Combs endorsed

    “Because he represents my generation.”

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  • James Nathan endorsed

    “People are tired of the same old faces and Austin is definitely a new face and has served this country in ways that the other candidates have not. (1) Amanda Howland lost once to Peter Roskam. (2) It's time to nominate a democratic candidate that has a chance of reaching across party lines. (3) Austin being a veteran has the best possible chance of getting republican voters to vote for him. (4) He's young and Congress needs more young faces (5) We should all back Austin so he can have the best possible chance. (6) With all of these democratic candidates it's just going to be easier for Peter Roskam win again. (7) It's time to choose a candidate that is likeable and stands the best chance against Peter Roskam. The choice is obvious. Austin Songer stands the best chance.”

  • Matthew Faust endorsed

  • Kathleen endorsed

    “I endorse Austin Songer for Congressman for the 6 district in Illinois because we are in need of a change. We need someone who will represent all of the residents of the 6th district including both republicans, democrats, independents, etc....We need someone who is not afraid to face his constituents and understand what his job requires. I am hoping Austin Songer is the man for the job!”