Reverend Raphael Warnock On The Issues
Healthcare: Rev. Raphael Warnock understands the everyday struggles that most Georgians face. He came from humble beginnings and does not believe that any American should have to choose between putting food on the table or visiting the doctor. In the Senate, Rev. Warnock will work to expand upon the Affordable Care Act, create a public healthcare option, lower prescription drug prices, and improve the VA healthcare system.
Racial Justice: Rev. Warnock is a pastor and shares many of the same values as Jewish Democrats, including Tikkun Olam, welcoming the stranger, and social justice. In the Senate, Rev. Warnock will support legislation to close the gender pay gap, end racial profiling, enact justice in policing, and promote racial unity.
Environment: Rev. Warnock understands the intersection of environmental justice and racial justice and the need to protect vulnerable communities. The Reverend supports comprehensive measures to end climate change and supports re-joining the Paris Climate Agreement.
Gun Violence: Rev. Warnock believes that no American should die from senseless gun violence. He supports passing universal background checks, a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, closing loopholes, and preventing domestic abusers from obtaining access to a weapon.
Israel and antisemitism: Rev. Warnock has been a long-time friend to the Jewish community and condemns all acts of antisemitism, violence, bigotry, and hatred. He supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, strongly opposes the BDS movement and conditioning or cutting aid to Israel, and will work to preserve the strong US-Israel partnership and to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
In a recent op-ed titled “I stand with Israel,” Rev. Warnock, who is the Senior Pastor at Martin Luther King Jr.’s church wrote, “I wholeheartedly and unabashedly echo Dr. King’s declaration that ‘Israel’s right to exist as a state in security is incontestable’.” Rev. Warnock stated unequivocally that he does not believe that Israel is an apartheid state and fully supports President Obama’s 2016 Memorandum of Understanding to support Israel’s qualitative military edge.
As Dr. King denounced antisemitism and actively worked to bridge the divide between different ethnic and religious communities, Rev. Warnock will continue to follow in Dr. King’s footsteps as a member of Congress.