The top 2020 Democratic presidential candidates debate one another in Westerville, Ohio, on Tuesday night.

The top 2020 Democratic presidential candidates debate one another in Westerville, Ohio, on Tuesday night. John Minchillo/AP

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The Federal Agencies 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates Would Create

The contenders have big plans for growing government.

Many of the 19 Democrats running for president in 2020 have plans to increase the size of the federal government. These plans come in stark contrast to the Trump administration’s attempts to cut the federal payroll, delegate more responsibilities to states and eliminate regulations

Here are some of the new agencies, offices and task forces the Democratic contenders have said they would create if they are elected, to help implement their policy agendas:

  • Commission on Federal Ethics to oversee federal anti-corruption and ethics laws (former Vice President Joe Biden)
  • Independent task force outside the Justice Department that will make recommendations to address discrimination issues in the criminal justice system (Biden)
  • Department of Peace to coordinate and facilitate peace efforts at home and abroad  (author Marianne Williamson)
  • Department of Children and Youth to take a holistic approach to the welfare of children (Williamson)
  • Department of Cybersecurity to address emerging threats to our national security (former Maryland Rep. John Delaney)
  • Task force within the Justice Department to investigate sexual assaults and murders of Native American women (Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.)
  • Re-establish the Cabinet-level interagency council on environmental justice that will report directly to the White House on climate issues (Warren)
  • Office of LGBTQ Antidiscrimination within the White House Domestic Policy Council (Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.)
  • Cabinet-level task force to coordinate election cybersecurity initiatives (Klobuchar)
  • Reopen the international U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offices (Klobuchar)
  • Reopen and expand the Office for Access to Justice to make legal aid more accessible (Klobuchar)
  • Independent clemency commission outside the Justice Department to tackle mass incarceration (Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana)
  • Clemency advisory board (Klobuchar)
  • Interagency task force to combat white supremacy and Neo-Nazism (former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas)
  • Independent Border Oversight Commission and Border Community Liaison Office to ensure law enforcement is transparent and accountable  (O'Rourke)
  • Permanent Surge Capacity Force that can deploy governmentwide officials following a catastrophic incident (Buttigieg)
  • Community-Centered Disaster Commission to oversee coordination of disaster recovery across all levels of government (Buttigieg)
  • Public council of advisors of experts, artists and thinkers to advise the president on topics of public importance (entrepreneur Andrew Yang)
  • White House Council on Indigenous Communities to coordinate Native American policies throughout the government (former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro)
  • Tribal advisory committees within all Cabinet-level agencies (Castro)
  •  Presidential Commission on Zoning Reform to work with other agencies, civil rights groups, and state and local governments to combat segregation and red-lining in communities (Castro)
  • Office of Rural Affairs in the White House to manage rural policies across agencies (Montana Gov. Steve Bullock)
  • Foreign Interference Threat Center that would coordinate intelligence community response to foreign interferences (Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo.)
  • Independent and nonpartisan redistricting commissions to redraw electoral maps and eliminate gerrymandering (Tom Steyer)
  • Animal cruelty enforcement unit within the Justice Department (Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.)
  • Office of Reproductive Freedom in the White House (Booker)
  • Distressed Community Investment Agency within the Commerce Department to provide grants and contracts to underserved areas (Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio)
  • Office of Public and Corporate Accountability within the Justice Department to enforce lobbying laws and hold the corrupt accountable (former Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Penn.)