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Congressional Progressive Caucus

Drinking Liberally for Democracy

Roxane Assaf | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
Roxane Assaf

No one's ever accused progressive political activists of being insincere. But no one's ever accused them of having too much fun, either.

A Tale of Two Budgets

Ana Garcia-Ashley | Posted 05.24.2015 | Latino Voices
Ana Garcia-Ashley

Rep. Woodall was among the majority members in the House Budget Committee who released on Tuesday, "A Balanced Budget for a Stronger America." But the better choice came Wednesday, as the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) released its budget proposal aptly titled, "The People's Budget: A Raise for America."

A Budget That's Best for All Americans

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

The "People's Budget," which I helped draft, strikes a strong contrast with the Republican plan. It rewards hard work and invests in our country. It ensures that everyone has an opportunity to get a good education, find a good job, live in a safe and secure home, put food on the table, have affordable health care, save for retirement and maybe have a little left over.

A Progressive Answer to the GOP's Regressive Budget

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

By strengthening the safety net and investing in 21st-century infrastructure, manufacturing, education, and environmental protection, the Congressional Progressive Caucus' "People's Budget" will create 8.4 million new jobs and give low- and moderate-income Americans a much-needed raise. And it's important to note that the CPC's budget achieves all this without breaking the bank.

How About a Real Debate on Trade?

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

The Congressional Progressive Caucus has released "Principles for Trade," showing that there could be an alternative to the TPP, a global strategy designed to benefit workers, not investors, and serve the nation's interests, not the special interests of global companies and banks. The CPC seeks more trade, but on terms that will strengthen, not sabotage, working families.

Rep. Keith Ellison: Postpone Bibi's Speech to Congress

Robert Naiman | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

We have a world-historical opportunity right now to help change the game in Washington on how people speak and think about the U.S. relationship to Israel.

Can Congress End Cuba Embargo? Many Republicans Want Embargo to Fall

Robert Naiman | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Could a Republican-led Congress vote to end the U.S. embargo? Some Republican leaders were quick to denounce President Obama's announcement that the U.S. was restoring ties with Cuba. But how many divisions do these Cold War dead-enders control?

Dave Jamieson

Progressive Dems: Obama Should Push Economic Executive Actions After Midterm Losses

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican leaders have warned President Barack Obama that pursuing more executive actions after last week's midterm drubbing would be l...

Obama Should Send John Boehner a "Thank You" Card

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

In making his off-the-cuff statement to the Times on Thursday morning, Speaker Boehner has given the administration several more months before making that decision.

Progressive Democrats Push For Vote To Authorize Force Against ISIS

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama maintains that he doesn't need congressional approval before engaging the nation's armed forces in Iraq. But prog...

Marina Fang

House Democrats Shame GOP For Not Caring About Border Kids

HuffingtonPost.com | Marina Fang | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Democrats publicly shamed Republicans on Tuesday for what they said is a lack of compassion toward undocumented children streaming...

The Congressional Progressive Caucus Budget: A Vision for Our Time

Jared Bernstein | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

To hear the rhetoric these days, you'd think faster job creation was impossible. You'd think growth deficits and debt were inevitable unless we're willing to sacrifice our social insurance programs and our safety net.

Even the Rich Should Reject the Ryan Budget

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

As the House votes on a budget plan this week, the choice is not between serving the rich or the poor. It's a choice between investing in broad-based prosperity and continuing a failed experiment of austerity.

Want to Be Better Off? Get Congress to Do This

Karen Dolan | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics
Karen Dolan

I don't know about you, but I sure would like to be "better off." Ten and a half million U.S. workers are unemployed and many of those have been sear...

Common Sense Takes Courage: The CPC Budget

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

Amid the numbers, budgets display our values, what we consider important, what we consider fair, how we address our future. Taken together, the blizzard of numbers provides a pointillist portrait of the society we would build.

How Left and Right Can Unite to Fight Unemployment

Justin Talbot Zorn | Posted 02.24.2014 | Business
Justin Talbot Zorn

While progressives have sought more Fed transparency , the left's preference has been to boost employment through Fed-fueled consumer demand. This could change.

The Obamacare Disaster and the Poison of Party Loyalty

Norman Solomon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Norman Solomon

At this pivotal moment, progressives should not leave the messaging battle about the ACA to right wingers and Obama loyalists. While critiquing the law for its entanglement with the profit-voracious insurance industry, we should fight for quality healthcare for everyone

A Progressive's Notes for the Budget Conference Meeting Today

Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva

Our recipe for prosperity is simple: protect the safety net, stop the austerity, give the economy room to grow, and don't pursue further deficit reduction at the expense of national priorities. The question is whether budget negotiators will listen.

White House Scrambles For Dems' Support On Syria

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 09.06.2013 | Politics

The Obama administration is requesting another call with Congressional Progressive Caucus members to discuss action in Syria, according to a White Hou...

Obama's Willing Executioners of the Fourth Amendment

Norman Solomon | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

It's now painfully clear that the president has put out a contract on the Fourth Amendment. And at the Capitol, the hierarchies of both parties are stuffing it into the trunks of their limousines, so each provision can be neatly fitted with cement shoes and delivered to the bottom of the Potomac.

Thinking About the Government

Robert Kuttner | Posted 08.16.2013 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

We have almost reached a tipping point where majorities of Americans who want government to be on their side look in vain for a government that actually serves them. Meanwhile, the national security state is more overweening than ever.

Clarity From Snowden -- But Murky Response From Progressives in Congress

Norman Solomon | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The Progressive Caucus could supply a principled counterweight to the bombast coming from the likes of Boehner and Feinstein. But for that to happen, leaders of the caucus would need to set a good example by putting up a real fight.

Top Progressive Staffer Joins Dean Group

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 06.13.2013 | Politics

A top staffer for congressional progressives is leaving to become the new head of a political action committee founded by former Vermont Gov. Howard D...

Don't Vent, Organize -- and 'Primary' a Democrat Near You

Norman Solomon | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Any incumbent Democrat who is not serving progressive interests should be weighed as a possible primary target. And the most fruitful primary challenges are beckoning in heavily Democratic districts where there are many progressive voters and incumbents aren't measuring up.

Time to Bell the Obama Cat

Norman Solomon | Posted 06.10.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The best way to sway members of Congress is to endanger their seats if they aren't willing to do the right thing. In the real world, politics isn't about playing cat and mouse. It's about power.