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Congressional Progressive Caucus

Inability to Pass Budget Signals Soul-Searching for House Republicans

Rep. Mark Pocan | Posted 04.21.2016 | Politics
Rep. Mark Pocan

April 15th was the last day Congress had to pass a joint budget resolution. This failure to pass a budget transcends the halls of Congress and the Washington echo chamber because a budget is a statement of our values. It is a blueprint of our priorities for the American people.

A Corporate/Billionaire Austerity Budget, or a People's Prosperity Budget?

Dave Johnson | Posted 03.24.2016 | Politics
Dave Johnson

You've heard people ask, "How come they can come up with a couple trillion dollars to invade Iraq, or hundreds of billions for corporate tax cuts, but say we're broke when we need to fix our infrastructure so pipes don't contaminate children with lead poisoning?" The answer is that the priorities of our current rigged "system" lead to choices like these by our current Congress.

The Pro-Social Security Congressional Progressive Caucus Budget

Nancy Altman | Posted 03.10.2016 | Politics
Nancy Altman

What makes 2017's Congressional Progressive Caucus People's Budget so strong is what it doesn't do: It does not include Social Security. Finally, a budget that follows the law!

The People's Budget Quenches Thirst for Big Ideas That Work

Richard Kirsch | Posted 03.08.2016 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

The People's Budget is a comprehensive agenda of big and not-so-big ideas, which together form a powerful, coherent program for an economy and government that works for all Americans, not just the wealthy.

Congressional Progressive Caucus Members Gather For A Summit On Racial Inequality

The Huffington Post | Tyler Tynes | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics

BALTIMORE -- The scene was relaxed. The ties came off. Kicks got laced. Charm City was a breeding ground for progressivism, interracial understanding ...

Why Hillary Is the Right Choice for Iowans, and Bernie Isn't

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 01.24.2016 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

Iowa has a choice between one candidate who understands the reality we face in the world today and has the experience to handle it; and the other whose policies suggest he believes in an alternative reality and a record with a distinct lack of real accomplishments.

Progressive Democrats Met Secretly With Iranian Diplomat In December

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In early December, six House Democrats traveled to New York for an under-the-radar meeting with Iran's U.N. Ambassador Gholamali Khoshro...

Here's How Hundreds Of Lawmakers Ended Up Voting To Give Banks $17 Billion

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 11.06.2015 | Politics

So, that happened. On Thursday, 354 members of the House of Representatives voted to give banks $17 billion, basically just to thank them for being ba...

Bernie Sanders Gets His First Endorsement From A Member Of Congress

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) is set to back Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential bid on Friday, giving the independent a boost in h...

Two Months After Netroots Nation, Should Bernie Sanders Be Thanking Black Lives Matter?

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 09.23.2016 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Sanders has shown since Netroots Nation that he understands that reality by addressing both areas where race and class intersect, as well as those where racial injustice inflicts harm irrespective of class.

Media Refs Should Call Foul on Bogus Arguments Against Iran Deal

Robert Naiman | Posted 07.14.2016 | Politics
Robert Naiman

This multilateral negotiation, which was started by the George W. Bush administration, has always been about Iran's nuclear program and nothing else. It's not about Syria. It's not about Yemen. The Iran deal will not make you look five pounds thinner, as Gil Scott-Heron might have said.

Drinking Liberally for Democracy

Roxane Assaf Lynn | Posted 05.15.2016 | Politics
Roxane Assaf Lynn

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 | 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 | 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...