WASHINGTON — Today, Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) issued the following statement applauding Chairwoman Khan and the FTC’s decision to open an investigation into the practice of surveillance pricing.

"Time and time again, corporations and their consultants have employed exploitative tactics to hoard wealth and power as working people struggle to get by. The alarming rise of surveillance pricing—the use of algorithms and artificial intelligence to customize prices based on consumers’ personal data—raises serious concerns around privacy, competition, and consumer protection. Americans deserve to know whether companies are harvesting their personal information to grow their profit margins at the expense of consumers everywhere. The Progressive Caucus applauds FTC Chair Lina Khan for initiating this investigation, and we look forward to seeing the results. We encourage the FTC to take immediate action to remediate consumer harm if evidence of illegal behavior emerges during the course of the investigation.”  

WASHINGTON — Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) Chair Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) and 53 of her CPC colleagues wrote to Speaker Mike Johnson welcoming a debate and vote on H.J. Res. 122. This Republican-led legislation would invalidate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB’s) recently finalized Credit Card Penalty Fees Rule (Regulation Z), which lowers most late fees charged by big banks issuing credit cards from $32 to $8, just a quarter of the original penalty. 

“We look forward to this opportunity to highlight the Republican Majority’s enthusiastic support for junk fees, including exorbitant credit card fees,” the lawmakers wrote. “We think it is critical that the American people understand the House Republican Conference’s firm and dedicated commitment to protecting the business model of unfettered, predatory fines imposed by large corporate banks against ordinary Americans.” 

“We look forward to a promptly scheduled vote that allows every House Republican to go on the record opposing an initiative that will rein in a loophole exploited by corporate giants to boost their profits at the expense of American households,” the Members added. “We are unsurprised that House Republicans uniformly insist on defending large corporate banks’ current practice of overcharging Americans with credit-card late fees and welcome the opportunity to highlight the contrast in our priorities on the House floor this summer.” 

The CFPB estimates that the largest issuers earn about five times more from late fees than it costs them to collect those fees. Ending this practice through the rule, which requires large companies to prove that fees higher than $8 are necessary to cover their actual collection costs, will save Americans $10 billion annually, averaging $220 a year in savings for over 45 million people.

The lawmakers concluded by noting that “the Congressional Progressive Caucus has strongly supported the Biden Administration’s laser focus on lowering costs for ordinary Americans, providing financial breathing room for working families, and creating an open and even playing field in which companies must compete with each other to provide working people with better products, services, and wages. We are proud to partner with the Administration to address priorities in our CPC Executive Action Agenda to attack junk fees across American industries like banking, where corporate bad actors have gotten away with business models that maximize profits through unfair penalties, fee harvesting, and bait-and-switch tactics, preying on financially vulnerable and less-educated customers in particular.”  

The letter was signed by CPC Chair Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Deputy Chair Ilhan Omar (MN-05), Whip Greg Casar (TX-35), Alma Adams (NC-12), Becca Balint (VT-01), Nanette Barragán (CA-44), Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), Jamaal Bowman (NY-16), Cori Bush (MO-01), André Carson (IN-07), Troy Carter (LA-02), Matt Cartwright (PA-08), Judy Chu (CA-28), Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Christopher Deluzio (PA-17), Mark DeSaulnier (CA-10), Debbie Dingell (MI-06), Lloyd Doggett (TX-37), Veronica Escobar (TX-16), Dwight Evans (PA-03), Valerie Foushee (NC-04), Maxwell Frost (FL-10), Jesús ‘Chuy’ García (IL-04), Jimmy Gomez (CA-34), Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-07), Jonathan Jackson (IL-01), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), Henry C. "Hank" Johnson, Jr. (GA-04), Ro Khanna (CA-17), Barbara Lee (CA-12), Summer L. Lee (PA-12), Teresa Leger Fernandez (NM-03), Ted Lieu (CA-36), Morgan McGarvey (KY-19), James P. McGovern (MA-02), Grace Meng (NY-06), Jerrold Nadler (NY-12), Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), Mark Pocan (WI-02), Katie Porter (CA-47), Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Delia C. Ramirez (IL-03), Jamie Raskin (MD-08), Andrea Salinas (OR-06), Janice D. Schakowsky (IL-09), Brad Sherman (CA-32), Mark Takano (CA-41), Rashida Tlaib (MI-12), Jill Tokuda (HI-02), Paul Tonko (NY-20), Nydia M. Velázquez (NY-07), Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), and Nikema Williams (GA-05).

WASHINGTON — Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) Chair Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) released the following statement after a caucus meeting with President Joe Biden: 

“Today, the CPC had a productive and engaging conversation with President Biden. The President has been a champion for working people and families across the country and throughout his time in office and we have been proud to partner with him in passing major legislation to cut costs and raise wages. We spoke frankly to the President about our concerns and asked tough questions about the path forward. We appreciate his willingness to thoughtfully answer and address our Members. As a caucus, we will continue working to do everything in our power to defeat Donald Trump and promote our Proposition Agenda – a slate of day one, popular and populist policies to deliver for the people.”

WASHINGTON — Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s rulings in Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo and Relentless, Inc. v. Department of Commerce

“Today’s decision by an extremist Supreme Court eviscerates four decades of legal precedent that protects Americans’ rights to clean air and water, safe workplaces, and healthcare by preventing  the dedicated civil-servant experts who staff our federal agencies from implementing the laws enacted by Congress. This dangerous ruling overturns a unanimous Supreme Court determination, known as Chevron deference, that recognizes that judges are not policy experts and that it is entirely appropriate for knowledgeable regulatory agencies to respond effectively to protect Americans. 

“That is why Congress must immediately pass my Stop Corporate Capture Act, the only bill that codifies Chevron deference, strengthens the federal-agency rulemaking process, and ensures that rulemaking is guided by the public interest–not what’s good for wealthy corporations. 

“Today’s ruling creates massive uncertainty around the ability of the Executive Branch to fulfill its constitutional obligation to enforce our laws and casts doubt on the protections Americans depend on for a safe environment, financial markets, food products, prescription drugs, enforcement of our civil rights, and much more. It empowers the very same Supreme Court that struck down abortion rights to make far-reaching policy decisions. 

“Make no mistake: this is the outcome of a multi-decade crusade by big business and rightwing extremists to gut federal agencies tasked with protecting Americans’ health and safety to instead benefit corporations aiming to dismantle regulations and boost their profits. 

“In addition to passing my bill to codify Chevron deference, we must also enact sweeping oversight measures to rein in corruption and billionaire influence at the Supreme Court, whose far-right extremist majority routinely flouts basic ethics, throws out precedent, and legislates from the bench to benefit the wealthiest and most powerful.” 

WASHINGTON — Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) issued the following statement upon passage of the Fiscal Year 2025 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in the House of Representatives:

“For the second year in a row, MAGA House Republicans pursued a path of extremism for the annual Pentagon authorization bill to continue waging their attacks on climate action, reproductive rights, LBGTQ+ rights, and communities of color. This bloated $833 billion Pentagon authorization bill approves $8.6 billion in additional tax dollars for an out-of-control military budget, expanding costly and unnecessary weapons systems while banning gender-affirming care, abortion travel, and diversity efforts for servicemembers. 

“Meanwhile, investments in domestic priorities, from education to housing, health care to child care, remain squeezed after Republicans threatened to default on the country’s debt, forcing draconian spending caps. Progressives joined nearly all House Democrats in voting ‘no’ on this shameful bill, which also denied CPC members the opportunity to offer amendments to protect human rights abroad, reaffirm congressional war powers, strengthen labor and civil rights for service members, and reduce waste, fraud, and abuse in military spending. 

“We look forward to a process led by a Democratic House that allows an open and robust debate on the issues Americans care about—national security and peace, upholding human rights, protecting our servicemembers and their families, and taking on the climate crisis and corporate corruption—not cynical attacks on vulnerable Americans.” 

WASHINGTON — Representatives Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and Ranking Member of the Immigration Integrity, Security, and Enforcement Subcommittee and Nanette Barragán (CA-44), Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus issued the following statement regarding immigration legislation in the Senate:  

“We are disappointed that the Senate will once again vote on an already-failed border bill in a move that only splits the Democratic Caucus over extreme and unworkable enforcement-only policies. This framework, which was constructed under Republican hostage-taking, does nothing to address the longstanding updates needed to modernize our outdated immigration system, create more legal pathways, and recognize the enormous contributions of immigrants to communities and our economy. 

“While the investments in asylum officers and immigration judges are welcome and needed, these alone cannot address the negative effects of a new Title 42-like expulsion authority that will close the border and turn away people seeking asylum without due process. Such a policy will be a boon to cartels who prey on migrants and would do nothing to address the root causes of migration—which will continue to send immigrants to the border. It is worth remembering that under Donald Trump, such a policy was not only declared unlawful by the courts, but it also led to increases—not decreases—in illegal border crossing. The Senate framework would also subject immigrants to impossible standards and unrealistic timelines in presenting their asylum claims, forcing many back to violence, dangerous conditions, or other harm. The bill also limits parole at land ports of entry, which will only make it more difficult to process people in a safe and orderly way.

“It is tempting to simply embrace the very policies we rejected under Donald Trump to counter the horrific xenophobic and racist attacks against immigrants coming from the right. We urge our Senate Democratic colleagues to resist this urge and instead show a clear contrast between Republicans and Democrats. Abandon unworkable policy solutions offered by Republicans and instead work with our caucuses to craft a common-sense bipartisan bill that provides holistic solutions that address our economic, humanitarian, and security needs — not more of the same enforcement-only approach that has failed us for the last 30 years.” 

WASHINGTON — Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s rejection of a major challenge to the authority of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB):  

“The CFPB has put $20 billion back into consumers' pockets since its founding 12 years ago. That work has only been possible because of the nature of the agency's independent funding, as Congress intended. This spurious challenge should not have even been entertained, and now, even this hard-right Supreme Court recognizes that this funding mechanism is wholly constitutional. 

“By protecting Americans from junk fees, medical debt, payday lenders, and more, the CFPB has proven to be an effective and critical watchdog agency. From its founding as an idea of now-Senator Elizabeth Warren, to the incredible leadership of Rohit Chopra, the CFPB has become vital to consumer protection. The CPC has been proud to work closely with the CFPB to advocate for and implement many of these policies, and we look forward to continuing that work now that this frivolous challenge has been rightfully blocked.”

WASHINGTON, DC — Representatives Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), and Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04), member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and chair of CPC’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Task Force, issued the following statement on the passage of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024: 

“We are pleased that this FAA reauthorization, which will now go to the President’s desk, includes two key CPC priorities that our caucus worked hard to attach in order to strengthen consumer rights and protect labor agreements.

“Airlines have long taken advantage of weak regulations to overbook and under-staff flights. Now, airlines will be required to refund a consumer when a flight is canceled or significantly delayed, and progressives fought to ensure that refunds are paid automatically. As passed, this bill now codifies the Biden Administration’s important final rule to shift the burden of initiating a refund from consumers onto the airlines. The Progressive Caucus advocated hard for this provision and also appreciates the advocacy and engagement of Senator Elizabeth Warren and CPC member and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Nanette Barragán to ensure this language made it into the final bill. This reauthorization also directs air carriers to set reimbursement policies for the cost of hotels and meals in cases of mass cancellations. 

“The CPC also successfully advocated to remove a provision that would have raised the pilot retirement age, undermining hard-won labor agreements and compliance with international safety regulations. Increasing the number of pilots must be rooted in expanding diverse workforce development and talent pipelines, not sacrificing workers’ rights and safety. 

“We thank Ranking Member Rick Larsen, Chair Maria Cantwell, and Congressional Democratic leadership for working with us to secure these significant victories, and more, within this bipartisan compromise bill. We look forward to partnering with them to advance even bolder policies in the future to build a fairer, more sustainable, and resilient aviation system, including sweeping improvements in wages and benefits for airport service workers as outlined in the CPC-endorsed Good Jobs for Good Airports Act. We will keep fighting for legislation that improves the passenger experience, protects the environment, and empowers workers.” 

Recent polling by Data for Progress showed that the Biden Administration's automatic refund requirement, now codified in this bill, is overwhelmingly popular, with 84 percent of Americans supporting the policy, including 80 percent of Republicans. Only 18 percent of Americans agreed that passengers should have to proactively request a refund for delayed or canceled flights.

WASHINGTON — Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) and Congressional Renters Caucus Chair Jimmy Gomez (CA-34) are leading 26 of their colleagues in calling on the Administration to immediately release the final “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” (AFFH) rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

“America is contending with a variety of housing issues – including surging rents, increasing homelessness, and roadblocks to the American dream of homeownership. It is more important than ever to provide environments for every community to have quality housing within affordable reach,” wrote the Members. “Thankfully, HUD’s proposed AFFH rule would aid local government in creating a true fair housing environment. By forming goals for addressing fair housing concerns, in conjunction with the public that they serve, they will be empowered to take significant steps towards accountability, transparency, and oversight.”

This proposed rule was published in February of 2023 and remains a critical tool to address the country’s history of discriminatory housing policies. Although the Fair Housing Act was passed with the goal of prohibiting direct discrimination by landlords and real estate companies, patterns of segregation still exist. 

The proposed AFFH rule would serve to close gaps in the enforcement of the Fair Housing Act and ensure through Equity Plans that the law is being upheld to its full extent. These plans will help communities receiving housing funds, like local governments and housing non-profits, measure the impacts of housing discrimination and outline strategies to alleviate those issues.  As working families contend with an affordability crisis, finalizing this rule would help to curb inequity, end homelessness, and create opportunity for historically disadvantaged communities. 

The letter was signed by Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Jimmy Gomez (CA-34), Becca Balint (VT-AL), Jamaal Bowman (NY-16), Greg Casar (TX-35), Judy Chu (CA-28), Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09), Danny K. Dennis (IL-07), Dwight Evans (PA-03), Maxwell Frost (FL-10), Daniel S. Goldman (NY-10), Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-07), Henry C. "Hank" Johnson, Jr. (GA-04), Ro Khanna (CA-17), Barbara Lee (CA-12), Summer L. Lee (PA-12), Ted Lieu (CA-36), Kevin Mullin (CA-15), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), Ilhan Omar (MN-05), Scott H. Peters (CA-50), Delia C. Ramirez (IL-03), Janice D. Schakowsky (IL-09), Adam B. Schiff (CA-30), Melanie A. Stansbury (NM-01), Rashida Tlaib (MI-12), Nydia M. Velázquez (NY-07), and Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) and the full text can be read here

WASHINGTON — Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) and Whip Greg Casar (TX-35) released the following statement in support of CPC Deputy Chair Ilhan Omar (MN-05) following the introduction of a censure resolution against the Congresswoman:
 “The Congressional Progressive Caucus fully stands with our Deputy Chair, Representative Ilhan Omar, in condemning this baseless, blatantly Islamophobic censure resolution. We see this for what it is: a political stunt to stir up hate within the MAGA extremist base. Throughout her service as Deputy Chair of the Progressive Caucus, Rep. Omar has brought invaluable leadership and continues to bring a vital perspective to the People’s House. We stand with her.”