Five years ago, when Sen. Barack Obama was running for president, he'd occasionally be confronted with the media's all-purpose stumper for liberals.What, a host or moderator would ask, would you do to tackle entitlements? Obama would say whatever he needed to say... But now, look at the Budget Conference Committee's two-year plan...It doesn't even scratch entitlements.
The chairmen of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Reps. Raul Grijalva and Keith Ellison, wrote a letter that urges the president to circumvent Congress and sign an executive order to raise the minimum wage for workers employed through federal government contracts with private companies. This letter comes months after 49 members of the CPC requested the same thing from the president, only to hear radio silence about it from the White House.




On Tuesday, May 21, Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) leaders, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) will hold a hearing on how the federal government promotes a low-wage economy through federal contracts. The hearing will include testimony from federal contract workers.

Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Ellison (D-MN), Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.),  Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), David Cicilline (D-R.I.) and Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) will join members of the Senate Defending Social Security Caucus, the Alliance for Retired Americans, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare and the Strengthen Social Security Campaign in a summit Wednesday to discuss legislative and grassroots efforts protect Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and veterans’ benefits. 

Co-chairs Grijalva and Ellison sent a letter to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) June 12 asking the group to disclose its donors and members, and to explain a $3.7 million grant from Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS. Here's a round