Progressive Caucus co-chair Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva speaks on CNN "In The Arena" August 1 about why he voted no that day on the debt deal. The segment also includes the show's hosts explaining how the deal works and former Reagan budget director David Stockman explaining why we have to increase some tax rates.
America has an historic opportunity. We have the chance to address our budget deficit in a manner not seen since President Bill Clinton created a budget surplus in 1999. And if we do it right, we could pave the way for a vibrant American economy based not on gimmicks like giveaways for special interests, but on job creation for working Americans. As Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, I urge us to avoid a default on the faith and credit of the United States while protecting Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.
House Democrats late Monday afternoon were staging a mini-filibuster against a Republican bill that they said would significantly undermine U.S. environmental protection laws. A handful of amendments were debated before Democratic leaders and senior committee members each took five minutes to talk in opposition to the bill.
The progressive tax policies endorsed by the People's Budget have drawn remarkably strong support in public opinion polls, suggesting that the views of our most powerful elected officials don't accurately reflect the views of the electorate.
The Congressional Progressive Caucus campaign to prevents cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security has already received significant media coverage. Below are some examples of what people are reading and watching this week about the CPC standing up for a fair economy for working people.