Washington, D.C. – Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) Chair Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), CPC Chair Emeritus Mark Pocan, (WI-02), CPC Peace & Security Task Force Chair Barbara Lee (CA-13), and CPC Deputy Whip Ro Khanna (CA-17) released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s decision to designate the Houthis as a Foreign Terrorist Organization:

“The Trump Administration’s reckless decision to designate the Houthis as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist and Foreign Terrorist Organization only further imperils hope for a peaceful solution to the conflict in Yemen and exacerbates the world’s worst humanitarian crisis for the millions of Yemenis on the brink of starvation.

“An estimated 24 million people – nearly 80 percent of the population – are in dire need of food and medicine. The people of Yemen cannot afford another obstacle to receiving the assistance they need. That is why the Congressional Progressive Caucus has consistently supported an end to unconstitutional U.S. participation in the Saudi-led coalition’s brutal war, spearheading the first-ever War Powers Resolution to pass the House and Senate in 2019. The imminent end of Trump’s lawless administration opens the possibility for robust engagement with the UN-brokered peace talks to diplomatically resolve the crisis.

“We call on the incoming Biden Administration to reverse both designations and remove all obstacles that prevent the Yemeni people from accessing food, medicine, fuel and other necessary goods and services. We are committed to reasserting Congress’s rightful constitutional authority over war and peace, and look forward to working with the Administration to secure the immediate end to all military and political support for the Saudi-led coalition, a major increase in humanitarian aid to prevent a full-blown famine, and full support for the UN-brokered peace negotiations led by UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths to finally end to this crisis.”


Washington, D.C. — Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) issued the following statement after voting to once again impeach President Donald J. Trump — this time for incitement of insurrection:

“It is indisputable that Donald Trump incited insurrectionists to launch the most deadly and destructive assault on the United States Capitol since the War of 1812. He told these domestic terrorists — many associated with white nationalist groups — to 'stand by.' Then he urged them to 'fight like hell.' Next, he proclaimed, 'we are going to the Capitol.' The insurrectionists followed these orders from the President of the United States, and carried out a violent attack on our country with the intent of overtaking Congress, overturning this election and undermining our democracy.

“We must urgently remove Donald Trump from office to protect our country, our Constitution and our very democracy. We must send a clear message to the President that the United States Congress and the American people will not stand by and allow one man to turn our democracy into an autocracy; that we will not stand by while that man incites insurrectionists to launch a deadly assault on our country. We must hold him accountable.

“Just over a year ago, I voted to impeach this president. My vote was for the Constitution and for ‘We, the People.' The threat that Donald Trump posed to America then has only continued to escalate. The Senate must immediately vote to convict Donald J. Trump for incitement of insurrection and remove him from office."


Washington, D.C. – Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal released the following statement congratulating Senators-elect Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff on their pivotal wins in Georgia:

“Congratulations to Senators-elect Warnock and Ossoff on their victories. This isn’t just a victory for Democrats – it’s a win for working families across the nation who have suffered at the hands of Mitch McConnell’s obstruction and cruelty for far too long.

“As Senators-elect Warnock and Ossoff have rightly pointed out, a Democratic Senate means that families across the nation will receive $2000 survival checks. But it also means that Congress can finally act to pass bold climate legislation that creates jobs, saves our planet, and helps frontline communities. It means that we can pass COVID-19 relief that meets the scale of the crisis – with robust aid for the unemployed, families on the brink of eviction, health care for everyone in the midst of a pandemic, and aid for state and local communities. It means we can finally fix our broken immigration system, raise the minimum wage, begin to dismantle structural racism, and restore power to the hands of workers. It means we can strengthen our democracy by ending corruption and protecting access to the ballot box. It means we can finally address the real racism that exists in our institutions, and pass bold policies that help us achieve justice in policing. Progressives have laid out an ambitious People’s Agenda for the first six months of this year, and we’re ready to work with our Senate and White House partners to make it a reality.

“Let us be very clear on how last night’s victory happened. It was the result of years of dogged — often unrecognized — on-the-ground organizing in Black, Latinx, and AAPI communities. It was about delivering hope again to people, letting them know that their voices matter and that our democracy can never achieve its potential without their voices. Both Senators-elect ran campaigns built on big ideas; they challenged the corruption and self-dealing in Washington, took on Big Pharma, fought for debt-free college, and ran on an inclusive and pro-immigrant agenda. Now, we must keep our promise to these voters by governing with conviction and delivering relief and opportunity so families across the nation can thrive, not just survive. Let’s get to work.”


Washington, D.C. — Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) released the following statement on the passage of the House Rules for the 117th Congress, which included critical progressive priority reforms to the PAYGO Rule, the Motion to Recommit, and Truth in Testimony rules:

“As we begin the 117th Congress, millions of people across the country are living on the brink. ICUs are at capacity in big cities and small towns. Families are months behind on the rent. The climate crisis continues unchecked.

“This is not a time for incrementalism. We need bold and visionary action from Congress that meets the scale of the crises we face. That’s why the Progressive Caucus has spent the last several months working with House leadership to reform the House Rules for the 117th Congress, so big ideas don’t get bogged down by procedural hurdles or harmful, outdated austerity measures.

“We are very pleased that our top priorities for the Rules package reforms were all included and are important wins for the progressive movement. The House Rules package automatically exempts all climate change, pandemic relief, and related public health measures from the House PAYGO Rule. It reforms the Motion to Recommit, restoring it to a procedural vote instead of a poison-pill gotcha amendment designed to water down or delay critical legislation. It strengthens Truth in Testimony disclosures to require individuals testifying before House committees to reveal any conflicts of interest. It builds upon important diversity initiatives from the previous Congress, including making the Office of Diversity and Inclusion permanent and examining the diversity of witnesses at House committee hearings. And it protects privilege for War Powers Resolutions, so any member can bring up and demand an up-or-down vote on critical issues of war and peace.

“For far too long, Congress has undermined its own ability to govern effectively by allowing archaic procedural hurdles like PAYGO and the Motion to Recommit to derail our agenda. We can’t afford to continue to govern this way. We thank Chairman McGovern and Speaker Pelosi for working with us to secure these reforms to the House Rules. Progressives are ready to govern with vision and urgency, and these reforms will help us do just that.”


Washington, D.C. – Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) released the following statement applauding the passage of the CASH Act, legislation increasing direct payments to $2000 per person, a key priority of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

“Families across the nation are suffering. Millions of people don’t know where their next meal will come from, and millions more are months behind on rent, utilities, and car payments.

“Congress can and must do far more to help families survive this pandemic. For months, economists have been warning us that the risks of doing too little are far greater than the risk of doing too much. We must be bold in our approach to this crisis – as we’ve seen, gridlock and inaction has devastating consequences for public health and the economic security of millions.

“Since March, progressives have been calling for monthly $2000 survival checks and enhanced Unemployment Insurance to give people the financial means to stay healthy and control this pandemic. Earlier this month, we wrote to House and Senate leadership calling on them to include $2000 survival checks in the year-end Covid-19 relief package. Speaker Pelosi was absolutely right to once again challenge Republicans with today’s vote to increase survival checks to $2000. Senate Republicans should take up this bill immediately and help us deliver relief to millions of families.

“Today’s bill is a critical step forward – but we should be very clear that even one-time $2,000 survival checks will not keep families afloat indefinitely. As we begin a new Congress and welcome a new Administration, our top priority must be delivering relief that provides stability and certainty for families across America facing economic devastation, and meets the scale of the crisis.”


Washington, D.C. – Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) released the following statement on the bipartisan agreement to fund the government and provide additional, long-overdue pandemic relief for the American people, including survival checks and enhanced unemployment demanded by the Progressive Caucus:

“It’s been eight long months since the American people have received any pandemic relief from the federal government. This deal will help keep families afloat – and prevent a catastrophic economic cliff and eviction crisis on January 1st – but it’s not nearly sufficient to address the enormous and growing need in our nation.

“This crisis was wholly preventable. Poverty, homelessness, and mass unemployment are policy choices made by callous politicians who would rather funnel money into the pockets of billionaires than help working families. This suffering could have been prevented if Congressional Republicans had worked with us, instead of stonewalling for months while hundreds of thousands of Americans died and millions more lost their jobs and life savings.

“While it’s important that survival checks and enhanced unemployment were included in this deal at the insistence of the Progressive Caucus, a one-time check of $600 is a Band-Aid for struggling families who are months behind on their rent, utilities, and car payments. It’s a disgrace that in the richest nation on Earth, millions of people will be spending this holiday season wondering if they will be able to keep a roof over their heads or pay for groceries in 2021.

“Families deserve better than the insufficient aid provided so far. This bill is a stopgap measure that includes many important provisions, including ensuring that survival checks are available to mixed-status families – including retroactively, so these families can also finally benefit from the $1200 checks from this spring – as well as critical funding for SNAP, rental assistance, and enhanced unemployment. But we will need to go far bigger and bolder to rescue our economy and help the American people. We must listen to the experts and economists who have told us that the dangers of going too small far outweigh the risk of going too big. In the coming months, Congress must pass a comprehensive package that meets the scale of the crisis, prevents this economic crisis from worsening, and brings real, substantial relief to the millions of individuals and families living on the brink.”


Washington, D.C. – Tonight, the Congressional Progressive Caucus held a virtual event unveiling a bold Congressional agenda for the first six months of 2021 to deliver relief to the American people and govern with the urgency and vision that this moment requires.

Tonight’s event unveiling “The People’s Agenda: A Progressive Roadmap for Congress in 2021” featured remarks from Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Reverend Dr. William J Barber II, and Reverend Dr. Liz Theoharis, along with testimony from members of Congress, movement leaders, and members of the public demanding progress. Click here for the full video of the event.

The People’s Agenda has been endorsed by the Congressional Progressive Caucus and 37 outside organizations: The Poor People’s Campaign; SEIU; Community Change Action; Common Defense; MoveOn; Action Center on Race & the Economy (ACRE); American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC); Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO; Association of Flight Attendants-CWA; Association of Professional Flight Attendants; Business Leaders for Health Care Transformation; Center for Economic and Policy Research; Center for Popular Democracy Action; Communications Workers of America; DC Vote; Demand Progress; Indivisible; NARAL Pro-Choice America; National Domestic Workers Alliance; National Education Association; National Employment Law Project; National Immigration Law Center; National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC); NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice; Our Revolution; People's Action; PL+US: Paid Leave for the United States; Progressive Democrats of America; Public Citizen; Social Security Works; Transgender Law Center; UltraViolet; United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW); United for Respect; Win Without War; Working Families Party; Young Invincibles.

The seven planks outlined in The People’s Agenda are:

• Provide COVID Relief that Meets the Scale of the Crisis and Addresses the Disproportionate Harm to Black, Indigenous, People of Color and Other Vulnerable Communities

• Put People Back to Work, Give Workers More Power, and Transform to a Clean Renewable Energy Economy.

• Ensure Health Care for Everyone

• Defend and Expand Voting Rights, Strengthen Democracy and End Corruption

• Dismantle Racism, White Supremacy and Inequality in All Institutions

• End Endless Wars and Invest in Diplomacy and Peace

• End Corporate Greed and Corporate Monopolies

“The People’s Agenda is the culmination of months of works to identify our shared progressive priorities for the start of the new Congress. As we heard tonight, people across this nation are organizing and working for change – and at the Progressive Caucus, we stand ready to be their voice and their champion in the halls of Congress,” said CPC Chair, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal. “Congress must govern with the urgency that this moment requires and restore power to the hands of the people. The People’s Agenda unveiled tonight is a promise to the American people that we will fight for them and deliver transformative and bold policy change in the new year.”

“We see this launch of the People’s Agenda as a huge first step towards healing the nation. The Poor People’s Campaign is proud to have helped shape these priorities extensively, including the policy recommendations of poor and impacted leaders, economists, public health experts, researchers and faith leaders put forward in our Moral Agenda, Moral Budget, Jubilee Platform and 14 Policy Priorities for the First 100 Days,” said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival and President of Repairers of the Breach. “We are encouraged by the commitment of the Congressional Progressive Caucus to moral policy that lifts from the bottom. The price of inequality is too high and the deaths from unjust policies are too many to not address. The only way to heal the nation and have domestic tranquility is to first establish justice. This agenda sets us on the path towards doing just that.”

“The People’s Agenda centers many of the needs and demands of the 140 million people who were already poor or one storm, fire, health care crisis, job loss or other emergency from economic ruin, the 700 people who were dying each day from poverty and inequality before the pandemic, and those who have been most impacted by the public health crisis and economic recession as well as the interlocking injustices of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism and the war economy,” said Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival and Director of the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary. “This is why the Poor People’s Campaign is endorsing these progressive and nonpartisan priorities, which we have helped to shape and inform. And we will push lawmakers in the House and the Senate from both sides of the aisle to enact these legislative priorities now, because lives depend on it.”

“The People’s Agenda: A Progressive Roadmap for Congress in 2021” is posted here.

“Congressional Progressive Caucus Priorities: The Stakes for Women, People of Color, and Poor and Low-Income Families,” a supporting fact sheet published by the Institute for Policy Studies, Kairos, Repairers of the Breach, and the Poor People’s Campaign.


Washington, D.C. – Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) released the following statement applauding the selection of Michael Regan to serve as EPA Administrator:

“Michael Regan is an excellent choice for EPA Administrator. Throughout his career, including most recently as the secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, Michael Regan has shown a deep and abiding commitment to environmental justice and protecting our planet. And as our nation reckons with generations of systemic racial oppression – and the unequal burden of pollution and climate change on communities of color – Michael Regan’s perspective and voice as the first Black man to serve as EPA Administrator will be essential in furthering environmental justice.

“Our planet is at the brink of catastrophe. We will need bold, urgent action to undo the damage wreaked by the Trump Administration and address the looming climate crisis. Michael Regan’s leadership at EPA will be critical in delivering on our promise to save our planet, create good-paying green jobs, and fight environmental racism.”


Washington, D.C. – Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) released the following statement applauding the historic selection of Congresswoman Deb Haaland to serve as Secretary of the Interior:

“Congresswoman Deb Haaland will bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, and talent to the Interior Department. Her selection is not only history-making – it’s also a fitting recognition of her expertise and passion for our public lands, environment, and tribal communities. And as the first Native American woman selected to serve as Secretary of the Interior, her appointment marks a profound and historic opportunity to begin to correct centuries of injustice and mistreatment of tribal communities by our federal government.

“There’s no question that Congresswoman Haaland will continue her exemplary public service as Secretary of Interior and will be an advocate for every person, just as she has been in Congress. We applaud President-elect Biden for this excellent, groundbreaking selection, and congratulate our Progressive Caucus colleague and friend Congresswoman Haaland on her exciting new leadership role.”


Washington, D.C. – Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), led by CPC Chairwoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), incoming Deputy Chair Katie Porter (CA-45) and incoming Deputy Whip Ro Khanna (CA-17), sent a letter to House and Senate leadership on Friday, December 12th, calling for the inclusion of expanded Unemployment Insurance and other direct cash payments in any COVID stimulus deal. Direct cash assistance has been shown to be far more effective in delivering critically-needed aid to communities and stimulating our economy, compared to other programs like the Paycheck Protection Program. The letter, which was signed by seventeen members of the CPC Executive Board, can be accessed here.

“Initial research into the impact of the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act shows an overwhelming advantage to each dollar spent on UI,” the letter notes. “While the CARES Act committed only about half of the $510 billion it included for the Payment Protection Program (PPP), increasing UI had a far greater and more equitable impact on the U.S. economic recovery than PPP did.”

“Enhanced UI benefits and direct payments are a crucial part of any COVID relief package, and should be included alongside housing and homelessness assistance, expanded SNAP benefits, and increased funding for state and local aid,” the letter continues. “All pandemic UI benefits and bonus payments for all UI beneficiaries should be fully funded for at a minimum of six months. The next COVID relief package should build on the successes rather than repeat the shortcoming of the CARES Act. Accordingly, we strongly encourage increased investment into enhanced UI and direct payments, while capping PPP loans to target relief toward small businesses.”

Read the full letter here.