Today, Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ), along with Reps. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Keith Ellison (D-MN), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), released the following statement opposing President Trump's announcement that the United States will violate the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) by reinstating all sanctions on Iran that had been waived by the accord.
Today, Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) released a statement announcing that all 76 House Members have cosponsored Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton's (D-DC) bill (H.R. 1291) to make the District of Columbia the 51st state. CPC Member Sen. Bernie Sanders is a cosponsor of Sen. Carper's bill (S. 1278) for D.C. statehood. The CPC is the largest values based caucus in the House Democratic Caucus and officially endorsed the D.C. statehood bill last year, as it has in previous Congresses. The bill has a record number of cosponsors (158), who comprise more than 80 percent of House Democrats.
Today, Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), with CPC Peace and Security Taskforce Chair Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), released a statement after Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) introduced a new Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) intended to replace the AUMF that passed in the wake of September 11, 2001 and has been used as justification to sidestep Congressional authorization of war.
Today, Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus sent a letter to the leadership of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations urging them to reject the nomination of Mike Pompeo for Secretary of State. The Caucus first called on the Senate to oppose Pompeo's nomination in a statement, highlighting his blatant Islamophobia and penchant for pursuing military action instead of diplomacy.
Today, Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), and CPC Peace & Security Taskforce Chair Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), released the following statement after President Trump abruptly cancelled travel plans to South America, citing the need to "oversee the American response to Syria and to monitor developments around the world." President Trump is publicly threatening U.S. military action against Syria without indicating whether he will seek prior Congressional authorization, which is required by the Constitution and War Powers Resolution.
Today, Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) issued a statement denouncing Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross's announced inclusion of a question on citizenship status on the 2020 Census, which would predictably depress participation in the decennial survey and skew results.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ), joined outside organizations, activists, and other CPC leaders in applauding the introduction of the Debt-Free College Act. The act was cosponsored by 23 Members of the CPC in the House and its Senate companion bill was introduced by Senator Schatz cosponsored by Senators Warren, Gillibrand, Booker, Harris, Merkley, Blumenthal, Baldwin, and Brown. The act was formally endorsed by the Congressional Progressive Caucus and multiple national organizations, teachers' unions, and think tanks.
Today, Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) released the following statement in response to the passage of the FY2018 Omnibus Bill.