House Democrats regained the majority last year buoyed by our promise to tackle out of control drug prices. We appreciate Speaker Pelosi meeting with us today to receive our constructive feedback. We see this as the beginning of the negotiation process and we look forward to working with Democratic Leadership and the relevant committees to improve this legislation in the coming weeks.
President Trump has spent his tenure in the White House undermining regional stability in the Middle East and threatening to drag us deeper into endless war. Whether it's tearing up the Iran Deal, destabilizing our coalition allies, or fueling the brutal war in Yemen, the end result has been the same: pushing peace in the Middle East further out of reach. Time after time, President Trump has shown that he cannot be trusted to tell the truth or exercise restraint. The escalation of tensions with Iran is just the latest example of his reckless, short-sighted and dangerous approach.
It is impossible to ignore the mounting evidence that President Trump has repeatedly broken the law, committed impeachable offenses, and continues to obstruct justice. The Congressional Progressive Caucus strongly endorses the House Judiciary Committee's current formal impeachment investigation and the adoption of the Resolution of Investigative Procedures.
Progressives are committed to passing the strongest possible drug pricing reforms to lower prices for patients and families. We are pleased that the leaked draft plan from Speaker Pelosi contains several important CPC priorities, including a direct negotiation proposal instead of arbitration and action to lower prices for all payers.
This week, Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-02) and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), along with Congressman Lloyd Doggett (TX-35), Congressman Ro Khanna (CA-17), and Congressman Chuy Garcia (IL-04), sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi urging bold action to lower the prices of prescription drugs. In the letter, the members also call for an inclusive process within the Democratic Caucus to draft the strongest possible legislation.
Budgets are moral documents. Line item by line item, they outline the priorities and values of a nation. And for far too long, our budgets have revealed a callous indifference to working families across the country, while Pentagon spending has skyrocketed. This deal does not address the bloated Pentagon budget, but it does begin to close the gap in funding for families, by allocating more new non-defense spending than defense spending for the first time in many year
The Progressive Caucus is eager for a strong floor vote raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. We are deeply grateful to the organizers, activists and working people across the country who fought for years to make this vote a reality. It would be a disservice to these families – who put their paychecks on the line to fight for dignity in the workplace – to do anything less than what we've promised: a clean vote to raise the minimum wage, for all workers across the country.