Washington, D.C. – The Co-Chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) and Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-02), released the following statement on the nomination of Alejandro Mayorkas to serve as the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS):

“Alejandro Mayorkas is a strong choice to serve as the next DHS Secretary and begin to repair the damage of four years of abuse and cruelty under the Trump Administration. In particular, his impressive record at USCIS – including implementing the DACA program – will be essential to reforming this broken agency and ensuring that the U.S. government treats immigrants and refugees with dignity and respect.

“There is a great deal of work to be done, but Alejandro Mayorkas’s nomination is another promising sign that the Biden-Harris Administration intends to bring much-needed urgency and vision to fixing our inhumane immigration system and ending the egregious human rights abuses of the Trump era.”


Washington, D.C. – The Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) and Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-02), released the following statement on the announced withdrawal of 2,500 troops from Afghanistan by January 2020:

“It’s long past time for the United States to end the war in Afghanistan and bring our troops home. This is the longest war in American history – and despite the enormous loss of life and rising costs to taxpayers, it’s clear that there is no military solution to this conflict.

“We think the decision to withdraw 2500 troops from Afghanistan is an important step to drawing down our military presence in the region. But President Trump has repeatedly failed to prioritize or invest in the diplomatic efforts necessary to build a sustainable peace. Worse, the Trump Administration has doubled-down on our forever wars, including providing U.S. military equipment for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. Rather than untangling us from military quagmires, President Trump has deepened U.S. involvement in conflicts around the globe.

“The war in Afghanistan must end – and a piecemeal approach is insufficient. Democrats in Congress must work with the Biden Administration to build a comprehensive plan to end our war in Afghanistan and our other forever wars around the world, reinvest in diplomacy and human-centered development, and facilitate lasting peace in the region. And Congress too must act by ending the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, which has served as a blank check for war for far too long.”

This past July, 126 Democrats, one Independent and two Republicans voted to support CPC Whip Ilhan Omar’s amendment to begin the responsible withdrawal of American service members deployed in Afghanistan.


Washington, D.C. – Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) and Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-02) released the following statement on recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control undermining the eviction moratorium amid a flurry of right-wing lawsuits attacking the executive order:

“House Democrats have repeatedly taken action to protect renters and prevent a mass eviction crisis – including in the CARES Act and in the HEROES Act, which has now passed the House twice. However, instead of coming to the table to help us avert this crisis, President Trump has repeatedly undermined negotiations and ignored the plight of millions.

“It’s more clear than ever that the Trump Administration’s executive order on evictions was nothing more than a politically-motivated stunt that failed to help or protect struggling families. Last week’s guidance from the CDC gives a green light to landlords to deceive, intimidate, and harass renters. According to the Administration’s own fact sheet, landlords aren’t even required to inform residents of the current eviction moratorium.

“Come January, 40 million Americans will be in danger of eviction. But instead of protecting families in the midst of a pandemic, the Trump Administration has declared open season on families facing eviction, allowing landlords to start eviction proceedings months before the eviction moratorium expires. Working people need real help – but the Trump Administration has shown no empathy for the millions living on the brink of financial catastrophe. If President Trump is serious about preventing mass evictions, we have real solutions ready to help renters get back on their feet.”


Washington, D.C. – Today, the Co-Chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) and Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-02), announced the Progressive Caucus’s endorsement of H.Res. 1102, Congresswoman Deb Haaland’s THRIVE (Transform, Heal, and Renew by Investing in a Vibrant Economy) Act. The THRIVE Act, which was also introduced by Senator Ed Markey, is a first-of-its-kind roadmap to address the overlapping crises of mass unemployment, COVID-19, and climate change.

“We are in an unprecedented moment of crisis right now,” said CPC Co-Chairs Mark Pocan and Pramila Jayapal. “Faced with the twin disasters of the pandemic and climate change – and the devastating impact of these emergencies on our economy – we need bold, transformative solutions to meet this moment and ensure our policies allow every person to live with physical and financial security. But in order to be effective, our urgency must be matched by robust organizing and the inclusion of vulnerable and underrepresented communities who are living on the frontlines of this crisis. The THRIVE Act creates a visionary and comprehensive framework to address these crises and ensure our collective action benefits all our communities. We are thrilled to endorse this bill and look forward to collaborating with Congresswoman Haaland to turn this vision into a reality.”

"Every person in this country should have access to opportunity, but tens of millions of our neighbors, family, and friends are unemployed and our country is facing the interlocking crises of a global pandemic, economic downturn, and climate crisis. Growing up, I learned that we must support each other in times of need from my grandparents and family, so that everyone thrives together. As we face these crises, it is more important than ever that we take bold action to renew our economy and deliver justice in the process. I’m incredibly grateful to have the CPC endorsement for the THRIVE agenda, which I worked on with Senator Markey and a coalition of grassroots organizations and labor groups, so that we are better positioned to lay the groundwork to create millions of good paying, green jobs and address environmental injustice," said Congresswoman Deb Haaland.

More information on the THRIVE Act is available here. Click here to read the text of the legislation.


Washington. D.C. – Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) Co-Chairs Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) and Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-02) released the following statement announcing the official CPC endorsement of Congressman Ted Lieu's (CA-33) Congressional Inherent Contempt Resolution, which would enable the U.S. House of Representatives to enforce subpoenas:

“We are pleased to endorse Congressman Lieu’s Congressional Inherent Contempt Resolution. Over the last four years, Congress’s constitutional role in conducting oversight of the executive branch has been repeatedly undermined by an intransigent and lawless administration. It’s clear that Congress needs to modernize our contempt powers to ensure that we can effectively enforce subpoenas and ensure accountability for the American people. We urge Speaker Pelosi to take up this critical legislation to empower Congress and protect our democratic system of checks and balances.”

The full text of the Congressional Inherent Contempt Resolution is available here.


Washington, D.C. – Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-02) and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s effort to trigger the JCPOA snapback mechanism at the United Nations:

“By attempting to trigger the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA) ‘snapback’ mechanism, the Trump Administration doubled down on an erratic, antagonistic, and dangerous approach to foreign policy. The years-long sabotage of the Iran Deal has made our nation less safe and left us further alienated from our allies and friends. Indeed, the Trump Administration’s attempts to trigger the JCPOA snapback mechanism – a move which it has no standing to do after unilaterally pulling out of the deal – was rejected by all other parties to the JCPOA and the majority of the United Nations Security Council. The attempted sabotage of the JCPOA at the United Nations this week only undermines any remaining chance of diplomacy and further escalates tensions with Iran.

“The best path to permanent peace requires re-entering the Iran Deal and re-engaging on the international stage. We strongly oppose any efforts to further undermine the Iran Deal and reject the belligerent, antagonistic foreign policy of the Trump Administration.”

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Congressional Progressive Caucus held a virtual ad hoc hearing to investigate the Trump Administration’s efforts to sabotage U.S. Postal Service (USPS) operations. The Progressive Caucus heard testimony from David Williams, the former USPS Inspector General and former Vice Chair of the USPS Board of Governors, Mark Dimondstein, the President of the American Postal Workers Union, Rosemary Enobakhare, the Campaign Director at Health Care Voter, and Tammy Patrick, Senior Advisor to the Elections Program at Democracy Fund Voice.

In the hearing, David Williams revealed new, detailed information regarding the appointment of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and the unprecedented role that Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin has played in USPS operations. 

Significantly, David Williams noted that Secretary Mnuchin sought intrusive control over core USPS operations that the USPS itself deemed to be illegal. Mnuchin also sought to impose a pricing practice that “would be ruinous for the Postal Service” and significantly impair its ability to compete in the package delivery market. He also alleged that DeJoy’s name was put forward by Republican board member John M. Barger, and that the hiring process was rigged for DeJoy, noting that he was coached during the interview process and that no background check was conducted before his hiring. Williams also noted that at the time of his departure this spring, the U.S. Postal Service had full confidence in their ability to facilitate vote by mail in this election. Now, just months later, USPS has informed 46 states and the District of Columbia that ballots cast through the mail may not arrive in time to be counted.  

“If this is the beginning of what the president promised, it is the end of the postal service,” David Williams warned members of the Progressive Caucus during his testimony.

“The explosive allegations we heard today from David Williams, the former Vice Chair of the Board of Governors at the Postal Service, merit serious investigation by Congress,” said CPC Hearing Co-Chairs Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Mark Pocan (WI-02) and Jamie Raskin (MD-08). “It appears that the Trump Administration, led by Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, has directed a corrupt, long-running sabotage of the U.S. Postal Service and threatened the reliable delivery of the mail and packages. As we heard from our witnesses today, the right-wing weaponization of the Postal Service has far-reaching implications for public health and is an attack on our very democracy. Congress must act swiftly to investigate these allegations and ensure that our postal system remains an affordable, reliable public good free from the political attacks that want to destroy it.”

Text of the witnesses’ opening remarks is available here.

Watch the full hearing here.

Washington, D.C. – The Congressional Progressive Caucus will hold an ad-hoc hearing this Thursday, August 20th at 4pm EDT to investigate the efforts by the Trump Administration to sabotage the operation of the United States Postal Service (USPS) ahead of November’s election. The hearing, which will be chaired by Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Mark Pocan (WI-02) and Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) will feature expert testimony on U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s recent actions to hinder the reliable delivery of mail.


Congressional Progressive Caucus Ad-Hoc Hearing on Trump Administration Efforts to Sabotage USPS Operations


CPC Co-Chair Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-02)

CPC Co-Chair Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07)

Members of the Progressive Caucus

Expert Witnesses


Thursday, August 20th at 4pm EDT


The hearing will be available to watch on the CPC Facebook page.

Washington, D.C. – Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-02) and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) released the following statement responding to the Federal Reserve’s announcement unveiling changes to the Municipal Liquidity Facility (MLF):

“Last week, we sent a letter to Chairman Powell, along with more than 50 of our colleagues, urging him to make necessary improvements to the Federal Reserve’s Municipal Liquidity Facility to improve its usefulness to states and cities. Congress intended for the MLF to help local governments avoid painful cuts at a time when more resources are needed to fight a deadly virus. This week’s announcement, lowering penalty rates across the board for MLF-eligible entities, was a needed step in the right direction and appeared to recognize that the MLF’s purchase of one bond in three months is not meeting that objective.

“However, this one change is insufficient to prevent more layoffs and economic turmoil. The Federal Reserve needs to recognize that, unlike lending to corporations and financial markets, lending to state and local governments has a different primary goal of quickly getting municipalities the resources they need to avoid destructive austerity and layoffs.

“We appreciate that the Federal Reserve has shown it is willing to make improvements to the Municipal Liquidity Facility – now it must also implement additional substantial changes that we noted in our letter. For the MLF to be an effective tool in our economic recovery, the Federal Reserve should align assistance to states and cities with its emergency lending offered to the private sector and extend the maturity period of the loans.

“Chairman Powell himself has emphasized that public sector layoffs and budget cuts made the last recession worse. Further improving the MLF is one key way that the Fed can avoid repeating the mistakes from the last crisis. We can’t afford to shortchange this recovery – Chairman Powell must make meaningful improvements to the MLF before the damage to our communities becomes irreparable.”

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-02) and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) led a letter, along with Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (MI-13) and Congressman Joe Neguse (CO-02), urging Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell to improve lending terms for states and municipalities. The letter, which has been endorsed by 13 organizations including the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and the Center for Popular Democracy’s Fed Up Campaign, was signed by more than 50 members of Congress.

In the letter, the Members of Congress call on Chairman Powell to take immediate action to make critical improvements to the Municipal Liquidity Facility (MLF), so states and municipalities can benefit from the program as intended. The letter notes, “At present, the harsh terms and penalty rates for the MLF make it functionally unusable for the vast majority of the state and local governments that are technically eligible, which severely undermines the program’s intent to help states and cities struggling from unprecedented financial hardship. The unusually harsh penalty rate on users of the MLF, coupled with an arbitrarily set and short three-year time limit on the lending, makes it unusable to a majority of potential local government participants. As a result, very little of the facility’s $500 billion capacity is being used now, or is likely to ever be used, unless the Federal Reserve makes dramatic changes to the lending terms.”

“There have been 1.5 million public sector layoffs since March, and unless the Fed aligns its assistance to states and cities with its emergency lending to the private sector, mass unemployment and emergency conditions will persist for years,” wrote Jayapal, Pocan, Tlaib & Neguse in the letter to Chairman Powell. “To that end, it must be noted that many of the Federal Reserve’s corporate lending programs contain terms that are far more favorable than those included in the MLF. This includes, for example, far cheaper pricing, far longer terms, and even payment deferrals for corporations borrowing from the Main Street Lending Program, the Secondary Corporate Credit Facility, and the Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility. Given the severity of the need and the Federal Reserve’s exceptional creativity and flexibility in its corporate lending programs, which have moved the institution’s support of the private sector far beyond what anyone thought was possible, we cannot accept that the MLF remain an outlier when it comes to providing the meaningful fiscal support intended by Congress.”

The full letter, which was signed by 53 members of Congress, is available here. It’s been endorsed by the following organizations: American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Communications Workers of America (CWA), National Education Association (NEA), the Center for Popular Democracy’s Fed Up Campaign, Demand Progress Education Fund, American Family Voices, Social Security Works, Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), American Economic Liberties Project, Greenpeace USA, Friends of the Earth, and Americans for Financial Reform.