WASHINGTON — Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, issued the following statement after a meeting between Caucus leadership and President Biden:
“I want to thank President Biden for a very productive meeting on how to advance so many of our shared goals. We discussed progressive legislative priorities and our mutual commitment to delivering as much relief as possible for the American people. On executive action, we urged immediate movement on the agenda the Progressive Caucus released earlier this month which was centered around eight areas: lowering health care costs, canceling federal student loan debt, expanding worker power and raising wages, advancing immigrants’ rights including ending Title 42, delivering on the promise of equal justice under law, combating the climate crisis and reducing fossil fuel dependence, investing in care economy jobs and standards, and regulating for economic and tax fairness.
“In particular, we encouraged the administration to quickly act on policies that will lower costs, raise wages, and put money back in working people’s pockets, including canceling student debt, raising the overtime threshold, lowering prescription drug costs, expanding renewable energy to decrease reliance on fossil fuels, and fixing the Affordable Care Act ‘family glitch’ to expand access to health care.
“We look forward to continuing to work with the President and our colleagues in Congress to maximize Democrats’ governing opportunity and deliver the relief working families so desperately need.”