Washington, D.C.- Today, Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) released the following statement regarding the passing of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25), a member of the CPC:
“Louise Slaughter was one of the strongest voices in Congress for New Yorkers and the American people. From her work on the economy and trade agreements, to her role on the House Rules Committee, Louise was a fighter and a tireless champion. Serving with relentless passion, grace, and wisdom, Louise lent her voice and leadership to so many important issues,” said Rep. Pocan. “From my earliest days on Capitol Hill, Louise was there to serve as a mentor. Whether it was meeting to discuss the issues facing the American people or sharing a meal together, Louise welcomed me with open arms. With her passing, Congress has lost an extraordinary leader and a remarkable friend. My thoughts go out to Louise’s family, friends, and staff during this time.”
“I am deeply saddened by the passing of my esteemed colleague and friend Louise Slaughter. Whether fighting for policies that benefit working families, or co-authoring landmark legislation like the Violence Against Women Act, she never wavered in putting her progressive values into practice and securing a better future for all Americans,” said Rep. Grijalva. “She was a visionary, an advocate, and a trailblazer, and leaves behind a legacy that will endure for many generations to come. I give my condolences to her family, staff, constituents, and the many people that she touched throughout her life.”
The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) is the largest caucus within the House Democratic Caucus, with over 70 members standing up for progressive ideals in Washington and throughout the country. Since 1991, the CPC has advocated for progressive policies that prioritize working Americans over corporate interests, fight economic and social inequality, and promote civil liberties. The CPC champions progressive policy solutions like comprehensive immigration reform, a $15 national minimum wage, fair trade, gun violence reform, debt-free college, and making the federal government a Model Employer.