The proposed executive actions would lower costs, raise workers’ wages, protect immigrant rights, advance racial equity, and combat the climate crisis

WASHINGTON — Today, the Congressional Progressive Caucus released its agenda for executive action from the Biden administration as part of its ongoing effort to deliver on the President’s agenda.

The slate covers eight policy areas that will activate agencies across the federal government to affect change for all families who call America home: lowering health care costs, canceling federal student loan debt, expanding worker power and raising wages, advancing immigrants’ rights, delivering on the promise of equal justice under law, combatting the climate crisis and reducing fossil fuel dependence, investing in care economy jobs and standards, and regulating for economic and tax fairness. If implemented, the agenda would lower prescription drug costs for 38 million people, relieve the burden of student debt for more than 43 million borrowers, give millions of workers a raise by increasing the overtime eligibility threshold to $83,000, and more.

“Over the past year, Democrats in Congress and the White House have worked to not only recover from the pandemic and Trump years, but to deliver greater equity and economic security for people across the country. Tremendous progress has been made, but that work is far from done,” said Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus

“Congress continues to push for a robust reconciliation package that can pass both chambers, and the Progressive Caucus remains fully committed to delivering as much of the President’s agenda as we can through legislation. But we know working people can’t wait for relief from rising costs — and that Democrats must use all the tools available to provide it, quickly. That’s why today, the Progressive Caucus is releasing this slate of executive actions to address some of the most pressing concerns of the American people, and unfinished business of the Biden agenda. Taken together, these actions will have an immediate and meaningful impact on people’s lives: lowering costs and raising wages for working people to provide urgently needed economic relief, advancing racial and gender equity by investing in communities that have historically been neglected, and delivering on our promises. We look forward to working with the Biden administration to realize these ambitious, but highly achievable, goals.”

The agenda was developed by the 98-member Progressive Caucus, and with input from the progressive grassroots movements who were key to delivering Democrats the majorities in both chambers and the White House.

A summary of the agenda can be found here and the full policy list can be found here.

The CPC executive action agenda has been endorsed by: Be A Hero, Bend the Arc: Jewish Action, Care in Action, CASA, Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Economic and Policy Research, Center for Popular Democracy Action, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), Communications Workers of America (CWA), Community Change Action, Detention Watch Network, Down Home North Carolina, Family Values @ Work, Green New Deal Network, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Immigration Hub, Indigenous Environmental Network, Indivisible, MoveOn, National Domestic Workers Alliance, National Immigrant Justice Center, National Immigration Project (NIPNLG), OneAmerica, Our Revolution, Parents Together Action, People’s Action, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Public Citizen, Social Security Works, Sunrise Movement, Ultraviolet, United We Dream, and Working Families Party.

Progressive movement groups issued the following statements on the agenda:

“The Congressional Progressive Caucus members are doing everything they can to continue to lift up and advance policies that improve people’s lives,” said Lorella Praeli, co-president, Community Change Action. “President Biden has the authority to act on a number of priority areas, including supporting the care economy, expanding worker power, making life-saving medications affordable and ensuring access to healthcare for millions. He can also take action to protect immigrants by reducing detention and closing ICE jails, designating or redesignating Cameroon, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and other countries for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and finally ending Title 42 and providing access to a fair asylum process at the southern border. Black, brown, and immigrant communities are urging President Biden to take action to bring relief to our families.” 

“It is clear that the CPC and progressive organizations, like Indivisible, share in President Biden’s goals to address systemic economic injustice with common sense popular solutions, and to govern from a position of compassion. That’s been clear from the very start as we worked tirelessly — and continue to work — on passing his agenda,” said Mary Small, national advocacy director, Indivisible. “But it's also apparent that the power is in President Biden's hands. Even as we continue to push for Congress to end its political theater and finally deliver on his legislative agenda, our network is calling for simultaneous and complementary executive action. We've already been engaged in pushing for the administration to provide relief for those with student loan debt and to address the climate crisis. We echo the Congressional Progressive Caucus’s call: President Biden can and must use the full authority of his office to deliver change wherever possible, as soon as possible.”

 "Now is a critical time to start transitioning away from our destructive dependence on fossil fuels,” said Joseph Geevarghese, executive director, Our Revolution. “We support the CPC advocating the Biden administration end all new leasing of federal lands for fossil fuel extraction. Our federal lands produce nearly a quarter of our country’s total carbon dioxide emissions and thus have a terrible impact on our climate."

“These executive actions present an opportunity for President Biden to improve the lives of the people who put him in office so they can thrive, not just survive,” said Megan Essaheb, director of federal affairs, People’s Action. “President Biden needs to use his power to make good on his campaign promises and deliver for the multiracial poor and working class. People’s Action is ready to work alongside the Congressional Progressive Caucus to help him finish the job.” 

"Whether it's tackling the climate crisis, expanding worker power, or canceling student loans, there are a number of actions the Biden Administration can take right now to fulfill its promises to voters,” said Emma Lydon, Managing Director of P Street at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. “At a time when Republicans block any meaningful progress for working families, it's critical the Administration acts swiftly to protect our planet, hold billionaires and corporations accountable, reform our police and immigration systems, and empower workers to succeed."

"If President Biden acts on these orders, we could help millions of hard-working people make ends meet while addressing the threats of climate change and COVID-19,” said Maurice Mitchell, national director, Working Families Party. “Fully tackling these challenges will require Congressional action, but these executive orders are important steps the president can take right now to give working families much-needed relief. We're proud to stand alongside the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which once again is leading the fight to deliver for working people."

“The Congressional Progressive Caucus’ slate of proposed executive orders represents a positive, forward-looking agenda that centers and enacts the economic, health, and climate policies our communities need and have demanded. Women, and especially women of color, Black women, and indigenous women bear the brunt of legislative inaction in DC, and after turning out in record numbers to elect President Biden and delivering Congress to the Democrats — we want to see the President move forward policy however possible — including with the power of his pen,” explained Sonja Spoo, director of federal campaigns, UltraViolet, a leading national gender justice organization. “From lowering healthcare costs and canceling student loan debt, to strengthening worker protections and ensuring better pay for care workers, this agenda represents strategic actions the Biden Administration can immediately take to improve the lives and wellbeing of women, workers, and families. We are grateful for the advocacy of our champions in Congress under the leadership of Rep. Jayapal for putting together this slate of action — and continuing to fight to deliver for the communities that need and deserve the most support. This is the beginning but not the end of what our communities need. We will continue to advocate for decisive executive and legislative action on abortion rights, democracy reform, and investments in our families and communities."

"In order to secure clean air and safe drinking water, healthy communities, energy independence, and a livable climate for all of us, President Biden can and must use every tool available,” said Melinda Pierce, legislative director, Sierra Club. “Paired with urgently needed congressional action investing in our communities, bold executive action will help slash methane emissions and reduce air pollution that disproportionately causes cancer and respiratory diseases in Black and Latino communities due to decades of environmental injustice. The Biden administration also must leverage the government’s vast purchasing power and rulemaking authority to further expedite the transition from fossil fuel dependence to affordable and secure sources of clean energy."

"President Biden ran on a promise to lower drug prices,” said Alex Lawson, executive director, Social Security Works. “He doesn't need Congress to keep that promise. Biden must immediately lower drug prices with executive action. Every day of delay is a day that more Americans go bankrupt, get sick, and die due to pharma greed." 

“Young people mobilized and risked their lives through a pandemic to deliver Biden the presidency on his promises to stop the climate crisis, cancel student loan debt, and ensure real change for our communities,” said Lauren Maunus, advocacy director, Sunrise Movement. “But two years into his term, and two years further into the climate crisis, we have yet to see the type of bold action we were promised. As we face a historic crossroad in the fight to protect democracy and defeat white supremacy, it’s beyond time for Biden to use the full powers of the presidency to deliver for the people who elected him and address the interlocking crises of our times. If he doesn’t, Biden risks not only alienating his own base, but failing to stop the worst of the climate crisis while he had the chance.” 

Eileen Appelbaum, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, addressed one plank on the CPC slate that aims to protect the health and safety of vulnerable seniors and people with disabilities: “Requiring greater transparency about ownership and financing of nursing homes is urgently needed. The heightened role of private equity firms in nursing homes and throughout the U.S. health care system should alarm consumers, policy makers, and really, everyone. Private Equity’s business model of buying out providers and loading them with excessive debt creates instability in nursing homes and throughout the health care system at a time when we most need increased capacity and stability.”

“The Family Values @ Work (FV@W) Network commends the Congressional Progressive Caucus for their push for expedited action on several key policy priorities through executive orders,” said Josephine Kalipeni, executive director of FV@W. “It is beyond time that this nation’s working families see the government take their side and enact critical legislation to improve their quality of life. Congress’ inaction on life-saving measures during this conjunction of crises is inexcusable and now it’s up to President Biden to take action. Investments in climate resilience, immigrant protections, access to healthcare and lower drug prices will give added security to families stretched thin — economically, physically, and mentally — due to the pandemic. And bolstering this nation’s care infrastructure, like paid family and medical leave and universal child care and preK, and establishing living wages for all workers will be a long-overdue step in ensuring that every working family has access to the shared prosperity they’ve earned.”

WASHINGTON — Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and Representative Barbara Lee (CA-13), chair of the Caucus Peace and Security Taskforce, issued the following statement in response to President Biden’s announcement he would ban imports of Russian oil, and the House passage of the Suspending Energy Imports from Russia Act:

“In close consultation with our European allies, the White House has imposed a ban on U.S. imports of Russian oil and gas as a further response to Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine. We urge the administration to link this policy, along with other sanctions measures, to a clear diplomatic process for de-escalating the conflict, and incentivizing a ceasefire that includes a Russian military withdrawal from Ukraine.

“Now more than ever, we can see why it is so essential to double down on our transition to renewable energy and not be reliant on dictators for our energy needs. We applaud the President’s call for investing in renewable energy, not only to keep gas prices down, but also to increase America’s manufacturing power, and deny countries like Russia the means to leverage fossil fuel exports against other countries as it carries out wars of aggression. The House-passed climate agenda — investments in electric vehicles powered by clean energy, tax credits to winterize homes, and more — will save families hundreds of dollars in utility bills, protect working people from unpredictable price swings in a volatile global energy market, and keep us on the path to meet President Biden’s goal of halving American carbon emissions by 2030. We simply cannot drill or burn our way to that goal — and forgoing it in the name of short-term energy independence would cause irrevocable climate damage.

“As the President said in his remarks this week, gas prices will rise. That is why we also  must immediately take executive and legislative action to raise wages and lower other costs for  American families, including prescription drug prices, child care, and elder care.

"In addition, as the President also emphasized, this is ‘no time for profiteering or price gouging.’ Big Oil must not be allowed to shamelessly use a crisis to raise the prices of goods and services most in need. Fortunately, Congress has the tools to respond: we urge our colleagues to quickly move forward an expanded version of Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL-09)’s COVID-19 Price Gouging Prevention Act to include gas and energy prices, prohibiting corporations’ ability to squeeze families.

“We can, and must, hold Russia accountable while ensuring that our planet, our communities, and their economic security do not pay the price for Putin’s invasion. This is the moment to take decisive action that protects all three.”

WASHINGTON — Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, member of the House Judiciary Committee, and co-chair of the Transgender Equality Task Force, issued the following statement in response to reports that the state of Texas has begun investigating parents of transgender children for ‘child abuse.’

“I am disgusted by Governor Abbott’s reprehensible, discriminatory attack on transgender youth and their families. The fear and psychological impact that such attacks will cause on transgender children and their parents is incalculable. No person should have their fundamental right to be who they are questioned, and no parent should ever face criminal action for simply supporting their child. This is destructive discrimination and it must be stopped. 

“I was pleased to hear President Biden reiterate his support of our transgender kids last night in his State of the Union address. Today, I am calling on the Department of Justice to follow through by investigating these events in Texas and ensuring we protect young trans Texans and their families.

“I speak from personal experience as the proud mother of a transgender child. I have seen my child come to understand who she is and take the risk to come out as her authentic self. I’ve seen the weight that lifts when she’s able to live freely — the joy, beauty, and creativity she brings to the world. As a mother, supporting my child in living as her true self is my obligation as a parent and the farthest possible thing from abuse. 

“What is harmful is depriving our children of the love that each and every one deserves, and making it unsafe to be who they are. A  2020 survey found that two in five LGBTQ+ youth have ‘seriously considered’ suicide. Violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people reached a record high in 2021.

“While this Texas action may be the latest and most egregious attack on the community at the state level, it is certainly not without precedent. In 2021, 147 anti-trans bills were introduced in state legislatures. Just by February 24 of this year, already more than 125 anti-trans state bills have been introduced. Make no mistake: this is a coordinated effort to erode what protections the transgender community has already won and legislate transgender people out of existence.

“When people’s rights are assailed like this, the federal government has an obligation to step in. This crisis is just one of the many urgent reasons for abolishing the Jim Crow filibuster and passing the Equality Act to finally codify nationwide, explicit, consistent protections against discrimination for LGBTQ people. And the executive branch must respond as well." 

WASHINGTON — Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and Representative Barbara Lee (CA-13), chair of the Caucus Peace and Security Taskforce, issued the following statement following passage of H.Res. 956, Supporting the People of Ukraine:

“Today, we voted yes on H.Res.956 to stand in solidarity with Ukrainians who are suffering under Russia’s aggression, and to show our support for the courage, bravery, and resilience of the Ukrainian people in the face of Russia’s violent and illegal invasion. 

“Alongside this resolution, we must reaffirm the urgent need for diplomacy and deescalation at this dangerous and unpredictable moment. As President Biden has rightly taken military response off the table, support for diplomacy is the most direct means we have of trying to bring peace to Ukraine in light of continued fighting and mounting harm to Ukrainian civilians.

“The Progressive Caucus has been calling for weeks for a diplomatic solution to this crisis, and we applaud U.S. efforts to rally the international community to condemn Russia’s blatant aggression and secure votes at the UN Security Council and General Assembly. We must continue to press for a rapid, negotiated settlement to prevent additional loss of life. 

“The United States has a singular voice on the world stage, and it is at these moments that we need to be exceptionally thoughtful of how we use it. We must remain committed to alleviating this humanitarian disaster and work relentlessly toward deescalation.”

WASHINGTON — The following statement was released by leaders of the House of Representatives Democratic Caucuses in advance of President Biden’s first State of the Union address. 

Those leaders include: Representatives Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus; Suzan DelBene (WA-01), chair of the New Democrat Coalition; Judy Chu (CA-27), chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus; Joyce Beatty (OH-03), chair of the Congressional Black Caucus; Dr. Raul Ruiz (CA-36), chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus; Lois Frankel (FL-21), Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14), and Jackie Speier (CA-14), co-chairs of the Democratic Women’s Caucus; David Cicilline (RI-01), chair of the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus; and Gerald Connolly (VA-11), Paul Tonko (NY-20), and Doris Matsui (CA-06), co-chairs of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition.

“As Chairs of the leading House Democratic Caucuses, we are calling for Congressional action on a final negotiated reconciliation bill that secures the support of 50 U.S. Senators and 218 U.S. Representatives.?We must move to reach a final agreement and focus on policies that will deliver immediate and lasting results for Americans. 

“Democrats in Congress and the White House pulled the economy back from the brink by enacting the American Rescue Plan and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, but real economic challenges remain for families. Congress must act quickly to address these challenges, especially as we continue to face systemic racism’s disparities and inequities, as well as rising prices squeezing working people, and the climate crisis that is escalating every day.

"It’s not too late to meet this moment. There is broad consensus on the most critical solutions Americans need to lower costs for families, tackle the climate crisis, and create opportunities and good-paying jobs. It is time to act.

“We stand united and ready to work with President Biden and all of our colleagues in the House and Senate to ensure a strong, final version of this bill becomes law as soon as possible.”

WASHINGTON — Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, issued this statement following President Biden’s first State of the Union address:

“Tonight, the President put forward a record of accomplishment and a vision for the country that we can all be immensely proud of. In the midst of a global pandemic, economic recession, and the immense task of rebuilding from the Trump years, the progress the President and our Democratic majority have made in the past year is nothing short of extraordinary.

“We passed the American Rescue Plan, which has led to the biggest yearly job growth in history, creating 6.4 million jobs in 2021 and averting the risk of a double-dip recession. Wages are up, unemployment is at the lowest rate since 1969, and the United States is the only major advanced economy with its GDP back at pre-pandemic levels. 4.2 million more people have health insurance than they did last year, and thanks to the Child Tax Credit, we lowered hunger across the country by 32 percent and cut child poverty in half. 

“The President has restored many of our foreign alliances, which has already proven critically important as the United States confronts Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with a strong focus on diplomacy paired with costs and consequences for Putin’s devastating war. 

“The Biden administration is using its power to fight big corporate monopolies that are increasing costs and killing small businesses. Congress passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to repair our crumbling roads, bridges, and waterways, and finally get lead out of water, all by creating good-paying, union jobs. And we are on our way to the COMPETES Act becoming law, which will take on inflation and rebuild U.S. supply chains that have been eroded by monopolies that stopped investing in America, bringing down costs for working people.

“Now comes the work to continue this progress. The challenges that families faced before the pandemic are still with us. That’s why in addition to continuing to fight the pandemic and rebuild the economy, Congress must make real strides in the promises we made to the American people. 

“As the President emphasized tonight, we must pass legislation to lower the costs of Pre-K, health care, home-based care, and housing, and to ensure that child care doesn’t cost families more than 7 percent of their income — all by finally making the wealthy and corporations pay their fair share. He underscored the need to take meaningful action to address the climate crisis and deliver a roadmap to citizenship for immigrant communities. And as he said, “capitalism without competition is exploitation” — and the Progressive Caucus is similarly committed to taking on corporate profiteering and monopolistic abuse.

“President Biden has significant power to effect immediate, meaningful change for people across America, and we urge him to use it aggressively. The President can use his executive authority to bring down the costs of prescription drugs and stop Big Pharma’s price gouging; decrease carbon emissions to fight the climate crisis; cancel student debt and bolster our economy;  protect workers’ rights and raise their wages; and provide immigration relief and rebuild our refugee system. In the coming weeks, the Progressive Caucus will release our executive action agenda for the President that details these steps, and more.

“Democrats in the White House and Congress have shown how much we can accomplish in a year. If we remain steadfast to our commitment to providing relief our communities need, lowering costs, and making life easier for working people, we can deliver.”

WASHINGTON — Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, issued the following statement upon President Biden’s nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court of the United States:

“The Progressive Caucus is thrilled to congratulate Judge Brown Jackson on her nomination, and President Biden on this laudable and historic choice.

“Judge Brown Jackson is eminently qualified, with a deep jurisprudence that covers a wide scope of the law. She brings decades of varied experience across the legal profession, from trial lawyer to the federal bench. She served as a clerk for federal judges who were appointed by both Republican and Democratic presidents, including Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. She also brings experience on the federal bench, having served on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and then the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit since 2012.

“During her career, she has embodied one of the highest principles of American law — that everyone has the right to due process and legal representation. As a public defender, she represented those who could not afford to hire a lawyer. As Vice Chair of the Sentencing Commission under President Obama, she worked to alleviate harsh and unfair sentences for those convicted of drug crimes. She has worked to advance reproductive rights, bring justice to the all-too often unjust criminal legal system, and uphold the collective bargaining rights of workers. 

“As the first Black woman and first public defender to serve on the high court, Judge Brown Jackson will bring a never-heard — and sorely needed — perspective to the bench.  And this historic nomination carries with it a profound symmetry: Judge Brown Jackson will be the first on the bench with public defense experience since Justice Thurgood Marshall, the Supreme Court’s first-ever Black justice. 

“We join with those across the country who are celebrating this nomination today, and look forward to seeing her confirmed.”

WASHINGTON — Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and Representative Barbara Lee (CA-13), chair of the Caucus Peace and Security Taskforce, issued the following statement in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine:

“The Progressive Caucus stands with the Ukrainian people and the international community in condemning the violent invasion of Ukraine by Russian President Vladimir Putin. This war of aggression is a blatant violation of international law, despite Putin’s baseless justifications.

“As the United States continues to weigh the scope of its response, we urge the Biden administration to be guided by two goals: to avoid dangerous escalation that is all too easy in the chaos of war, and to ensure we are minimizing harm to civilians.

“We applaud President Biden for rightly saying there can be no military solution to this conflict, and wisely committing to not deploying U.S. troops. We reiterate, alongside our colleagues, that the President must seek Congressional authorization pursuant to the War Powers Resolution before any U.S. troops deploy into areas or situations where there is a risk of imminent hostilities.

“The goal of any U.S. sanctions should be to stop the fighting and hold those responsible for this invasion to account, while avoiding indiscriminate harm to civilians or inflexibility as circumstances change. We urge the United States to continue the work toward diplomatic solutions, including at the United Nations, to urgently secure an immediate ceasefire, provide humanitarian assistance, and facilitate support for refugees.

“Today, our thoughts are with those who have already and will suffer the greatest harm from Putin’s aggression: the people of Ukraine in the direct path of this violence, and the people of the Ukrainian diaspora who are living with the immeasurable fear for their loved ones and homeland. Progressives are ready to assist the State Department and all resettlement agencies in supporting our European allies and welcoming refugees seeking shelter in the United States.

“We — the United States, our allies and partners, and the people and government of Ukraine — will stand together until this latest act of Russian aggression is ended, and we will work in partnership for its swift conclusion.” 

WASHINGTON — Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus issued the following statement on the Biden administration’s executive order to break up and redistribute Afghanistan’s frozen Central Bank funds. 

“For months, progressives in Congress, the United Nations Secretary General, and leading aid groups have been urging the Biden administration to release Afghanistan’s frozen reserves and assets in order to avert humanitarian disaster. Rather than heeding those calls, the administration has taken a path that raises grave concerns about the possible impact on the ability of the Afghan people to get the food they need to prevent starvation. 

“Any functioning country must have access to its own currency and reserves. By removing and breaking up Afghanistan’s already frozen funds, the United States is continuing to contribute to a crumbling economy and devastating impacts on the Afghan people. Already, schools and hospitals cannot buy food for patients or gas to heat their buildings. Reporting from the ground shows that ‘incomes have vanished and life-threatening hunger has become widespread.’ Aid organizations have warned that U.S. policy could result in the death of more people than in 20 years of war in Afghanistan.

“While we agree on the need for robust humanitarian aid, it cannot substitute for a functioning central bank that stabilizes the currency, pays the salaries of civil servants, and provides reserves for private businesses that can prop up an ailing economy. It is also unclear how much of that aid would actually be able to reach people in need, when the country’s financial system is impeded by a web of sanctions. 

“Most importantly, frozen assets belonging to the Afghan people should be released and used to restore the country's economy. The best way for the Biden administration to ameliorate the suffering of the Afghan people is to ease sanctions, work with international partners at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund to release much-needed aid into the country, and to release the United States’ own freeze on Afghanistan’s funds — in addition to reversing course on this new order.

“The families of victims of 9/11 absolutely deserve compensation, but this is not the way to do it. President Biden has repeatedly promised that ‘human rights will be at the center of our foreign policy.’ We believe that he wants to keep that commitment — and that is why we urge him to reconsider this decision before it’s too late.”

WASHINGTON — This afternoon, the Congressional Progressive Caucus welcomed Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan and Assistant Attorney General, Department of Justice Antitrust Division Jonathan Kanter to its member meeting. 

Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Congressional Progressive Caucus chair and vice chair of the Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law issued the following statement:

“The Congressional Progressive Caucus was thrilled to welcome two of the administration’s leading voices on antitrust and consumer protection to engage with our membership today. It was a productive and rich discussion, focusing on some of the most pressing issues facing our economy and communities, including: anti-competitive mergers; price gouging, especially in treatments for COVID-19; and the myriad monopolistic practices in Big Tech that stifle innovation and competition, and harm consumers and small business. There was widespread and enthusiastic agreement for Congress reasserting its role and governing power in this space — something the CPC membership is deeply committed to and actively engaged on.

“We look forward to continuing this work together to reassert consumers’ rights and finally rebalance economic inequality away from corporate power and toward the people.”