U.S. Representatives Mark Pocan (WI-02) and Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-03), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), today called on Acting Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Mick Mulvaney, to fire Eric Blankenstein, a high level appointee at CFPB tasked with enforcing anti-discrimination laws, following the Washington Post's recent report detailing Blankenstein's history of racist and sexist writing.
Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Mark Pocan (WI-02) and Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-03), along with CPC First Vice Chair Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) led a letter to President Trump calling for the withdrawal of Judge Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court. The group of 39 Democrats, including eight CPC Members who serve on the House Judiciary Committee, further committed to exercising constitutional oversight to investigate evidence of possible perjury committed by Judge Kavanaugh. Lying under oath to the Senate would be a federal crime.
Following today's passage of the Opioid Crisis Response Act in the House of Representatives, Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Mark Pocan (WI-02) and Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-03), along with CPC Vice-Chair and Health Task Force Chair Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), released the following statement celebrating the exclusion of a proposed multi-billion-dollar bailout of the pharmaceutical industry from the final bill.
CPC Vice Chair Ro Khanna (CA-17), CPC Member and ranking Democrat on House Armed Services Committee Adam Smith (WA-09), as well as CPC Co-Chairs Mark Pocan (WI-02) and Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-03) led a bipartisan group of two dozen lawmakers today in introducing a privileged resolution to end unauthorized U.S. military participation in Saudi Arabia's war against Yemen's Houthi rebels. The three-year-old U.S.-Saudi military campaign has triggered the world's worst humanitarian crisis, leading the United Nations to warn of imminent, widespread famine.
Today, U.S. Representatives Mark Pocan (WI-02) and Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-03), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), released the following statement regarding the ongoing violence and violations of human rights in Nicaragua, which have resulted in hundreds of deaths.
CPC Co-Chairs Pocan and Grijalva released the following statements regarding the passing of Joel Silberman, a champion of the progressive movement and a vital ally and friend of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
Citing an "intensifying assault on democracy and human rights in Brazil," members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus led a bicameral letter to the Brazilian Ambassador, raising concerns over the killings of Brazilian activists, the current administration's anti-worker policies, and the denial of due-process rights to Brazil's former president, Luís Inácio Lula da Silva.
Today, Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, led by Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), along with CPC Vice Chair Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), sent a bicameral letter of inquiry with 15 other Members of Congress to the private equity firms that owned, managed and indebted the company Toys ‘R Us prior to its announced bankruptcy and layoffs of 33,000 employees. The Members of Congress seek answers regarding the firms' questionable management practices and inquire into any plans to offer severance pay to all laid-off Toys ‘R Us workers.