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The Congressional Progressive Caucus

Posted by devildog6771 on November 14, 2011

Why is Congress deadlocked? Because the President and the Senate, controlled by the Congressional Progressive Caucus and its allies, will pass no bill sent to it passed by the Republican House. They will not even read the bills! The only bills the Senate will consider are their own. The “Super Committee” was set up to by-pass all this infighting. Both parties and houses were supposed to be bound by its decision. Again, the left has tied that committee up.

It should be done away with anyway. It was only started to work in secret so the public won’t see the left’s efforts to prevent good legislation from passing! The President, Pelosi, and Biden support OWS. They want the “revolution” to begin. They to collapse our economy! They want to rebuild America in their image of a good government. They say they represent the people. They do, their “own” people, a small fringe group of radical Americans using CPUSA goals to overthrow America!

What is the Congressional Progressive Caucus? (CPC) I went to KeyWiki and found a very well written overview.  According to KeyWiki:

The Congressional Progressive Caucus was founded in 1991 by Bernie Sanders , the openly socialist then Congressman from Vermont, the  Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), and the radical Washington DC based “think tank” Institute for Policy Studies (IPS).

Beside the CPC’s connections to the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), and the Institute for Policy Studies IPS), it also has a strong connection to Communist Party USA. There are members of the CPC in both parties who did, or still have, ties to the CPUSA, the DSA, and the IPS.

What are the goals of the CPC? I think that question is best answered in their SOTU address made on January 27, 2000:

Caucus Chair Rep. Peter DeFazio(D-OR) stated “The Progressive Caucus Alternative State of the Union will provide a much needed reality check to politicians who would rather ignore the priorities of Americans left out of the economic boom — priorities like access to quality health care and education, repairing crumbling schools, addressing the growing gap between the rich and poor, and creating a sustainable global economy that works for everyone, not just the corporate architects.”

Lynn Woolsey

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According to Rep. Lynn Woolsey, House Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus:

It is clear that we represent the heart and soul of the Democratic Party

Rep. Woosley made that remark in an interview on Nov. 15, 2020. Here is the rest of that interview thanks to KeyWiki:

On Nov. 15, 2010, Earl Ofari Hutchinson of The Huffington Post and New American Media conducted an interview with Rep. Lynn Woolsey, House Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. The interview reads as follows:[22]

Earl: Many are not familiar with the Progressive House Caucus. How big is it?
Lynn: We had 83 members before the election. It is bicameral, with House and Senate members. It’s by far the largest caucus in Congress. We lost four members this election. But we also gained a couple of new members. We will not have less than 80 members in the next Congress. The Blue Dog Democrats lost almost two-thirds of their members.
Earl: What are the major issues that the Caucus will press Congress and the Obama Administration on?
Lynn: It is clear that we represent the heart and soul of the Democratic Party. So, the first item is jobs. We have to have a robust jobs bill. One that we should have had when President Obama first took office and his popularity was at its height. He had a big majority in the House and Senate. We would have doubled the amount of money allocated for the jobs bill that came out of the House, which the Senate cut to shreds. The other priority is combating the notion that the timetable for ending the Afghanistan War is 2014. The war is killing our budget, killing our people, and killing our relations with our allies.
Earl: What does it take to make that happen?
Lynn: None of this is going to happen until we get money out of politics, get a bigger control of the media, and that means diversifying ownership beyond the three corporations.
Earl: The headline article in the Washington Post, Nov. 11, was “Liberals plan to push Obama not to compromise with GOP.” Will the Progressive Caucus take the lead in pushing the president not to “compromise” with the GOP?
Lynn: We were the most productive House in recent legislative history in getting key pieces of legislation passed. Unfortunately, it was not enough. We were in such a deep economic hemorrhaging. We stopped that. But to do more we have to be even bolder in our actions. We’re going to push the White House to come forth with bold steps. It’s not too late now. But it will be in two years. So we’re hoping that he recognizes that.
Earl: White House advisor David Axelrod was quoted to the effect that Obama would compromise on the “big issues.” Did that set off alarm bells with you and the Caucus members?
Lynn: I and Caucus co-chair Raul M. Grijalva sent the President a letter Friday, Nov. 12, that we totally support rolling back the Bush tax breaks for the wealthy. And no cuts in other programs such as food stamps that benefit the poor and needy.
Earl: White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs blasted liberals and progressives as the “professional Left” for continuing to criticize the president despite what he’s tried to accomplish.
Lynn: I totally disagreed with him. I’ve won office with 70 percent of the vote, and there is a large base of voters that are progressive. This is America, and they do have the right to express themselves. And criticism or not of us, we’re not going to stop our criticism on policy issues we disagree with. In fact, in line with the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and the House Pacific Asian Caucus, we will represent a good majority of the Democrats who remain in the House.
Earl: So no compromise on the core issues
Lynn: Any idea that we’re going to reach across the aisle and surrender our Democratic ideals on jobs, health care, education, and fighting for working people and not the wealthy is not going to happen. We’re not going to compromise our votes to support programs just to appear that we’re compromising. We’re not going to start from the right of center and go further to the right. That’s not what the nation needs.
Earl: There were reports that during the health care debate the White House shunned the Progressive Caucus. How accurate is that?
Lynn: No we were not shunned. I still hear the president saying, “Lynn what’s our agenda on health care and what’s to be done to secure passage.” We took groups of representatives to the White House more than once for meetings. We always had an open-door relationship to work with the president and the House leadership. We intend to continue to work with the president. He will have a hard time getting anything done if he doesn’t have us with him. And he knows that.
But we’re not going to compromise with the right on some lukewarm programs that should have been much bolder. The public option in the health care fight was a good example of that. We still feel it was given away before the health care debate really began. So we’re not going to roll over. Most of our members won reelection, and in some ways we’ll have an even bigger voice in the next Congress.
Earl: Nancy Pelosi wants to stay in the House Leadership. Do you support her?
Lynn: I’m 100 percent behind her. None of the accomplishments in this past Congress would have happened without her leadership. They label her as some wild-eyed liberal, but that’s just name calling. She’s an effective leader. And the administration knows that. I’m confident that she will be our Minority House leader.

I think we all know what to expect for the rest of this term of Obama’s Presidency. Any bill presented by the House, especially by Republicans, won’t be passed by the Senate. The Progressive Caucus (in the lead), the Black Caucus, the Spanish Caucus, and the Asian Caucus will hold firm, without compromise on any bill that is sent to them by the  House! It will not pass in the Senate. Republicans are doing as voter mandated, cutting spending! The President keeps blaming the Republicans; however, he fails to mention that the Senate is controlled by his own people. Nothing is being done in Congress because the President and the Senate (Democratic majority) do not want any bills passed. Should any bill make it through the Senate the President will not sign i into law!

The Senate will continue to ask increased taxes for the wealthy and cuts for the middle and lower-income brackets. There will be continued efforts by the Democrats for more spending for programs to help those two groups. Spending cuts and a balanced budget simply will not be passed. Defense spending will be the area where the biggest cuts will be targeted.

I am not sure of we can handle one more year of this much less another term. It doesn’t matter if Congress passes any bills or not. The President is doing an illegal end run around Congress with his Executive orders. He has given too much unrestrained power to regulatory agencies! Little by little he is also stripping away our individual freedoms and rights in a goal of achieving a collective solution to everything.

This is socialism/communism and in direct violation of our Constitution! Still Congress does nothing. Why the members of both houses who are not members of this subversive leftist movement don’t do their job and work together and save our nation from economic and political collapse i can’t answer! I can only conclude they don’t care s long as they keep their offices.

On election day, I am pretty confident members of both Houses, Republicans and Democrats alike, are going to be in for a rude awakening. The “Eagle has awakened” among he people. I’m not talking about the left’s subversive activities hiding behind OWS. I am talking about the Tea Party and other organizations which represent grass-roots America.

They may think that their “revolution” will succeed. They really do not understand or know what is in the heart of “real” Americans!

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