The Progressive Caucus Budget

Don’t Know About the People’s Budget? Never Heard of It? What’s Up with That?

We hear a lot about Congressman Ryan’s budget and the President’s budget but we’re not hearing very much about the Congressional Progressive Caucus Budget, which appears to be more in line with what the average middle class American wants and needs. What’s up with that?

The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) has come up with a budget that addresses the deficit and more. The key points addressed in their budget are a mirror reflection of what people are saying they need. Their proposal:

  • Eliminates the deficits and creates a surplus by 2021
  • Puts America back to work with a “Make it in America” jobs program
  • Protects the social safety net
  • Ends the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq
  • Is FAIR (Fixing America’s Inequality Responsibly)

And here is what the Congressional Progressive Caucus Budget accomplishes:

  • Primary budget balance by 2014.
  • Budget surplus by 2021.
  • Reduces public debt as a share of GDP to 64.1% by 2021, down 16.5 percentage points from
    a baseline fully adjusted for both the doc fix and the AMT patch.
  • Reduces deficits by $5.6 trillion over 2012-21, relative to this adjusted baseline.
  • Outlays equal to 22.2% of GDP and revenue equal 22.3% of GDP by 2021.

Why aren’t we hearing more about this?  Are you supporting those congressional representatives that prepared this budget. Many people don’t realize that they can support these candidates even if they don’t live in their districts. You can simply drop them a note to say thanks or even send them a donation and then you can ask your own congressional rep why he or she isn’t doing more for you. (Scroll down to see the list of the 77 Representatives that support this budget).

For more on what the Progressive Caucus is calling “The People’s Budget“, click this link.  We are all affected by the decisions made by so few. Please join us in staying informed and then taking action. Here is a list of the congressional representatives who are members of the CPC.

I’ve posted a link to each of the Progressive Caucus members official websites below. But you can also contact the caucus leaders by clicking here.

Alan Grayson was an outspoken progressive representative in Florida. He made several statements on the floor that were recorded and went viral on YouTube. Here’s a sample:

Well, he lost his bid for reelection and is no longer in Congress. Not having his strong voice there hurts all progressives. That means we have one less voice on the side of the People. Corporations and the well-heeled already have their list. We saw that when Governor Scott Walker spent 20 minutes on the phone talking to the David Koch impersonator.

We need to add to this list below. That’s why I support Marcy Winograd to fill the seat Jane Harman left vacant — just a couple months after she won reelection.  We, as voters, have got to take matters into our own hands. We haven’t for a very long time and look at the mess we’re in.  Please click learn about these representatives and support them.

By the way, it took me two hours to put all of these links in. Maybe a little guilt will work.

Caucus Members

Co-Chairs

Keith Ellison

Raúl Grijalva

Vice Chairs

Tammy Baldwin

Judy Chu

William “Lacy” Clay

Sheila Jackson-Lee

Chellie Pingree

Whip

Hank Johnson

Senate Member

  1. Bernie Sanders
  2. Tom Udall

House Members

  1. Karen Bass
  2. Xavier Becerra
  3. Earl Blumenauer
  4. Robert Brady
  5. Corrine Brown
  6. Michael Capuano
  7. Andre Carson
  8. Donna Christensen
  9. Yvette Clarke
  10. Emanuel Cleaver
  11. David Cicilline
  12. Steve Cohen
  13. John Conyers
  14. Elijah Cummings
  15. Danny Davis
  16. Peter DeFazio
  17. Rosa DeLauro
  18. Donna Edwards
  19. Sam Farr
  20. Chaka Fattah
  21. Bob Filner
  22. Barney Frank
  23. Marcia Fudge
  24. Luis Gutierrez
  25. Maurice Hinchey
  26. Mazie Hirono
  27. Michael Honda
  28. Jesse Jackson, Jr.
  29. Eddie Bernice Johnson
  30. Marcy Kaptur
  31. Dennis Kucinich
  32. Barbara Lee
  33. John Lewis
  34. David Loebsack
  35. Ben Ray Lujan
  36. Carolyn Maloney
  37. Ed Markey
  38. Jim McDermott
  39. James McGovern
  40. George Miller
  41. Gwen Moore
  42. Jim Moran
  43. Jerrold Nadler
  44. Eleanor Holmes Norton
  45. John Olver
  46. Frank Pallone
  47. Ed Pastor
  48. Donald Payne
  49. Jared Polis
  50. Charles Rangel
  51. Laura Richardson
  52. Lucille Roybal-Allard
  53. Bobby Rush
  54. Linda Sanchez
  55. Jan Schakowsky
  56. Jose Serrano
  57. Louise Slaughter
  58. Pete Stark
  59. Bennie Thompson
  60. John Tierney
  61. Nydia Velazquez
  62. Maxine Waters
  63. Mel Watt
  64. Henry Waxman
  65. Peter Welch
  66. Frederica Wilson
  67. Lynn Woolsey

Sharon Kyle, Publisher

Published by the LA Progressive on April 13, 2011
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About Sharon Kyle

Sharon Kyle, J.D. is the Publisher of the LA Progressive which she co-founded with her husband Dick Price. Ms. Kyle is an adjunct professor of law at Peoples College in Los Angeles. She sits on the board of the ACLU Pasadena/Foothills Chapter and is on the editorial board of the BlackCommentator.com. Photo courtesy Wadeva Images. www.wadevaimages.com