The People's Budget picked up 95 votes, a larger share of votes from the House Democratic caucus than its predecessors in previous years. Republicans, not surprisingly, were unanimous in opposition.
A vote for the People's Budget is a declaration that Democrats are willing to take away the power of conservatives and their moneyed benefactors to draw the limits of the politically possible.
Why Wednesday's budget vote is so important: Democrats need to be on record supporting the Caucus, both to shift the political debate and to provide themselves with a stronger platform to run on in future elections.
Continually allowing the tea party to dictate the Republican Party platform has consequences. Not only is there short-term political risk, but there is also a long-term risk to the soul of the Republican Party.
"Building a Movement for People and the Planet" was published this week by the Campaign for America's Future and National People's Action, coinciding with the release of the Progressive Caucus "People's Budget."
The Progressive Caucus held a news conference Wednesday releasing their "People’s Budget: A Raise for America." It would, among other things, create 8.4 million good-paying jobs by 2018. Did the media cover this?
What are we to make of this year's Republican budgets? They harm seniors, use the disabled as pawns, punish the needy, pamper the wealthy, and employ deceit – all to promote a selfish agenda for the wealthy and powerful.
The Campaign for America's Future has joined a campaign to sign up citizen co-sponsors of the Progressive Caucus People's Budget. The goal is to get a Democratic majority to support it during next week's floor vote.
The Congressional Progressive Caucus released its People's Budget the day after House Republicans unveiled their proposal. The contrasts are stark and revealing. And at stake is the fight for America's future.
Budgets, as Rev. Jim Wallis says, are moral documents. The House GOP’s budget proposal, however, makes immoral choices that will have devastating impacts on the most vulnerable Americans.
We need to be prepared to push back against trumped-up deficit hysteria, the refusal to adequately invest in our infrastructure, the continued assault on health care and the drive to cut taxes on the wealthy.