Both the House and Senate have now passed budget resolutions that offer comfort and protection to the wealthy and powerful and more discomfort and vulnerability to everyone else.
The Senate today launched into what's known inside the Beltway as a "vote-a-rama." We already know how this drama ends when it comes to actions that would advance the goal of shared prosperity.
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.
Another reason to oppose fast-tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership: The struggle in towns like Ferguson, Mo., to overcome racial and economic barriers is hard enough without another wrong-headed trade pact.
"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 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.
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.
The people who make Washington function are increasingly unable to live in Washington. That's a symptom of a national housing affordability crisis that is not getting the attention it deserves.
Local and national progressive organizations coordinated dozens of actions in 16 states today as part of "We Rise: National Day of Action to Put People and Planet First."
Fifty years of history taught us that a voting rights law, however buttressed against the damage done by conservatives in courts and legislatures, is not enough.
As Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee release a report today on schemes used by wealthy people to avoid paying taxes, the Republican chairman wants "more attention" on taxing lower-income people.
Workers lose an estimated $17 billion in retirement savings a year because financial advisers have incentives to put their financial interests ahead of their customers'. A proposed regulation would address that.
Could this project, using Warren's distinctive voice, help progressives present a bold alternative not only to destructive conservative policies but the Band-Aids and incremental measures of mainstream Democrats?
Today's order from the New York state Hospitality Wage Board follows years of protest and campaigning by low-wage workers throughout the state, who have not seen an increase in the tipped wage since 2011.
Credit goes to the campaigns launched by a number of grassroots organizations that for years have shone a light on the anti-worker policies that are endemic in big-box retailing, but especially Walmart.
Economist Dean Baker explains the reasoning behind the effort to get organizations to endorse a petition calling on the Fed to back away from an interest rate hike that could drive up unemployment.
An amendment would complete the work started by the Voting Rights Act almost 50 years ago, and undo the damage done five years ago by the Supreme Court's "Citizens United" ruling.
The story is pretty much the same in conservative state after conservative state: The 1 percent pay a significantly lower percentage of their income in state and local taxes than middle-income residents.
A Twitter town hall today seeks to turn a plan that should be considered politically outrageous into politically inevitable – unless, of course, concerned citizens act to make it politically toxic.
Austerity policies have largely set the parameters of the policy debate over how to grow the economy for the past four years. We will need accelerated growth to sustain and build upon the gains that the economy has made.
The website Capital & Main launches a month-long expose on how rampant inequality in California is leaving nearly everyone behind. The series hopes to inform the national progressive movement for economic reform.
What should we make of language in the 2016 budget that puts the administration in opposition to "any measures that privatize or weaken the Social Security system" or "slashes benefits for future generations"?
A former Campaign for America's Future "Progressive Champion" and a libertarian Republican have jointly created a Frankenstein of a plan that pardons corporations for their past tax avoidance.
Flooded streets, broken bridges and overcrowded public transportation make the case for Sen. Bernie Sanders' $1 trillion spending plan. So do the 13 million jobs that the bill would create.
Politicians in both parties and in both houses are coalescing around a plan to pay for transportation improvements by giving corporations a deep tax break on profits they have held overseas.
In a webcast by Progressive Majority and the Campaign for America's Future, a key House Progressive Caucus members urges Democrats to not shy away from policy fights that show them on the side of "the little guy."
The White House today announced the creation of an infrastructure bonds program designed to attract private financing for transportation projects. It's a workaround for the cowardice and obstruction in Washington.
National People's Action is highlighting an effort to "reclaim" the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. memorial holiday from "efforts to soften, sanitize, and commercialize" his legacy.
What U.S. spends on billing and insurance-related costs is enough to provide coverage for every uninsured American and improve coverage for millions of the underinsured, a researcher explains in this interview.
The New York Times notes that in the last four years, the IRS budget "has been cut by 17 percent after taking inflation into account." The passive "has been cut" language begs the question: Who cut the IRS budget?
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse has released a "tax fairness plan" that would ensure that people with multimillion-dollar incomes pay their fair share in taxes. Meanwhile, conservatives cling to their tax-cuts-for-corporations agenda.
Rep. Chris Van Hollen released a major tax proposal that he says is "the start of a conversation" about how to raise the incomes of working-class people. And indeed it raises some important issues to talk about.
A protest featuring Rev. William Barber coincided with a report by the Alliance for Quality Education that said that educational inequality had grown to record-setting levels under New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The vacuity of conservative arguments against tuition-free community college is actually a sign that President Obama's proposal is a hit to the conservative solar plexus.
Not only have Republicans in recent memory made tentative statements about being "open" to raising the gasoline tax, a group of Republican House members have actually voted to do it.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren calls for "different choices ... that put working people first" as AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka launches a new effort to mobilize workers for jobs and growth.
House Republicans start the new Congress by declaring that tax cuts defy gravity and that future disability payments should be held hostage to set the stage for Social Security cuts.
The former New York governor's 1984 Democratic Party convention speech captures what Americans who are either treading water or sinking in today's economy need the Democratic Party to stand for.
This proves what some progressive leaders have been saying all along about Obamacare: It should never be viewed as anything other than a first step – one hobbled by political compromises and moneyed interests.