Progressive Action PAC (PAPAC) has a mission of electing strong, progressive leaders to Congress who share the Congressional Progressive Caucus’s (CPC) vision for America’s future. Below are just some of the issues PAPAC has focused on during the 2016 elections.
Protecting and Expanding Social Security – 22 million people rely on Social Security to keep them from slipping into poverty. PAPAC is dedicated to standing up for this critical program and the Americans it supports. This includes keeping it out of the hands of Wall Street, fighting for protections against benefit garnishment as result of student loan debt, and expanding benefits.
Fighting for Budgets that Invest in America Again – Hardworking Americans deserve a budget that invests in them. This means eliminating the arbitrary spending caps imposed by the Republicans in Congress that are crippling the nation’s economy, hurting working families, and putting those most vulnerable in our society at unnecessary risk. It also means raising sufficient revenue to invest in repairing our infrastructure, improving education for students of all ages, supporting debt-free college, modernizing our energy systems, and keeping communities across our country safe.
Raising the Minimum Wage – Today in America, a full-time time minimum wage employee with a family of three earns 21 percent below the federal poverty line. That is unacceptable. No one who works full time should live in poverty. PAPAC supports raising the Federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 an hour over the next several years.
Good Trade Deals – PAPAC believes trade deals should always put American workers first and have an emphasis on environmental, consumer, and human rights protections. As income inequality continues to climb to historic heights, now is the time to protect American jobs, not send them overseas.
Campaign Finance Reform – The Supreme Court’s infamous ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission opened our election system to a flood of untraceable corporate money that has presented an unprecedented risk to our democracy. PAPAC believes that money is not speech, corporations are not people, and that democracy in our country should never be for sale.