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April 12, 2016
Progressive Action Pac Sends Open Letter to Next President of the United States
Washington DC–Earlier today, the Progressive Action PAC – the political arm of the Congressional Progressive Caucus – sent an open letter to the candidates running for President of the United States.
In the letter, Members of the Progressive Action PAC asked candidates of both political parties to commit to building upon President Obama’s legacy of improving the lives of federal contract workers through establishing a “White House Office of Good Jobs”, and implementing a Model Employer Executive Order.
The text of the letter is below, and a signed copy of the letter can be found here: http://www.actprogressive.com/images/041216PAPACLetter.pdf
Signers include: Rep. Keith Ellison, Rep. Raúl Grijalva, Rep. Mark Pocan, Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Ruben Gallego, Rep. Mike Honda, and Rep. Jan Schakowsky
April 12, 2016
Candidates for the Office of President of the United States:
We write to request your support for raising the wages and living standards of Americans by committing to build upon President Obama’s legacy of bold executive action on behalf of federal contract workers. In the face of an obstructionist Congress, President Obama has used his executive power to raise the minimum wage for federal contract workers to $10.10 an hour1, crack down on federal contractors who violate federal wage and safety statutes2, extend paid leave benefits3, extend worker protection from discrimination4 and advance equal pay. Together, these actions are helping turn back the tide of rising income inequality – a phenomenon the President has called the “defining issue of our time.” Yet, we can and must do more. Specifically, we call on the next president to establish a “Model Employer Executive Order” aimed at ensuring that federal contracts go to employers who provide their workers with good wages and benefits, and the opportunity to form a union. We also call on you to establish a “White House Office of Good Jobs” that would ensure that the $1 trillion the government spends on contracts, loans, and grants each year are going to private sector corporations that treat their workers with dignity.
The federal government has a major presence in the private-sector economy. Federal contracts and grants directly support 10.5 million private-sector jobs, while private employers who receive these funds employ an additional 20 million workers5. This spending gives the government leverage over the employment standards of one-in-five U.S. workers. By harnessing the purchasing power of the federal government, we can ensure that taxpayer dollars are being used to underwrite good jobs. When a worker’s take home pay covers the needs of his or her family, we see increased economic growth, increased tax receipts, and reduced spending on social safety net programs. Private sector contractors also benefit from these policies through productivity gains and reduced employee turnover.
Implementing a Model Employer Executive Order and a White House Office of Good Jobs are effective approaches to make progress on income inequality. Through a Model Employer Executive Order, the federal government would provide a contracting preference for corporations that provide their workers with good wages, good benefits, and remain neutral during union organizing campaigns. Similarly, a White House Office of Good Jobs would have a broad mandate to deliver economic benefits to working Americans by promoting good job standards wherever federal agencies impact private-sector employment through their spending or regulatory activities. The Office would work hand-in-hand with the National Economic and Domestic Policy Councils, as well as cabinet departments, to ensure that procurement, grant-making, and regulatory decisions encourage appropriately paid jobs, collective-bargaining rights, and responsible employment practices. This new office will ensure that your commitment to restoring the middle class is reflected across agencies with diverse leadership, mandates, and internal cultures. We believe that the Office for Faith Based and Community Based initiatives provides a strong model for this type of office.
Our nation has a proud history of ensuring that federal tax dollars incentivize sustainable work. In 1931, Congress passed the Davis-Bacon Act to ensure that the construction of our physical infrastructure also helped build up the middle class. In 1965, President Johnson issued Executive Order 11246 to outlaw racial discrimination in federal contracting. Now it’s your chance to make history. President Obama has made tremendous progress with his bold executive action. It’s up to the next President to finish the job.
Rep. Keith Ellison Rep. Raúl Grijalva Rep. Mark Pocan
Rep. Barbara Lee Rep. Ruben Gallego Rep. Mike Honda
Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee Rep. Jan Schakowsky Rep. David Cicilline
1. Executive Order 13658, Establishing a Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors
2. Executive Order 13673, Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces EO
3. Executive Order 13706, Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors
4. Amends Executive Order 11246, Equal Employment Opportunity
5. Lew, Daley and Robert Hiltonsmith,“Underwriting Good Jobs,” Demos, available at http://www.demos.org/sites/default/files/publications/UnderwritingGoodJobs_2.pdf
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March 22, 2016
Randolph lands game-changing endorsement from the Congressional Progressive Caucus
The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) has endorsed Susannah Randolph in the race for CD-09 adding to the long list of progressive leaders and groups backing her campaign. The CPC is the largest Democratic caucus on the hill with nearly 70 members and has tremendous impact on legislation and political actors in Congress. This endorsement signals to primary voters that Susannah is the strongest Democrat in the race. Randolph has already received endorsements from both Co-Chairs on the Caucus, Congressman Keith Ellison and Congressman Raul Grijalva as well as Vice-Chair Congressman Mark Pocan.
“Susannah is a true Progressive Democrat with a lifelong commitment to grassroots organizing and helping Democrats win,” Ellison said. “I am proud to support her campaign and I look forward to working with her in Congress to build the bench of Progressive, Democratic candidates.”
“As a community organizer who has dedicated her career to protecting our environment, Susannah knows how to be a strong advocate for our natural resources and our community,” said Grijalva. “She will fight for those without a voice and that makes me proud to endorse her campaign.”
“As a community advocate, Susannah knows how to get things done for the hardworking families of Central Florida,” said Pocan. “In Congress, she will continue to fight for progressive values and stand up for our middle class and I look forward to working with her.”
“I am honored beyond words to have the support from the Congressional Progressive Caucus,” said Randolph. “I plan to be the strong Progressive voice that Central Florida needs in Congress and I look forward to working with the members of the CPC to fight for Progressive values and build a strong bench of Progressive Democrats.”
Randolph also has the support from The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) and Democracy for America (DFA), which named her as part of the “Elizabeth Warren-wing” of the Democratic Party. Among others supporting Randolph are: Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Congressman Keith Ellison and Congressman Raul Grijalva and Vice-Chair Congressman Mark Pocan; Congresswoman Lois Frankel; Congresswoman Diana DeGette; Congresswoman Pat Schroeder; Orange County Comptroller Martha Haynie; House Democratic Leader Mark Pafford; St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman; Former-Orange County Mayor Linda Chapin.
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February 18, 2016
Congressman Keith Ellison applauds inclusion of Progressive Action PAC candidates in DCCC “Red to Blue” program
MINNEAPOLIS—Congressman Keith Ellison released the following statement today on the inclusion of Progressive Action PAC endorsed candidates Morgan Carroll (CO-06) and Angie Craig (MN-02) in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s “Red to Blue” program:
“The fact that two Congressional Progressive Caucus endorsed candidates have been included in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Red to Blue program proves what we’ve known all along: progressive values are winning values.
“Angie Craig and Morgan Carroll are not only strong candidates, they are strong progressives. I know they will both be fierce advocates for hardworking American families, and I look forward to working with them in Congress.”
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October 21, 2015
Congressional Progressive Caucus Endorses Angie Craig For Congress
The 72 United States Representatives in the CPC comprise the largest single caucus within the House Democratic Caucus
Eagan, MN— Angie Craig, who is seeking the DFL endorsement in Minnesota’s open Second Congressional District, today announced the endorsement of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Craig’s endorsement was among the first of the cycle for the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
First Vice Chair of the CPC Rep. Mark Pocan (D, WI-02) announced the endorsement, “The Congressional Progressive Caucus is proud to endorse Angie Craig for Congress. We know that she will work tirelessly for our shared progressive values of creating economic security for all, protecting our civil rights and liberties, promoting global peace and security, and advancing environmental protections and energy independence. As a Wisconsinite, I’m personally excited at the prospect of electing another colleague with common-sense, progressive, Midwestern values.”
Angie Craig said, “I want to go to Congress to fight for opportunity for all families. We must ensure that every family has access to high-quality public education, debt-free post-secondary education after high school, and meaningful good-paying jobs once they graduate. And we must keep our promises to our seniors. I am gratified and humbled to earn the endorsement of 72 future colleagues and committed public servants that have already dedicated themselves to these same goals.”