House progressives are holding onto their positions to defend the Democratic agenda despite President Trump’s thumping at the polls on Tuesday.
Rep. Raul Grijalva, a centrist member of the House Democratic Caucus, is calling on President Trump to release his tax returns.
“I think Trump’s supporters and his fellow travelers have had their ears singed and the President’s big mouth has been broken in the last election and he better change course,” he said.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a progressive co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, told CNN her organization is “holding the line” on issues important to progressives.
“We have kept this caucus together because we believe in issues like Medicare for All,” she said. “We have kept this caucus together because we believe in not only reforming Wall Street but also Wall Street regulation. We have kept this caucus together because we have made clear that we believe in protecting the lives and livelihoods of low-income workers. We have kept this caucus together because we believe in protecting people that are struggling with the ups and downs of the economy. We have kept this caucus together because we believe in increasing economic security.”
Rep. Keith Ellison, a progressive co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said: “We are meeting our demands for early childhood education, we are meeting our demands for fast broadband and broadband for all. The right has given up on the economy and this is America.”
Ellison is a Minnesota Democrat and a high-profile figure within the progressive wing of the party. The current chair of the Democratic National Committee, the former Minnesota congressman often called “Crazy Uncle Keith” for his outlandish ideas, came up through the caucus before his election to be DNC chair.
CNN reported this weekend that Ellison supports allowing young people in the US illegally to enlist in the military.
Also, Rep. Ro Khanna of California, who is co-chair of the House Progressive Caucus, said in a statement Wednesday that he will oppose a Republican proposal to repeal Obama-era regulations to shield online retailers from tax audits because it would force the Trump administration to publish the names of small business owners who refuse to pay taxes.
“As a representative from Silicon Valley, I am passionate about protecting small businesses in our area and most especially growing our economy,” Khanna said. “After the election, we saw a lot of rhetoric about taking the president down. Now we are in a position to work with Democrats to protect the status quo.”
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