Pramila Jayapal Announces Congressional Progressive Caucus Center
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), first Vice Chair of the Progressive Caucus, on Tuesday announced the formation of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Center -- an entity that will work to align messaging and policy initiatives between progressive outside groups and progressive members of Congress. The Center will help craft specific policy proposals, provide policy and personnel resources to members of Congress, and mobilize outside groups to help get those policies passed. She was joined in the announcement by Progressive Caucus Chair Congressman Mark Pocan (D-WI). The pair said the group has so far raised $1.5 million for the first year of the Center, while donors have made a three-year commitment for a total of $4.5 million. They plan to hire nine staff members to work on outreach, policy, fundraising, and communications -- along with three to five Fellows to be placed in the offices of progressive members on Capitol Hill. The Caucus represents more than a third of the current Democratic Caucus, with 78 current members in their ranks. And they anticipate adding more to their numbers with some of the 40 candidates the group's political campaign arm has endorsed this cycle. "We're working so ... that we elect a Democratic president who can reverse some of the terrible things that Trump has done but also take us down a path of prosperity," she said. "That unites the caucus most of all." More here.