Progressive Caucus Challenges Pelosi on Bush Tax Cuts

By: Monday November 15, 2010 9:42 am

The leaders of the Congressional Progressive Caucus want a meeting with Nancy Pelosi to urge her to hold a vote on the Bush tax cuts for the middle class, excluding the tax cuts on those making over $250,000. Raul Grijalva and Lynn Woolsey point out in the letter to Pelosi that this proposal would save [...]

Keith Ellison to Run for Progressive Caucus Chair

By: Friday October 15, 2010 9:29 am

The Progressive Caucus, despite greater numbers than the Blue Dogs, has never had the same impact on the national debate. They tried a co-chair framework this year, with Lynn Woolsey and Raul Grijalva leading the caucus. But Woolsey is just a poor communicator, and the split in the leadership served to weaken its message. Grijalva [...]

Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs to Cat Food Commission: No Social Security Cuts

By: Thursday August 12, 2010 2:03 pm

This August has become the season of Congressional letters, whether to the President on Elizabeth Warren, or to the Speaker on the use of food stamp cuts as offsets to future bills. Today, we have another installment. Raul Grijalva and Lynn Woolsey, the co-chairs of the Progressive Caucus, have sent a letter directly to Erskine [...]

A Treatise on the Future of the Democratic Party

By: Sunday April 11, 2010 6:05 pm

I haven’t written much about Ryan Grim and Arthur Delaney’s excellent piece on the power struggle inside the Democratic Party. It highlighted an important issue that virtually no other media outlet bothers to cover in full. There’s a cottage industry these days, and really has been since the emergence of Barry Goldwater in the early [...]

Bishop Stupak’s Press Conference Postponed: Confusion Reigns

By: Saturday March 20, 2010 7:57 am

The Speaker’s office denied any deal with Bishop Stupak and his monsignors last night, and now this morning, a press conference they were planning for 11am has been put on hold. Lynn Woolsey denied on the record that there was a deal, probably because of what she said later, “all pro-choice female Dems will bolt [...]

Woolsey Fundraiser For Harman Stirs Controversy

By: Sunday January 17, 2010 5:55 pm

Yesterday, 75-100 people turned out in Venice for a fundraiser for Blue Dog Democrat Jane Harman, notable for the presence of Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Lynn Woolsey, despite the fact that Harman is facing a primary against Marcy Winograd, a progressive challenger who has vowed to join Woolsey’s Progressive Caucus. There were a few protesters [...]

Major P.R. Push To Assure Observers That Health Care Bill Is A Done Deal

By: Friday January 15, 2010 10:20 am

There’s a major push by House leaders today to judge the health care bill a fait accompli and ensure everyone that the deal put together by both chambers of Congress and the White House, which could be topped off in the next few days, will have no problem passing the House. Expect to see a [...]

Senate Dems Pass Third And Final Cloture Vote On Health Care Bill – Passage Tomorrow

By: Wednesday December 23, 2009 1:48 pm

(Programming note: The Roundup will be delayed until later tonight) The Senate just passed a third and final cloture vote, by a count of 60-39, on the health care bill. In prior votes today, Jim Bunning did not vote, so I would assume in advance of a roll call, that he was the missing vote. [...]

Progressives Return Fire, Demand To Kill The Bill

By: Tuesday December 15, 2009 1:04 pm

While President Obama was not entirely certain in his message coming out of discussions with the Senate Democratic caucus, it’s hard to see the Senate actually faltering at this point. Sherrod Brown is still on the bill, however grudgingly. Al Franken told me, referring to reconciliation, “I’ve always said I support getting folks affordable accessible [...]

Nobody Agreeing To Compromise While It Doesn’t Exist

By: Wednesday December 9, 2009 3:28 pm

That mystery compromise deal in the Senate has generated a lot of discussion, but precious few commitments, making it nothing close to a compromise, at this point. Mary Landrieu and Blanche Lincoln, two of the holdout ConservaDems who necessitated the need for any compromise on a bill that had majority support in the Senate, would [...]

Health Care Odds And Sods

By: Tuesday October 27, 2009 1:40 pm

As the health care bills take shape on the Hill, here are some bullet points of what we’re learning: • Matthew Yglesias, based off of one line in this New York Times story which says “A state could refuse to participate in the public insurance plan by adopting a law to opt out,” asserts that [...]

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