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Congressional Progressive Caucus
Leadership: Raul Grijalva and Keith Ellison
Established 1991
Members 75
Website Congressional Progressive Caucus

The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) was established in 1991 and is the largest membership organization within the Democratic Caucus. The caucus promotes "The Progressive Promise--Fairness for All." According to the CPC website, the Progressive Promise "is rooted in four core principles that embody national priorities and are consistent with the values, needs and aspirations of all the American people, not just the powerful and the privileged. They reflect a fundamental belief in government of the people, by the people, and for the people."[1]

The core principles of the Progressive Promise are as follows:[1]

  • Fighting for economic justice and security for all;
  • Protecting and preserving our civil rights and civil liberties;
  • Promoting global peace and security; and
  • Advancing environmental protection and energy independence


The CPC was created in 1991 by six members of the U.S. House, Ron Dellums, Lane Evans, Thomas Andrews, Peter DeFazio, Maxine Waters and Bernie Sanders. Sanders served as the first chairman of the CPC.[2]


The Congressional Progressive Caucus is composed of a single senator, Bernie Sanders, and 74 representatives.[3]

The leaders of the caucus are as follows:[3]

The remaining members are listed below:[3]


The CPC website lists the following issues:[4]

  • Back to Work Budget
Excerpt: We’re in a jobs crisis that isn’t going away. Millions of hard-working American families are falling behind, and the richest 1 percent is taking home a bigger chunk of our nation’s gains every year. Americans face a choice: we can either cut Medicare benefits to pay for more tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires, or we can close these tax loopholes to invest in jobs. We choose investment."
  • Deal for All
Excerpt: "The Deal for All resolution, H.Res 733, which additional Members will cosponsor through the end of the year, advocates four key policies that have built the middle class, expanded the nation’s economy and must play a significant role in any future budget negotiation:
  • No cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security benefits;
  • Must contain serious revenue increases, including closing corporate tax loopholes and increasing individual income tax rates for the highest earners;
  • Significantly reduce defense spending to focus the United States Armed Forces on combating 21st century risks; and
  • Promote economic growth and expand economic opportunity by including strong levels of job-creating Federal investments in areas such as infrastructure and education, and by promoting private investment."
  • Balancing Act
Excerpt: "The Balancing Act eliminates the haphazard cuts in the sequester and ensures that we reduce our long-term deficit in a balanced way. The bill equalizes budget cuts and revenue by closing loopholes for America’s wealthiest individuals and corporations. It also creates over 1 million jobs by investing in infrastructure, teachers, and putting money in consumers’ pockets, paid for by cutting wasteful Pentagon spending to achieve balance with non-defense cuts."
  • Resolution on Preventing Gun Violence
Excerpt: "In the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., CPC members are determined to establish common sense gun regulations that ensure our communities are safe."
  • Progressive Principles for Tax Reform
Excerpt: "We cannot afford to extend tax breaks for corporations or the wealthy that cripple our ability to invest in areas that expand economic growth, like infrastructure and education. Tax reform must be done in a way that raises significant revenue, protects working families and the vulnerable, and requires corporations and the wealthy to pay a fair share."
  • Restore the American Dream for the 99% Act
Excerpt: "After repeated efforts by conservative Washington politicians to reenact the same failed policies, Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) took action. CPC Members traveled across the country listening to the American people. Americans told us they want work and that cutting Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment insurance and education is unacceptable; they want big banks to clean up the mess they made and millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share."

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