Earlier this week, the Congressional Progressive Caucus released its budget for fiscal year 2013, titled the Budget for All, which offers a stark contrast and credible alternative to the misguided budget proposed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).
Congressional Progressive Caucus Presents Jobs Plan
Following up on speak outs it organized around the country during the summer the Congressional Progressive Caucus Sept. 13 unveiled a far-reaching Rebuild the American Dream Framework, focusing on six areas for immediate and long-term job creation.
Calling the jobs proposal President Obama presented to the country last week “comprehensive,” and “a wonderful first step,” CPC co-chair Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., told a Washington DC press conference, “We’d like to make it bigger.”Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., told reporters,“It was so important to get out of Washington DC, and to participate with people, to listen to the stories so many people have told us, and to bring back their ideas and their thoughts about what we need to do next.”
The CPC’s Framework focuses on six areas:
- Make it in America Again: Develop a national plan for manufacturing, to reopen U.S. factories.
- Rebuild America: A national investment bank to rebuild roads, bridges, locks and dams, connect and empower the country with fiber optic cable.
- Jobs for the Next Generation: Make “the guarantee of a good American job real for every young person,” through “direct employment in the public sector and incentives for hiring in the non-profit sector and private sector.” Provide stipends to workers and youth in job training programs.
Now it’s our time to make sure it gets passed! Call! Write letters! Hold rallies and speeches! Let people know that there is a plan to help the working class.
DEMAND THE GOVERNMENT SERVE YOU
Kind of tiring hearing the wing nuts saying progressives don’t have a plan to balance the budget. This has been out since April. Will repost now and again as a reminder
This is more than a fantasy document. It’s sound policy. The conservative Economist magazine has called the budget “courageous.” As a conversation-starter, it shows that the path out of our debt and deficit quagmire is not as steep as most imagine, and that getting America’s fiscal house in order isn’t incompatible with making critical investments in jobs and infrastructure.
The budget has more of what Americans say they want — new taxes on the rich and cuts to defense — than either the GOP’s or the president’s budget. And it has none of what Americans say they hate: changes to the social compact that’s guided America from the days of the New Deal and the Great Society.