The Congressional Progressive Caucus unveiled on Thursday what it calls “a down payment on a brighter future for all Americans”—a progressive budget for 2017 that offers a blueprint for tacking systemic injustices while creating over 3.5 million jobs.
The Caucus, headed by co-chairs Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz) and Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), entitled the document The People’s Budget: Prosperity Not Austerity; Invest in America.
It “reverses harmful austerity cuts and fixes a system that for far too long has only benefited those at the top,” stated First-Vice Chair Rep. Pocan (D-Wis.). It’s also, according to Rep. Grijalva, a “true expression of progressive values.”
A summary of the budget states that it:
- Includes $1 trillion in infrastructure upgrades
- Provides a plan to reduce poverty by half in ten years