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Prosperity Not Austerity: New Progressive Budget ‘Prioritizes Well-Being of People and Planet’

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

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