The Congressional Progressive Caucus is by far the largest and most influential coalition in the federal government. It is also the most radical, having extensive ties to several major Marxist organizations.
Buoyed by an influx of new far-left members, the caucus has struck a deal with Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi to significantly increase socialist power in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The deal will see more Communist Party USA (CPUSA) and Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) supporters appointed to key congressional committees and enjoy a greater role in influencing legislative priorities.
The quid pro quo? Support for Pelosi in her tight race to become the next speaker of the House.
“Rep. Pramila Jayapal, who is expected to co-chair the Progressive Caucus next year, left a Nov. 15 meeting with Pelosi in the Capitol and proclaimed that her members would have more seats on powerful committees and more influence over legislation.”
Pelosi, herself a member of the caucus before resigning to become speaker of the House in 2006, is well aware of the progressives’ growing power.
After all outstanding House races are settled, the Congressional Progressive Caucus will increase its membership from 78 to around 95 members next year—about 40 percent of the entire Democratic Caucus. Progressive Caucus leaders are using that leverage to secure influential House committee assignments.
“Thursday’s meeting with Pelosi included Jayapal and current Progressive Caucus Co-Chair Mark Pocan (D-Wis.). One request to which Pelosi agreed was to give the Progressive Caucus proportional representation on what lawmakers call the ‘A committees’: the Appropriations, Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, Financial Services and Intelligence committees,” the Politico article continued.
The upcoming 116th Congress will bring the Progressive Caucus to the peak of its power, simultaneously increasing the influence of its allies in the U.S. communist and socialist movements.
Democratic Socialists of AmericaIn a July 2018 DSA National Political Committee (NPC) meeting, DSA leader Maria Svart updated members on relations between the new Pro-Cuban Mexican President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador (author of “Oye, Trump,” which translates as “Listen up, Trump”), far-left California Rep. Ro Khanna, and the Progressive Caucus.
Communist Party USAThe CPUSA also has a long history with the Progressive Caucus.
“Although this Caucus is not large enough to control the Congressional agenda, ... the existence of this group of 57 members of Congress ... provides an important lever that can be used to advance workers’ issues and move the debate to the left in every Congressional District in the country,” the report stated.
“The Communist Party USA not only welcomes the reelection of President Barack Obama, but actively engaged in the electoral campaign for his reelection and for the election of many Democratic Party congressional candidates. ...
“In our electoral policy, we seek to cooperate and strengthen our relationship with the more progressive elements in Democratic Party, such as the Progressive Caucus in the U.S. Congress, a group of 76 members of the Congress co-chaired by Raul Grijalva, a Latino from Arizona, and Keith Ellison, an African American Muslim from Minnesota. ...
The CPUSA and DSA do not spend their time and money electing Democrats purely for love. They expect a return on their investment.
Virtually every major plank of today’s Democratic Party—from single-payer health care, amnesty for illegal aliens, normalization of relations with communist Cuba, $15 per hour minimum wage, and others—originated with the CPUSA or DSA—or from their foreign masters. It is not the slightest exaggeration to say that the communists and socialists drive Democratic Party policy formation.
With nearly 100 members—including a fresh cohort of ultra-radical recruits—coupled with unprecedented potential to influence legislative priorities thanks to Pelosi, the caucus is positioning itself to assert extraordinary power.
The Congressional Progressive Caucus is effectively part of the world communist movement. And it’s about to become the dominant faction in the Democratic Party.