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Braley’s populist caucus takes shape
U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Waterloo, announced in early December that he was forming a populist caucus in the U.S. House. Today, the members of the caucus were officially announced.
Among the 21 founding members are Braley’s fellow Iowa Democrats, Rep. Leonard Boswell and Rep. Dave Loebsack.
(Boswell is also a prominent member of the conservative Blue Dog Democrats, a group that isn’t exactly known for it’s populist ideology. But, in politics, it appears Iowans stick together.)
In addition to Iowa’s delegation, the caucus includes Michael Arcuri (D-NY; Peter DeFazio (D-OR); Betty Sutton (D-OH); Steve Cohen (D-TN); Joe Courney (D-CT); Keith Ellison (D-MN); Bob Filner (D-CA); Phil Hare (D-IL); Mazie Hirono (D-HI); Hank Johnson (D-GA); Steve Kagan (D-WI); Eric Massa (D-NY); Linda Sanchez (D-CA); Jan Schakowsky (D-IL); Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH); Peter Welch (D-VT); and John Yarmouth (D-KY).
When Braley first announced the group would be formed he outlined it’s core principals.
1. Fighting for working families and the middle class through the establishment of an equitable tax structure, fair wages, proper benefits, a level playing field at the negotiating table, and secure, solvent retirement plans.
2. Providing affordable, accessible, quality health care to all Americans.
3. Ensuring accessible, quality primary education for all American children, and affordable college education for all who want it.
4. Protecting consumers, so that Americans can once again have faith in the safety and effectiveness of the products they purchase.
5. Defending American competitiveness by fighting for fair trade principles.
6. Creating and retaining good-paying jobs in America.