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Progressive Caucus pressures Biden for executive action on student loans and immigration

The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) is renewing its efforts to President BidenJoe Biden Irish Prime Minister tests positive for COVID-19 during visit to DC CNN anchor breaks down speaking to Ukrainian father whose family was killed Graham presents resolution urging Biden to help send jets in Ukraine MORE to use his pen of executive order to enact major liberal policy priorities, circumventing narrow majorities in Congress.

Outlining their agenda Thursday morning, the group of nearly 100 progressive lawmakers urged the president to take action on a variety of areas that would help low- and middle-income Americans, including lower health care premiums, higher wages and worker protections, expanding immigrant rights and getting rid of tuition refunds for millions of people suffering from repaying federal student loan debt.

They also call for more investment in the so-called care economy, which has seen increased demand among essential workers during COVID-19, and to create a better balance in the country’s existing fiscal and economic structures. . They would also like to see more substantial commitments to improving the criminal justice system.

CPC members are also demanding that Biden help fight climate change by easing the country’s dependence on fossil fuels, one of the most pressing issues currently plaguing the administration as gas prices continue to soar. during the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“Over the past year, Democrats in Congress and the White House have worked not just to recover from the pandemic and the Trump years, but to provide greater fairness and economic security for people everywhere. the country,” the representative said. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalJan. 6 witnesses invited by NBC to media dinner Andrew Cockburn discusses recent Pentagon budget allocations Don’t kiss Saudi Arabia and the UAE over the Ukraine crisis MORE (D-Wash.), the chairwoman of the CPC, said in a statement. “Great progress has been made, but this work is far from complete.”

“Taken together, these actions will have an immediate and significant impact on people’s lives,” she wrote, calling the proposed measures “ambitious, yet highly achievable.”

Dozens of progressive activist groups, some of which have pushed the administration to expand since the president took office, such as the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and the Working Families Party, have joined the caucus’ lobbying campaign to for Biden to do more before November.