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2005

Liberal legislative caucus envisions post-Bush era

07/05/05

If the Congressional Progressive Caucus ... were to take over in Washington, these would become national policy: Access to affordable, high-quality health care would be universal. Social Security benefits would be protected, along with private pensions. The minimum wage would be raised, and workers' rights to form unions would be protected. Expiring sections of the Patriot Act wouldn't be renewed, and Congress would fight media consolidation. U.S. troops would be brought home from Iraq 'as soon as possible,' and the government would work to 'restore international respect for American power and influence.' All these points are part of the 'Progressive Promise,' an effort by the 59-member caucus of liberal House Democrats and one independent to reinvigorate the 15-year-old organization and make it more of a player in a capital city where conservative Republicans are solidly in charge...

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from San Francisco Chronicle


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp
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