Progressive Caucus Challenges Pelosi on Bush Tax Cuts

By: Monday November 15, 2010 11:45 am

We deserve to see precisely which ConservaDems think that maintaining the tax rates from the last 10 years, a time of the worst wage and employment growth in postwar history, represents good economic sense. At least the leadership would then be seen as putting up a fight. I agree that you can sometimes win by losing by standing on principle and using that as the basis to make your case.


Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs to Catfood Commission: No Social Security Cuts

By: Friday August 13, 2010 7:45 am

Raul Grijalva and Lynn Woolsey, the co-chairs of the Progressive Caucus, have sent a letter directly to Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, the co-chairs of the President’s deficit commission. In it, they say in no uncertain terms that cuts to Social Security, including an increase in the retirement age, must be off the table.

Woolsey Introduces Bill to Bring Back Public Option

By: Thursday July 22, 2010 5:30 pm

On Wednesday, Representative Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) introduced H.R. 5808. The text of the bill can be read here on Thomas. The bill is titled “To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to establish a public health insurance option.” Woolsey has procured 128 co-sponsors for the bill.

But the Los Angeles Times “reassures” us the bill has little chance of passing and is just a back door attempt at getting single payer.

A Constitutional Amendment for a Market-Based House and Senate

By: Thursday April 1, 2010 12:35 pm

At present we have an inefficient federal legislative branch with members chosen on the basis of geography and population. What is needed is a bold refashioning of government — a constitutional amendment to replace our present gridlocked mess with a far more elegant and effective system based on the proven efficiencies and priorities of The Market.

Congressman Dingell: Call Bart Stupak on His Lies about Abortion

By: Sunday March 21, 2010 8:35 am

John Dingell says he is going to try to persuade Stupak to drop his efforts to sink healthcare with his anti-choice efforts.

Fineman Reports Kucinich to Vote “Yes”

By: Tuesday March 16, 2010 7:00 pm

Dennis Kucinich has called a press conference for tomorrow. Howard Fineman is reporting that Kucinich will vote “yes” on health care.

Late Late Night FDL: Step Down Lynn Woolsey

By: Monday March 15, 2010 10:00 pm

I can’t help thinking the primary deadline may have passed, but it is not at all too late for an Independent to step in, because there are going to be a lot of pissed off, pro-choice women in Marin County.

Stupak, Woolsey, and the Difference Between Fighting and Just Asking Politely

By: Monday March 8, 2010 4:16 pm

Stupak has shown how you can fight for something using your maximum leverage at the right moments. Contrast this with the behavior of Lynn Woolsey, co-chair of the progressive caucus, who, despite claiming to fight for a public option, has only asked politely.

Lynn Woolsey: Closing Barn Doors Since 1993

By: Monday March 8, 2010 9:30 am

Lynn Woolsey writes today in Roll Call: “The day after the health care legislation is passed, I will introduce a bill calling for the public option.”

Anyone who would write those words should not be the head of the Progressive Caucus.

Lynn Woolsey Should Resign as Head of the Progressive Caucus

By: Friday March 5, 2010 9:37 am

Lynn Woolsey says she’s a definite “yes” vote on the Senate health care bill. Even if it lacks a public option. Despite the fact that it’s the biggest blow to a woman’s right to choose in a generation, and may come at the price of a stand-alone vote that allows Blue Dogs and ConservaDems to join with Republicans and roll them back even further in order to get Bart Stupak’s support.

Any ability for progressives to negotiate, to achieve meaningful concessions, to exert their influence and make the bill better just disappeared.

It’s time for Lynn Woolsey to resign as the head of the Progressive Caucus.

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