For Immediate Release

Organization Profile: 
Contact: 

David Segal, david@demandprogress.org

Jeff Hauser, hauser@cepr.net, 202 957-9719

Progressive Groups Urge Pelosi to Limit Corporate Power on Key Committees

Pelosi is encouraged to keep Problem Solvers and other corporate-aligned Democrats away from the committees with the greatest power over spending and corporate regulation.

WASHINGTON - Today 19 groups wrote to House Speaker-Designate Nancy Pelosi to urge her to limit the power of corporate-aligned Democrats on some of the House’s most powerful committees, including Appropriations, Energy and Commerce, Financial Services, Intelligence, and Ways and Means. The groups also urge Pelosi to protect the public interest from the corrosive influence of corporate special interests by limiting the extent to which members beholden to corporate power are rewarded with subcommittee chairs.

The full list of signers is below; text of the letter may be found here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/demandprogress/letters/2018-12-20_Joint_Letter_to_Pelosi_re_Problem_Solvers.pdf

The organizations particularly urged Pelosi to limit the committee power of members of the so-called Problem Solvers Caucus (PSC). A series of recent articles have demonstrated how billionaires from private equity and other problematic sectors of the economy have funded “No Labels” and the “Problem Solver’s Caucus” with an eye toward thwarting the populist mandate that Democrats received in November.  

SCROLL TO CONTINUE WITH CONTENT

The media landscape is changing fast

Our news team is changing too as we work hard to bring you the news that matters most.

Change is coming. And we've got it covered.

The groups assert that “If Democrats are to deliver on the promises made to voters during the 2016 elections, the Caucus must effectively advance an agenda that will make a difference for regular Americans, and forcefully oppose proposals that would undermine this goal.” They note that recent reporting on, and demands made by, the PSC and the associated No Labels organization make it clear that they will work “to impede the will of Democratic voters.”   

According to Demand Progress Executive Director David Segal, “As the Democratic Party's base and Americans more generally recognize the importance of instituting programs like Medicare for All and ensuring full employment, reactionary Democrats— frequently aligned with groups like the Problem Solvers Caucus—are holding the Party and country back. We need leadership to put progressives on key committees so they can fight for economic prosperity for everybody, not just corporations and those who are already wealthy.”  

“Americans are sick of politicians who run populist campaigns and then govern according to the whims of billionaires,” said Revolving Door Project Director Jeff Hauser. “Voters want to know if the commitment by Democrats to clean up Washington is real. The identity of who runs congressional committees will make a huge difference in whether Democrats ultimately live up to their mandate or not.”

List of signers:

  • Allied Progress
  • American Family Voices
  • Communication Workers of America
  • Consumer Action
  • Courage Campaign
  • CREDO
  • Daily Kos
  • Demand Progress Education Fund/Rootstrikers
  • Freedom to Prosper
  • Grassroots Collaborative
  • Next Door Project
  • Patriotic Millionaires
  • People's Action Institute
  • Progress America
  • Progressive Democrats of America
  • Revolving Door Project
  • Take On Wall Street
  • Social Security Works
  • Working Families Party
###

We want a more open and sharing world.

That's why our content is free. Free to read. Free to republish. Free to share. With no advertising. No paywalls. No selling of your data. How? Nonprofit. Independent. Reader-supported.

All of our original content is published under Creative Commons—allowing (and encouraging) our articles to be republished freely anywhere. In addition to the traffic and reach our content generates on our site, the multiplying impact of our work is huge and growing as our articles flourish across the Internet and are republished by other large and small online and print outlets around the world.

Several times a year we run brief campaigns to ask our readers to pitch in—and thousands of small donations fund our newsroom and allow us to continue publishing. Our 2019 Mid-Year Campaign is underway. Can you help? We can't do it without you.

Demand Progress works to win progressive policy changes for ordinary people through organizing, lobbying, and elections in the United States.

Share This Article