Backed by nearly half of the Senate’s Democrats, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wa.) are introducing revamped legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15 and index it to inflation.
The Raise the Wage Act of 2017, which Sanders and Murray will unveil later today, would hike the minimum wage for the first time in a decade, raising it to $9.25 immediately, and inching it up to $15 by 2024, while simultaneously raising the minimum wage for tipped workers.
With Republicans in control of Congress, the bill is largely a messaging vehicle, with no chance of passage. But its support from the conference is the latest example of the Democratic Party’s leftward shift since the defeat of 2016 presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
The last version of the Sanders bill, 2015’s Pay Workers a Living Wage Act, had just five co-sponsors. The new bill counts 22 co-sponsors, including Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer. Just two years ago, Schumer resisted the $15 minimum wage proposal, instead co-sponsoring Murray’s legislation for a $12 wage — “a winner issue for us,” according to Schumer.
Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Bobby Scott (D-Va.) will drop a companion bill in the House. Ellison has previously pushed for $15 an hour, while Scott joined Murray in calling for a $12 minimum wage hike last Congress.
The $15 minimum wage bill stands little chance of passing in a Republican-controlled Congress, but could put pressure on GOP lawmakers to stand up for workers.
Sanders and the Democrats will rally Wednesday outside the Capitol building with a group of striking workers. The low-wage federal workers claim President Trump’s labor policies have started a “war on workers.”
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Capping off a session that includes future progressive candidates sharing why they’ve decided to run for office in the Age of Trump, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) addressed the People’s Action “Rise Up” summit on Monday afternoon.
Sanders, who has been touring the country with Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez on the party’s “Unity Tour,” appeared before roughly 1,000 activists after 2:00pm EST.
The “Movement Politics: Protest to Power” session of the three-day People’s Action convention, which began Sunday and concludes Tuesday, will also see the official unveiling of the “Protest to Power” platform to “electoralize the resistance” as co-executive director George Goehl told the crowd on Sunday.
“[W]e have to build a resistance that turns Defense into Offense,” he argued. “That means being exactly where they don’t want us to be, exactly when they don’t want us to be there. We have done it on healthcare, and we can do it on immigration, we can do it on policing, we can do it on the budget, and more.”
The platform specifically includes calls for racial equity; an end to mass incarceration; healthcare as a human right; environmental justice and a clean energy economy that “serves those most impacted by disinvestment, colonization, structural racism, and the impacts of climate change;” a just immigration system; and an economic system “that reverses the concentration of wealth and historic income inequality and allows workers and small businesses to thrive.”
Jonathan Allen covered the White House and the 2016 campaign for Bloomberg News. Amie Parnes is the White House correspondent for The Hill. In 2015, they published a book titled HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton. It was a largely positive profile of the former Secretary of State. Allen and Parnes covered the Clinton campaign starting in 2014, planning to write a second book about it. They had high level access to many campaign insiders. In their introduction, they say the expected to be writing about the election of a woman for the first time as President. Instead, they, like most … Continue reading →
The Harvard Harris poll sampled over 2000 voters across the country last week (April 14-17). Sanders is viewed favorably by 57 percent of registered voters, according to data from a Harvard-Harris survey provided exclusively to The Hill. Sanders is the only person in a field of 16 Trump administration officials or congressional leaders included in the survey who is viewed favorably by a majority of those polled. […] Only 32 percent have a negative view of Sanders, including nearly two-thirds of Republicans. — thehill.com/… It’s important to note that the survey looked only at current politicians, not those who aren’t in office today. Obama’s … Continue reading →
The next special election is for Montana’s At-Large district, on May 25. The seat was most recently held by Ryan Zinke, who is now serving as Trump’s Secretary of the Interior. Rob Quist is running on the Democratic ticket. He is endorsed by Our Revolution and by Daily Kos. Quist is a working musician who’s performed across Big Sky Country for decades. He’s best known as a member of the Mission Mountain Wood Band which headlined bluegrass/folk music concerts across Montana and much of the US in the 70s. How you can help Over at Our Revolution, we’re phone-banking for Rob Quist every Thursday and … Continue reading →
Happy Friday friends! I had a great time seeing Bernie yesterday and will put some of my video of the rally in the comments. My phone died shortly after I arrived so I was not able to get many pics/video on it for twitter, etc, and then my camcorder was also giving me issues so I couldn’t get clips longer than about 5-6 minutes so many speakers are divided into multiple parts… but I think I managed to get about 95% of things. The crowd was pretty evenly split between young and old, male and female of multiple races/ethnicities. Local politicians were working the line, OurRevolution and other groups were seeking membership, merchandise was being sold and there wasn’t a negative vibe in the air.
Bernie Sanders came to North Texas on a mission Thursday.
The Vermont senator and former Democratic presidential candidate told Texans that if they are unhappy with the way the government is being run, they should do something about it.
“Texas: Are you ready for a political revolution?” Sanders asked nearly 2,000 people gathered at the Verizon Theater. “We are at a pivotal moment in American history.”
That is why the 75-year-old politician has joined Democratic leaders on a multi-state “Come Together and Fight Back” tour geared to unite Democrats in opposition to Republican President Donald Trump and encourage people to run for office and become politically active. He didn’t keep most of North Texas from sticking with Republicans last year, but now he’s looking to the future.
Texas, a longtime red state that hasn’t elected a Democrat to statewide office in more than two decades, was the latest stop on this tour geared to rev up Democrats not just for the 2020 presidential election, but the 2018 mid-terms as well.
“It’s about you,” Sanders told the crowd during a high-energy, nearly two-hour event. “We can transform this country. We can do extraordinary things in this country.”
It is easy to dismiss the “Come Together and Fight Back” Tour that this week will take Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez to eight cities in eight states this week as mere political theater. But this tour has the potential to finally begin redefining a Democratic Party that is still struggling with its identity after the disastrous 2014 and 2016 election cycles. That’s a big deal, not just for a party that lacks focus but for an American political process that will alter dramatically—for better or for worse—in the months and years to come.
Political parties change identities over time, as anyone who has watched the sorry trajectory of the Republican Party of Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Dwight Eisenhower can certainly attest. Sometimes, parties evolve. Sometimes, parties respond to moral and political demands that can no longer be denied. That was certainly the case for Democrats in the late 1940s and ’50s, when wise members of the party began to recognize the necessity of a clean break with the Southern segregationists who had historically been central figures in the Democratic coalition.
Though many Democrats still do not fully recognize the fact, their party is again at a moment where it must change.
The party of Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman began veering in the 1970s toward more centrist economic approaches. By the 1990s, it was swamped by so-called “Third Way” thinking that embraced free-trade fabulism, deregulation of banking and Wall Street, and the cruel lie that there can be some sort of “win-win” compromise between crony capitalism and the common good. It was never true that all Democrats favored centrist economics, but too many leaders constrained the party’s identity with a perceived need to keep on the right side of Wall Street.
The party does need to change. It must become dramatically more militant on economic issues. Democrats cannot simply say “no” to Donald Trump; they must provide a clear and coherent progressive populist alternative to the “billionaire populism” of a president who never was—and never will be—committed to advancing the interests of workers, farmers, small business owners, students, and retirees.
Democrats must also provide a clear and coherent alternative to the “Third Way” politics that weakens the message, and the appeal, of their party. The era of the so-called “New Democrats” and the old DLC (officially the Democratic Leadership Council but, in reality, as Jesse Jackson explained, “Democrats for the Leisure Class”) must be finished—once and for all.
TPWers, I just discovered on twitter that yesterday was Tulsi’s birthday! I wish I’d seen the message sooner–Jane Sanders posted the note. Happy Birthday my friend! Nice to see you spending it with Town Halls in Hawaii @TulsiGabbard I know you will bring their voices to D.C. — Jane O'Meara Sanders (@janeosanders) April 13, 2017
Last night I was complaining about the lack of DCCC resources for anyone who doesn’t secure corporate donors first. Folks at TOP kept saying that if DCCC had sent money to Thompson’s campaign, it would have sabotaged it. … Continue reading →
Still lots of news & opinions about Syria, as well as levity. SNL had some great sketches last night. There’s one in particular that isn’t getting much attention, perhaps because the humor was lost on many. You can find it after the jump.
With Democrats facing tough prospects in the midterm elections, will they also have to worry about primary challenges from their left flank?
During his presidential campaign, Sen. Bernie Sanders never quite decided whether his “political revolution” could coexist with the Democratic Party or needed to overthrow it. Now, Sanders is one of the most popular political figures in the country and the activists he galvanized have gone on to start new groups, join old ones, or run electoral campaigns.
The path of Sanders’ former staffers reflects the split in his movement, and the some are already galvanizing for the 2018 elections — and setting their sights on their own.
This week, Justice Democrats merged operations with another anti-incumbent group founded by former Sanders aides, Brand New Congress, which started last year.
“The point is we’ve watched this party over the last decade lose over 1,000 seats, lose a national election to least popular nominee in history, Donald Trump, and now we’ve seen poll after poll showing the Democratic Party less popular since election day,” Brand New Congress’ Corbin Trent said in an interview. “What we think is the American people are ready for a new direction.”
It’s a step farther than previous liberal efforts, which have fielded challenges to establishment favorite Democrats in open races but generally not against elected party members.
Despite the changes, Donald Trump’s new executive order on immigration isn’t drawing many fans from the Democratic side of the aisle, especially not Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Trump’s new order excludes Iraq from its list of restricted countries but retains restrictions on the remaining countries as well as a temporary ban on all refugees. In response, Sanders spoke out against the new order, calling it racist and anti-Islamic.
Sanders was notably one of Congress’ harshest critics of Trump’s original executive order. The congressman participated in at least one protest against the order and, in a tweet, wrote that the “Muslim ban is un-American, is unconstitutional and is going to make us less safe, not more safe.” Sanders echoed those sentiments in response to the new, revised order. In a statement on Monday, Sanders wrote:
Let’s call it what it is. This ban is a racist and anti-Islamic attempt to divide us up. A president who respected our traditions of religious freedom would not have resorted to hateful, anti-Islamic rhetoric to justify a ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries. Even the Department of Homeland Security has said that citizenship is not a factor in terrorist threats. This isn’t about keeping America safe. A president responsible for keeping our citizens safe would not hand over ideological ammunition to terrorists seeking new recruits to kill Americans.
Before his statement on the new executive order, Sanders had already spent the morning speaking out against Trump. “President Trump cannot continue to lie, lie, lie. It diminishes the office of the president and our standing in the world,” Sanders wrote in one tweet regarding Trump’s baseless claims that Obama wiretapped his phone. “The United States will not be respected or taken seriously around the world if @realDonaldTrump continues to shamelessly lie,” he wrote in another posted only a few minutes later.
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