The freshman “Squad” revealed their visions for America, by giving free public healthcare, universal childcare, creating millions of green jobs, canceling student debt, a $15 minimum wage and shifting money away from police departments, with a project called The Working Families Party “People’s Charter,” according to Fox News.
“The aim is a clear agenda that progressives in the House will advance focuses on these big items,” Khanna told Fox News.
“We will push for Medicare-for-all during the pandemic. We will push for the creation of millions of good jobs in communities left behind.”
“And we will advance a bold vision to tackle climate change and have a liveable planet, which is the aspiration of the Green New Deal.”
“I expect at least 80 to 100 House Democrats will support the basic principles and agenda.”
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“The vision laid out in the People’s Charter is exactly why we’re going to beat Donald Trump in November,” Omar said in a statement.
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“Organizing people around the promise of something better – that’s how we’ll win. And when we do, we’ll be ready to fulfill that promise.”
Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., claimed that the agenda will be the legislative blueprint for what progressives in the House will push during a Biden-Harris Administration.
“We’ve always said that electing Joe Biden was a doorway, not a destination,” said Working Families Party National Director Maurice Mitchell in a statement.
“The People’s Charter is that destination: a nation that cares for all of us, no matter what we look like, where we come from, or how much money is in our pockets.
“We’re going to beat Donald Trump on Nov. 3, and then we’re going to organize to make the vision outlined in the People’s Charter a reality,” he added.
“Not only do we think this document speaks to the moral crisis we’re in … we also think it’s really good policy,” Mitchell told Fox News.
“And it’s popular. This is what people actually want.”
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After Biden is elected, the progressives hope to generate a groundswell of support for the agenda to force movement by Biden to back the large-scale agenda.
“Just electing Joe Biden won’t make any of this happen … The destination is this work and that requires us to advocate and organize. We’re going to be pushing on Democrats. We’re going to be challenging, both Democrats and Republicans and independents to do the work of the people,” Mitchell said.
A number of local and federal lawmakers have signed on, including the four members of the freshman squad: Ocasio-Cortez, Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.
Progressive groups joining the cause include The Movement for Black Lives, the SEIU union, MoveOn, United We Dream and the Sunrise Movement, a climate activist group.
The People’s Charter will be formally unveiled at an 8 pm event.