A group of progressives — including “Squad” member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) – have unveiled their new vision for America in how a Joe Biden administration could address coronavirus aid, economic relief and other agenda items, according to reports.
The Working Families Party’s “People’s Charter,” released Thursday, calls for free public health care, a jobs program for 16 million people, retroactive hazard pay for essential workers and the reallocation of policing resources to education and other services, Politico reported.
It also calls for the cancellation of student debt, a $15 minimum wage and promotes giving the public an ownership stake in companies that receive bailouts.
Eight members of Congress — including AOC, Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) — are backing the program.
Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., one of the liberal policy agenda’s backers, said it will serve as the legislative blueprint for what House progressives would push during a Biden administration, Fox News reported.
“The aim is a clear agenda that progressives in the House will advance focuses on these big items,” Khanna told the network.
“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,” she said.
“I expect at least 80 to 100 House Democrats will support the basic principles and agenda,” Khanna added.
The charter’s release comes in the wake of the vice presidential debate where Sen. Kamala Harris — considered by the left as a lifeline into a Biden administration — distanced herself from progressive goals, including the Green New Deal, which she once co-sponsored, Fox News reported.
Progressives acknowledge that the former vice president wasn’t their top choice for the White House — but argue he’s far better than President Trump and hope to exert pressure on him to adopt their agenda if he wins the election.
“We’ve always said that electing Joe Biden was a doorway, not a destination,” Working Families Party National Director Maurice Mitchell in a statement, according to Fox.
“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.
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