We know where the Progressive Caucus stands.
The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) met with President Obama for one hour in the East Room of the White House yesterday.
CPC Co-Chair, Congressman Raúl Grijalva, said that 50 of the 77 Caucus members attended, and they honed in on two major issues: their commitment to only supporting a healthcare reform bill that includes a public plan option that is “more than a gesture”; and the $83 billion war supplemental.
“It was a serious meeting,” Rep. Grijalva said. “It moved quickly, there was a lot of candor from both sides.”
Presenting the Caucus’ case for healthcare reform were Representatives Yvette Clark, Tammy Baldwin, Jan Schakowsky, and Jim McDermott. Congressman Dennis Kucinich spoke with the President about a single-payer system.
Rep. Grijalva said members made it clear that the Caucus’ support for any healthcare bill hinges on a public plan option that is “robust… [and] competitive with the private sector.” President Obama called himself “an ally”, but said it was up to Congress to deliver him the kind of bill to which the Caucus is committed.
Rough waters ahead. But one bit of good news–it sounds like the Prez doesn’t want to put his credibility on the line pushing a plan that fails. So there’s still a chance to beat it,
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