McCormick urging Democrats to pursue progressive agenda

Lisa McCormick is asking Democrats in Congress to sign on to eight bills that define a better future for America and show the nation what life could be like with a progressive majority running things instead of the greedy and corrupt cartel of billionaires who are driving the Republican agenda.

McCormick said every Democrat in Congress should support public campaign financing, Medicare for All, college tuition for all, a $15 per hour minimum wage, equal access to abortion, expanded voting rights, ending private prisons, taxing Wall Street and protecting our environment.

“Resisting the Trump Republicans will not move our country forward, so Democrats should campaign on a bold agenda that creates an America that works for everyone,” said McCormick. “If Democrats want to take our country back from the billionaire class and Republicans in 2018, we need to speak to the concerns of our people.”

“We’re fighting for a Congress that will put people before profits in an America where everyone has access to health care, free public education, and a job that pays a living wage,” said McCormick. “A livable planet, justice, peace and prosperity were handed down to us and we must preserve them to pass them on to our children and future generations.”

McCormick said all Democrats in Congress should co-sponsor the following bills:

Public Campaign Financing: S.1640 – Fair Elections Now Act , introduced by Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill).

Health Care: H.R. 676 Medicare For All Act, introduced by Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich).

Education: H.R. 1880 College for All Act of 2017, introduced by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA).

Worker Rights: H.R.15 – Raise the Wage Act, Representatives Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Keith Ellison (D-MN).

Women’s Rights: H.R.771 – Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act of 2017, introduced by Rep. Lee, Barbara (D-CA-13).

Voting Rights: H.R.2840 – Automatic Voter Registration Act, introduced by Rep. David N. Cicilline (D-RI-1).

Criminal Justice and Immigrant Rights: Justice is Not For Sale Act of 2017, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) in 2017.

Tax on Wall Street: H.R. 1144 – Inclusive Prosperity Act, introduced by Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN).

Climate Change: Environmental Justice Act of 2017’ introduced by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-07).

“What many people overlook is that much of these bills would protect rights to access service we have always had,” said McCormick. “Elections must not be for sale, health care is a human right, Americans have had free public education for more than a century while our body of knowledge has grown, while fair voting and immigration have been part of our culture.”

“The private prison business started in 1984 when one Tennessee county awarded the first contract allowing a corporation to take over and run a jail,” said McCormick. “Time has proved it was a bad idea so prisons for profit should be abolished.”

“What the Republicans are doing is allowing billionaires to take what we have had and we must once again fight to protect our freedom and equality,” said McCormick.

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