Braley to Start a Populist Caucus in the U.S. House

Bruce Braley is once again showing leadership in Congress.

Braley sent a letter to colleagues in the U.S. House about becoming a founding member of a populist caucus to help the middle class and working families.

The letter outlines six goals…

1. Fighting for working families and the middle class through the establishment of an equitable tax structure, fair wages, proper benefits, a level playing field at the negotiating table, and secure, solvent retirement plans.
2. Providing affordable, accessible, quality health care to all Americans.
3. Ensuring accessible, quality primary education for all American children, and affordable college education for all who want it.
4. Protecting consumers, so that Americans can once again have faith in the safety and effectiveness of the products they purchase.
5. Defending American competitiveness by fighting for fair trade principles.
6. Creating and retaining good-paying jobs in America.

Both John Edwards and Mike Huckabee were described as being populists during their presidential runs and that helped them do well in the Iowa Caucuses. This shows the issues outlined have some support on both sides of the aisle.

Matt Stoller has more at Open Left how this populist caucus compares to the Progressive Caucus and the more conservative Blue Dog Democrats. Stoller points out how, historically, Populists have been more rural-based and the Blue Dogs tend to represent more rural areas.

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  • I love it

    I knew little about Braley when he first ran in 2006, but he has exceeded my expectations on many levels. It will be interesting to see how many Democrats join this caucus, particularly the first- and second-termers who were key to selecting Henry Waxman to head the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

  • Braley is positioning himself well

    Braley is positioning himself to either run for a higher office or move up in the House Democratic leadership.  Either move would be well deserved and one that I would strongly support.

    • right now I think he is most needed

      in the House. I would love to see him go far in the House, because our leadership there is pretty dire. But if he wanted to run for governor or senator someday, he would in all likelihood have my support in a Democratic primary.