WASHINGTON, D.C. — What has usually been a small, informal caucus of far-left, Progressive Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives first created by now Senator Bernie Sanders is poised to exert more influence on the party should Democrats take back control of the House today.
The Congressional Progressive Caucus is set to add at least a dozen new members after tonight, with several far-left candidates having already defeating establishment incumbents in districts which heavily vote Democrat in primary elections.
CPC Chairman Mark Pocan, from Wisconsin says that Progressives have not had any "muscle to flex" in U.S. government, until now. "We didn't have a structure to do that," he told the U.K. Guardian Newspaper.
The shocking upset by political newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over the long-time New York City Congressman who was likely poised to be the next Democratic House Speaker ushered in a slew of candidates who openly campaigned on Socialist platforms that include universal health care for all, free public universities for all, a federal universal jobs guarantee, and guaranteed housing as a right to everyone.
Since her primary election put her on a national profile, and the chairman of the Democratic National Committee declared her and other progressive candidates like her the "future" of the Democratic Party, Ocasio-Cortez has struggled during radio and television interviews to explain how any of the Progressive platform could be implemented and paid for.
However, if Democrats win control of the House, these are some of the people who will likely be placed on major committees and play a much larger role in combating President Trump's agenda during the next two years.