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99-CPC3 on Nov 11, 1999

Report: the Progressive Caucus Position Paper:
Source: CPC Position Paper: Income Inequality
Economic inequality is the result of two and a half decades of government policies and rules governing the economy being tilted in favor of large asset owners at the expense of wage earners. Tax policy, trade policy, monetary policy, government regulations and other rules have reflected this pro-investor bias. We propose the introduction or reintroduction of a package of legislative initiatives that will close America’s economic divide and address both income and wealth disparities.
    The Progressive Caucus could take the lead in the formation of a national leadership steering committee to put this dramatic issue before the public through coordinated media campaigns and local education and action forums. The political program should be concerned with:
  • Reducing wage inequality: We are proposing initiatives to both raise the minimum wage floor and prevent the tax code from subsidizing excessive compensation.
  • Asset-building initiatives: The government has historically given land to citizens. Unfortunately, the programs were discriminatory toward people of color and kept a whole generation of people off the asset-building train. We are proposing a universal asset building approach that will dramatically reduce the number of “asset less” households and reduce the disparity of wealth for all Americans.
  • Addressing the over concentration of wealth and power: The concentration of wealth is a problem because it distorts our democracy, destabilizes the economy and erodes our at our social and cultural fabric. Too much concentrated wealth leads to too much concentrated power and begins to undermine our participatory democracy.
After a decade of economic prosperity, the moral question remains: if we can’t address the persistent economic divide in our nation today, when can we?


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 11. Question 11: Higher taxes on the wealthy Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Welfare & Poverty
  • Headline: Reduce the concentration of wealth & wage inequality (Score: 1)

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 99-CPC3

Neil Abercrombie s1aHawaii Democrat (Resigned 2010) 
Tammy Baldwin s1aWI Democratic Challenger 
Xavier Becerra s1aCalifornia Democrat 
David Bonior s1aMichigan Democrat 
Robert Brady s1aPennsylvania Democrat 
Corrine Brown s1aFlorida Democrat 
Sherrod Brown s1aOH Democratic Sr Senator 
Michael Capuano s1aMA Former Democratic Primary Senate Challenger (2009) 
Julia Carson s1aIndiana Former Dem. (Deceased 2008) 
Yvette Clarke s1aNew York Democrat 
Bill Clay Sr. s1aMissouri Democrat (retired 2000) 
Emmanuel Cleaver s1aMissouri Democrat 
Steve Cohen s1aTennessee Democrat 
John Conyers s1aMichigan Democrat 
Elijah Cummings s1aMaryland Democrat 
Danny Davis s1aIllinois Democrat 
Peter Defazio s1aOregon Democrat 
Rosa DeLauro s1aConnecticut Democrat 
Keith Ellison s1aMinnesota Democrat 
Lane Evans s1aIllinois Democrat 
Eni Faleomavaega s1aSamoa Democrat 
Sam Farr s1aCalifornia Democrat 
Chaka Fattah s1aPennsylvania Democrat 
Bob Filner s1aCalifornia Democrat (Mayoral run 2011) 
Barney Frank s1aMassachusetts Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Raul Grijalva s1aArizona Democrat 
Luis Gutierrez s1aIllinois Democrat 
John Hall s1aNew York Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Phil Hare s1aIllinois Democrat (until 2010) 
Earl Hilliard s1aAlabama Democrat 
Maurice Hinchey s1aNew York Dem/Working-Fam.(Retired 2012) 
Mazie Hirono s1aHawaii Democrat (Senate run 2012) 
Mike Honda s1aCalifornia Democrat 
Jesse Louis Jackson s1aIllinois Democrat (Resgined 2013) 
Sheila Jackson Lee s1aTexas Democrat 
Eddie Bernice Johnson s1aTexas Democrat 
Hank Johnson s1aGeorgia Democrat 
Stephanie Tubbs Jones s1aOhio Former Dem. (Deceased, 2008) 
Marcy Kaptur s1aOhio Democrat 
Carolyn Kilpatrick s1aMichigan Democrat (until 2010) 
Dennis Kucinich s1aOhio Democrat (Lost 2012 Primary) 
Tom Lantos s1aCalifornia Former Democrat (until 2008) 
Barbara Lee s1aCalifornia Democrat 
John Lewis s1aGeorgia Democrat 
David Loebsack s1aIowa Democrat 
Carolyn Maloney s1aNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Ed Markey s1aMA Democratic Challenger 
Jim McDermott s1aWashington Democrat 
Jim McGovern s1aMassachusetts Democrat 
Cynthia McKinney s1aGeorgia Democrat 
Carrie Meek s1aFlorida Democrat (retired 2002) 
George Miller s1aCalifornia Democrat 
Patsy Mink s1aHawaii Democrat 
Gwen Moore s1aWisconsin Democrat 
Jerrold Nadler s1aNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families 
Eleanor Holmes Norton s1aDistrict of Columbia Democrat 
John Olver s1aMassachusetts Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Major Owens s1aNew York Democrat (until 2007) 
Ed Pastor s1aArizona Democrat 
Donald Payne s1aNew Jersey Former Democrat(Deceased 2012) 
Nancy Pelosi s1aCalifornia Democrat 
Charles Rangel s1aNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families 
Laura Richardson s1aCalifornia Democrat 
Bobby Rush s1aIllinois Democrat 
Linda Sanchez s1aCalifornia Democrat 
Jan Schakowsky s1aIllinois Democrat 
Jose Serrano s1aNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Louise Slaughter s1aNew York Democrat 
Hilda Solis s1aCA Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger 
Pete Stark s1aCalifornia Democrat 
Bennie Thompson s1aMississippi Democrat 
John Tierney s1aMassachusetts Democrat 
Tom Udall s1aNew Mexico Democrat (Senate 2008) 
Nydia Velazquez s1aNew York Democrat/Working-Families 
Maxine Waters s1aCalifornia Democrat 
Diane Watson s1aCalifornia Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Mel Watt s1aNorth Carolina Democrat 
Henry Waxman s1aCalifornia Democrat 
Peter Welch s1aVermont Democrat 
Paul Wellstone s1aMN Democratic Senator (Former) 
Robert Wexler s1aFlorida Democrat (resigned Jan. 2010) 
Lynn Woolsey s1aCalifornia Democrat (Retiring 2012) 



Republicans participating in 99-CPC3



Independents participating in 99-CPC3

Donna Christensen s1aVirgin Islands - 
Bernie Sanders s1aVermont Independent 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 82
Republicans: 0
Independents: 2


















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