A budget for all that helps working America through prosperity rather than government austerity.

A project of Progressive Congress.

While our economy is rebounding from the Great Recession, hardworking Americans are being left behind. Our economic and political system has lost sight of what matters most: We the People. The 2017 Congressional Progressive Caucus’ Budget provides major reinvestments in our country through infrastructure, education, and wage growth to increase opportunity for all. The People’s Budget is a down payment on a brighter future for all Americans, ensuring every family struggling to make ends meet has a fair shot at the American Dream.
An investment in roads, bridges, and railways is an investment in the safety and prosperity of the American people. The People’s Budget commits billions of dollars to transform our crumbling transportation infrastructure into a 21st century network, creating jobs and improving economic opportunities in the process. It provides more than $1 trillion in infrastructure spending overall, including billions for water lines nationwide and hundreds of millions specifically for Flint, Michigan, to replace toxic pipelines and provide needed health, education, and other services for residents exposed to lead. Families should never have to worry about whether their water is safe to drink, or their roads are safe to drive on.
Access to equitable education opportunities is key to ensuring future generations are prepared for success. From pre-school through college, every student deserves the right to high-quality affordable education. The People’s Budget invests in our students by providing robust early learning opportunities, effective public schools for all students, and debt-free college.  
The People’s Budget creates good paying jobs to push our economy back to full-employment, which will provide the necessary economic conditions to spur across-the-board wage growth for hardworking Americans. It empowers working families, protects collective bargaining, and seeks to close the pay equity gap. It also increases funding for worker protection agencies to crack down on wage theft and overtime abuses and protect workers’ retirement savings. It is time for Congress to remove the barriers that have held down wages for working Americans.
The People’s Budget makes major public investments to rebuild America by fixing our crumbling roads and bridges, improving schools, moving towards clean energy and creating good paying jobs in the process. 

 

How The People's Budget builds a stronger America.

 

Executive Summary

 

While our economy is rebounding from the Great Recession, hardworking Americans are being left behind. Our economic and political system has lost sight of what matters most: We the People. The Congressional Progressive Caucus’ Budget for Fiscal Year 2017 provides major reinvestments in our country through infrastructure, education, and wage growth to increase opportunity for all. The People’s Budget is a down payment on a brighter future for all Americans, ensuring every family struggling to make ends meet has a fair shot at the American Dream.

An investment in roads, bridges, and railways is an investment in the safety and prosperity of the American people. The People’s Budget commits $1 trillion in infrastructure spending overall to transform our country’s crumbling roads, bridges, and facilities into a 21st century network, creating jobs and improving economic opportunities in the process. This includes billions for water lines nationwide and $765 million specifically for Flint, Michigan, to replace toxic pipelines and provide needed health, education, and other services for residents exposed to lead. Families should never have to worry about whether their water is safe to drink, or their roads are safe to drive on.  

Access to equitable education opportunities is key to ensuring future generations are prepared for success. From pre-school through college, every student deserves the right to high-quality affordable education. The People’s Budget invests in our students by providing robust early learning opportunities, effective public schools for all students, and debt-free college. 

The People’s Budgetcreates 3.6 million good paying jobs to push our economy back to full-employment, which will provide the necessary economic conditions to spur across-the-board wage growth for hardworking Americans. It empowers working families, protects collective bargaining, and seeks to close the pay equity gap. It also increases funding for worker protection agencies to crack down on wage theft, combat overtime abuses, and safeguard workers’ retirement savings. Now is the time for Congress to remove the barriers that have held down wages for working Americans.

The People’s Budget makes major public investments to rebuild America by fixing our crumbling roads and bridges, improving schools, moving towards clean energy, and creating good paying jobs in the process.

Invest In America

  • Invests $1 trillion to transition to 21st Century infrastructure, which ensures our roads, bridges, railways, and facilities are strong and that no town experiences the devastating effects of crumbling infrastructure we’ve seen in Flint, Michigan

  • Delivers on the promise of effective early childhood education by fully funding Early Head Start

  • Makes debt free college a reality for all students

  • Expands commitment to create efficient renewable energy and competitive, high-quality green jobs

Pathways Out of Poverty and Empowering the Middle Class

  • Supports wage increases for working Americans, negotiating rights and fair pay

  • Provides a plan to reduce poverty by half in ten years

  • Increases discretionary funding to invest in women, communities of color and their families

  • Reverses harmful cuts and enhances the social safety net

  • Provides an increase in Trade Adjustment Assistance for workers displaced by bad trade deals

Justice and Fair Elections

  • Supports a justice system that is fair and effective for all Americans with full funding for key DOJ programs, including public defenders and recidivism reduction

  • Rebuilds trust in the justice system by funding community oriented policing reforms

  • Strengthens Department of Justice Voter Protection Programs

  • Protects voting rights by increasing funding to voter protection agencies

  • Funds public financing of campaigns to curb the influence of special interests in politics

Fair Individual Taxes

  • Ensures profits from investments are taxed at the same rate as income from work

  • Returns to Clinton-era tax rates for households making over $250,000 and implements new brackets for those making over $1 million

  • Expands the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Care Credit                           

Fair Coporate Taxes

  • Eliminates the ability of U.S. corporations to defer taxes on offshore profits

  • Ends corporate inversions that allow U.S. companies to avoid paying taxes

  • Enacts a Financial Transaction Tax on Wall Street’s high-stakes trading

  • Ends unlimited executive pay tax write-offs

Educational Opportunities for Every Student

  • Fully funds Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and provides Pre-K for all

  • Greater investments in K-12 education

  • Increases computer science opportunities for all students

  • Provides for the refinancing of student loans

Affordable Health Care

  • Repeals excise tax on high-priced healthcare plans for workers andreplaces it with a public option

  • Implements drug price negotiation for Medicare

  • Allows states to transition to single-payer health care systems

  • Expands access to mental health care and treatments for opioid and heroin addiction

Protect our Environment

  • Closes tax loopholes and ends subsidies provided to oil, gas, and coal companies

  • Implements a price on carbon pollution

  • Invests in clean, renewable, and efficient energy and green manufacturing

Sustainable Defense: Promoting Peace And Security

  • Modernizes our defense system to create sustainable Pentagon spending

  • Ends funding for unsustainable wars

  • Increases funding for diplomacy and strategic humanitarian aid

  • Adds robust funding for refugee resettlement programs

Grow Small Businesses

  • Fully funds the Small Business Administration’s loan programs to help America’s small businesses remain competitive and continue to grow

Comprehensive Immigration Reform

  •  Implements comprehensive immigration reform, including a pathway to citizenship

Access to Housing

  • Fully funds programs to make housing affordable and accessible for all Americans

  • Addresses the pervasive and persistent problem of poverty in America through an $11 billion investment to end family homelessness

Strengthening Our Commitment to Veterans

  • Increases funding for veterans supportive housing to eliminate veterans homelessness

  • Expands access to mental health care for all veteran and service members

  • Invests in job training opportunities for transitioning service members and veterans

Full Budget documents are below.

EPI Analysis of The People's Budget FY 2017 (03/15/1610:31 AMET )

CPC FY 2017 People's Budget Full (03/14/1607:00 PMET )

El Resumen del Presupuesto del Pueblo 2017.pdf (03/09/1602:30 PMET )

CPC FY 2017 People's Budget Summary (03/03/1610:02 AMET )

 

 

The People's Budget in the News and Endorsements

 

Check out what folks are saying about The People's Budget! Also be sure to see who has endorsed the People's Budget.

 

 

The People's Budget in the News

 

The United States of Flint                                                                                                                                                                      Olivia Alperstein, Progressive Congress; OtherWords, April 6, 2016

Give “Tax and Spend” a Chance                                                                                                                                                     Isaiah Poole, Campaign for America's Future; OtherWords, April 6, 2016

Congressional Progressive Caucus Offers 'The People's Budget'                                                                                                              Mary Ann McGivern; National Catholic Reporter, March 30, 2016

Progressive Democrats And The People’s Budget                                                                                                                                     Trish Nelson; Blog for Iowa, March 25, 2016

A Corporate/Billionaire Austerity Budget, or a People’s Prosperity Budget?                                                                                    Dave Johnson, Campaign for America's Future; The Huffington Post, March 24, 2016

Congressional Progressive Caucus' The People's Budget Petition Surpasses 150,000 Signatures                                                      CommonDreams, March 23, 2016

This Budget Shows That Bold, Progressive Ideas Are Feasible and Sensible                                                                                   Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Nation; The Washington Post, March 22, 2016

Only One Budget Proposal Makes Any Sense                                                                                                                                     John Nichols; The Nation, March 21, 2016

NETWORK Applauds Congressional Progressive Caucus Budget that Works to Mend the Gaps                                                        Marge Clark, NETWORK; DailyKos, March 20, 2016

What the Hell Is Wrong with Our Media?                                                                                                                                            Thom Hartmann; The Thom Hartmann Program (YouTube), March 19, 2016

Congressional Progressive Caucus Budget Recognizes Education as Critical Investment                                                                   Amanda Litvinov; EducationVotes, March 17, 2016

Here’s What a Budget That Prioritizes Peace Looks Like                                                                                                                          Miriam Pemberton, Institute for Policy Studies; CommonDreams,March 17, 2016

Congressional Progressive Caucus Budget Shows Path to a Fair and Adequate Tax System                                                                 Richard Phillips, Center for Tax Justice; Tax Justice Blog, March 17, 2016

Stoke Job Growth Or Choke It? The GOP Makes The Wrong Choice Again                                                                                       Isaiah Poole; Campaign for America's Future Blog, March 17, 2016

House Progressives Just Offered A Very Different Kind Of Budget Plan                                                                                           Samantha Page; Think Progress, March 16, 2016

Here’s What a Budget That Prioritizes Peace Looks Like                                                                                                                          Miriam Pemberton, Institute for Policy Studies; Foreign Policy in Focus, March 16, 2016

This Is the Progressive Budget That Democrats Have Been Waiting For                                                                                             Jeff Spross; The Week, March 15, 2016

EPI Heart CPC                                                                                                                                                                                  Politico Morning Shift, March 15, 2016

The Progressive Caucus Budget Blueprint Increases Public Investments to Target Full Employment and Faster Productivity Growth Economic Policy Institute; Common Dreams, March 15, 2016

The Progressive Caucus Budget Blueprint Increases Public Investments to Target Full Employment and Faster Productivity Growth Economic Policy Institute; YubaNet, March 15, 2016

BUDGET:3 Reasons to Watch This Week's Fiscal Fight in the House                                                                                            George Cahlink; Environment & Energy (E&E) Publishing, March 14, 2016

What’s Going on With the Federal Budget?                                                                                                                                     Jasmine Tucker; National Priorities Project Blog, March 10, 2016

The Pro-Social Security Congressional Progressive Caucus Budget                                                                                                        Nancy Altman, Social Security Works; The Huffington Post, March 10, 2016

The People’s Budget: Pushing Us Toward a Peace Economy                                                                                                             Miriam Pemberton, Institute for Policy Studies; DailyKos, March 10, 2016

People, Not Profits, Focus of Two Initiatives                                                                                                                                  Bill Knight; Canton Daily Ledger, March 10, 2016

A Federal Budget That Connects the Dots and Works for All                                                                                                         Deborah Weinstein, Coalition on Human Needs; DailyKos, March 10, 2016

The Peoples’ Budget and Pentagon Spending: A Start in the Right Direction                                                                                 Paul Shannon, American Friends Service Committee; DailyKos, March 10, 2016

Why We Need the People's Budget and Its $1 Trillion Infrastructure Jobs Plan                                                                               Isaiah Poole, Campaign for America's Future; Daily Kos, March 9, 2016   

The People’s Budget Is the Greenest Option in Washington                                                                                                             Lukas Ross, Friends of the Earth; DailyKos, March 9, 2016

Investing in People Matters: A Black Man’s Perspective on The People’s Budget                                                                           Marc Carr, Social Solutions; DailyKos, March 8, 2016

The People's Budget Quenches Thirst for Big Ideas That Work                                                                                                     Richard Kirsch, The Roosevelt Institute; The Huffington Post, March 8, 2016

Open thread for night owls: Progressive Caucus People's Budget: 'Prosperity Not Austerity'                                                            Timothy Lange; DailyKos, March 5, 2016

Flint, MI Water Crisis Is Proof Positive That We Need Better Infrastructure and a Progressive Budget                                             Olivia Alperstein, Progressive Congress, and Jonathan King, Better Budget for All; DailyKos, March 3, 2016

Progressive Caucus Releases The People’s Budget for FY 2017
KRWG, March 3, 2016

Progressive Caucus Proposes FY17 Budget Substitute                                                                                                                            BloombergPolitics, March 3, 2016

 

 

 

 

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Here’s What a Budget That Prioritizes Peace Looks Like                                                                                                                          Miriam Pemberton, Institute for Policy Studies; CommonDreams,March 17, 2016

Congressional Progressive Caucus Budget Shows Path to a Fair and Adequate Tax System                                                                 Richard Phillips, Center for Tax Justice; Tax Justice Blog, March 17, 2016

Stoke Job Growth Or Choke It? The GOP Makes The Wrong Choice Again                                                                                       Isaiah Poole; Campaign for America's Future Blog, March 17, 2016

House Progressives Just Offered A Very Different Kind Of Budget Plan                                                                                           Samantha Page; Think Progress, March 16, 2016

Here’s What a Budget That Prioritizes Peace Looks Like                                                                                                                          Miriam Pemberton, Institute for Policy Studies; Foreign Policy in Focus, March 16, 2016

This Is the Progressive Budget That Democrats Have Been Waiting For                                                                                             Jeff Spross; The Week, March 15, 2016

EPI Heart CPC                                                                                                                                                                                  Politico Morning Shift, March 15, 2016

The Progressive Caucus Budget Blueprint Increases Public Investments to Target Full Employment and Faster Productivity Growth Economic Policy Institute; Common Dreams, March 15, 2016

The Progressive Caucus Budget Blueprint Increases Public Investments to Target Full Employment and Faster Productivity Growth Economic Policy Institute; YubaNet, March 15, 2016

BUDGET:3 Reasons to Watch This Week's Fiscal Fight in the House                                                                                            George Cahlink; Environment & Energy (E&E) Publishing, March 14, 2016

What’s Going on With the Federal Budget?                                                                                                                                     Jasmine Tucker; National Priorities Project Blog, March 10, 2016

The Pro-Social Security Congressional Progressive Caucus Budget                                                                                                        Nancy Altman, Social Security Works; The Huffington Post, March 10, 2016

The People’s Budget: Pushing Us Toward a Peace Economy                                                                                                             Miriam Pemberton, Institute for Policy Studies; DailyKos, March 10, 2016

People, Not Profits, Focus of Two Initiatives                                                                                                                                  Bill Knight; Canton Daily Ledger, March 10, 2016

A Federal Budget That Connects the Dots and Works for All                                                                                                         Deborah Weinstein, Coalition on Human Needs; DailyKos, March 10, 2016

The Peoples’ Budget and Pentagon Spending: A Start in the Right Direction                                                                                 Paul Shannon, American Friends Service Committee; DailyKos, March 10, 2016

Why We Need the People's Budget and Its $1 Trillion Infrastructure Jobs Plan                                                                               Isaiah Poole, Campaign for America's Future; Daily Kos, March 9, 2016   

The People’s Budget Is the Greenest Option in Washington                                                                                                             Lukas Ross, Friends of the Earth; DailyKos, March 9, 2016

Investing in People Matters: A Black Man’s Perspective on The People’s Budget                                                                           Marc Carr, Social Solutions; DailyKos, March 8, 2016

The People's Budget Quenches Thirst for Big Ideas That Work                                                                                                     Richard Kirsch, The Roosevelt Institute; The Huffington Post, March 8, 2016

Open thread for night owls: Progressive Caucus People's Budget: 'Prosperity Not Austerity'                                                            Timothy Lange; DailyKos, March 5, 2016

Flint, MI Water Crisis Is Proof Positive That We Need Better Infrastructure and a Progressive Budget                                             Olivia Alperstein, Progressive Congress, and Jonathan King, Better Budget for All; DailyKos, March 3, 2016

Progressive Caucus Releases The People’s Budget for FY 2017
KRWG, March 3, 2016

Progressive Caucus Proposes FY17 Budget Substitute                                                                                                                            BloombergPolitics, March 3, 2016

 

 

Organizational Endorsements for The People's Budget

 

350.org

African American Health Alliance

AFSCME

Americans for Democratic Action (ADA)

American Sustainable Business Council

American Federation of Teachers

Americans for Tax Fairness

American Friends Service Committee

Alabaster

Bend the Arc

Campaign for America's Future

Caring Across Generations

Center for Biological Diversity

Children’s Leadership Council

Coalition for Human Needs

Communications Workers of America

Council For Opportunity in Education

DEMOS

DailyKos

Earthday Network

Earthjustice

Friends of the Earth

Food Research Action Center (FRAC)

Green Latinos

Greenpeace

Human Rights Campaign (HRC)

Labor Network for Sustainability

National Abortion Rights Advocacy League (NARAL)

National Alliance of HUD Tenants

National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE)

National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

National Education Association (NEA)

National Organization for Women

National People's Action

Natural Resources Defense Council

NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby

MoveOn

One Wisconsin Now

Peace Action

People Demanding Action

PICO

Planned Parenthood

Progressive Congress

Progressive Democrats of America

Public Citizen

Rachel Carson Council

Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Coalition

Rainforest Action Network

Safe Climate Campaign

SEIU

Social Security Works

Sustainable Energy & Economy Network

SustainUS

The Cave Institute

US Labor Against the War

Veterans for Peace

Win Without War

Women's Action for New Directions (WAND)