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Grijalva keeps Progressive Caucus leadership post

  • Rep. Raúl Grijalva
    grijalva.house.govRep. Raúl Grijalva

U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva was reelected to his post as co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus on Wednesday night.

Grijalva will lead the group of liberal congressmen with Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, who replaces Rep. Lynn Woolsey of California.

In a letter to caucus members before the vote, Grijalva called upon his colleagues to "provide thoughtful alternatives" to Republican legislative proposals.

"When the GOP tries to defund government agencies, privatize Social Security and take a belligerent stance overseas, the Progressive Caucus must be the first line of counterattack," Grijalva wrote. "The American people must be presented with options and comparisons. We cannot be content to vote no. We need to be active, vocal and strategic when it comes to legislation."

The group, nearly all Democrats, was set up in the '90s "to give voice to the needs and aspirations of all Americans and to build a more just and humane society," its website says.

Grijalva called upon the caucus to build stronger relationships with progressive organizations, expand its public profile, and reach out to constituents.

"Waiting to capitalize on Republican mistakes is a recipe for inaction. We must be proactive in telling voters what we’re doing for them, why we’re doing it and how it’s going to help them and their families," Grijalva wrote.

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