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Congress' left-wing leaders use Seattle as model for federal economic overhaul

Added 08-11-22 02:22:02pm EST - “SEATTLE ?" Progressive champion Rep. Pramila Jayapal wants congressional Democrats to pursue an equity-based economic agenda modeled after her home city of Seattle, which has spearheaded liberal laws such as the highest minimum wage…” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Congress’ leftwing leaders use Seattle as model for federal economic overhaul”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

SEATTLE — Progressive champion Rep. Pramila Jayapal wants congressional Democrats to pursue an equity-based economic agenda modeled after her home city of Seattle, which has spearheaded liberal laws such as the highest minimum wage in the nation.

It’s a left-wing agenda that encounters plenty of skepticism, including from more moderate members of her Democratic Party.

To make her case, Ms. Jayapal brought the House Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth to Seattle this week to showcase her hometown as a progressive success story.

“There’s this idea that we’ve passed these crazy ideas and somehow the economy is tanking and that’s not the case,” Ms. Jayapal said. “We have a really thriving economy and I think there’s a lot of people who don’t understand how our progressive policies here have really led the nation, led the state, and how we have continued to thrive.”

The visit highlighted the priorities of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which is the largest ideological and most left-leaning faction of House Democrats and is chaired by Ms. Jayapal.

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