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The People's Budget

A Raise for America


The People's Budget

A Raise for America

The People's Budget: A Raise for America, is the Alternative Budget proposed by the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) and provides a progressive vision for America that works for all. 

  • 8.4 million good paying jobs by 2018

  • $1.9 trillion investment in America's future

  • $820 billion infrastructure and transportation improvements

In the words of People's Budget:

The People's Budget fixes an economy that, for too long, has failed to provide the opportunities American families need to get ahead. Despite their skills and work ethic, most American workers workers and families are so financially strapped from increasing income inequality that their paychecks barely cover basic necessities. They earn less and less as corporations and the wealthy continue amassing record profits. It has become clear to American workers that the system is rigged.
The People’s Budget levels the playing field and creates economic opportunity by increasing the pay of middle- and low-income Americans.
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Breaking It Down


Breaking It Down

A Raise for America

  • Creates more than 8 million good jobs by 2018.

  • Increases functionality of Worker Protection Agencies.

  • Includes a four percent raise for federal workers.

  • Provides Paid Leave Initiative and Child Care.

  • Supports a minimum wage increase and Collective Bargaining.

Fair Corporate Taxes

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

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

  • Enacts a Financial Transaction Tax on various financial market transactions.

  • Ends unlimited executive pay tax write-offs. 

Protecting our Environment

  • Closes tax loopholes and ends subsidies provided to oil, gas and coal companies.
  • Enacts a price on carbon pollution without hurting low-income families.
  • Invests in clean and renewable energy and green manufacturing.

Austerity to Prosperity

  • Repeals sequester and all Budget Control Act spending caps.

  • Increases discretionary funding to invest in working families.

  • Reverses harmful cuts and enhances social safety net.

  • Invests in veterans, women, communities of color and their families.

Educational Opportunities for Every Student

  • Provides debt-free college to every student.

  • Allows refinancing of student loans.

  • Invests in K-12 and provides free pre-school. 

Sustainable Defense

  • Modernizes our defense posture to create sustainable baseline defense spending.
  • Ends emergency funding for Overseas Contingency Operations.
  • Increases funding for diplomacy and invests in job transition programs.

Public Financing of Campaigns

  • Funds public financing of campaigns to curb special interest influence in politics.

Fair Individual Taxes

  • Equalizes tax rates for investment income and 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. 

Affordable Healthcare

  • Repeals excise tax on high-priced workers plans and replaces with public option.  Implements drug price negotiation for Medicare.
  • Reauthorizes Children’s Health Insurance Program.
  • Allows states to transition to single-payer health care systems.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform

  • Implements comprehensive immigration reform, including a pathway to citizenship.


  • Fully funds programs to make housing affordable and accessible for all Americans.
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The People's Budget in the News


The People's Budget in the News

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Looking at a different kind of budget

The budget and budget process of the United States has been in desperate need of a new approach. 

The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) has - for four years - helped to lead the charge for a different kind of budget for the nation: one that focuses on job creation and public engagement alongside drawing down the deficit; and one that takes progressive, alternative solutions and implements them into a budget which works for all. The People's Budget  incorporates both of these principles.

Progressive Congress created this site as a means to help educate exactly what the People's Budget proposes, and how it can improve the lives of all Americans in the near term and even more importantly - in the long term. 

This website endeavors to highlight the expert analysis of economists, public intellectuals and others around the People's Budget, as well as to illuminate the conversation the American people are holding around this alternative budget. We also seek to provide some insights into what the budget can accomplish through helpful info-graphics. 

Progressive Congress has a history of bringing clarity to what the progressive movement in America stands for and what their principles are. 

The People's Budget helps to illustrate exactly what progressives in the CPC believe from a policy and fiscal point of view. 

The People's Budget serves not only as a voice for how the American government can incorporate progressive policies into everyday governmental functions and administration, but helps to demonstrate exactly what the foundations of the progressive movement in America are today. And finally, in illustrates how progressive values can help contribute to a better tomorrow and better future for all Americans. 

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