Washington, D.C. – March 7th, Congressional Progressive Caucus PAC (CPC PAC) members recommended the immediate adoption of common-sense and vital reforms to the Democratic National Committee as proposed by the DNC’s Unity Reform Commission. CPC Members believe that Democrats must support voting rights, inclusion, fairness, and transparency inside the Democratic Party as we continue to champion voting rights in our nation and oppose Republican voter suppression. The CPC is proud to stand with the members of the Unity Reform Commission and call on all DNC members to do the same and vote for the adoption of these recommendations.
The following CPC members signed on to the letter: Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Mark Pocan (D-WI), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Tulsi Gabard (D-HI), Jim McGovern (D-MA), Bernard Sanders (I-VT), Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), Donald S. Beyer (D-VA), Ro Khanna (D-CA), Maxine Waters (D-CA), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Jared Polis (D-CO), Nydia M Velázquez (D-NY), Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), Mark Takano (D-CA), Dwight Evans (D-PA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Hank Johnson (D-GA), Michael E Capuano (D-MA), José E. Serrano (D-NY), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Ted Lieu (D-CA), and Judy Chu (D-CA).
The full letter is below.
The CPC PAC is the political arm of the 77-Member Congressional Progressive Caucus; the largest values-based caucus in the House of Representatives.
Members of the Democratic National Committee,
We, the undersigned Members of Congress, join Chair Tom Perez and Deputy Chair Keith Ellison in supporting the recommendations of the Unity Reform Commission. The proposed recommendations were adopted by the full body which was comprised of 21 members appointed by Secretary Clinton, Senator Sanders and Chairman Perez.
Unity was reached and real reforms have been proposed–both are critical for the success of our Party. As Democratic Members of Congress, we call on the Rules and Bylaws Committee as well as the full DNC to adopt the report in full.
Included in the recommendations are common sense as well as vital reforms such as:
- Make primaries and caucuses more open and accessible through opportunities like same-day registration
- Reduce unpledged superdelegates role in the presidential nominating process
- Create more openness and transparency in processes within the DNC including state party funding, vendor contracts, and other financial decisions
As the introduction of the report clearly states, Democrats must support voting rights, inclusion and transparency inside our party as we continue to champion voting rights in our nation and oppose Republican voter suppression.
We are proud to stand with the members of the Unity Reform Commission and call on all DNC members to do the same and vote for adoption of these recommendations.
Raul M. Grijalva Mark Pocan Pramila Jayapal Tulsi Gabbard
Jim McGovern Bernard Sanders Ruben Gallego Donald S. Beyer
Ro Khanna Maxine Waters Barbara Lee Jared Polis
Nydia M. Velázquez Chellie Pingree Bonnie Watson Coleman Mark Takano
Dwight Evans Jan Schakowsky Lloyd Doggett Hank Johnson
Michael E. Capuano José E. Serrano Jamie Raskin Carolyn Maloney
Ted Lieu Judy Chu