The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) met with President Obama for one hour in the East Room of the White House yesterday.Howie P.S.: I'm pleased that Jim McDermott (D-Seattle) was one of the presenters for health care reform. In Seattle, some local bellydancers showed their support for single-payer in front of the Federal Building, video (09:00).
CPC Co-Chair, Congressman Raúl Grijalva, said that 50 of the 77 Caucus members attended, and they honed in on two major issues: their commitment to only supporting a healthcare reform bill that includes a public plan option that is "more than a gesture"; and the $83 billion war supplemental.
"It was a serious meeting," Rep. Grijalva said. "It moved quickly, there was a lot of candor from both sides."
Presenting the Caucus' case for healthcare reform were Representatives Yvette Clark, Tammy Baldwin, Jan Schakowsky, and Jim McDermott.This afternoon's meeting with President Obama may signal a new unity that bodes well for the tough fights ahead.