Progressives' wishlist for Biden begins with Warren and Sanders

Nov 11, 2020 Travel News

Progressives’ wishlist for Biden begins with Warren and Sanders

Also on the group list:

  • Representative Barbara Lee of California for Secretary of State

  • Keith Ellison, Attorney General of Minnesota, for Attorney General

  • Representative Rashida Tlaib from Michigan, one of four congresswomen known as the Squad, for the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

  • Representative Pramila Jayapal of Washington, Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, for the Secretary of Health and Human Services

  • Representative Deb Haaland of New Mexico to Secretary of the Interior

  • Illinois Representative Chuy García for Secretary of Transportation

  • Representative Chellie Pingree of Maine for Secretary of Agriculture

  • Economist Joseph E. Stiglitz for Director of the National Economic Council

  • Darrick Hamilton, Economist and Executive Director of the Kirwan Institute at Ohio State University, for the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers

  • Mustafa Ali, Vice President of Environmental Justice, Climate and Community Revitalization of the National Wildlife Federation, for the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

As part of their list of recommendations, the Sunrise movement and Justice Democrats are also urging Mr. Biden to create a new climate mobilization office in the White House to coordinate climate efforts across government and to appoint as Chief Washington Governor Jay Inslee, whose presidential campaign last year focused on climate change; Gina McCarthy, administrator of the EPA under President Barack Obama; or John Podesta, the founder of the Center for American Progress, adviser to Mr. Obama on climate change. The office proposal was one of a larger package of recommendations made by joint Biden-Sanders policy working groups over the summer.

In addition to their top picks for each high-level post, the groups also offered alternative options, including Sarah Bloom Raskin, who served as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under Mr. Obama, for Secretary of the Treasury; Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey for Secretary of Agriculture; and Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants, for the secretary of transportation.

The recommendations are akin to moonlight, and Mr. Biden is highly unlikely to choose many of the names on offer, if he chooses one; rather, the list is intended to increase the pressure on him to choose people for high-ranking government positions who are at least acceptable enough to the left.

But the fact that the Sunrise movement and the Justice Democrats, the two groups that perhaps most represent the next generation of left-wing activists, publicly offered their recommendations just days after Mr Biden was declared president-elect with a victory in Pennsylvania reflects the urgency. with which progressives are now approaching the future Biden administration.

Also on Wednesday, the Human Rights Campaign, one of the country’s largest LGBTQ rights organizations, released a 24-page administrative action plan.

The centerpiece of the group’s demand is a call to enforce the June Supreme Court ruling in a case called Bostock against Clayton County, Georgia, which found that constitutional gender-based protections apply to LGBTQ people in the entire federal government.

The plan also includes demands that Mr Biden appoint the country’s first openly LGBTQ cabinet officials; order the collection of data on LGBTQ people during the census; cancel the ban imposed by the Trump administration on transgender people in the military; and end conversion therapy and the ban on blood donation from gay and bisexual men, among a litany of other demands.