The Congressional Progressive Caucus logo pictured below conveys to me a sense of paternalism and control. Not my preferred way of living.
Will it be significant? You bet it will.
Here is a an edited article from July this year from US Blog A View From Flyover Country It reveals the huge amount of power likely to be enjoyed by the socialist bloc in the new US Congress.
“Over the past few years, the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), and its arm in Congress, the Congressional Progressive Caucus, have sometimes bragged publicly that they have the same agenda. What the DSA admits, but the Progressive Caucus has not outwardly disclosed yet, is that their socialist goals include the downfall of our capitalist form of government and much stronger federal government controls on the American people.
With the help of House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi, Progressive Caucus socialists cover most major House committees and many of them are “ranking minority members” — which means they would chair the committee if the Democrats win a majority in the House in November.
For instance, picture John Conyers (D-MI), as chairman of the Judiciary Committee, or the contentious Henry Waxman (D-CA) as chairman of the Committee on Government Reform.
Socialist sympathizer Charlie Rangel (D-NY) would get the chairmanship of the powerful Ways and Means Committee and Maxine Waters (D-CA) would chair the subcommittee on Domestic and International Monetary Policy.
Barney Frank (D-Mass), would chair the House Financial Services Committee.
Major Owens might chair the Workforce Protection Subcommittee.
Jerry Nadler (D-NY) could chair either the House Judiciary Committee or the House Transportation Committee. He’s senior minority member on both.
Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a card carrying socialist and founding member of the Progressive Caucus, is ranking minority member of the House Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Committee and so would chair that.
Progressive Caucus member Bernie Thompson (D-MS) is ranking minority member of the Committee on Homeland Security and so would get that.
Louise Slaughter (D-NY) is ranking minority member of the powerful Rules Committee, which could be interesting with her as chair.
Pete Stark (D-CA) would chair the Health Subcommittee of Ways and Means.
Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) would chair the House Small Business Committee.
Diane Watson (D-CA) would chair the Subcommittee on Energy & Resources.
Mel Watt (D-NC) would probably get the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law.
Neil Abercrombie (D-Hawaii) is ranking minority member on the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee so would get that.
Madeleine Bordallo, the Delegate from Guam, is ranking minority member on the Committee on Small Business’ Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform and Government Oversight and would become chair.
Sherrod Brown (D-OH) would chair the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee.
The chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure would go to Peter DeFazio (D-OR).
Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) would get the Committee on the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims.
Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, would chair the House Subcommittee on Education Reform. But she is also a senior minority member of the House Committee on Science so might get that instead.
And so it goes, right on down the line. The cold hard fact we must remember this November is that there are 62 members of the Progressive Caucus in the House — card carrying socialists, one and all. That is, there are 61 Democrat-socialists and one independent-socialist in the House who outwardly align themselves with the domestic arm of the Socialist International. Most of the group have been in Congress long enough to become ranking members on their respective committees.
Which means that, if by some chance, Democrats win the House this November, Nancy Pelosi — also a Progressive Caucus member — becomes the first outwardly socialist Speaker of the House (and third in line for President of the United States) and her Progressive Caucus (socialist) members would be in place to chair many of the important House committees.”