Pramila Jayapal

Progressive Caucus Launches Center for Policy Development, Outreach
The center’s board raised $1.5 million to hire an initial staff of 8 to 10 people

Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairman Mark Pocan, D-Wis., announced the launch of a center to coordinate progressive policy development, messaging and outreach. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Congressional Progressive Caucus on Tuesday announced the launch of a center that will coordinate progressive policy development, messaging and outreach inside and outside Congress. 

The center is not yet fully operational, but it starts off with a board of directors that has spent the past four and a half months raising money to fund staff for next year.

Rep. Jayapal’s Arrest Will Not Trigger Ethics Investigation
Washington Democrat was arrested at immigration protest

From left, Reps. Luis V. Gutiérrez of Illinois, Pramila Jayapal of Washington, Joseph Crowley of New York, John Lewis of Georgia, Judy Chu of California, Al Green of Texas, Adriano Espaillat of New York, and others march to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection offices on June 13. Jayapal was among about 575 women arrested two weeks later during an immigration protest. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House Ethics Committee has voted against impanelling an investigative subcommittee to look into Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s arrest in June during an immigration protest in the Hart Senate Office Building.

The Washington Democrat was arrested June 28 along with nearly 575 women during a sit-in to protest the Trump administration’s immigration policies. She was arrested for “crowding, obstructing, or incommoding,” according to the Ethics panel report.

Hundreds Hold Sit-In for Immigration at Senate Building

Pramila Jayapal Says She Respects Kaepernick's Anthem Protest
Washington Democrat is running for Rep. Jim McDermott's seat

Washington House candidate Pramila Jayapal is running to succeed longtime Rep. Jim McDermott in the Seattle-based 7th District. (Courtesy Pramila for Congress)

Democratic House candidate Pramila Jayapal said she respected the actions of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick who drew controversy when he chose not to stand for the national anthem last week. 

Kaepernick's decision to sit during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at an exhibition game Friday was meant to highlight police brutality and racial disparities, several media outlets reported. He's since declared he'll continue to sit until "there’s significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent."