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Progressive Dem lays into party over new policy: I'm really disappointed

Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalDemocrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks Trump, attorneys step up efforts to reverse election's outcome AOC, progressive Dems attack corporate greed during health care discussion MORE (D-Wash.), the co-chair of the House Progressive Caucus, slammed the Democratic Party on Thursday over a policy intended to protect incumbents from challengers.

“It is not playing games for the Democratic party to be inclusive of all its members perspectives. I have refrained from commenting publicly on this issue until now, but I am extremely disappointed that there is no movement on this issue,” Jayapal tweeted.

“We will continue to push for our voice to be recognized.”

The policy, first implemented last month, mandates that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) not work with or recommend in the future any polling and consulting firm that works on a primary campaign against an incumbent. The effort seeks to starve a short but growing list of primary hopefuls of the assistance of top-tier firms.

"I would prefer that, as far as Democrats go, that we just work together, and we make sure that our colleagues can come back, and that we do what we can to pick up additional seats," Rep. Cheri BustosCheryl (Cheri) Lea BustosMaloney vows to overhaul a House Democratic campaign machine 'stuck in the past' Capitol's COVID-19 spike could be bad Thanksgiving preview GOP Rep. Dan Newhouse tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (D-Ill.), who leads the DCCC, told The Hill last month. 

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The DCCC’s concerns over progressive primary upsets were sparked last year after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezBiden names John Kerry as 'climate czar' in new administration Maloney vows to overhaul a House Democratic campaign machine 'stuck in the past' Ocasio-Cortez defends Harry Styles wearing dress on Vogue cover: 'It looks wonderful' MORE (D-N.Y.) unseated 10-term Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.), who was once viewed as a future Speaker. Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyGOP congresswoman-elect wants to form Republican 'Squad' called 'The Force' Pelosi faces caucus divisions in Biden era Record number of Black women elected to Congress in 2020 MORE (D-Mass.), another progressive firebrand, also ousted Rep. Michael CapuanoMichael (Mike) Everett CapuanoHillicon Valley: Election officials prepare for new Russian interference battle | 'Markeyverse' of online fans helps take down a Kennedy | GOP senators unveil bill to update tech liability protections 'Markeyverse' of online fans helps take down a Kennedy Inside the progressive hunt for vulnerable House Democrats MORE (D-Mass.) in a primary last year.

The progressive backers of politicians like Ocasio-Cortez and Pressley are known to be mulling primary challenges as they seek to flex their newfound political muscles. 

Progressives on Capitol Hill were quick to condemn the new DCCC policy, saying it amounted to a blacklist.

“"The @DCCC’s new rule to blacklist+boycott anyone who does business w/ primary challengers is extremely divisive & harmful to the party," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Saturday. "My recommendation, if you’re a small-dollar donor: pause your donations to DCCC & give directly to swing candidates instead."

"If the DCCC enacts this policy to blacklist vendors who work with challengers, we risk undermining an entire universe of potential candidates and vendors - especially women and people of color - whose ideas, energy, and innovation need a place in our party," Pressley added.