Pocan won't seek another term as Progressive Caucus co-chair

Pocan won't seek another term as Progressive Caucus co-chair
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Rep. Mark PocanMark William PocanBiden seeks to build Democratic support among unions Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the American Petroleum Institute — A warning shot on Biden's .5T plan Overnight Defense & National Security — America's longest war ends MORE (D-Wis.) said Tuesday that he won't seek another term leading the Congressional Progressive Caucus, opening up a key position in House Democrats' liberal wing in the next session of Congress that begins in January.

Pocan, who has served as co-chair since 2017, said he will continue serving as a co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) PAC, the group's campaign arm.

He and Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalDemocrats seek to cool simmering tensions House panel to examine states' abortion restrictions, hear from three congresswomen who've had abortions This week: Democrats face mounting headaches MORE (D-Wash.) were elected as CPC co-chairs after the November 2018 elections, when Democrats won the House majority.


Pocan said in a statement that "it has been an honor to help lead our members to important victories, both inside the Capitol and electorally."

Next in line to succeed Pocan as co-chair could be Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Rocky US alliances as Biden heads to UN assembly Groups push lawmakers to use defense bill to end support for Saudis in Yemen civil war Equilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by The American Petroleum Institute — Dems demand accounting from Big Oil MORE (D-Calif.), who currently serves as first vice chair.

Khanna this week expressed interest in the latest $1.8 trillion coronavirus relief package offer from the Trump administration, while Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats seek to cool simmering tensions Louisiana delegation split over debt hike bill with disaster aid House Democrats unveil legislation to curtail presidential power MORE (D-Calif.) is continuing to press for a more expansive deal closer to Democrats' $2.2 trillion proposal.

"Make a deal & put the ball in McConnell court," Khanna tweeted on Sunday.

The caucus also has 10 vice chairs: Reps. David CicillineDavid CicillineDemocrats seek to cool simmering tensions Hillicon Valley —Apple is not a monopoly, judge rules Judge rules Apple is not 'illegal monopolist' in high-profile Epic case MORE (D-R.I.), Katherine ClarkKatherine Marlea ClarkPelosi, moderates inch closer to infrastructure, budget deal House Democrats return to advance Biden's agenda in face of crises CBC presses Biden to extend eviction moratorium MORE (D-Mass.), Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellDemocrats face full legislative plate and rising tensions Virginia Democrat introduces tax credit for electric commercial vehicles More than 100 Democrats back legislation lowering Medicare eligibility age to 60 MORE (D-Mich.), Veronica EscobarVeronica EscobarCourt rulings put Biden in tough spot with Trump's 'Remain in Mexico' policy Supreme Court ruling on Texas abortion law rattles lawmakers Sunday shows - Biden domestic agenda, Texas abortion law dominate MORE (D-Texas), Ruben GallegoRuben GallegoThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by AT&T - Final countdown: Senate inches toward last infrastructure vote Arizona state senator arrested on charges of sexual conduct with a minor House Democrats introduce bill restoring voting provision after SCOTUS ruling MORE (D-Ariz.), Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson LeeAngelina Jolie spotted in Capitol meeting with senators Elon Musk after Texas Gov. Abbott invokes him: 'I would prefer to stay out of politics' Without major changes, more Americans could be victims of online crime MORE (D-Texas), Joe NeguseJoseph (Joe) NeguseBiden expresses confidence on climate in renewable energy visit More than 100 Democrats back legislation lowering Medicare eligibility age to 60 Invest in a robust civilian climate corps to build our resiliency — our lives depend on it MORE (D-Colo.), Donald NorcrossDonald W. NorcrossDemocrats renew push for George Floyd Justice in Policing Act The first step to build back better: Give America a raise What's behind the divisions over Biden's secretary of Labor? MORE (D-N.J.), Jan SchakowskyJanice (Jan) Danoff SchakowskyDemocrats seek to cool simmering tensions American workers need us to get this pandemic under control around the world Democrats repeal prohibition on funding abortions abroad MORE (D-Ill.) and Mark TakanoMark Allan TakanoHouse clears bill to provide veterans with cost-of-living adjustment Legislation assuring automatic VA enrollment is more vital than ever before Yellen tries to tamp down Democrats fury over evictions ban MORE (D-Calif.).


Cicilline, who leads House Democrats' messaging arm, and Clark, the Democratic caucus vice chair, are both running for Assistant Speaker, the fourth-ranking slot in House Democratic leadership.

More than 90 House Democrats are currently members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which does not always vote as a bloc.

The members include prominent progressives such as Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezFeehery: The confidence game Democrats face full legislative plate and rising tensions McCarthy on Dems' spending bill: 'The amount of money we spent to win World War II' MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarWarren, Bush offer bill to give HHS power to impose eviction moratorium Democrats look for Plan B after blow on immigration Democrats reject hardball tactics against Senate parliamentarian  MORE (D-Minn.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyWarren, Bush offer bill to give HHS power to impose eviction moratorium Haitians stuck in Texas extend Biden's immigration woes Advocates 'in utter disbelief' after Biden resumes Haitian repatriations MORE (D-Mass.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibProgressive foreign policy should not be pro-autocracy Democratic bill would force Fed to defund fossil fuels Democrats brace for battle on Biden's .5 trillion spending plan MORE (D-Mich.) as well as some more moderate Democrats allied with Democratic leadership.