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 defense budget criticized by Republicans, progressives alike Senate GOP slams Biden defense budget Omar rips Bezos amid union fight: Forces workers to 'defecate in bags' 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 Jayapal10 Democrats join NAACP lawsuit against Trump The strategy Biden needs to pass his infrastructure plan Gosar's siblings ratchet up criticism over Capitol riot 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) KhannaBiden defense budget criticized by Republicans, progressives alike Sanders expresses 'serious concerns' with Biden's defense increase Lawmakers express horror at latest Capitol attack 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 PelosiThe growing threat of China's lawfare Pelosi planned on retiring until Trump won election: report Biden: 'Prince Philip gladly dedicated himself to the people of the UK' 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 CicillineHouse lawmakers fired up for hearing with tech CEOs Democratic lawmakers propose B hike for State Greene calls Italian American House Democrat 'Rep. Mussolini' MORE (D-R.I.), Katherine ClarkKatherine Marlea ClarkPelosi says House will move immediately on COVID-19 relief Biden's inauguration marked by conflict of hope and fear Sanders defends push to impeach Trump: Insurrection won't be tolerated MORE (D-Mass.), Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellBipartisan lawmakers urge Biden to send more vaccines to Michigan amid spike Biden risks first major fight with progressives A year later, lawmakers long for hugs and Chuck E. Cheese MORE (D-Mich.), Veronica EscobarVeronica EscobarDemocrat: Ex-Trump aide Miller should be jailed for human rights violations Democrats play defense on border crisis Democrats move smaller immigration bills while eyeing broad overhaul MORE (D-Texas), Ruben GallegoRuben GallegoMcCarthy asks FBI, CIA for briefing after two men on terror watchlist stopped at border The Hill's Morning Report - Biden: Back to the future on immigration, Afghanistan, Iran Ambitious House lawmakers look for promotions MORE (D-Ariz.), Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson LeeGeorgia election law prevents African American, Latinx, others from exercising the right to vote Chicago suburb could serve as road map for reparations Republicans call for hearing on border surge MORE (D-Texas), Joe NeguseJoseph (Joe) NeguseGun control advocates applaud Biden funding plan but say more must be done Democrats urge Biden to take executive action on assault-style firearms The Hill's Morning Report - Biden leans heavily into gun control MORE (D-Colo.), Donald NorcrossDonald W. NorcrossThe first step to build back better: Give America a raise What's behind the divisions over Biden's secretary of Labor? Pocan won't seek another term as Progressive Caucus co-chair MORE (D-N.J.), Jan SchakowskyJanice (Jan) Danoff SchakowskyHillicon Valley: House lawmakers fired up for hearing with tech CEOs | Zuckerberg proposes conditional Section 230 reforms | Lawmakers reintroduce bill to secure internet-connected devices Progressives up pressure on Biden to back COVID vaccine patent waiver House lawmakers fired up for hearing with tech CEOs MORE (D-Ill.) and Mark TakanoMark Allan TakanoUS tensions with China risk fueling anti-Asian harassment at home Democrats rush to Biden's defense on border surge K Street navigates virtual inauguration week 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-CortezNew York City's suicide mission should alarm the entire nation Marjorie Taylor Greene rakes in over .2M in first quarter The strategy Biden needs to pass his infrastructure plan MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar rips Bezos amid union fight: Forces workers to 'defecate in bags' Omar slams Biden admin for continuing 'the construction of Trump's xenophobic and racist wall' The Hill's Morning Report - Biden's infrastructure plan triggers definition debate MORE (D-Minn.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyOmar reintroduces bill seeking to cancel rent, mortgage payments during pandemic We must decolonize our global health systems — It's time to repeal the Helms Amendment House Democrats push to create public reminder of Jan. 6 riot MORE (D-Mass.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibProgressives push Fed to drive funding away from fossil fuel companies Omar on arrest of Georgia state lawmaker: 'Wild and completely unacceptable' Ocasio-Cortez endorses Turner in Ohio special election MORE (D-Mich.) as well as some more moderate Democrats allied with Democratic leadership.