As the contentious Democratic Party platform drafting committee negotiations come to an end, many Bernie Sanders surrogates have watched in disbelief as core progressive principles have been waylaid—largely by Hillary Clinton supporters.
“Congratulations everyone! We have just written half of the GOP Platform tonight, Democrats!”
—Nomiki Konst, progressive commentator
The trend continued on the second-to-last day of platform negotiations in Orlando, Florida, when Clinton surrogates on Friday rejected an amendment supporting the creation of a postal banking system, modeled on the one in North Dakota, as well as measures that would end corporate welfare and lay penalties on companies for offshoring jobs, lift the $250,000 income cap on the social security tax, and expand cost of living increases for senior citizens’ social security benefits.
Yet there was one “real victory,” as former NAACP leader Ben Jealous put it, when the committee passed an amendment supporting a $15 minimum wage and union protections. The amendment was introduced by Ohio state senator Nina Turner and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) president Mary Kay Henry.
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Progressives in attendance and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders cheered the amendment’s passage on Twitter:
Environmentalists also applauded the passage of a declaration of a “climate emergency” proposed by committee member and climate activist Russell Greene.
The amendment reads in part: “The reality is that the climate emergency and the objective of expanding the middle class demands that we make the most ambitious investment in American infrastructure since President Eisenhower created the interstate highway system.”
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