Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Don Beyer to Headline July 9 Forum on Reclaiming the American Dream


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    Fairfax, VA (June 15, 2015) —– A July 9 policy forum featuring two members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus will focus on economic and social policies that affect everyday working Americans.

    “Rebooting Our Policy Agenda to Reclaim the American Dream” will feature remarks by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.), both members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

    WHO:  Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.)

    WHAT: Forum on economic and social policy, “Rebooting Our Policy Agenda to Reclaim the American Dream”

    WHEN:  Thursday, July 9, 2015, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

    WHERE: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, 4301 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22203.  Metro: Orange & Silver Lines, Ballston Station.  Parking: Free parking in building after 5:00 pm.  Enter from Taylor Street Map:

    Host committee: Alexandria, Manassas and Manassas Park Democratic Committees; Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia; Democratic Latino Organization of Virginia; George Mason University College Democrats, AFL-CIO Virginia, SEIU Virginia 512, Progressive Democrats of America-Virginia; People Demanding Action-Virginia; NOVA Move-to-Amend; New Virginia Majority, The Brigades.

    This event is a free of charge. This will be a policy discussion by leading progressive voices, not an endorsement of any candidate for public office.  The Congressional Progressive Caucus is dedicated to promoting a fair, progressive policy agenda for all Americans. The caucus has 71 members and is the largest membership organization in the US Congress Democratic Caucus.

    Due to limited space attendees must RSVP.

    • BatCave

      In the coming weeks, I expect to vote to support a package of four critical trade bills requested by President Obama and passed through the Senate with significant bipartisan majorities, including both of Virginia’s Democratic Senators. These bills, including Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), will establish historic multilateral negotiations with our international trade partners while securing important worker protections for American jobs and trade support to developing economies, critical to global poverty alleviation efforts.

      I am, by education and political philosophy, a free trade Democrat. I was born overseas, my U.S. Army father stationed in Italy. I worked in Switzerland for four years as U.S. Ambassador. I have sold and serviced international nameplate cars for more than 40 years. I have seen, up close, the enormous impact trade has on our way of life.

      But this last section is the worst – clearly Beyer has no clue how NAFTA and other trade agreements have resulted in catastrophic job losses for U. S. workers.  NAFTA turned out to be a race to the bottom of the economic barrel for American, Canadian, and Mexican workers:

      I am convinced that the objections raised – from concern about the ability to enforce the higher standards, to confusion about mediation between investors and states, to fears about net job loss – are well-intentioned, but insufficient to overcome the powerful benefits of moving forward with expanded trade relations on American terms.

      Perhaps Bernie Sanders can use this appearance to school Beyer on the historical pitfalls of trade agreements and how they have contribute to the demise of the middle class in this country.  Beyer is just one more corporate Democrat who is selling out the middle class to corporate America.