Factions in the Democratic Party (United States)

Factions In The Democratic Party (United States)

Factions in the Democratic Party (United States)

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The Democratic Party of the United States is composed of various different factions, with some overlap and enough agreement between them to coexist with each other within the party.

Left wing

Progressive Democrats

Progressives tend to advocate a relatively centrist economic and left-wing social agenda.<ref name="Judis, B. J. (11 July, 2003). The trouble with Howard Dean. Salon.com."> Unifying issues among progressive Democrats include opposition to the War in Iraq, opposition to economic and social conservatism, opposition to heavy corporate influence in government, support for universal health care, revitalization of the national infrastructure and steering the Democratic Party in the direction of being a more forceful party. Compared to other factions of the party, they've been most critical of the Republican Party, and most supportive of direct government action as a means to establish social and economic equality.

The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) is a caucus of progressive Democrats, along with one independent, in the U.S. Congress. It is the single largest Democratic caucus in the House of Representatives. Its members have included Dennis Kucinich, Alan Grayson, John Conyers (Michigan), Jim McDermott (Washington), John Lewis (Georgia), the late Senator Paul Wellstone (Minnesota), Barbara Lee (California), Sherrod Brown (Ohio), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Many progressive Democrats are descendants of the New Left of Democratic...
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