State Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., has been named chair of the Subcommittee on Progressive Policies for Working People.
Fiedler, whose district covers parts of South Philadelphia, was appointed by House Democratic Caucus Policy Committee Chairman Ryan Bizzarro.
“I am proud to chair this subcommittee and lay out a policy agenda that focuses on valuing the lives of working and poor people, over big corporate profit,” Fiedler said in a statement.
The subcommittee will focus on five major areas: health care, tax reform, environmental policy, criminal justice and housing.
While these topics are vital to House Democrats, Fiedler said she believes they need to be tackled at a structural level, working closely with the people who are directly affected by these issues, and working on bold plans with a clear race/class lens.
“Our politics in Harrisburg and D.C. are dominated by corporate and special interests,” Fiedler said. “We are repeatedly told that the status quo is the best we can get. That is not true. All our families deserve quality health care that doesn’t send them into bankruptcy, clean water and air, fair taxes and so much more. I am excited to work with my colleagues to build a transformative platform for working people, and to amplify and center the life experiences of the 99 percent. I’m excited for the work we will accomplish, and grateful to Leader McClinton and Chair Bizzarro for their commitment to facilitating this important work.”