The Hill: Progressives push for key national security positions under Biden

December 18, 2020 Media

Dozens of progressive organizations will deliver a book to President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team on Friday with staffing recommendations for 100 positions in his administration within the national security space.

The book contains 100 profiles of left-leaning foreign policy experts and potential positions they could fill.

The progressive foreign policy push is the first coordinated effort to advocate for the left’s inclusion on Biden’s national security and foreign policy teams.

The progressive groups involved include the Progressive Change Institute, Common Defense, Revolving Door Project, Friends of the Earth U.S., Progressive Democrats of America, Project On Government Oversight, Earth Rights International, Center for Economic and Policy Research, Quincy Institute, Win Without War, Peace Action, Women’s Action for New Directions, National Iranian American Council Action, American Economic Liberties Project, MoveOn and the Arab American Institute.

In addition to delivering the book of profiles and recommendations, the progressive groups will send a joint petition, spearheaded by Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), calling on the transition not to appoint any corporate lobbyists or “C-suite level corporate executives.”

The petition, which was organized by the Center for International Policy, has more than 200,000 signatures.

“We are demanding our Congressional leaders oppose the confirmation of any nominee to an executive branch position who is currently or has been a lobbyist for any corporate client or officer for a private corporation, in this or any future administration,” the petition states. “Installing corporate chums in the Cabinet and government agencies provides them easy access to undermine protections for everyday American people in favor of giveaways and rollbacks for big business. Appointing corporate lobbyists to political positions is generally backed by the ‘they have the experience’ excuse, but there’s always a question as to where those political appointees’ interests lie.”