Update: Reps. Ted Lieu and Teresa Leger Fernandez Introduce The 21st Century Federal Writers’ Project Act

May 17, 2021 | PDA News

In solidarity,
Alan Minsky for the PDA National Team

Support Writers and Journalists Across the Country!


Two weeks ago, Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) sent an e-mail to its supporters across the country announcing our support for a 21st Century Federal Writers Project – an updated version of FDR’s New Deal program.

Well, we have breaking news on that front:

Two great forward-thinking Members of Congress, Rep. Ted Lieu and Rep. Teresa Leger Fernandez, have introduced brilliant new legislation: “The 21st Century Federal Writers’ Project Act.”

Needless to say, PDA is thrilled to endorse this legislation, and excited to call upon all other Members of Congress to co-sponsor this visionary bill.  Click here to contact your congressperson, and please let us know if you do.

“I am pleased to introduce the 21st Century Federal Writers’ Project Act,” said Rep. Lieu. “This program will revive the Federal Writers’ Project of the New Deal Era by creating a new grant program to hire America’s unemployed and underemployed writers. Many writers were laid off or had their work reduced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, many young people have graduated into an economy that has not been able to provide opportunities to leverage their skill sets. My bill would create a new jobs program for these talented and high skilled individuals, while allowing them to capture invaluable American stories that may otherwise go untold. The New Federal Writers Program will be vital to our economic recovery to build back better.”

“Our country’s vibrant literary community has been deeply affected by the pandemic,” said Rep. Leger Fernandez. “Our communities rely on reporters, writers, and poets to inform us and open our eyes to the realities of the world around us. As we rebuild from this pandemic, writers will play an essential role in telling our stories and tying our communities together around a shared history. I am proud to co-lead the 21st Century Federal Writers’ Project alongside Representative Ted Lieu to help our storytellers inspire new generations of listeners and readers.” 

Let’s show solidarity with these progressive Reps. by contacting congress and/or donating to help PDA support this brilliant project!