ILHAN Omar has ramped up pressure on Joe Biden to pursue a progressive agenda if he wins the presidency next week.

The Minnesota congresswoman also hit back at recent attacks against her by President Trump and other prominent Republicans, telling them: "We're not backing down."


Omar came to prominence as a member of The Squad, an informal group of four women from the left of the Democratic Party elected to the House in 2018.

The rise of the group, and success of candidates like Bernie Sanders, has led to speculation that the progressive wing of the party will wield significant influence over any Biden administration.

Asked about the issue in an interview with Axios on HBO, Omar said: "You know a president is only as successful as his collaboration is with Congress.

"We will have a cohort of progressives that are very clear about their objectives for wanting the implementation of, you know, Medicare For All and a Green New Deal and raising the minimum wage and not allowing for fracking."

Omar and other members of the Squad have been among the strongest proponents of the Green New Deal, a set of proposals intended to reform the US economy to address both climate change and income inequality.

Biden has said the Green New Deal is a "crucial framework" for tackling climate change, but has not backed it, instead proposing his own "Clean Energy Revolution".

Where the Green New Deal proposes to bring the US economy's emissions to net-zero by 2030, Biden wants to see the same goal reached by 2050.

Progressives also want to see a ban on fracking and the introduction of universal healthcare of the sort provided in other Western countries.

On healthcare, Biden proposes to build on the Affordable Care Act – introduced during the Obama administration – to further expand access and lower costs.

His position on fracking has been a frequent attack line by President Trump, who has accused him of flip-flopping on the issue and wanting to "ban" fracking.

During the Democratic primaries and presidential campaign, Biden has repeatedly pledged to phase out fossil fuels, end subsidies for oil and gas companies, and not to allow any "new" fracking.

Omar was also asked about claims by Republican figures that a Biden administration would be a "Trojan Horse of the radical Left" and would be heavily influenced by her and other prominent progressives.

In response, she said: "I know that for them we’ve become sort of the boogeyman of the election, but it’s because of two things.

"One, it’s because we are not backing down in holding this administration and the Republicans accountable and calling their hypocrisy out.

"But we also resonate with the challenges that everyday Americans are having."

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