Press Releases

February 29, 2024

Chairman Aguilar: Extreme MAGA Republicans are preparing for a nationwide abortion ban

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, House Democratic Caucus Chair Pete Aguilar and Vice Chair Ted Lieu held a press conference alongside Congresswoman Terri Sewell on House Republicans doubling down on their attacks on reproductive freedom after partisan justices on the Alabama Supreme Court jeopardized access to fertility treatments like IVF. CHAIRMAN AGUILAR: Good morning, good morning. So pleased to be joined by my colleagues today, and the Democratic Caucus was very excited to welcome back our … Continue Reading


February 14, 2024

Chairman Aguilar: Extreme MAGA Republicans have one less vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, House Democratic Caucus Chair Pete Aguilar and Vice Chair Ted Lieu held a press conference highlighting Congressman-elect Tom Suozzi’s victory over an Extreme MAGA Republican in New York’s Third Congressional District. CHAIRMAN AGUILAR: Good morning. Two bits of very important news this week. Obviously, first is the first full week of spring training for those baseball fans. So, Vice Chair Lieu and I are rooting for our Dodgers, so they’ll be in Glendale, Arizona. … Continue Reading


February 07, 2024

Chairman Aguilar: House Democrats are ready to Finish the Job

LEESBURG, VA - Today, House Democratic Caucus Chair Pete Aguilar, Vice Chair Ted Lieu, Leader Hakeem Jeffries, Whip Katherine Clark, DCCC Chair Suzan DelBene, Assistant Leader James E. Clyburn and DPCC Chair Joe Neguse held a press conference to open the House Democrats 2024 Issues Conference. CHAIRMAN AGUILAR: Welcome, welcome. Welcome to my colleagues and thank you for joining us at the 2024 House Democratic Issues Conference. We're thrilled to be here in Congresswoman Wexton's district. … Continue Reading


January 30, 2024

Chairman Aguilar: MAGA Republicans are walking away from a bipartisan border deal at Trump’s orders

Washington, D.C. - Today, House Democratic Caucus Chair Pete Aguilar and Vice Chair Ted Lieu held a press conference on House Republicans walking away from a bipartisan border agreement because it might help President Biden politically. CHAIRMAN AGUILAR: Good morning. House Democrats have said from the very beginning of this Congress that we will always put People Over Politics. Our Caucus knows that there are challenges at the southern border and we're willing to address them in a bipartisan … Continue Reading


January 17, 2024

Chairman Aguilar: House Republicans are fundamentally incapable of governing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, House Democratic Caucus Chair Pete Aguilar held a press conference on House Republicans once again dragging the government to the brink of a shutdown. CHAIRMAN AGUILAR: Good morning. House Democrats had a productive meeting this morning. I’m operating without a safety net of the Vice Chair, who is on a plane in transit thanks to weather and travel issues that I think a lot of members are experiencing this week.  I just wanted to reiterate that House Democrats are in … Continue Reading


January 10, 2024

Chairman Aguilar: MAGA extremism is hurting our country

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, House Democratic Caucus Chair Pete Aguilar and Vice Chair Ted Lieu held a press conference on House Republicans continuing to put MAGA extremism over funding the government and delivering for working families. CHAIRMAN AGUILAR: Happy New Year. Welcome back. Pleased to be joined with Vice Chair Ted Lieu in this 2024 session.  Over the weekend, we marked the third anniversary of the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol. I know every member of our Caucus was thinking … Continue Reading


December 12, 2023

Chairman Aguilar: Extreme MAGA Republicans are distracting from the fact they have accomplished nothing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, House Democratic Caucus Chair Pete Aguilar and Vice Chair Ted Lieu held a press conference alongside DCCC Chair Suzan DelBene on House Democrats' work to deliver for families while Extreme MAGA Republicans waste time on political games. CHAIRMAN AGUILAR: Good morning. Pleased to be joined by Vice Chair Ted Lieu and DCCC Chair Suzan DelBene. Just a point of personal pride here - I wanted to take a moment and congratulate hometown hero in San Bernardino, Jayden … Continue Reading


December 05, 2023

Chairman Aguilar: Democracy and American leadership are on the line

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, House Democratic Caucus Chair Pete Aguilar and Vice Chair Ted Lieu held a press conference on Extreme MAGA Republicans wasting time with political games while failing to stand up to Putin's illegal invasion of Ukraine. CHAIRMAN AGUILAR: Good morning. Pleased to be joined with Vice Chair Lieu this morning. George Santos might be gone but—make no mistake—the Extreme MAGA Republicans are still running the House of Representatives. Some, like Marjorie Taylor Greene, are … Continue Reading


November 29, 2023

Chairman Aguilar: Welcome back to the least productive Congress in more than 90 years

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, House Democratic Caucus Chair Pete Aguilar and Vice Chair Ted Lieu held a press conference alongside DPCC Chair Joe Neguse and Co-Chairs Veronica Escobar, Lori Trahan and Lauren Underwood on Extreme MAGA Republicans’ historic, unproductive Congress. CHAIRMAN AGUILAR: Good morning. Before we begin, the Democratic Caucus had a successful election for the position of Co-Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, and we’re excited to be joined today by … Continue Reading


November 16, 2023

Joint Leadership Statement On DNC Protest

House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries, Democratic Whip Katherine Clark, Democratic Caucus Chair Pete Aguilar and DCCC Chair Suzan DelBene released the following statement: Last night, Members of the House Democratic Caucus, hardworking staffers and dozens of guests from throughout the country were participating in an event inside the Democratic National Committee building when some protesters escalated their activity in a manner that exceeded a peaceful demonstration. We are thankful for the … Continue Reading


November 14, 2023

Joint House Democratic Leadership Statement On The Continuing Resolution

WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries, Democratic Whip Katherine Clark, Democratic Caucus Chair Pete Aguilar and Vice Chair Ted Lieu released the following statement: From the very beginning of the Congress, House Democrats have made clear that we will always put people over politics and try to find common ground with our Republican colleagues wherever possible, while pushing back against Republican extremism whenever necessary.That is the framework through which we will … Continue Reading


November 13, 2023

Chairman Aguilar: It's going to take Democrats and Republicans to prevent a shutdown

NEW YORK - Today, House Democratic Caucus Chair Pete Aguilar joined MSNBC's Morning Joe with Mika Brzezinski, Jonathan Lemire, Elise Jordan, and Rev. Al Sharpton to discuss the looming government shutdown. MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Speaker Mike Johnson is indicating that there is insufficient evidence at the moment to begin formal impeachment proceedings against President Biden. That's according to The Washington Post, citing people who attended a closed door meeting with House GOP moderates last … Continue Reading


November 07, 2023

Chairman Aguilar: The only way forward is for both parties to come together

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, House Democratic Caucus Chair Pete Aguilar and Vice Chair Ted Lieu held a press conference alongside DPCC Co-Chair Lauren Underwood and House Democratic Caucus National Security Task Force Co-Chair Mikie Sherrill on the MAGA Republican chaos preventing lifesaving aid to Israel and putting the country on a collision course for a government shutdown. CHAIRMAN AGUILAR: Good morning. If there was any doubt that House Republicans have completely abandoned bipartisanship … Continue Reading


November 02, 2023

Chairman Aguilar: House Democrats are committed to defending democracy abroad

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, House Democratic Caucus Chair Pete Aguilar and Vice Chair Ted Lieu held a press conference on House Republicans’ extreme and unprecedented demands to condition aid to Israel. CHAIRMAN AGUILAR: Good morning. Pleased to be joined with Vice Chair Ted Lieu this morning. I wanted to say that House Democrats are committed to defending democracy abroad and standing shoulder-to-shoulder with our allies. America's leadership on the world stage is being threatened. I said this … Continue Reading


October 25, 2023

Chairman Aguilar: House Republicans have put their names behind an election-denying MAGA extremist

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, House Democratic Caucus Chair Pete Aguilar delivered remarks on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives nominating Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries for Speaker. Below is a full transcript of his remarks. CHAIRMAN AGUILAR: Thank you Mr. Speaker Pro Tempore. I noticed a little bit more of a smile on your face today than we have in the past. [Applause] Mr. Speaker, I rise today at the direction of the Democratic Caucus to place into nomination for the position … Continue Reading


October 24, 2023

Chairman Aguilar: House Republicans must end the chaos and dysfunction so we can get back to work

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, House Democratic Caucus Chair Pete Aguilar and Vice Chair Ted Lieu held a press conference alongside Congresswoman Jahana Hayes and Congresswoman Nikki Budzinski to urge a bipartisan path forward out of the Republican-manufactured chaos. CHAIRMAN AGUILAR: Good morning. It's a pleasure to be joined, as always, by Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Ted Lieu, and two amazing Members of the Democratic Caucus, Jahana Hayes and Nikki Budzinski.  Chaos and dysfunction continue to … Continue Reading


October 18, 2023

Chairman Aguilar: House Democrats want to open up the People’s House

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Democratic Caucus Chairman Pete Aguilar joined MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes to discuss House Democrats' unity behind Leader Hakeem Jeffries and his vision for a bipartisan path forward while rejecting MAGA Extremist Jim Jordan. CHRIS HAYES: Congressman, I know that you, obviously folks on the Democratic side are not being you know, you're not part of the plan here. This is a sort of a partisan affair or has been up until now. Do you have an understanding of what … Continue Reading


October 18, 2023

Chairman Aguilar: Leader Jeffries has the support to be the Speaker this country needs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, House Democratic Caucus Chair Pete Aguilar delivered remarks on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives nominating Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries for Speaker. Below is a full transcript of his remarks. CHAIRMAN AGUILAR: Mr. Speaker Pro [Tempore], I rise today at the direction of the House Democratic Caucus to place into nomination for the position of Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Honorable Hakeem Jeffries of New York. [Applause] Here we are … Continue Reading


October 17, 2023

Chairman Aguilar Nominates Leader Hakeem Jeffries for Speaker of the House

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, House Democratic Caucus Chair Pete Aguilar delivered remarks on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives nominating Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries for Speaker. Below is a full transcript of his remarks. CHAIRMAN AGUILAR: Mr. Speaker Pro [Tempore], with great respect for this institution, as Chairman of the Democratic Caucus, I am directed by the vote of that Caucus to present for election to the Office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the name … Continue Reading


October 13, 2023

Chairman Aguilar: House Republicans can bend a knee to extremism or they can join House Democrats on a bipartisan path forward

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, House Democratic Caucus Chair Pete Aguilar joined Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries, Democratic Whip Katherine Clark and House Democrats for a press conference calling on House Republicans to work with House Democrats to end their Republican-manufactured crisis. CHAIRMAN AGUILAR: Thank you so much to the Democratic Leader, Hakeem Jeffries, to our Democratic Whip, Katherine Clark, for their amazing leadership through these times.  It's been ten days without a Speaker … Continue Reading

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