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. And so, I know all of you are very focused on that as well. 

But, more importantly, the House Democratic Caucus is so pleased to welcome back to Congress, Tom Suozzi after his successful election last night. It's a great day for the country, for the people of New York’s Third Congressional District, and it's return to placing someone in that seat with the dignity to solve problems and to work in a bipartisan way to get things done, rather than a sideshow that was George Santos. One less vote for MAGA Extreme Republicans to advance their abortion bans, one less vote for their desire to slash Social Security and Medicare, one less vote for them to help billionaires cheat on their taxes. Those are the things that the public knows and are important for House Democrats. 

This victory was made possible because of the leadership of our DCCC Field General Suzan DelBene, Leader Jeffries and the leadership team. They made smart strategic decisions and investments down the homestretch that led to success. 

But this election also shows that the economic agenda is working. People are beginning to reap the benefit of landmark legislation that we helped pass together, and that Tom Suozzi helped pass with us. Because of the leadership of President Biden and Vice President Harris, we have created 14.8 million jobs throughout the country, inflation is cooling and wages are rising. We know that there's more work to do to ensure that everybody feels that economic success and that we're building a resilient economy that works for everyone, but we're excited to see this result and we're excited to see around the country the benefit that those pieces of legislation provide. There's no doubt that we continue to put People Over Politics. We always have and we always will and we welcome back Tom Suozzi who will do just that. 

With that, I'll introduce the Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, Ted Lieu.

VICE CHAIR LIEU: Thank you, Chairman Aguilar. 

This year started off with a series of great economic reports. Consumer sentiment is up. Wages are up. We had a blowout jobs report last month, far above expectations. The Dow Jones is above 38,000. If you have a retirement account, or an Education Savings Plan, your account is higher now than it was four years ago. 

At the same time, we know prices are high and some people are having trouble making ends meet, and that's why Democrats passed the Inflation Reduction Act to reduce inflation and to cap the cost of drugs such as insulin. It's also why we passed the Infrastructure Law to create jobs and why we passed the CHIPS and Science Act to bring back high-tech chip manufacturing to America. 

What are Republicans focused on? Stupid stuff like baseless impeachments with no evidence, stopping a national security package that's going to improve America's national security and doing things that no one in America really wants them to do, such as holding a hearing on UFOs. That's why Tom Suozzi flipped a New York special election district last night. The American people want a change. They want a Congress that actually does something. This is a completely do-nothing Congress in the hands of the Republicans and the American people want to have us work on kitchen table economic issues, as Chairman Aguilar has said. 

I also want to note that New York’s Third had a high Asian American population, and the AANHPI community showed up. One reason is because Donald Trump mocks Asian Americans. He makes fun of people with funny sounding last names, like Elaine Chao. He mocks and disrespects Asian Americans and Republicans remain silent and the Asian American community notices. We'll see you in November.

CHAIRMAN AGUILAR: I’d also note that incredible Members of our New York delegation, Grace Meng, Greg Meeks but also Vice Chair Lieu were knocking on doors, helping out, in New York’s Third as well. 

Video of the full press conference and Q&A can be viewed here.