September 30, 2023

Chairman Aguilar: House Democrats delivered and put People Over Politics

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Democratic Caucus Chair Pete Aguilar joined Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries and Democratic Whip Katherine Clark for a leadership press conference to highlight how House Democratic unity kept the government from shutting down.

CHAIRMAN AGUILAR: Thank you, Whip Clark. I want to start by thanking Whip Clark and the floor team who helped guide our efforts and guide our success, what you saw here today. And to Leader Jeffries, who spoke so eloquently on the House floor about our shared values but also about our path ahead and how difficult it has been that the MAGA extremism has permeated the Republican Conference for so long. And when the Democratic Caucus, when I convened them with Vice Chair Lieu, and we needed more time to read the text and to read the document, it was Whip Clark and Leader Jeffries who wanted to ensure that members had the time and the space to understand what was in this package. 

Because for the Democratic Caucus, and this isn't the same for the Republican Conference, the details matter. Helping people is why we come here. We want to make a difference in our communities. We want to help our communities, and in order to do that, we wanted to make sure that we got it right. And because of our actions and the unity of the Democratic Caucus that you saw on full display here today, we were able to do just that. We were able to put the needs of the American public first. We were able to keep the government open, protect our communities, ensure that service members were not asked to go to work without getting a paycheck. Those are the types of things that we can do because of our Democratic unity. So privileged to be part of this team and to be a member of the Democratic Caucus who helped deliver and put People Over Politics.  

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