September 29, 2023

Chairman Aguilar: House Republicans need to work with us to end this MAGA madness

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 on how House Democrats are united in passing a bipartisan continuing resolution to avoid a reckless government shutdown led by extreme MAGA Republicans.

CHAIRMAN AGUILAR: Thank you, Whip Clark. I appreciate your words about our Senior Senator, as well as to the Leader who echoes the sentiments of the Democratic Caucus. I joined Members of the California delegation and Senator Schumer and Leader McConnell on the Senate floor this morning as some of the Senators made tributes to Senator Feinstein. It struck me that my Senator, Alex Padilla, also recounted how Senator Feinstein was one of his first bosses in politics. And to the opportunity to get to serve alongside her – she was one of my earlier supporters, quite honestly, in California politics. The fact that she would help out a young guy from the Inland Empire, from outside of LA, outside of San Francisco, and support me in what was a crowded primary meant a lot to me. And she talked a lot about holding up young leaders, men and women, to succeed and to follow in her footsteps. 

Earlier today, just a few hours ago, the Democratic Caucus met. Leader Jeffries and Whip Clark are doing an amazing job in keeping our Caucus together, talking about lowering costs, creating good-paying jobs and building safer communities. Every step of the way, House Democrats have put People Over Politics. And it’s been impacted by extreme MAGA Republicans who continue to have the shutdown on their minds. That is their focus. That is who they are and what they believe. And as Whip Clark said, this is about women and children who will go without food assistance, servicemembers who will have to work without pay, law enforcement officers and border patrol agents being sent a clear message that they are not a priority for House Republicans. 

The people are losing faith in their government because they look at our own nation’s Capital and they see the Republican extremism and the chaos that has driven the other side. It doesn’t have to be like this. In fact, this was all completely avoidable, as Whip Clark mentioned. There's a simple and common-sense solution that the Leader articulated. There is a bipartisan path. House Republicans can work with House Democrats, Senate Democrats and Senate Republicans to do what’s right on behalf of the American people. We can live up to the agreements and the discussions that we have had and to work together. That is the only path out – it’s to have a bipartisan solution. Republicans need to work with us to end this MAGA madness. It’s our only path forward.

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