December 01, 2021


WASHINGTON, DC – Today, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Vice Chair Pete Aguilar (D-CA) held a leadership press conference where they highlighted the transformational Build Back Better Act and House Democrats’ continued work to create jobs, lower costs and deliver For The People. 

CHAIRMAN JEFFRIES: Democrats continue to deliver for the American people. We passed the American Rescue Plan, saved the economy in the midst of this pandemic and, because of great leadership from President Biden in partnership with House and Senate Democrats in passing the American Rescue Plan, we have a public health infrastructure in place that continues to crush the virus and is prepared to deal with new variants that emerge. Democrats deliver.

We passed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Agreement to fix our crumbling bridges, roads, tunnels, airports, mass transportation systems. One of the largest investments in transportation and infrastructure in American history, certainly the largest since the investment in the interstate highway, and we're creating millions of good-paying jobs. Democrats deliver.

And this House, despite the skeptics, passed the Build Back Better Act, where we are going to create additional jobs, millions of them, over the years, cut taxes for working families, middle-class families and low-income families and lower child care costs, health care costs, the high cost of life-saving prescription drugs, higher education costs and do something decisive to deal with the climate crisis. Democrats deliver.

Republicans are having a complete and total meltdown. "Liar," "clown," "trash," "grifter," "nuts." What happened to the "kindler and gentler" Republican Party? It doesn't exist. They're having a complete and total meltdown. Instead of focusing on the problems of the American people, they are attacking each other. It's not a three-ring circus, it's a four-ring malignant circus. And the so-called leader has no control over what's happening and the American people are hurt as a result.

But Democrats are going to continue to deliver on behalf of the American people. It would be nice if we had a functional party on the other side of the aisle that could focus on the economy, on inflation, on the problems of the American people. But instead, they're focused on attacking each other and trying to prove loyalty to the cult. Shame on them. It's a disgrace over there. But Democrats are going to continue to deliver for the people.


VICE CHAIR AGUILAR: As we mentioned last time, the last time we were here, we talked about Democrats delivering the Build Back Better Agenda. We did that. We passed our bills. We continue to support the creation of jobs, supporting middle-class families with tax cuts, lowering health costs and addressing climate change. That's what we're going to continue to be focused on, is legislating and delivering for the American public. We look forward to our steps this month to deliver on that promise to continue that, we look forward to the Senate doing their work and sending us back something that will make Americans' lives better.


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