July 17, 2019


WASHINGTON - In case you missed it, the Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe for a conversation about President Trump’s distraction tactics from the kitchen table pocketbook issues that everyday Americans care about and that House Democrats continue to fight for.


KASIE HUNT: My question for you is how do Democrats rise above this debate? How do you get our discourse back to a point where we're talking about the issues that really matter to all Americans, to voters who are going to be picking a president in 2020? Clearly the president's goal here is to keep dragging this discussion into a really terrible place. So how do you move forward?

CHAIRMAN JEFFRIESThe Republican playbook is to delay, deny and distract and that's what we saw on full display yesterday on the floor of the House of Representatives. The signature legislative accomplishment that they have achieved when they held power in the previous Congress was to jam a GOP tax scam down the throats of the American people where 83 percent of the benefits went to the wealthiest one percent. They don't want to talk about that. The administration is currently trying to take away health care protection from more than one hundred and thirty million Americans who have pre-existing conditions. They don't want to talk about that. There are currently children being held in cages in inhumane conditions by our government on the U.S.-Mexico border. They don't want to talk about that. So that's why we saw that aberrant Republican behavior on the floor. We appropriately and strongly condemn the president's xenophobic attack on four Congresswomen of color and now we're getting back to doing the business of the American people.

Tomorrow, we will pass the Raise the Wage Act because every American deserves a living wage and we want to make sure that we increase pay for everyday Americans as we promised that we would do. And we're going to continue to work on lowering health care costs and fixing our crumbling infrastructure -- kitchen table, pocketbook issues important to the American people.