DPCC Chair Cicilline: Democrats Continue to Deliver on the Urgent Priorities of the American People

Jun 20, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman David Cicilline, Chair of the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC), appeared on Morning Joe on MSNBC to discuss House Democrats’ commitment to fighting For the People: lowering health care costs, rebuilding America’s infrastructure, and taking on corruption in Washington. Cicilline highlighted that Democrats have already passed more than 200 pieces of legislation that will improve Americans’ lives. Below are excerpts from the interview. Click here to watch the video. 

“I think the Democratic Caucus is completely unified on two points. One is to continue to deliver on the commitments we made to drive down the cost of health care, drive down the cost of prescription drugs, raise family incomes, develop a bold infrastructure plan, and take on the corruption in Washington and get the government working for the people. Democrats have passed almost 250 pieces of legislation. They range from ten health care bills to equal pay for equal work to veterans' child care benefits to a tax cut for Gold Star families, universal background checks. We’ve delivered on that, we continue to do it. We have to communicate to the American people, we’re getting things done on their priorities. At the same time, we have to hold this administration accountable and we have to make sure the President doesn't behave like he's above the law and that he's accountable for his misconduct. We have to do both things. There’s been a lot of news coverage of the second part, not nearly enough on the first part. It’s our responsibility in our own districts to keep communicating what we're getting done that are the urgent priorities of the American people.”

“We were a part of a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Stonewall for the DNC. This happens, of course, in the year that the House passed the Equality Act and so from that very dark day, really a movement was born 50 years ago for full equality for the LGBTQ community. The House passed a comprehensive civil rights bill with the vote of every single Democrat in the House and eight Republicans that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in all areas of life. It’s now sitting on Mitch McConnell’s desk along with hundreds of bills passed by Democrats, passed actually in a bipartisan way in the House. That’s the interesting thing, of those more than 250 bills, or just about 250 bills, every one of them was bipartisan with the exception of H.R. 1, this major ethics reform which not a single Republican voted for.”

“The President also has the ability to be advocating for legislation that we passed that would drive down health care costs, that will protect coverage for pre-existing conditions, that would raise family incomes. He’s not going to do that, so at some point the American people are going to decide: ‘Look, if we like all the things that Democrats passed in the House and we want them to become reality we have to change the composition of the Senate and elect a new President.’”