DPCC Co-Chair Cartwright: Democrats Are Fighting For The People

Jun 26, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Matt Cartwright, Co-Chair of the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC), appeared on At This Hour with Kate Bolduan on CNN to discuss how House Democrats are holding the Administration accountable while also working For The People to lower health care costs, rebuild America’s infrastructure, and take on corruption in Washington.  Below are excerpts from the interview. Click here to watch the video. 

“This $4.5 billion supplemental funding is so important, so we can fix all of these problems. What you're talking about is just one microcosm of all the problems that are created when DHS and HHS run out of money for the situation at the border. It comes down to – it's very bipartisan, I want to say. There’s a lot of bipartisan sentiment pushing this right now. It’s really about your legacy, it’s about what you associate yourself with, what we do personally, what we do as a country. You know, two weeks ago, I was there on Omaha Beach when President Macron looked at us, 57 Members of Congress, President Trump, Speaker Pelosi, Leader McCarthy, he looked at us and said, ‘We French would not have a country if not for you Americans, and I bow down before you.’ That’s the kind of legacy we all want to associate ourselves with and so doing the decent thing, doing the right thing, and taking proper care of these kids at the border, that’s foremost on all of our minds. The rest of it is details that we're wrestling over.”

“What we want to do is make sure that the perfect does not become the enemy of the good. Every piece of legislation in the history of our republic has been the subject of push and pull and negotiation. And what we’re seeing is something that I’m quite satisfied with – and that is that the Speaker is listening to these dissonant voices. In fact, I wrote down the things that have been added to the bill because of their concerns, specifying what hygiene and nutrition need to mean because, obviously, some people don't realize that soap and toothbrushes are part of hygiene. Adding translation services and limiting the time that unaccompanied children can spend at arrival shelters before they go into more permanent housing. Those are all legitimate concerns. I applaud them being added to the bill. I will be voting yes on the bill. I hope the Senate takes it up and takes it seriously.”