Democrats hope that voters in the midterms will see their legislative achievements as a better option than the promises of the “extremist” Republicans in MAGA, and vote to maintain a Democratic majority in the House.
Unlike the House Republicans who unveiled their Engagement with America agenda this week, several Democrats told Fox News Digital they are happy with their record.
“House Democrats are built on the vision of putting people above politics,” said House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries of New York. “We’re going to fight for lower costs, better jobs and safer communities. We’ve been getting the job done.”
“I would say follow our record of lowering drug prices, especially for seniors,” said Rep. Al Green, a Democrat from Texas. “These are real things that benefit people that we can run with.”
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Other Democrats, such as Michigan Rep. Debbie Dingell, cited the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill as another major achievement that is popular with voters.
“We have a history to speak of,” said Dingell, who serves in House leadership as co-chair of the Democrats’ policy and communications committee. “That we voted to get an infrastructure bill, fix our roads and bridges and our broadband and [to] be taken out of [water] pipeline.”
Rhode Island Rep. David Cicilline said he and his fellow Democrats were touting Biden’s coronavirus relief efforts, investments in semiconductor manufacturing and gun control on the stump.
Democrats passed “the first gun violence bill in a generation,” Cicilline said. “We have achieved [a lot] made to address the real challenges facing American families.
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House Democrats said voters will have to weigh their accomplishments during the first two years of President Biden’s term in the White House against what they said are the extreme goals of House Republicans.
“My colleagues across the aisle, unfortunately, have been taken over, in many ways, by extreme MAGA Republicans who are out of touch and out of step with the mainstream of the American people,” Jeffries said.
Republicans said they would work to roll back key components of the White House agenda if they win back the House and launch various oversight efforts in the administration.
“Our first bill will repeal all 87,000 IRS agents because your government should be here to help you not go after you,” said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. “That’s one difference with a new majority.”
House Democrats dismiss the GOP agenda as full of slogans and promises and little substance. They insist that Democratic majorities in Congress have achieved real victories for the American people and that voters want something done more than anything else.
“Anyone can make a promise or give a slogan,” Green said. “When there was a pandemic and you were about to be evicted, we kept you in your house. When you needed food on your table, the food was there because we helped you get it… The Democrats have been there.”
In addition to touting what they’ve done, House Democrats are doubling down on Biden’s rhetoric portraying former President Donald Trump’s Republican supporters as extremists and a threat to democracy.
“This is a GOP of QAnon and chaos… insurrection and the Big Lie,” Cicilline said. “It’s an ultra MAGA, Trumpist party… and I think the Democrats have shown that we’re delivering for people, for working families, and that’s why we’re going to keep the House.”
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Whether the strategy will succeed remains to be seen. Last year in liberal-leaning Virginia, Democrats lost the gubernatorial race after trying to turn the race into a referendum on Trump and the former president’s brand of Republicanism.