Democrats anticipate writing a brand new aid invoice as soon as President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in Jan. 20. Its contours are unsure, nevertheless, and the trail ahead will rely upon the end result of two runoff elections in Georgia on Tuesday that may decide which occasion controls the Senate.
“Our high precedence as Democrats will proceed to be to crush the virus, present direct aid to on a regular basis Individuals who’re struggling and to supercharge our economic system,” Jeffries mentioned.
Jeffries and different Home Democratic leaders addressed reporters on the Capitol on Monday, the second day of the 117th Congress.
Assist to state and native governments, omitted of the newest aid invoice, stays a high precedence for Democrats. Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) mentioned Sunday that “we owe them extra.”
“Our most pressing precedence might be persevering with to defeat the coronavirus, and defeat it we’ll,” Pelosi mentioned after her reelection as speaker.
Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.), caucus vice chairman, mentioned Monday that Democrats intend to “make it possible for vital priorities we left behind, like state and native governments, are addressed sooner or later.”
Nevertheless, Home Democrats typically battle to search out occasion unity, a dynamic that might be exacerbated this yr as they govern with the smallest Home majority of both occasion in 20 years. They start the session with a 222-to-211 benefit.