House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries Friday said that despite divided opinions among his party's members strides have been made during Democrats' first 100 days as the majority party in the House this year, adding that lawmakers are united on healthcare reform.
"We were elected in part to be a check-and-balance on an out-of-control executive branch, and we're going to continue to take that oversight responsibility seriously," the New York Democrat told MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "Primarily, we've been focused on kitchen-table pocketbook issues trying to get things done on behalf of the American people and to bring our democracy to life."
The first 35 days as a majority party, Democrats faced a "reckless" government shutdown, said Jeffries, but were able to end that successfully without giving President Donald Trump "a dime of taxpayer dollars to do it."
In addition, Democrats were able to enact a bipartisan border security agreement, and also to increase pay for federal employees, said Jeffries.
There are differences of opinion, said Jeffries, but "we embrace that diversity."
"We've consistently come together to get 218 votes to move legislation onto the floor of the House of Representatives," said Jeffries. "We'll continue to do that, and we'll continue to focus on the two primary things over the next 100 days that we said we wanted to get done for the American people, lowering healthcare costs, with an emphasis on driving down the high cost of life-saving prescription drugs, and moving closer toward and enacting a real infrastructure plan."
He also said he believes the Democratic caucus is united under Speaker Nancy Pelosi's leadership.
"There's a singular principle on health care that brings us all together," said Jeffries. "In the wealthiest country in the history of the world, every single American should have access to high-quality affordable healthcare."
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