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House Democrats Charting a Way Back to Majority

By    |   Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 07:32 AM

The Democratic Party is working to develop a unified message intended to help it win back the House of Representatives, Politico reported.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and its Policy and Communications Committee have been trying to come up with a cohesive line to distinguish their party from the Republicans.

Besides criticizing the Republican-controlled Congress, Democrats are looking to present an upbeat message for 2016. "There is always going to be contrast but if it's just negative, the message is not going to work," according to New York Rep. Steve Israel, a former head of the campaign committee.

"What runs through all of the polling and all of the intuition is that voters sense that the economy is changing, and they want a political party that has solutions to ensure that they are ready for those changes," Israel told Politico.

"We're going to build our message on a foundation of Republicans who continue to work for special interests and Democrats who are focused on hardworking Americans," said Israel. "We'll talk specifically about the solutions we bring to the table, solutions that allow people to own their own home and help people save for their kids' college education."

The committee, headed by Rep. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico, also needs to prioritize where it will focus its resources for the 2016 cycle.

Under Lujan, House Democrats raised $19.7 million in the first quarter of 2015, according to The Hill. In March alone, the Campaign Committee pulled in $8.2 million while paying down its debt to $4 million from $10 million at the start of the year.

Republicans hold 247 seats out of 435 in the 114th Congress, compared to 188 for the Democrats. The Democrats would need to capture 30 seats to have a majority.

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