Centrist Democrats are concerned the socialist label being applied to the party will turn away voters and place the House of Representatives back in the hands of the Republican Party.
Freshman Democratic Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D., Mass.) called for decreasing funds for the “rogue” Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) during an interview on Boston Public Radio on Friday.
A group of prominent freshman House Democrats released a joint statement that they wouldn’t vote for a bipartisan deal to keep the government open, saying “abusive agencies” under the umbrella of the Department of Homeland Security didn’t deserve a funding increase.
Progressive members of Congress are pressuring their colleagues to cut funding for the Department of Homeland Security, threatening another government shutdown.
Progressive Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) and Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) will serve on the House Oversight Committee, which plans to aggressively launch investigations into the Trump administration.
Democratic congressional candidate Ayanna Pressley appeared outside a mosque that has played host to numerous radical figures during her primary campaign this year.