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House Minority Leader Jeffries Says Democrats are Open to Collaborate with Speaker Johnson

House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) has firmly committed to working with House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) to find bipartisan solutions on crucial legislation, particularly with the looming deadline to keep the government funded.

Jeffries on Cooperation

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Jeffries highlighted the readiness of House Democrats to collaborate across the aisle on issues crucial to the American people, including the economy, public safety, and national security, during an interview on “The Cats Roundtable” on WABC 770 AM.

Dialogue for Commonality

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“The Cats Roundtable” interview revealed that Jeffries and Johnson engage in regular discussions to identify areas of mutual agreement, demonstrating a proactive approach to legislative cooperation.

Foreign Aid Stalemate

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A major point of contention has been the Senate’s national security spending package, which includes $60 billion in aid for Ukraine. Johnson has resisted this bipartisan measure, advocating for including border security provisions.

Johnson’s Statement

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Johnson emphasized the need for border policy changes from the Senate, stating, “In the absence of having received any single border policy change from the Senate, the House will have to continue to work its own will on these important matters.”

Schumer’s Push for Aid

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has urged Johnson to pass the aid package for Ukraine, highlighting the bipartisan support for the measure and its importance for national security.

House’s Legislation

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In response, the House proposed legislation that combines aid for Ukraine with border security measures as the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine approaches, drawing bipartisan calls for action.

Avoiding a Government Shutdown

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Amid these legislative efforts, the threat of a government shutdown looms. Johnson announced plans to advance a comprehensive spending bill to avert a funding crisis.

Professionalism and Collaboration

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Jeffries advocates for a respectful and constructive approach to disagreements within Congress, emphasizing the importance of working together professionally to serve the American people.

Jeffries’ Philosophy on Disagreement

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“We also recognize that there will be times that we may disagree … However, I think we’ve made the decision to agree to disagree without being disagreeable with each other,” Jeffries stated, promoting a collegial atmosphere in legislative discussions.

A Call for Common Sense

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Jeffries concluded with a call for less chaos and more common sense in Washington, underscoring the need for a focused and pragmatic approach to governance and bipartisanship.

The Path Forward

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As Congress navigates these challenges, the commitment of its members to seek common ground and maintain a spirit of cooperation will be crucial in addressing the nation’s pressing issues.

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