Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives gathered for the “House Democrats 2024 Issues Conference” at the Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Va., last week. The three-day conference featured prominent speakers, including President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, and National Economic Council Director Lael Brainard. Key figures such as Planned Parenthood CEO Alexis McGill and Reproductive Freedom for All CEO Mini Timmaraju also addressed the retreat.
Rep. Steven Horsford, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, emphasized the importance of the conference, stating that it provides an opportunity for members to unite and focus on their agenda for the American people. He stressed the need for Democrats to share their perspectives within the caucus.
Rep. Hank Johnson highlighted that House Democrats are prioritizing issues such as the cost of healthcare, the cost of living, and student loan forgiveness to improve the lives of the American people. House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries set the party’s motto for the year as “Finish the Job,” expressing the goal of regaining the House majority in the 2024 elections.
In contrast, Rep. Jasmine Crockett criticized House Republicans, stating that they have not achieved much since taking the majority. She questioned whether voters want an unproductive team in the upcoming elections.
The conference also featured discussions on diversity, equity, and inclusion led by Rep. Horsford. The Congressional Black Caucus aims to focus on advancing economic opportunity and wealth creation for Black Americans in the coming year, working to embed these priorities into the broader Democratic agenda.