WASHINGTON (AP) — Forty-six newly elected House Democrats want leaders to focus more next year on legislative priorities like health care and infrastructure than on investigations of President Donald Trump and his administration.
They say in a two-page letter to top House Democrats on Monday that they "must heed the call from our constituents." That means lawmakers have "a duty" to conduct oversight of the administration, especially if it "crosses legal lines or contravenes American values."
But they also write that "we must prioritize" legislation on issues that include immigration, guns, environment and a criminal justice overhaul.
The 46 represent about three-fourths of next year's Democratic freshmen. Their letter shows how the incoming group intends to use its clout. The freshmen will comprise about one-fourth of all House Democrats in the new Congress.