- The Washington Times
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Several Democrat caucus leaders from across the ideological divide sent out a message Thursday declaring their intraparty squabbling is over.

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries, Congressional Progressive Caucus co-Chairs Ramila Jayapal and Mark Pocan, New Democrat Coalition Chair Derek Kilmer and Blue Dog Coalition Chair Stephanie Murphy reiterated that the party is a “diverse, robust and passionate family.”

“At times, there may be different perspectives on the way forward,” they said in the joint statement. “That is a hallmark of the legislative process. We will remain clear-eyed with respect to our unity of purpose. Every single voice within the House Democratic Caucus is an important one. We have a shared mission. Onward and upward.”

The statement comes one week after a feud between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez when the speaker dismissed the influence the New York congresswoman and the rest of “The Squad” — Reps. Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley — had in the caucus over the July Fourth weekend.

That feud started when tensions boiled in June after moderates sided with Republicans to pass a humanitarian border funding bill, while progressives fumed that their bill was undermined in the process.

Mr. Pocan took to Twitter to blast the Problem Solvers Caucus during that squabble, saying they had become the “Child Abuse Caucus” in a tweet no longer visible online.

The infighting escalated over the course of the week, with Mrs. Pelosi telling her caucus to keep their comments offline and in-house, but calling out Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff after he criticized several conservative Democrats on Twitter.

The House Democrats’ official Twitter account even entered the fray, calling out the chief of staff in a tweet last weekend, though it is also no longer posted online.

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