We defied the pundits’ predictions and powered an historic Democratic overperformance! Pro-democracy candidates won tons of races at the state level, in congressional races that had been written off, and incredibly won the Senate!! These victories are BIG and deserve celebration!
While Republicans did pay a price for their extremism, evaporating the predicted Red Wave, Republicans did win enough congressional races to get a majority in the House. This reality closes the brief window we had with a Democratic trifecta in power. There’s no point in sugar coating it - a MAGA majority in the House poses an alarming threat for our democracy. While we celebrate the remarkable gains we made with our movement, we share the anger, sadness, and fear being felt across the country at what a MAGA House majority could mean for our future.
A Republican takeover of the House means Democrats must use every bit of trifecta that is left to deliver as much of the Democratic agenda as possible, before the end of this Congress! That means they have from now until January 3rd, 2023 (Swearing-In Day) to deliver on a long list of priorities.
At a high level, we need Democrats to stay in session for the remainder of this calendar year so we can minimize the harm Republicans can do by:
- Accomplishing as much legislative clean-up as possible. This means passing wildly popular bills like the Marriage Equality Act and the Electoral Count Act.
- Preventing hostage taking in the 118th Congress. This means lifting the debt ceiling so Republicans don’t have a hostage to take next year!
Win what we can win the final legislative session
“Final legislative session” or “final session” is the period between the election and Inauguration of the next Congress, when the outgoing Congress continues legislative matters before adjourning for the last time. This period is previously known as “lame duck,” but in recognition that words can harm communities, we will not use that phrase out of respect for people with disabilities.
The threat of what Republicans plan to do in 2023 with their House majority merits Democrats fighting with everything they have to win what they can, take a dangerous GOP hostage-taking scenario off the table, and mitigate harm.
Progressives in Congress were responsible for delivering a lot of wins earlier this Congress and we anticipate they’ll push to use every second of this governing trifecta to deliver on as many Democratic promises as possible. They’ll need our support to uplift their efforts to be good faith co-governors alongside their Democratic colleagues, as well as our grassroots power to dispel any Democrat of the notion that they should simply sit back and let the clock wind down on the 117th Congress.
We’ll walk you through our list of priorities for the final legislative session and why we believe your advocacy will be critical to securing those wins.