Dear Colleague: Ongoing Conversations Following Friday's Virtual House Democratic Caucus Meeting

January 9, 2021
Press Release

Dear Democratic Colleague,

Solemnity.  In light of the tragic nature of the assault on our democracy, it is essential that we proceed with great Solemnity.  Thank you for yesterday’s hours-long conference call, which demonstrated once again the great patriotism of our House Democratic Caucus.  Your comments manifested our Caucus’s love of America, our determination to protect our democracy, and our loyalty to our oath of office to support and defend the Constitution.

Since that call, I have received scores of communications from Members expressing your views about how we go forward and regarding a strong presence of our Caucus in the Capitol.  Over the last few days, I have discussed your views with Constitutional lawyers, both inside and outside the Congress, to consider the parliamentary and constitutional options available to us.

When we take our oath of office, we promise to the American people our seriousness in protecting our democracy.  For that reason, it is absolutely essential that those who perpetrated the assault on our democracy be held accountable.  There must be a recognition that this desecration was instigated by the President. 

From what I have heard from Members, and from the deluge that I have received from the public, it is clear that, once again, the Times Have Found Us to save our democracy.

We will be proceeding with meetings with Members and Constitutional experts and others.  I continue to welcome your comments.  I urge you to be prepared to return to Washington this week.

Thank you again for your patriotism, the intellectual resources that you are, and the determination that you have to see justice prevail.

Thank you for your friendship and your leadership.