House Dems to focus on gun control, immigration and climate change, Swalwell says

Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellKey House chairman cautions against remote voting, suggests other options amid coronavirus outbreak House Democrats plead with key committee chairman to allow remote voting amid coronavirus pandemic Congress tiptoes toward remote voting MORE said in an interview that aired Monday on "Rising" that House Democrats will be ambitious on tackling issues such as immigration and climate change when they officially take control of the lower chamber next month. 

"To go big," the California Democrat told Hill.TV's Kyrstal Ball when asked what his goals were for the new year. 

"I talk to young people across the country, and they say we have consensus on what to do about gun violence. We have consensus about what to do on immigration and the Dream Act," he continued. "We have consensus on what to do to address climate change." 

"I don't know if those pieces of legislation will make their way to the president's desk, but once in for all, you're going to see votes in the House of Representatives on issues that the American people have consensus on. So we're going to start to go big," he said. 

Various House Democrats, most notably Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez calls for extending census period Harris, Ocasio-Cortez among Democrats calling for recurring direct payments in fourth coronavirus bill 'Drag Race' teases first look at guest judge Ocasio-Cortez MORE (N.Y.) have rallied around combatting climate change, proposing a "Green New Deal," while likely Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi calls for investigation into reports of mistreatment of pregnant women in DHS custody Wisconsin highlights why states need a bipartisan plan that doesn't include Democrats federalizing elections Pelosi defends push for mail-in voting: GOP 'afraid' to let people vote MORE (D-Calif.) has vowed that Democrats will take swift action on gun control. 

Immigration has taken center stage this week amid the government shutdown, which extended into its third day on Monday. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders says he wouldn't 'drop dead' if Trump decided on universal healthcare Overnight Health Care: Trump officials lay groundwork for May reopening | Democrats ramp up talks with Mnuchin on next relief deal | Fauci says death toll could be around 60,000 Hillicon Valley: State officials push for more election funds | Coronavirus surveillance concerns ramp up pressure for privacy bill | Senators warned not to use Zoom | Agencies ask FCC to revoke China Telecom's license MORE and Democratic lawmakers are digging in their heels over the issue of funding for the president's proposed border wall. 

— Julia Manchester