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

Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellSwalwell on Hicks testimony: 'She's going to have to tell us who she lied for' in Trump admin Trump reignites criticism of McCain months after senator's death Swalwell jokes about 'bad decisions' after bleached-hair yearbook photo resurfaces 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-CortezDemocratic Socialists of America endorses Sanders for president Ocasio-Cortez: Green New Deal 'narratives are manipulated' by critics Trump: Green New Deal 'the most preposterous thing' and 'easy to beat' MORE (N.Y.) have rallied around combatting climate change, proposing a "Green New Deal," while likely Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report — Washington readies for Mueller end game Dem divisions deepen over approach to climate change 2020 Dems avoid this year's AIPAC conference 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 TrumpSenate GOP budget ignores Trump, cuts defense Trump says he'll nominate Stephen Moore to Fed White House: ISIS territory in Syria has been 100 percent eliminated MORE and Democratic lawmakers are digging in their heels over the issue of funding for the president's proposed border wall. 

— Julia Manchester