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

Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellDemocratic dark horses could ride high in 2020 Swalwell: Trump will be impeached by Congress or by ballot box The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump invites leaders to White House | Trump hits back at Romney op-ed | Fights we're watching in the new year 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-CortezOn The Money: Shutdown Day 27 | Trump fires back at Pelosi by canceling her foreign travel | Dems blast 'petty' move | Trump also cancels delegation to Davos | House votes to disapprove of Trump lifting Russia sanction The battle of energy-economic narratives is tainting the Green New Deal Ocasio-Cortez: 'At what point is Fox News obligated to not lie?' MORE (N.Y.) have rallied around combatting climate change, proposing a "Green New Deal," while likely Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiOvernight Defense: Trump unveils new missile defense plan | Dems express alarm | Shutdown hits Day 27 | Trump cancels Pelosi foreign trip | Senators offer bill to prevent NATO withdrawal McConnell blocks bill to reopen most of government Overnight Health Care: Thousands more migrant children may have been separated | Senate rejects bill to permanently ban federal funds for abortion | Women's March to lobby for 'Medicare for All' 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 TrumpTrump directed Cohen to lie to Congress about plans to build Trump Tower in Moscow during 2016 campaign: report DC train system losing 0k per day during government shutdown Senate Republicans eye rules change to speed Trump nominees MORE and Democratic lawmakers are digging in their heels over the issue of funding for the president's proposed border wall. 

— Julia Manchester