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

Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellRules for first Democratic primary debates announced What do millennials want? 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the first Democratic showdown 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-CortezLawmakers 'failed us' says ICE chief Pelosi, Democratic leaders seek to quell liberal revolt over border bill Bronx restaurants thank Ocasio-Cortez for her endorsements MORE (N.Y.) have rallied around combatting climate change, proposing a "Green New Deal," while likely Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - In exclusive interview, Trump talks Biden, Iran, SCOTUS and reparations Lawmakers 'failed us' says ICE chief Pelosi, Democratic leaders seek to quell liberal revolt over border bill 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 TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question MORE and Democratic lawmakers are digging in their heels over the issue of funding for the president's proposed border wall. 

— Julia Manchester