LEESBURG, Va. – House Democrats staked out their game plan this week at their annual retreat to reclaim power in the lower chamber in 2024, hoping they can find traction on abortion rights and the economy, even as a skeptical public gives President Joe Biden low approval ratings
The caucus needs to pick up just a handful of seats to take back control of the House next year. Democrats said they’d make the case to voters by highlighting their accomplishments in the last Congress – when they controlled the House, Senate and White House – and the differences between their party and Republicans. While Democrats are bullish on their chances to retake the House in 2024, they face an uphill climb to keep their majority in the Senate and several national polls show Biden trailing former President Donald Trump in a rematch.
“What’s critical about this election is that it is fundamentally about our rights, our freedoms, our democracy and our future,” Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told USA TODAY. “We’re in a place where we have folks who aren’t serious about governing who are in the majority.”
Multiple members said abortion would be front and center during the 2024 election, as voters consider the possibility that the next Congress could pass a federal abortion ban – or legal protections for abortion.
Rep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H., chair of the moderate New Democrat Coalition, told USA TODAY Republicans are “still living in a…