Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., added that the president also addressed an immigration overhaul “as a way to grow jobs” and the importance of passing a rewrite of the Voting Rights Act in response to the recent Supreme Court ruling.
Going into the meeting, an aide to a Democratic lawmaker predicted it would be much like a “pep rally.” In a sense, it appears he was correct.
“Members are ready to go out in August and talk to constituents,” said Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra of California at the news conference. “We are asking [members] to please be out there as often as possible in August to talk to Americans, and talked to them about how we are ready to work with the president to help create more jobs, to continue to expand our health care opportunities and make sure we get things done.
“We’re ready,” he said.
An earlier version of this post gave an incorrect party affiliation for Nancy Pelosi. She is a Democrat.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.