Published: Jan. 6, 2017 Updated: Jan. 7, 2017 6:42 p.m
Minority party status isn’t stopping two Inland Democrats from advancing politically and boosting the Inland Empire’s clout in the nation’s capital.
The nomination of Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Redlands, to the powerful House Appropriations Committee should be confirmed soon.And Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-La Quinta, could have a vocal role in the Democrats’ Obamacare defense as a new member of the Energy and Commerce Committee.
In a telephone interview Friday, Aguilar said a Democratic steering committee approved his request to serve on appropriations.
“It will allow me to have a louder voice when it comes to standing up for Inland Empire families,” Aguilar said. “When it comes to creating good-paying jobs, protecting Social Security and Medicare and advancing issues important to the middle class, this will allow me to have a louder voice in that process.”
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