Democrats struggle to find a united path forward

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BALTIMORE (Gray DC) -- How will Democrats move forward without any power in Washington? That’s what lawmakers meeting at the Democratic Conference in Baltimore are working to figure out.

House Democratic leaders say they vow to fight President Donald Trump every step of the way.

“There is nothing democrats can work with him on,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

In sweater vests instead of suits, the Democratic leadership team says they have never seen the party more unified behind a single goal.

“We continue to stand up, speak up, and act up,” said Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer.

While some lawmakers are laying out a plan to universally oppose President Trump, rank and file House Democrats have a different style.

Congressman Dave Loebsack is the sole Democratic lawmaker from the state of Iowa. He says he’s willing to look at what his Republican colleagues propose.

“If they don’t work for average Americans then I am not going to be with them on it. I’m going to fight them on that and try to make whatever proposals they offer better,” said Loebsack.

Democratic Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos points out at least one area of common ground with the President – the desire to invest in infrastructure.

“When we can work with Donald Trump, my goal is to work with him,” Bustos said.

When it comes to the political reality, Democrats don’t have the votes to get much done. But lawmakers say they have millions of Americans on their side helping them define the future of the Democratic Party.

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