House Democrats resign from campaign trail as budget cuts continue

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The top Democrats in Congress are back on the campaign trail, as they prepare to tackle another round of budget cuts. While some in the party remain in the fight, others made way for new leadership, and at least one top Democrat is no longer running for re-election.

Schumer’s top lieutenant, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who had served as the Democratic caucus leader since 2007 until his resignation late last week, said he remains committed to helping Democrats take back the reins in the House and raise the issue of the deficit. Van Hollen won’t take the position at the head of the Democratic caucus, a post currently held by minority leader Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic caucus chair, although Van Hollen said that he will continue to do “whatever I can to push that agenda forward.”

The House Democratic Caucus will elect a new leader on Tuesday, according to Van Hollen. The top three Democrats on the campaign circuit will be Reps. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., and Barbara Lee, D-Calif., the ranking member of the Budget Committee.

“Barbara just stepped up and said ‘Let me take on this position with the Democrats’ because she’s got the energy and the experience and the passion,” said an aide to Becerra. Becerra is one of the nation’s most outspoken progressive activists, a House freshman who had previously announced that he would not seek reelection.

Becerra has also announced that he will serve as the Democratic Conference’s vice president and will take the position at the head of the caucus. Both Becerra and Lee are up for reelection in November.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will hold its annual retreat on Capitol Hill this weekend, where the group will hold a number of forums and meetings in preparation for the election.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Party’s top candidates for the House have also begun to campaign for their chances to take

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