Nancy Pelosi is as cutthroat as Speakers come.
She expects Democrats to fall in line behind her every demand.
Which is why Nancy Pelosi’s jaw hit the floor after she read this one letter from a group of House Democrats.
Nancy Pelosi is determined to combine the $1.2 trillion-dollar “infrastructure” spending bill and the $3.5 trillion-dollar socialist welfare bill into one massive spending monstrosity.
Right now, as separate bills, the $1.2 trillion-dollar “infrastructure” bill serves as a down payment on the Green New Deal meant to provide political cover for Democrats to support the $3.5 trillion-dollar socialist welfare bill.
But with Biden’s approval ratings already tanking before the recent Afghanistan debacle, Democrats in swing districts are nervous about voting for the $3.5 trillion-dollar bill and instead want a stand-alone vote on the $1.2 trillion-dollar bill.
However, should Nancy Pelosi allow the House to vote on the $1.2 trillion-dollar “infrastructure” bill by itself, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her allies are threatening to vote against it.
In an attempt to appease both sides, Pelosi offered to pass a rule allowing both bills to advance at the same time.
But nine Democrats who represent swing districts rejected Pelosi’s offer and instead demanded an immediate vote on the “infrastructure” spending bill.
NBC News reports:
On Sunday, Pelosi suggested a way out in a letter to colleagues: The Rules Committee could set up a process to “advance” both measures at the same time. Her deputy chief of staff, Drew Hammill, said her position has not changed: The House won’t vote on final passage of the infrastructure bill until the Senate passes the other spending bill, a process that could still take weeks.
But the nine moderates appeared to reject that approach, saying in a joint statement Sunday evening that they appreciated her offer but their “view remains consistent” on passing infrastructure first.
The group of Democrats is led by Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., and includes politically vulnerable lawmakers like Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux, D-Ga., and Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine.
Pelosi’s problem is both sides have the votes to tank the bill they don’t like and also have yet to show they will back down.
After the disaster in Afghanistan, Joe Biden’s Presidency is on the rocks. And if Nancy Pelosi can’t deliver him a win on the domestic side with the spending bills, then Biden’s Presidency will certainly be doomed.
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