On Wednesday, February 7, Senate was working hard to finalize a 2-year budget agreement in order to prevent a government shutdown. Meanwhile, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was fighting back.
Pelosi gave an almost 8-hour speech, filibuster-style. Her main focus was on the fact that the new budget deal that the Senate leaders had come up with does not address immigration issues.
While her long-winded speech was noteworthy, many people, Democrats and Republicans alike, were confused about what it actually accomplished. Now, many Democrats are speaking out, claiming that her move actually hurt more than helped.
According to the Daily Wire, Democratic lawmakers were upset at Pelosi because her move may have hurt her colleagues who are planning to run in 2018. They said that her speech about DACA, the immigration protection act, may have furthered the divide in the Democratic Party over the issue.
When Politico interviewed around a dozen House Democrats, many said the same thing: Pelosi was trying to “shore up support with the progressive base” and not necessarily thinking about her colleagues.
Some Democrats said that Pelosi’s speech would make it a lot harder for some members to vote for the budget deal, thus causing the government to go into its second shutdown in 2018.
One member said, “This stunt…had nothing to do with protecting vulnerable members who have to take a difficult vote. Working out this deal and then saying she’s not going to vote for it? Come on. She was at the table.”
Other Democratic lawmakers said that while all of the Democrat representatives are in support of the Dreamers (DACA recipients), the issue should not have been used as a “campaign cudgel” and may actually hurt their chances of overtaking the House.
Guiérrez said, “There’s all kinds of ways, I assure you, that leadership exercises its influence- the least of which is a floor speech.”
Another lawmaker said anonymously, “Many of our members are furious. We have spent that last three weeks insisting that we don’t want to shut the government down over DACA, and she essentially made the whole thing about it. Virtually everyone trying to win seats outside of California feels she has hurt their chances.”
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