Democrats were quick to talk about “unity” and bipartisanship. But just as quickly, they seem to be abandoning it.
That’s true, at least, of Nancy Pelosi.
If the speaker wanted unity among Republicans, she would probably try to work with them, right? After all, she only has a slim majority in the House. She can’t count on all Democrats voting with her every time.
But instead of trying to work with Republicans (which is part of her job), she is triggering an option Dems love using when they get too much power.
From Yahoo News:
Congressional Democrats are preparing to leave Republicans behind as they push forward with another COVID-19 relief bill.
With a 50/50 party split in the Senate, congressional Democrats have spent the past week discussing using a budget reconciliation bill to pass their COVID-19 relief with just a simple majority. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) affirmed in a Thursday press conference that Democrats would pass the reconciliation “if we need it” — but some centrist Republicans reportedly aren’t thrilled.
Banking on her slim majority in the House—and the Democrats’ tiebreaker in Harris—Pelosi is moving ahead with a COVID bill. They don’t appear to be interested in hearing from Republicans are receiving their input.
Funny, how that works. Remember all last year, when Republicans urged Pelosi to agree to a deal and she refused? Now she is ramming ahead her agenda, without even considering the concerns of conservatives.
In order for that to work, though, Pelosi and Schumer need every last Democrat to vote for their bill. Can these two old battle axes get radicals like AOC on board? That’s not a guaranteed thing.
Also, keep in mind the last time they were in this position, when Obama was in the White House. Democrats rammed through Obamacare, without consulting Republicans (or Americans).
In the long run, that hurt them, especially when Midterms came rolling around.
Everyone agrees we need more relief over the pandemic. It should be a simple thing to get both Republicans and Democrats on board.
Instead, Pelosi wants to use the nuclear option. Let’s see how well that goes over, come 2022.
Do you think using reconciliation will backfire on Pelosi?
- Nancy Pelosi and Democrats seek to force through a COVID bill with zero Republican support.
- Because of their slim majority, Democrats might be able to get a bill passed.
- The last time they did that, it ended up hurting their position in Congress.
Source: Yahoo News