Rep. Nancy Pelosi Stages Hours-Long Speech About House Spending Bill


That was a tacit acknowledgment that there will be many Democrats who vote in favor of the continuing resolution (CR) and budget caps deal to help get it passed.

It's clear that Senate Democrats have no appetite for another government shutdown. "I have an unease with it, and I hope that the Speaker will man up and decide that we in the House can also have what Mitch McConnell guaranteed in the Senate, a vote - a vote on the floor".

"Honour the House of Representative and give us a chance to have a vote on the floor", she said. "The Republican moral cowardness must end", Pelosi said near the beginning of the speech. "By leaving this vital issue unresolved, this package leaves DREAMers isolated, without a path to resolution in the House".

Yet numerous House Democrats said they weren't being pushed by Pelosi's leadership team to oppose the Senate deal without a DACA fix, and some of Pelosi's top lieutenants said no such effort was underway. "I believe we do". Pelosi insisted that she would keep talking until Paul Ryan agreed to schedule a vote on a DACA compromise and would block any attempt to pass a budget until he did. Trump said Tuesday he'd "love to see a shutdown if we can't get this stuff taken care of". "We're going to keep coming to D.C. We're going to keep taking over offices because we're not political pawns and our families can not continue to be criminalized".

But the objection wasn't universal, and the mood in a House Democratic caucus meeting this morning that convinced Pelosi to speak on the floor was split, according to a Democrat in the meeting. "How are we going to win this?"

The federal government will shutter nonessential operations Thursday at midnight unless Congress passes a spending plan.

The Senate's top Republican says there's Senate agreement on a two-year, nearly $400 billion budget deal that would provide Pentagon and domestic programs with huge spending increases.

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"I'm just telling people why I'm voting the way I'm voting", she told reporters in the Capitol, just hours before federal funding expires. "It's not a situation where we can hold all our members".

"It's hard. If we can get a good deal that funds disaster relief, funds domestic priorities, funds the opioid crisis it would be a difficult call", said Rep. Adam Smith, a Democrat from Washington state.

No. 2 Senate Democratic leader Dick Durbin of IL, his party's chief immigration negotiator, bristled at the comment. "We're continuing to press to be sure that we have an opportunity to address the Dreamer issue". "Not at all. I don't think about it at all".

At this point, Ryan has not signaled he is considering giving that to House Democrats.

Pelosi said Democrats were "receptive" to idea of public-private partnerships, as they relate to Mr. Trump's plan, but said the country needs a plan that "brings revenue back to the treasury, creates jobs and reduces the deficit".

At a news conference kicking off the retreat, Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., said that Democrats would tell voters that Republicans gave "the wealthiest corporations in the history of the world" permanent tax cuts, and gave middle- and working-class taxpayers "uncertainty".