Pelosi on Edge After Losing Major Power Within Her Own Party After Shelving Call To Action

August 25, 2019
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The Democrat Party is in trouble as the moderate and the progressives are at odds over how things should be done. It appears Nancy Pelosi can no longer keep her house in order.

House Democratic leaders shelved a plan to pass a bill increasing budget caps for the next two fiscal years amid infighting between their caucus’s liberal and moderate wings.

Liberals demanded $33 billion more for domestic social programs in 2020 as the price of their support, while some moderates opposed the bill over its lack of spending cuts in mandatory entitlement programs to offset the impact on the deficit. Republicans slammed the House majority for failing to produce a budget so far this year.”

The revolt over legislation to set federal spending is a setback for Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her deputies on the eve of their 100 day mark in the majority. And it darkens the outlook for how Washington will resolve a slew of ugly funding battles later this year.

Democrats decided to punt a vote on the budget bill after both corners of their caucus — the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the moderate Blue Dog Coalition — warned they had enough muscle to tank the bill on the floor if they didn’t get their way.

Leaders of the 90-member progressive caucus walked away from talks Tuesday elated, saying they’d proved their power within the House Democratic Caucus for the first time in the new majority.”

“This is a big victory in that it became clear that without real, strong progressive inclusion into the process of a bill, we’re not going to be able to get there,” CPC co-Chairwoman Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) told reporters Tuesday. “We have to make sure our priorities are taken into account.”

House Republican leaders said the incident highlighted a lack of achievements by the new Democratic majority.

“House Democrats couldn’t even put together a budget,” second-ranking House Republican Steve Scalise wrote on Twitter. “Now they want to increase government spending by hundreds of billions of dollars without a way to pay for it. No budget = no values & no agenda.”

If Democrats can’t pass a bill to set spending limits, the New York Democrat said, they shouldn’t be in the majority, according to multiple people in the room. Such a setback would come after the caucus is likely to skip passing a formal budget this year.”

If only they could give some seats back to the Republicans.

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