In the wake of Republicans’ “let them eat cake” tax scam vote, Nancy Pelosi has announced that House Democrats will oppose the short-term spending bill that comes before Congress this afternoon for a vote.
Without Democratic votes, the spending extension is unlikely to pass, potentially leading to something President Trump has threatened over his anti-Mexican border wall but most Republicans dread, a government shutdown.
Mike Lillis of The Hill writes today:
Pelosi said Democrats have no interest in a government shutdown, but they can’t support the GOP’s continuing resolution because it omits a long list of provisions the Democrats consider must-pass this year, including protections for so-called Dreamers and funding for the opioid crisis, hurricane and wildfire relief, veterans issues and pension protections.
President Trump is the only person talking about a government shutdown. Democrats are hopeful the President will be open to an agreement to address the urgent needs of the American people and keep government open.
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) December 6, 2017
House Speaker Paul Ryan, retorted that he could gather the 218 votes necessary to pass a spending bill without Democratic support, even though his party has not accomplished such a feat since low Democratic turnout in 2010’s midterm elections allowed Republicans to become a majority.
“I feel good where we are,” Ryan said. “It’s kind of basic governing.”
Of course, basic governing is something the Republicans have failed at since they assumed control of the Executive, Judiciary, and Congressional branches of government in last year’s election, failing to pass every single one of the items on their legislative agenda during Trump’s entire first year in office.
Even their tax scam bill, which supposedly made it through the Senate last week, cobbled together in hand-scribbled notes in the middle of the night, was so full of errors that Republicans realized it cancelled out their goals to steal from the poor to give to the rich, forcing them to go back to the drawing board, which makes final passage of the bill unlikely by the end of the year.
Pelosi added today that Democrats are willing to negotiate with Trump on Defense spending increases, if Republicans are willing to give equal weight to increases, or at least not cuts to, domestic discretionary programs that help the poor, working-, and middle-class:
We said, ‘We’re not there to fight your defense number. We think it should be subjected to scrutiny. … But if that’s what you think it should be, then that may be a place that we can go to . . . So it wasn’t about — you should have less and we should have more. It was about parity.
In so doing, Pelosi is expertly inviting Republicans to walk off the cliff to which they have led themselves. She is demonstrating that Democrats are the adults in the room, willing to work across the aisle, but only if Republicans include provisions fair to the average Jane and Joe and not just the 1%, big corporations, and the military-industrial complex. Of course, Republicans will always choose the latter over the former. Therefore, blame for any government shutdown will fall squarely in their laps and delay the passage of a tax scam bill.
Go, Nancy! If you keep up the good work, rightfully pinning tax scams, immature shutdowns, and support of child molesters on the Republicans, we could flip the House in 2018. If we do that, we can impeach Trump and Pence (who has lied about what he knew when in the Russia-Trump collusion scandal), making Pelosi Speaker of the House once again. With the two top dogs gone, she becomes president.
And before you jump up saying, “She’s not perfect,” consider how preferable she would be — as someone who fights for socio-economic parity, women’s, LGBTQ, religious, and minority rights, environmental justice, and stronger international alliances — to the evil clowns now in charge.