Just like last Congress, it has become clear that Speaker Pelosi is more focused on passing her radical policies strictly along party lines than working across the aisle, even if that means that nothing gets done and no laws are made. So far, she and her party have not even attempted to engage with Republicans to try and find common ground on legislation that could actually help the country, and instead they have doubled-down on their commitment to pass meaningless messaging bills that will never reach the President’s desk.
This strategy, which comes at the expense of the American people, is now beginning to frustrate members of her own party:
- NBC News: “‘Not interested’: Moderate Democrats chafe as House moves fast on progressive priorities”
- Moderate Democrats say they are growing increasingly frustrated with their leadership’s strategy of passing high-priority agenda items without trying to get Republican support, warning that nothing liberals hope to accomplish will become law.
This comes after the fact that Democrats’ “COVID relief bill,” – which did more to advance their political interests than provide relief – faced bipartisan opposition in the House. One of the Democrats who voted no on the legislation recently said that there were, “a number of very huge problems,” with it because there was “a ton of stuff” in the final version that had “nothing to do with COVID”:
- The Daily Caller: “‘Rules Don’t Apply To Us?’ — Democratic Rep. Kurt Schrader Slams Pelosi’s COVID Bill”
- There were “a number of very huge problems, number one is there was no legislative process. I mean, we were presented with 1.9, not allowed or encouraged to offer amendments … The voice of the elected representatives not heard in this package at all, it was a take it or leave it approach and $1.9 trillion dollars, every other COVID package that we’ve done, not only has been bipartisan, but has gone through an extensive vetting process, you know, before, during and after the after, you know, that came together,” Schrader said in the interview.
- “Why are we not allowed to represent our districts? There’s a ton of stuff in here that has nothing to do with COVID, nothing to deal with the emergency at hand. Some of it’s very good, you know, good stuff, but not at all related to COVID. You know, that’s, that’s being I think, disingenuous to the American people or the Oregonians. The minimum wage increases ruled out of order by the parliamentarian and we did it anyway. The rules don’t apply to us?” Schrader continued.
Unfortunately for the nation, there’s no evidence to suggest that Speaker Pelosi will put her partisan motivations aside and attempt to work with Republicans to help the nation. Her refusal to put the country’s best interest before her own political priorities is one of the many reasons why she and her party cannot be trusted to govern responsibly.