Incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi will have Democrats pass a bill to end the government shutdown with no wall money to turn up the heat on Trump.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and her top lieutenants are considering several options that would refuse Trump the $5 billion he’s demanded for the wall and send hundreds of thousands of furloughed federal employees back to work, according to senior Democratic sources.
While the strategy is fluid, House Democrats hope to pass a funding bill shortly after members are sworn in. They believe that would put pressure on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to follow suit. And they’re confident that their political leverage will only increase the longer the shutdown lasts — a notion that some GOP leaders privately agree with.
No Money For Trump’s Wall
While Trump and his party continue to cook up a fantasy world where they are winning and the government shutdown is helping them, the reality is that they lost the shutdown the very second that Trump took ownership of it. More Americans view Trump as to blame for the shutdown. His wall is unpopular, and Democrats have the position of being able to point out at every turn that Trump promised that Mexico would pay for the wall.
There is going to be no wall money in any deal to reopen the government. Each day of the shutdown confirms to voters that Trump’s dysfunctional presidency has to be brought to an end.
Nancy Pelosi is about to put the screws to McConnell and Trump. The Senate already passed a clean CR. The House will soon pass one too. The pressure is all on Trump. He has already lost the shutdown battle, and the president is digging a hole that could cost him his own reelection in 2020.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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