Nancy Pelosi: “Democrats won't support two-week spending extension”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Thursday that House Democrats will not support a bill to keep the government open for two more week when it comes to the floor on Thursday, citing the lack of Democratic priorities in the bill.
"No," Pelosi said during her weekly press conference when asked if Democrats can support the bill. She pointed to a poster showing Democratic priorities, and noted that none of those are included in a two-week continuing resolution Republicans hope to pass today.
Republicans would have to pass the bill themselves if Democrats refuse to help, but they should have enough votes to do so even if some conservatives decide to vote against it.
”Either they have the votes or they don't have the votes today," Pelosi said. "But we have been outspoken about what our priorities are and this is a fight that is a fight for our country."
"This is a waste of time," Pelosi said.
Pelosi also insisted that there will not be a government shutdown, but also declared that a legislative fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program must be passed by the end of the month. She said Democrats will not leave town without one.
"We will not leave here without a DACA fix," Pelosi said.
Pelosi, along with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., are set to meet with President Trump at the White House a week and a half after Pelosi and Schumer ditched a planned meeting with the president to discuss spending.
Without a deal between the two sides, the government is set to partially shut down on Friday night at midnight.
|Pelosi also insisted that there will not be a government shutdown|