Pelosi Vows No Gov’t Shutdown, Says She’ll Work with Trump on All but the Wall

House speaker also talked about her 'too hot to handle club'

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vowed that come February 15, the deadline for funding the federal government, House and Senate lawmakers would work out a deal to avoid another government shutdown.

Pelosi engaged in a half-hour interview with Politico on Wednesday, confidently predicting there would not be a shutdown, even as President Donald Trump continues to dig his heels in on demands for funding a wall at the southern border.

“There will not be another shutdown,” she insisted.

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“No, it’s not going to happen.”

Her prediction leans more toward the notion that Republican lawmakers wouldn’t dare risk another political beating after the first shutdown showdown, rather than knowledge of a pending deal.

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“I have a club that I started, it’s called the ‘Too Hot to Handle Club,'” she apparently joked.

“And this is a too-hot-to-handle issue.”

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Still no wall? Pelosi insisted there are a variety of issues she’d be willing to compromise with the president on — lowering prescription drug prices, protecting people with pre-existing conditions, and rebuilding infrastructure — except the border wall.

“She remains firm that there won’t be new money for Trump’s wall,” Politico reports.

This, as a bipartisan panel negotiating on border security currently endeavors to hammer out a deal.

Meanwhile, another Politico report suggests that Democrats and Republicans are closing in on a deal that would “likely … provide funding for technology and fencing on the southern border.”

Rep. Lucille Roybal Allard (D-Calif.) said it would be “unrealistic” not to give Trump some funding for a physical barrier, though reports suggest any new deal would involve less than his requested $5.7 billion.

Praying for Trump. While the rest of the nation is praying that Democrat lawmakers will come to their senses and fund a much-needed border wall to protect Americans and legal immigrants, Pelosi claims she’s praying for something else: President Trump.

“I pray for him all the time,” Pelosi said.

“And I say to him, ‘Mr. President, I would never ask you to do anything that is not in your interest.'”

Maybe worry about what’s in the interest of the American people for a change?

This piece originally appeared in The Political Insider and is used by permission.

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