Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and her fellow Democrats are no longer willing to give money to President Donald Trump for the border.
Apparently Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) are planning to rebuff Trump’s requests for additional wall money this month as payback for the president’s summer of hard-line immigration moves.
This is in stark contrast, Politico reported, to the billions of dollars Democrats have handed over for border fencing and security since the start of Trump’s presidency, according to half a dozen lawmakers and aides.
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However, the end result of the border wall fight could be another deal with Trump that triggers a fierce backlash within the Democratic Caucus, as Pelosi and her leadership team remain wary of aggressive tactics that would catapult the government into yet another shutdown.
The battle over the border wall is one of many complicated issues Pelosi and her team will be tackling this month; other items include action on guns and fallout from the impeachment push that gained significant traction within the caucus over the break.
“The reality is, this fall is a critical period,” said Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.), Politico reported, of the caucus’s lengthy to-do list.
Kildee also told the outlet that after “spending an extended period of time with my constituents, it’s pretty obvious they just want us to get this stuff done.”
However, ahead of the 2020 race, if Pelosi and other Dems don’t challenge Trump on the wall, they’ll face blowback from their base.
A funding fight over border security also risks exposing divides within the Democratic Party.
Their supporters are already furious over high-profile immigration raids and new policies like unlimited detention of migrants and deporting sick immigrants.
A funding fight over border security also risks exposing divides within the Democratic Party, which could complicate Democrats’ efforts to complete their packed fall agenda.
“I don’t think that people are cruising for a bruising this September. I get the impression that people are trying to work things out,” Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.) told Politico, as the outlet noted. “I suppose we’re at a time where anything can happen. But I don’t see or hear reason to think there’s a blowup in September.”
This piece originally appeared in the Objectivist and is used by permission.
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