House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) spoke in an emergency session of the House Wednesday about Democrats’ policy priorities after two major party-line victories for Democrats: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Development. ) $3.5 trillion budget proposal and Representative Terry Sewells (D-Ala.) ‘John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act,’ passing through the lower chamber of HR4, which Pelosi called “historic.”
The House used a parliamentary process to pass a rule on Sanders’ budget proposal without a GOP vote to pass it. In a 220-212 party line vote, the House sent instructions to the relevant committees to write laws according to the budget’s appropriation.
Later, the House considered HR4. Republicans railed against the law as a federal takeover of election laws that would unfairly benefit Democrats. In a final attempt to stop the law, GOP leadership called for a record vote to send the bill back to the Judiciary Committee and postpone voting on the law. The move was rejected by every House Democrat and the bill was quickly passed in a 220–212 vote.
Pelosi first discussed HR4 at his press conference this morning. He said the bill was necessary following key provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in two landmark Supreme Court cases—Shelby v. Holder and Branovich v. Democratic National Committee.
Since these decisions, Pelosi said, state-level Republicans have run a campaign aimed at “suppressing the vote” and “cancelling the elections.” The allegation has been a major Democratic talking point since the 2020 presidential election, when GOP state houses began passing new election laws to address concerns about voter fraud.
Pelosi claimed that “the GOP wants to suppress the vote among people of color, but they are also suppressing the vote among all.” She said that through these alleged voter suppression laws, “Republicans seek to contract liberties” and “revive … their Jim Crow world”.
HR4, written with the help of the late John Lewis, will address these efforts by reinstating provisions of the Voting Rights Act, which were struck down or limited by the Supreme Court.
Pelosi then briefly turned to the budget proposal.
She said some of the Democratic priorities going forward with the passage of the resolution would be workforce development, helping women in the workforce through programs such as government-paid childcare, and “address”[ing] climate crisis. The Speaker set an ambitious timetable for achieving these broad goals, saying House Democrats expect every committee to be ready with legislation by Sept.
The focus of these committees, Pelosi said, will be to write bills acceptable to the Senate. It’s an expected move, as some Senate moderates—sense. Joe Manchin (DW. Va.) and Kirsten Cinema (D-Ariz.) — have expressed reluctance or categorically declined to vote for the huge package.
A spokesman for the cinema, John LaBombard, said that “proceedings in the American House will have no bearing on Kirsten’s ideas about what is best for our country—including the fact that she does not support a budget reconciliation bill.” which will cost $3.5 trillion.”
Munchkin said in a statement: Twitter Earlier this month, “given the current state of economic recovery, it is irresponsible to continue spending at levels conducive to responding to the Great Depression or the Great Recession.”
While Democrats won a major victory yesterday that broke a week-long standoff between House Moderates and House Progressives, the budget bill to be introduced by the House will face a significant challenge even if it gets through the Senate.
Pelosi also promised not to pay for the bill in full, a promise repeatedly repeated by congressional Democrats since the budget’s introduction. Pelosi said, “We want to pay this bill in full… [but] We’ll see what’s possible.”
Afterwards, Pelosi took some questions from reporters. Many focused on the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan.
She said her “hopes and thoughts and prayers are with the people out there” and stressed that the Taliban must protect women’s rights “if they hope to participate in the global community in a meaningful way.”
A reporter asked whether it was a mistake for President Joe Biden to leave the country under the August 31 deadline because so many Americans and Afghans are still stranded in the country.
“The decision about leaving is a decision the president has made, and he has to balance the equity of the benefits of staying versus ‘what is the danger to our military and the people at the airport,'” she replied. “I think … there will be more to come in that regard.”
He said at the Democratic caucus meeting yesterday “people really wanted to encourage the president to live longer.”
On Tuesday, House Republicans rebuked Biden for his handling of the Afghanistan crisis, and Pelosi’s response is unlikely to satisfy members of both sides who think the August 31 deadline is too early.
Finally, Pelosi was asked about the week-long standoff with Democratic moderates.
“I respect our members and their views, but at the end of the day the president’s vision and the needs of America’s working families were to prevail, and [the moderates] He looked,” he replied, “to get the steam that was in our caucus [this legislation] did… and our unity was our strength.”
Masuma Haque contributed to this report.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times