Impeachment fails to slow progress in Washington as Dems strike deals with Trump, GOP

House Democrats are in the process of impeaching President Donald Trump, with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) saying in a statement last week that the president is putting our democracy “at stake,” according to The New York TimesBut that hasn’t stopped the speaker and her caucus from actively working with him.

Democrats in Washington are continuing to push forward on bipartisan legislation even amid their intense battle with the GOP. With progress being made on the U.S.–Mexico–Canada trade deal and the federal budget, among other things, it seems Democrats don’t seem to think Trump is such a threat to the nation that they can’t keep passing legislative victories his way.

The art of the deal

Intended to be a replacement for the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement, better known as NAFTA, the recently amended U.S.–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) was finalized by representatives of each country this week and is awaiting ratification. Now, after months of lobbying from Trump, the deal is finally gaining support among Democrats.

“It is infinitely better than what was originally proposed by the administration,” Pelosi said of the deal after changes were made Tuesday, according to the Washington Examiner.

Massachusetts Democrat Richard Neal, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, agreed, saying the new deal is “a transformative agreement.”

“Our constant emphasis was on enforceability, enforceability, and enforceability. We fixed that,” he said.

Asked if the House could hold a vote on the deal before the body adjourns on Dec. 20, a top Dem aide told the Examiner: “Things will have to move quickly, but yes it is possible.”

Meanwhile, Democrats have also shown a willingness to cooperate with Trump and the GOP on the federal budget. A deal was struck Thursday that would avert a government shutdown, according to The Hill.

We had a very good meeting, and there’s a meeting of the minds, and we’re going to look through some of the details, but I feel confident that we’re going to have a product very shortly,” House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) said, according to The Hill.

A danger to the country?

All of this seems at odds with the language that Democrats have been using to characterize the president. As he laid out the articles of impeachment against Trump at a press conference on Tuesday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) accused the president of putting “himself before country.”

“He endangers the Constitution, he endangers our democracy, and he endangers our national security,” Nadler said, according to CNBC. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) has chimed in as well, declaring that “the evidence of the president’s misconduct is overwhelming and uncontested,” according to Mediaite.

Of course, there are many who contest the idea that Trump of guilty of anything — and if he’s “endangering” our country so much, why are Democrats still willing to work with him on legislation? It’s just proof positive that Dems will do anything it takes to get what they want — morals and principle be damned.

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