House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is trying desperately to hold her party together after a group of nearly two dozen House Democrats called her out on her partisan games.
According to the Washington Examiner, a group of 21 House Dems who call themselves the “Blue Dog Coalition” signed a letter last week calling for “bipartisan solutions” from Congress on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Pelosi, for her part, was asked about the coalition’s remarks during an interview with CNN on Sunday — and according to the Examiner, she tried her best to convince listeners that her “caucus is standing together.”
“Inaction is not an option”
A Twitter account representing the group of fiscally moderate Democrats wrote in a message sharing their letter Friday that “only bipartisan solutions will deliver much-needed support to Americans.”
“The current stalemate is punishing families and destabilizing our economy,” the lawmakers wrote. “We must keep negotiating, no matter how difficult. Inaction is not an option.”
NEW: We’ve sent a letter to leadership urging them to restart bipartisan negotiations on a fifth COVID-19 relief package. With a divided government, only bipartisan solutions will deliver much-needed support to Americans, and that requires principled compromise by both parties. pic.twitter.com/9httTHoizh
— Blue Dog Coalition (@HouseBlueDogs) August 21, 2020
The Democrats’ remarks came after weeks of failed negotiations on the Hill over a new coronavirus relief package for Americans. Pelosi allowed the House to break for its August recess without making a deal with Republicans on the matter, prompting President Donald Trump to issue a series of executive orders earlier this month, as The New York Times reported.
The House speaker has seemingly ignored the issue, however, and instead focused her efforts on “saving” the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). This, despite the fact that the post office’s own June 30 fiscal quarter report showed the organization has “sufficient liquidity to continue operating through at least August 2021.”
Now, Dems are calling Pelosi out on her silence — but she insists they’re all still on the same team.
“My caucus is standing together on this,” the veteran Democrat told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday, according to the Examiner. “I invite any ideas that they have. I welcome them, and there are a number of letters for one aspect or another, and I welcome that.
“But they want — of course, we all want — the negotiations to continue, but not just what the administration wants, but what the country needs,” Pelosi added.
The Blue Dog Coalition’s criticism of Pelosi is just the latest sign of a rift in the Democratic Party, which has seemed more and more divided in recent years as a sector of progressives, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), seeks to make radical changes that even Pelosi isn’t 100% on board with.
Only time will tell if Pelosi can keep her caucus together long enough to present a united front in this November’s elections — but at this point, the future doesn’t look all that promising.