At her weekly press conference Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) delved deep into her and her fellow Democrats’ plans for a massive new infrastructure package.
But while her caucus holds just a slim majority in Congress’ lower chamber, Pelosi has shockingly opted to throw bipartisanship to the wind in that regard, The Washington Times reported Thursday.
Saving the planet?
According to the Times, much of the proposed infrastructure package’s $3 trillion price tag will be devoted to traditional projects like roads and bridges, but a significant portion will focus on climate change objectives — ones that Republicans may not be on board with.
Among Democrats’ reported plans for the bill is to set America up to reach President Joe Biden’s goal of having net-zero carbon emissions in less than three decades.
According to Pelosi, that’s not something she’s willing to compromise on.
“We cannot settle for what we can agree on,” she told reporters Thursday, according to the Times. “We have to recognize that this bill is about the future, recognizing the climate crisis and the need for greening.”
The long-serving congressman went on: “We cannot abandon our responsibility to make this a bill for the future, to save the planet.”
A mounting crisis
According to Times, Pelosi also addressed Thursday the growing crisis at the southern border, attempting to shift blame away from President Biden and toward his Republican predecessor.
“This is the time of the year when there are more people coming traditionally,” Pelosi said when confronted about the number of migrants who have been attempting to cross into the U.S. in recent weeks.
“It’s important to note that more people are coming now because COVID prevented people from coming. So we have a somewhat doubling down of the people who are coming,” Pelosi added. “Why else would a mom and a child cross a desert to come to the United States?”
But while the House speaker may believe there’s been “harm” done “in the last four years” that needs to be “deconstructed” before moving forward, many on the right feel the sharp uptick in migration has been exacerbated not by Donald Trump, but by President Biden’s campaign rhetoric.
Fox News reported this week that Biden had declared during a 2019 presidential primary debate, “We’re a nation that says, ‘You want to flee, and you’re fleeing oppression, you should come.'” Now that he’s president, it looks like many have taken his words to heart.