A group of centrist Democrats broke with Nancy Pelosi over Trump’s border wall in a game-changing letter that could end the shutdown.
This comes while Mitch McConnell will hold a vote on Trump’s initial proposal for an end to the stalemate in a few days, which was met with lackluster support by Pelosi.
We all know how this has to end and it seems only Nancy Pelosi hasn’t gotten the memo, so hopefully, this letter makes her take action.
Pelosi has refused, even after the government is open, to hold a vote on Trump’s wall – remember when he walked out of the room when she admitted this truth?
And we know why she does not want to hold a vote on the wall – she will probably lose it. So now Pelosi may be forced to hold a vote, from within her own party, and if that happens this may be over and Trump will get his wall because there are enough moderate Dems in Trump districts that may vote for it.
From Politico: A group of centrist House Democrats, eager to end the shutdown and sick of political posturing, is pressing Speaker Nancy Pelosi to counter President Donald Trump’s immigration proposal with her own potential compromise.
The group, led by Rep. Elaine Luria of Virginia, is asking the California Democrat to offer Trump a vote on his border wall sometime in February if he signs a bill reopening the federal government, according to a draft copy of the letter obtained by POLITICO.
“We understand that this shutdown was not caused by the 116th Congress, but it is our job to fix it,” the letter reads, detailing the hit the shutdown has had on federal workers as well as the economy.
Trump has already panned a similar idea proposed by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), one of his top allies in the upper chamber. However, the letter, being circulated among some lawmakers from red or swing districts, illustrates the pressure they are under to end the shutdown.
The letter begins:
We know that you share our value that effective governing should not result in winners and losers, but that our job as legislators is to do the most good for the most people.
Across the country, hundreds of thousands of government workers are living in fear of what will happen if they go another week without a paycheck.
We have heard these stories in our districts and have seen the impact this partial government shutdown is having on our vital federal employees including law enforcement and Coast Guard personnel, contractors, small businesses, and countless others.
Small businesses are unable to secure loans and other much-needed resources, costing them jobs and growth. Without inspectors and full staffing levels at our nation’s most critical agencies, parents have asked us about the safety of the food their children eat and the water they drink.
The government shutdown has already cost our economy $3.2 billion according to S&P Global Ratings, including $200 million a day in delayed wages.
The shutdown is expected to cost an additional $1.2 billion for every week that our federal agencies are not fully operational. We understand that this shutdown was not caused by the 116th Congress, but it is our job to fix it