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Thursday, October 20, 2016

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) slammed her Republican colleagues on Friday, lamenting that “I don’t know that they even know what they’re doing.”

Speaking to reporters at her weekly briefing, Leader Pelosi accused Republicans of “sowing the seeds of this dangerous, partisan path that we’re on today” by refusing to hold a budget conference between the House and the Senate. She then took aim at the dysfunction that seems to constantly plague congressional Republicans.

“It’s impossible for Democrats to negotiate with House Republicans when they can’t negotiate with themselves,” Pelosi said. “Instead of legislating responsibly, they want to live dangerously.”

“We don’t know what we’re going to vote on from one minute to the next because I don’t think they know what they’re going to vote on,” Pelosi added, in a reference to Speaker John Boehner’s repeated inability to whip votes within his own caucus.

Pelosi also offered a sharp rebuke of the House Republicans’ plan to force the White House to adopt most of their platform in exchange for raising the nation’s debt limit.

“The House Republicans’ astonishing disregard for the stability of our economy goes well beyond their threats to shut down government’s basic services for the American people,” Pelosi said. “They’re holding the entire economy hostage, and their Tea Party ransom demands come at a significant cost to our economic security.”

The Senate is expected to pass a spending bill that would strip the House’s language defunding the Affordable Care Act on Friday, and send it back to the lower chamber. The House would then have three days to decide whether to accept the Senate bill, amend it and send it back to the Senate, or force a government shutdown.

Full video of Leader Pelosi’s briefing can be seen here.

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  • charleo1

    Is the T-Party going to need to be allowed to cripple the economy for the foreseeable future, before they are sufficiently discredited enough, to break their hold over the GOP, and the millions of Americans that evidently agree with their tactics? In many ways it seems so. Who knew that 10% of the elected officials in one branch of the Federal Government, with perhaps only 20% of the electorate behind them, could, by standing and refusing to negotiate, or modify their positions in any way, present the Country with the choice of either bringing down the economy, or accepting the dictates of this minority? Who’s power is derived solely by their willingness to destroy the Country itself, if their demands are not met? Maybe we should write to President Obama, and tell him to give in? That the damage they would do to our jobs, and our savings, is just too much to risk. We have children we must think of, after all. That we should tell him to, of course, get what concessions he can. But in the end, give the T-Party everything they want, if that’s what it takes. We don’t need health insurance that bad. I mean, it would be nice. but, at the expense of our jobs? Mr. President, we know you mean well.
    But, if you can’t keep these people from doing what they are threatening to do,
    well, we almost lost our home two years ago. And we’re just now getting back on our feet. So, if you can’t defeat them Mr. President, then give in. We can’t survive another five years like the last. NOT! What are we a bunch of wimps? Screw The T-Baggers, and their idiot supporters!

    • clarenceswinney

      Charlie 1 you are the best, Thanks a million.
      clarence swinney political economist

      • charleo1

        Right back at you Clarence! Thanks for the thumbs up!

    • LotusJoan

      Exactly it is bigger than us – this is about the future of
      democracy. How did so many people who hate government become
      legislatures? We cannot let the vestiges of the John Birch society win
      this war, or any war on the American people.

    • montanabill

      Hyperbole without data or facts. When you have to call names, it is a clear indication that reason and facts are not on your side.

      • charleo1

        I would be very happy for it to be hyperbole. But I think many
        would not agree with you about my reason, or facts.

        • montanabill

          I found little reason and few facts. But I have no doubt a great many LIV would agree.

  • clarenceswinney

    Leave a message…
    Annualized spending growths by term
    Bush I—5.4%
    Bush II—7.3%–8.1%
    Obama—1.4% estimated

    • montanabill

      Ohhh! Now show it in real numbers, like trillions added to the debt. Number of ‘actual’ unemployed. Numbers added to poverty level. Numbers added to the welfare programs.

  • clarenceswinney

    What a disgrace. How can we allow a small group to control the House?
    Change the House rules.

    • montanabill

      The ‘small group’ being the Democrats?

  • I hope the Gov does shut down. These idiots will suffer for it, and never try temper tantrums to get their way again. Yes, we must suffer these fools, but it’ll be beneficial for us in the long run. Unless you want this happening again and again.

    • Independent1

      Hopefully, if their ransom demand succeeds in shutting down the government, I sure hope enough of the folks who would vote for these pirates will remember what they did come 2014 and 2016 and vote them out of office.

  • bcarreiro

    Boehner and house republicans are only doing this out of spite for obama being re-elected. If you have a problem with obamacare u should deal with it later………………it may give this man something to do other than cause backlash from a possible shutdown of gov’t. This is more like a show down!!! Obama rip this man a new one.

    • Independent1

      You’re so right. The GOP is against Obamacare for only one reason – to keep Obama from implementing even one significant piece of legislation that may be a success for him and also, which may help Democrats win more seats in Congress come 2014 and 2016. The GOP was all for a healthcare law back in 2007 that was very similar to what Romney signed into law in Mass.; but when Obama and the Dems were pushing Obamacare in 2009, the GOP (especially McConnell) decided that the support of it wasn’t in the GOP’s best interest – and he started efforts to turn all GOP legislators against it.


    They are doing exactly as they pledged to do when Obama was elected President. They are in the process of destroying Obama’s credibility to make him fail miserably as President. They will do whatever they can do to accomplish this task. It only takes a few to ruin things for the rest of us. I can bet they have moles working feverishly within the Obama Administration to help the Obstructionists succeed.

    Can anyone think of this being done to any other Democratic President since, say, President Eisenhower? EVER?

    If the answer is no then there is only one difference between all of them and President Obama and that fact cannot be disputed. >^..^<