House Speaker Nancy Pelosi faced a major decision.
Pelosi’s choice took everyone by surprise.
Nancy Pelosi stunned Democrats with this public admission of defeat.
Speaker Pelosi conceded for the first time that Democrats could not pass a $3.5 trillion socialist welfare and Green New Deal spending bill.
Swing seat Democrats as well as Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema opposed that level of spending.
But that did not mean they opposed throwing trillions of dollars to create new socialist welfare state programs.
That left Nancy Pelosi with two options to produce a slimmed down socialist spending bill.
Democrats could craft a broad package where lower amounts of money get spent on more programs in the hopes that they all prove politically popular and force future Congresses to fund them.
The other path in front of Democrats was picking just a few socialist initiatives and pumping more money into them for longer periods of time.
Pelosi chose door number two.
In one of her infamous “Dear Colleague” letters to her fellow Democrats, Pelosi announced that after surveying the caucus Pelosi would pursue a narrowly tailored socialist spending bill focusing on just a handful of policy initiatives.
“Overwhelmingly, the guidance I am receiving from Members is to do fewer things well,” Pelosi wrote.
You can see Pelosi’s letter at the bottom of this article.
Democrats in the House and Senate created a mess for themselves because they cannot agree on the size and scope of this socialist legislation.
Pelosi can only afford to lose three votes in the House.
Socialists like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez threatened to vote against the bill if it did not spend enough money.
But swing seat Democrats – who represent the districts that determine which party controls the House of Representatives – panicked over the proposed $3.5 trillion price tag and feared it would cost them re-election.
Pelosi pretended for weeks that she could pass a bill of that size despite the fact that Senators Manchin and Sinema repeatedly stated the price tag must come down.
Since Chuck Schumer needs all 50 Democrats on board to pass the bill through the Senate, Manchin and Sinema can dictate the terms of the legislation.
Pelosi’s letter to Democrats was the first time Pelosi bowed to that reality.
But now Democrats will face a bitter fight over what to include in the socialist package.
Left-wing programs favored by some Democrats will get left on the cutting room floor.
That could force more distrust between swing seat Democrats and socialists as each side jockeys to include their priorities in the skinnier spending bill.
And this tension could cause the entire bill to collapse because the narrow margins allow individual members to hold the entire process hostage.
In new letter, Pelosi says “difficult decisions must be made very soon” when it comes to the reconciliation bill.
“Overwhelmingly, the guidance I am receiving from Members is to do fewer things well” pic.twitter.com/OayDm9VlWE
— Heather Caygle (@heatherscope) October 12, 2021
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