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Democrats Took Control Of The House And Immediately Sent A Giant Middle Finger To Trump

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Given the turmoil that has been a permanent fixture in the news for what seems like forever, it feels like the midterm elections were ages ago. In reality, though, the Democrats only actually retook control of the House of Representatives today, with Nancy Pelosi being ushered in as Speaker. Inevitably, the first item on the agenda was border security and the infamous Wall, with President Trump refusing to even consider ending the government shutdown until his ludicrous project is fully funded. That wasn’t going to stop Pelosi and co. though, who marched into Congress this week to send the President a very strong signal that he did not see coming. The Hill reports:

The House passed legislation to end the partial government shutdown on Thursday, hours after Democrats took control of the chamber and elected Nancy Pelosi as Speaker. The House measures appear to be dead on arrival in the Senate and have been rejected by President Trump, who is demanding that $5 billion in funding for his wall on the Mexican border. Democrats have rejected providing money for Trump’s wall. But the measures could shift the debate as Democrats seek to raise pressure on the White House and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to end a standoff centered on the fight over the wall.

Trump has been dealing with a GOP House and Senate, but now must work with a divided Washington where Pelosi wields increased power. The first bill passed by the House in a 239-192 vote was a continuing resolution funding the Department of Homeland Security through Feb. 8. The House voted 241-190 to approve funds for six agencies through the end of the fiscal year.

By separating the two bills, Democrats hope to box-in Republicans by painting them as blocking legislation that would open the government. The shorter funding bill for DHS is intended to provide time for more talks on the wall, since border security is overseen by that agency.

The House Homeland Security stopgap would keep border security funding at $1.3 billion, providing no new funding for the barrier along the southern border. Democrats argue Trump is holding government funding hostage for the wall, which they feel is unnecessary and ineffective.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md,) noted the funding package brought to the floor contained identical language to bills that passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee with overwhelming bipartisan support.

“We hope that the Senate will pass bills it has already passed I know that Sen. McConnell said he won’t put it on the floor, but if he puts it on the floor it will pass,” he told reporters Wednesday evening.

This is pure genius from Pelosi and her team. While Trump is moaning about his non-existent wall, the House Democrats have shown that they are fully willing to get on with the job of running this country and that it is the Republicans who are standing in the way of that, not the other way around.


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