Wednesday evening House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi gave an eight-hour speech on the US House of Representatives floor championing for illegal immigrants.
Normally, you would think Democratic lawmakers would applaud her actions, but it seems the reverse has happened.
Her party members are claiming this stunt has damaged their campaigns for a 2018 reelection.
House Democrats interviewed by Politico gave their two-cents on Pelosi’s speech and it wasn’t pretty. The majority of them believed she was attempting to “shore up support with the progressive base.”
“By agreeing to the spending caps deal, [Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL)] and others argued, Democrats gave up all their leverage to force Republicans into serious negotiations to shield Dreamers from deportation,” Politico explains.
Other Democratic representatives believe her speech made their lives more difficult.
Some centrist-minded Democrats said Pelosi’s daylong protest could — by calling attention to the failure to provide relief for Dreamers — make it that much harder for vulnerable members to vote for the budget deal. …
“This stunt … had nothing to do with protecting vulnerable members who have to take a difficult vote,” said one moderate lawmaker who asked not to be named. “Working out this deal and then saying she’s not going to vote for it? Come on. She was at the table.” …
All House Democrats are supportive of Dreamers. But several members, particularly centrists, are wary of using the immigration issue as a campaign cudgel, worried it could derail Democrats’ chances of taking back the House.
Gutiérrez gave no slack to Pelosi saying, “There’s all kinds of ways, I assure you, that leadership exercises its influence — the least of which is a floor speech.”
“Pelosi’s speech also pits her directly against Senate Democrats who just reached a budget deal which did not include provisions on immigration,” reports the Daily Wire.
One House Democrat told Bloomberg “Many of our members are furious. We have spent the last three weeks insisting that we don’t want to shut the government down over DACA, and she essentially made the whole thing about it. Virtually everyone trying to win seats outside of California feels she has hurt their chances.”