Speaker Nancy Pelosi is still ‘fuming’ after Dems handed her a stinging defeat on a new spending package. Pelosi faced a revolt from within and had to strip $15 billion in Covid preparedness funds from the $1.5 trillion omnibus package.
And she cannot let it go. According to Punchbowl News, “Pelosi spent a chunk of the Democratic leadership meeting Tuesday night railing against the Democrats who held up passage of the omnibus until the Covid funds were removed, several sources familiar with the meeting told us.
“Pelosi often refers back to her time as a senior member of the Appropriations Committee. She noted during the meeting that rank-and-file members rebelling against a deal cut by Congress’ “Four Corners” – the chair and ranking members of the House and Senate Appropriations panels – used to be unthinkable.
“Now, Democratic leaders are struggling to find a way to move a standalone Covid funding bill in the face of Republican opposition, as well as unease among Frontliners.”
Pelosi said last week after the revolt from within:
“This deeply needed funding, demanding that every cent requested by the Administration be offset, including through state and local funds scheduled to be released this spring.
“Because of Republican insistence — and the resistance by a number of our Members to making those offsets — we will go back to the Rules Committee to remove COVID funding to meet the needs of America’s families.
“It is heartbreaking to remove the COVID funding, and we must continue to fight for urgently needed COVID assistance, but unfortunately that will not be included in this bill,” she said.
A Republican Study Committee (RSC) document detailed the problems with the omnibus bill, which includes:
No new funding for border wall construction, ICE agents, or funding to support Remain in Mexico. Instead, the bill would decrease CBP funding.
The bill would spend over $100 billion on Green New Deal initiatives, and advance “racial justice” through Department of Agriculture programs.
The bill also contains $100 million for environmental justice activities at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and $75 million for low or zero-emission vehicles
$26 billion in food stamp funding
This is the first spending bill to include earmarks.
No protections from Chinese espionage in grants to the National Science Foundation
Increases National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding by 10 percent
Provides $66 million for the “Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH), an increase of $8 million from last year