Pelosi capitulates to Senate, Harris rips Biden, Grassley counsels Trump

Pelosi capitulates to Senate, Harris rips Biden, Grassley counsels Trump

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House Democratic Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, Photo by Doug Christian
House Democratic Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, Photo by Doug Christian

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CAPITOL HILL – As Congress heads out for its July 4th recess, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), capitulates to the Senate’s $4.6 billion emergency aid package Thursday for the border with overwhelming bipartisan support from moderate Democrats.

Pelosi had fought for language demanding that the money be allocated in certain ways to protect migrant children and families at the border.

As this reversal was a rare defeat for Pelosi, tensions spilled into open view between progressive and centrist House lawmakers. The centrist Problem Solvers Caucus had worked to sink progressives’ attempt to make changes to the more moderate Senate-passed border bill, and a co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) tweeted:

On the second Democratic debate last night, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) of California took control over former Vice President Joe Biden, ripping into him on race relations. “I do not believe you are a racist and I agree with you when you commit yourself to the importance of finding common ground,” she scolded Biden. “But I also believe, and it’s personal and I was actually very – it was hurtful to hear you talk about the reputations of two United States senators who built their reputations and career on the segregation of race in this country,” she said.

In a seeming admission, Biden quipped to Harris, “Anyway, my time is up.”

Looking forward, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), counsels President Donald Trump to refrain from ad hominem attacks entering into the 2020 race. Grassley tweeted:

Doug Christian, Capitol Hill

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