Democrats Try to Prove They Can Work With Trump Despite Impeachment

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Even as House Democrats push for impeachment, they’re also showing a willingness to work with President Donald Trump.

The unusual spectacle began yesterday when Democrats announced support for the United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA) less than an hour after announcing articles of impeachment against Trump. Immediately, the move drew criticism from anti-Trump factions of the left.

“Nothing more perfectly embodies the Democratic party than announcing articles of impeachment and a huge deal with the president on his single biggest priority on the same day,” MSNBC host Chris Hayes tweeted.

Ryan Grim, a reporter at The Intercept, shared his own disappointment.

“Democrats thinking they’ll get credit for working with Republicans on NAFTA 2 are either delusional or lying to cover for their actual agenda, supporting the corporate interests (pharma, tech) who want this trade deal,” he said on Twitter.

But according to The New York Times, this is just the beginning. As the year comes to a close, The Times reports that House Democrats are planning to help push through a number of Trump priorities. Along with USMCA, they’re expected to pass legislation this week on lowering the cost of prescription drugs, another Trump campaign promise. There’s also going to be a vote on a defense bill Wednesday or Thursday, which could end up being the largest defense spending bill in United States history.

“Looking like very good Democrat support for USMCA,” the president tweeted yesterday. “That would be great for our Country!”

House Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.), who has long claimed Democrats could “walk and chew gum at the same time,” or legislate and hold Trump accountable simultaneously, said the sudden burst of bipartisan cooperation was a product of the legislative calendar, which ends December 20th.

“It’s just as we get to the end of a session, there have to be some decisions made,” she said during the news conference on trade, adding, “We didn’t know what day it would be.”

But there are some politics involved. Pelosi is both trying to prove Democrats can deliver on their legislative agenda, according to The Times, and trying to strip Trump of his argument that the “do-nothing Democrats” are too focused on impeachment to work. Pelosi has also privately expressed concern that vulnerable House Democrats in pro-Trump districts need to have something to show their constituents when they go home for break.

While Trump and House Republicans don’t appear prepared to give Democrats credit — both criticized Democrats into Wednesday for holding up USMCA — House Democrats remain optimistic that the calculation will pay off.

“We want to leave on a positive message,” Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), the Democratic leader, told The Times. “We need to keep the trains moving if we’re going to get out of here on the 20th having done what we want to get done.”

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Phyllis Softa
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Carol Parsons and her 22 up voters, HOW does the family separation policy “benefit ALL Americans”? HOW does the tax reform 83% targeted to the top 1%,which is adding $1 trillion to the debt per year, “benefit ALL Americans”? HOW does Trump’s trade war with China “benefit ALL Americans” if it is costing the American taxpayers $28 million to bailout the farmers? HOW does Trump’s trade war benefit ALL Americans, if manufacturing has seen a net LOSS in each of the last 4 months? HOW does over 13,000 lies by the POTUS “benefit ALL Americans”? HOW does spending money on… Read more »

Phyllis Softa
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Kyle Throop, WHAT would be the charges for the “fewer Dems” you see as deserving of prison? The Swamp, as your refer to it, STILL has Duncan Hunter until the end of December. Chris Collins resigned his seat October 1, 2019. BOTH are Republicans. BOTH were endorsed by Trump. BOTH claimed to be innocent. BOTH were re-elected to the House in 2018 AFTER their indictments on federal charges. BOTH have since PLEAD GUILTY. If R’s were serious about draining the swamp, the Republican voters in the NY 27th and CA 50th districts certainly had a great place to start–BUT THEY… Read more »

Kyle Throop
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They are trying to give the GOP incentive to make the impeachment trial in the Senate very short under the presumption that it will allow other stuff to get done. If the GOP goes for it fewer Dems will end up in prison and the Dems running for office can say that they pushed impeachment through but couldn’t remove Trump because the Senate GOP wouldn’t do their job. The obvious suggestion being that if voters just helped them take over the Senate then this type of stuff would be prevented. This would also allow for the whole impeachment debacle to… Read more »

Cherrie
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she is just priceless… too late you have proven and shown your hatred for the America people and the President. what i wish would happen is that her entire fortune is lost and that she has to live on the streets watching her back because of all those she could have helped and chose not to by wasting OUR tax dollars that are required by law to tax from those that work and waste it on a bs witch hunt because they know their Candidate’s have no grounds to work on to fix what is broken. they only make promises… Read more »

Jeffrey Moore
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“Pelosi has also privately expressed concern that vulnerable House Democrats in pro-Trump districts need to have something to show their constituents when they go home for break.”

Of course, that would only be true if those Democrats’ primary interest were staying in office. Wouldn’t it be nice if elected officials actually concentrated on protecting liberty?

Jeff T.
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Another calculated political move by Pelosi, trying to save face in the last minutes before 12/20, just so they can refute the “do-nothing” moniker. It will stick with them though.

Tom Bodine
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If you want to get things done don’t work with idiots or Democrats that have zero ideas except the continual promotion of their power and money game.

Mindy
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In other words, let’s get the real work out of the way quickly so we can leave. The corruption of the fools in DC are a direct reflection of us, the American people.

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