Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) struggled to explain why House Democrats have gotten so little done during their first 100 days in control of the House of Representatives on Sunday.
So far, House Democrats haven’t been able to do much of anything in terms of legislation. They’ve passed bills on campaign finance and gun control, but none of those have a prayer to pass in the Senate. They attempted to stop Trump’s national emergency declaration to fund a border wall but failed to rally the votes to overturn his veto.
A huge percentage of the votes that pass don’t even impact the laws in the U.S. According to a report from Roll Call, nearly one in five votes that passed in the House since Democrats took office are non-binding resolutions, such as the watered-down resolution to condemn anti-Semitism.
During an interview with “60 Minutes,” Pelosi attempted to defend the low productivity in the House by highlighting her own power as the speaker, calling it “awesome” because she has the ability to decide what gets voted on.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) April 15, 2019
“The power of the speaker is to set the agenda. We didn’t have a speaker who would bring a gun bill to the floor. We didn’t have a speaker who would bring a Dreamer’s issue to the floor. We do now, and that’s a very big difference. The power of the speaker is awesome. Awesome.”
While Pelosi may tout her ability to schedule votes as an “awesome” strength, it hasn’t been that way all the time. She has routinely clashed with some of the far-left freshman Democrats, including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), for not bringing forward votes on their issues like the Green New Deal.
She was recently called out by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) for ignoring the policy proposals of some members.
They put us in photos when they want to show our party is diverse. However, when we ask to be at the table, or speak up about issues that impact who we are, what we fight for & why we ran in the first place, we are ignored. To truly honor our diversity is to never silence us. https://t.co/7T1OlwS1YG
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) April 13, 2019
Meanwhile, Republicans are thrilled by the contention and lack of productivity by Pelosi and House Democrats.
House Republicans have been drilling Pelosi over her refusal to produce a budget and the White House has been stroking the flames of division in the Democratic Party by painting Pelosi as a puppet of some of the far left members, like controversial Rep. Ilhan Omar.
Before Nancy, who has lost all control of Congress and is getting nothing done, decides to defend her leader, Rep. Omar, she should look at the anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and ungrateful U.S. HATE statements Omar has made. She is out of control, except for her control of Nancy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2019
This depiction forced Pelosi to say there are only “like five people” in the “left flank” of the Democratic Party.
Clearly, Republicans are going to continue hitting Pelosi for her minimal success in the House and pushing the fractures within the Democratic Party to the surface.