Pelosi Struggles to Explain Why House Democrats Have Gotten So Little Done in First 100 Days

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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.

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“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.

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.

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.

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Phyllis Softa
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If we compare 100 day accomplishments of 116th Congress (divided R/D)) with 115th (R/R) House last 730 days, what have we got? Well, there’s Tax Reform that currently holds a 36.3% approval rating with Americans. There’s House Repeal Obamacare passage that got a Rose Garden celebration, but celebrating ended there.… Read more »

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The Democrats have positioned themselves as the “do nothing” party. They do nothing but oppose President Trump. There’s plenty to work on that would benefit the American Peoole, but the Democrats don’t work for the American People any more. They work for illegal immigrants, for the LGBTQABCDEFG community, for liberal… Read more »

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What has the Senate sent to the House that hasn’t been voted on? What is it that you see being obstructed? And allow me to be the first to break it to you, but ALL government employees are sent to DC to work for ALL Americans, not WHC’s approved groups.… Read more »

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perhaps if Pelosi stopped trying to make un-necessary trips and spending like a drunken soldier in Europe and elsewhere, she could concentrate of more positive accomplishments. Right now , she is concentrating way too much on blocking POTUS.

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It doesn’t appear Pelosio has been in control of anything since January. Conversely, it does appear the inmates are running the prison and Warden Pelosi is hiding under the desk in her office. IF this continues, the GOP will retake the House and keep the Senate and the White House… Read more »

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