Freshmen Members Send Pelosi Clear Message With Vote On New Border Bill

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rallied her members and pushed a new $4.5 billion border bill through her chamber sending it to the Senate. Pelosi has recently struggled to get her members to find common ground on issues and launched a vigorous effort to whip votes for this bill, Politico reports.

Its passage came with a pretty clear sign that she does not have her whole party under control as four liberal freshmen members, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley, voted against the bill.

“This situation is child abuse. It is an atrocity that violates every value we have,” Pelosi said concerning recent reports that children and migrants detained at the southern border did not have enough deodorant or toothpaste. “Today our legislation is a vote against the cruel attitude toward children of this administration.”

From the report:

Pelosi made a final sales pitch to the caucus Tuesday morning, arguing that Democrats needed to stand behind their plan to tackle the humanitarian crisis, rather than squabble over Trump and his immigration policies. A vote against the bill, she said, would be a vote for Trump.


On the House side, Democratic leaders worked to contain a rebellion within their left flank, doling out last-minute tweaks to progressives, including Ocasio-Cortez, after a late-night meeting in Pelosi’s office on Monday.

Those changes, which require certain standards of health, hygiene and nutrition for unaccompanied children, were formally added to the bill hours ahead of the vote.

Democrats also agreed to changes that tighten restrictions for short-term detention facilities, known as influx shelters, stating that no child could be kept in a shelter for more than 90 days. The new language would also ensure that all migrants in U.S. custody have access to translation services.

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Pelosi’s all-out whip operation on Tuesday morning followed a lengthy, tense meeting in her office Monday night. Members of both the Hispanic and Progressive caucuses had been threatening to vote against the bill, putting its passage in jeopardy.

“The proposal, H.R. 3401, was passed by a vote of 230 to 195,” BizPac Review reports.

The report adds:

The H.R. 3401 bill does not address the illegal immigration crisis at the U.S. border. Instead, it’s an appropriations bill providing resources such as water, diapers, toothbrushes, food and soap for the illegal aliens.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi admits that her bill is a temporary financial bandage being bankrolled by American taxpayers that does nothing to stem the daily caravans of illegal aliens flooding the U.S. border.


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