Border security couldn’t bring House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the negotiating table with Republicans, but a $125 billion cut to the government’s spending money can.
As the deadline looms near for Congress to reach a new budget agreement before a 10 percent automatic spending cut takes effect, Pelosi is in talks with Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to find a bipartisan path forward.
In today’s hyper partisan climate, such an effort is likely to meet resistance from Pelosi’s increasingly far left party as well as conservative Republicans.
Pelosi and McConnell must also contend with President Trump, who recently tweeted, “House Democrats want to negotiate a $2 TRILLION spending increase but can’t even pass their own plan. We can’t afford it anyway, and it’s not happening!
For his part, Trump hopes to retain the cuts to domestic agencies and foreign aid even as he proposes a $750 billion increase in defense spending.
Acknowledging the challenge of finding a compromise, McConnell said the only option is a bipartisan bill that “the most liberal members of (Pelosi’s) party don’t vote for and the most conservative members of my party don’t vote for.
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