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Dems Divided: Schumer & Pelosi at Odds Over Border Funding

The relationship between Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer is being “put to the test” thanks to a bill that sent billions to the border.

By NTK Staff | 07.02.2019 @9:00am
Dems Divided: Schumer & Pelosi at Odds Over Border Funding

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) are supposed to be on the same team, but a disagreement over emergency funding for border protections could be driving a wedge between the two.

According to The Hill, the relationship between Schumer and Pelosi “is being put to the test” because Schumer joined 32 other Democrats in voting for an aid package that Pelosi did not fully support.

The strong Democratic support for the Senate spending bill then emboldened a group of House Democratic moderates to balk at changes favored by Pelosi and House liberals that would have put greater restrictions on money headed to the border to better protect migrants.

Pelosi made clear she thought the Senate bill fell short of the migrant protections provided in the House bill. But when faced with an internal revolt, she eventually caved and accepted the Senate bill.

“This seems to be the only time I can remember in the last two years or three years where Sen. Schumer and Speaker Pelosi were not on the same page,” one House aide told The Hill.

The episode is yet another example of the moderate vs. liberal clash within the party. Once the Senate voted in favor of the border aid package, vulnerable Democrats representing districts won by Trump in 2016 were able to push back against Pelosi’s desired changes, which were designed to appease far-left liberals in her caucus.

At least one outside observer noted that Pelosi likely won’t make this mistake again and will likely insert herself directly into negotiations next time.

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell touted the broadly bipartisan border bill passed by the Senate.

“I’m proud of the Senate for stepping up, passing a bill 84 to 8, that’s as bipartisan as it gets around here, to deal with the humanitarian crisis at the border. We did not in the end continue to play these political games over this humanitarian crisis. They did and it’s their problem to resolve,” he said last week.

Thanks to the broad support the Senate version received, Pelosi’s desire to make changes were undercut. And included in that 84-vote majority was her negotiating partner, Schumer.

It’s unlikely this episode will genuinely fracture their working relationship, but rest assured this incident will not be forgotten.

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