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Pelosi Has 3 Priorities for Her Democratic House. Will Any of Them Pass?

Campaign finance reform, drug pricing, and infrastructure top the agenda for the likely next speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. Can she get any of those priorities through Mitch McConnell and President Trump?

By NTK Staff | 11.08.2018 @9:15am
Pelosi Has 3 Priorities for Her Democratic House. Will Any of Them Pass?

While most D.C. observers were focused on the push-pull battle for control of Congress this fall, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was quietly beating the same drums.

The most powerful woman in Washington, and potentially the next speaker of the House, has consistently talked about three issues for House Democrats in 2019:

Now that she’s primed to return to power, can Pelosi close the deal and gain bipartisan support for any of her three priorities? She’ll need 51 votes in Mitch McConnell’s Senate and a signature from President Trump to do so.

Trump has offered both carrot and stick to Pelosi in the 36 hours since Democrats retook the House. The carrot? Elevating Pelosi’s bid for speaker:

The stick? Threatening Senate-led investigations into Democrats if House Democrats lead investigations into him and his administration:

Whether Trump continues to offer more carrots or more sticks is somewhat a moot point because passing major legislation is a much more difficult hurdle than polite words exchanged between the president and the speaker.

McConnell is “minimally enthusiastic” for campaign finance changes, Pelosi’s first plank. Both parties talk about infrastructure, but Democrats and Trump may be hundreds of billions of dollars apart from one another.

As for drug pricing, it’s another subject with a lot of talk but little action over the years. It’s a lot easier said than done, and the chances of aggressive action getting past McConnell are considered minimal now.

A more likely outcome of the next two years? Democrats launch investigation after investigation of President Trump, the president has no interest in working with Speaker Pelosi, and everyone lines up for a raucous, contentious 2020 battle.

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