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Pelosi Threatens to Pull DCCC Funding for Dems Who Vote With GOP

Pelosi warned Democrats that if they continue voting with Republicans on procedural votes, she could pull DCCC support for their reelections.

By NTK Staff | 02.28.2019 @1:32pm
Pelosi Threatens to Pull DCCC Funding for Dems Who Vote With GOP

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly dropped the hammer on moderate Democrats who have voted with Republicans on a series of procedural measures in the House lately.

“This is not a day at the beach. This is the Congress of the United States,” Pelosi reportedly said, according to two sources who spoke to Politico.

But Pelosi’s biggest threat against these Democrats was pulling the support of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), the national entity that will spend millions of dollars to help reelect Democrats in 2020.

To add to the drama, Pelosi is enlisting the help of socialist rising star Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to keep the so-called moderates in line:

Pelosi also warned that Democrats who voted with Republicans on the “motion to recommit” could lose support from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, although her threat may be more bluster than reality, according to Democratic lawmakers and aides.

And Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the superstar New York freshman Democrat, suggested she would alert progressive activists when Democrats are voting with the GOP on these motions, said the sources.

Republicans have been successful lately in winning enough votes on motions to recommit, a tactic used by the minority party to allow them one last chance to change legislation before it gets a floor vote.

Republicans have already won two motions to recommit this Congress, including a Wednesday vote that angered Ocasio-Cortez and other progressives. In contrast, Republicans stuck together and never lost a single such motion when they controlled the House from 2011 to 2019.

The latest defeat came on Wednesday, as the House debated legislation requiring background checks on all gun sales — a position overwhelmingly favored by Democrats. When Republicans moved to amend the bill to require Immigration and Customs Enforcement be told of any undocumented immigrant who tries to buy a gun, 26 Democrats voted with the GOP. The language was added to the gun bill, spoiling an important Democratic legislative achievement.

While the issue has riled up Pelosi, her two top lieutenants, Reps. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and James Clyburn (D-SC) have told moderate Democrats to vote with Republicans if its in their best interest.

“We are either a team or weren’t not, and we have to make that decision,” Pelosi reportedly said.

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