Rep. Joe Crowley: House Dems not whipping votes on pending budget bill


House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi made a record-long speech speech against the House spending bill Wednesday, February 7, 208.

Buoyed by the sudden likelihood of a budget pact, lawmakers are on track to avoid a repeat of last month's government shutdown - though U.S. President Donald Trump unexpectedly raised the possibility of closing things down again if he can't have his way on immigration.

If all, or at least most, Democrats follow Pelosi to vote against the budget deal, and are joined by the 36-member Freedom Caucus, the measure could fail in a floor vote.

The new effort to whip against the budget plan comes after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said she would not pursue a coordinated effort to vote no on the plan. On Tuesday, Ryan said, "We're not going to bring immigration legislation through that the president doesn't support".

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"If a Dream Act were brought to the floor, it would pass immediately, with strong bipartisan support", Pelosi said Wednesday in a speech on the House floor. "Without a commitment from Speaker Ryan comparable to the commitment from Leader McConnell, this package does not have my support", Pelosi said.

However, it would not resolve the plight of immigrant "Dreamers" who face deportation after being brought to the USA illegally as children.

Chances of a government shutdown dimmed this week following the Senate deal, but Pelosi's public demonstration indicates a fight could be coming in the House. "And then hopefully tomorrow she will validate that trust by stopping us from voting for it". It would, would include a major boost for military spending, with slightly smaller increases for domestic programs.

California Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna told CNN that his leadership is not whipping against the budget deal. In an upcoming Western Pennsylvania special election, conservative groups are running ads tying Democrat Conor Lamb to Pelosi, despite Lamb's having told reporters he wouldn't vote for her as Democratic leader.

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The so-called "leadership minute" is the House alternative to a filibuster, which is only allowed in the Senate.

"During the night when I was thinking and praying so hard about our 'Dreamers, ' I thought, maybe we should just pray all day on the floor of Congress", she said.

"Unlike in the Senate, there is no agreement that the House will even consider legislation to protect DREAMers", Hoyer wrote in response to a member's question of how to vote on the budget plan.

The federal government will shutter non-essential operations Thursday at midnight unless Congress passes a spending plan.

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The lack of a unified Democratic strategy infuriated liberal leaders.