House Democrats are so extreme that they can’t even agree amongst each other on a new budget proposal, so they had to cancel the debate because they are so at odds with each other.
On one hand, the far, far left part of the caucus want billions in new social spending, some are complaining that they want to defund the Pentagon and our troops, others don’t, and the conflicts are destroying the Democrat Party’s supposed comity.
The in-fighting is so bad that Speaker Pelosi had to cancel the debate on the planned 2-year budget, despite that she supposedly controls the halls of the House of Representatives.
Politico reported that Democratic Wisconsin Rep. Mark Pocan, a co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, has said that they don’t have the votes to pass the Democrat-sponsored budget.
“There is a math problem, period, if they want to do the vote tomorrow,” Pocan said.
“We’ve got to have something here if we’re expected to try to vote for a (defense) number that is so ridiculously high, while at the same time, we have the kind of inequality that we have in the country,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D, WA) added.
Jayapal also celebrated that her progressive caucus had the power to disrupt the budget debate.
“This is a big victory in that it became clear that without real, strong progressive inclusion into the process of a bill, we’re not going to be able to get there,” Jayapal said. “We have to make sure our priorities are taken into account.”
House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth said he believes this will be “harmful” to the Democrat Party and that it “minimizes our leverage in negotiations with Senate and the White House.”
Apparently, 22 progressive Democrats have refused to support the bill unless it includes billions of dollars for domestic programs.
So, once again, we see that the Democrats are too extreme, even for their own members.
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