‘It happens to be like a manhood issue for the president, building a wall, and I’m not interested in that…’
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is gearing up for the possibility of becoming Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives again — and she can barely contain her excitement.
Pelosi previously held the Speaker’s gavel for four years before being summarily “shellacked” by voters in the Tea Party wave election of 2010. She’s been waiting in the wings as House Minority Leader ever since, and November may be her last chance at regaining power.
Pelosi spoke openly about her potential return speakership during a discussion at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Institute of Politics on Tuesday.With midterm elections just three weeks away, and media-driven speculation of a “blue wave” election on the horizon, the California Democrat was comfortable voicing her legislative agenda.
Campaign finance reform and prescription drug subsidies were on the list, she told the Harvard audience.
But that’s not all — not even close.
After 31 years in Congress, and hailing from an extremely liberal district encompassing San Francisco, the 78-year-old isn’t about to play small-ball.
Chief among her would-be priorities would be sticking it to President Donald Trump, especially on immigration and the president’s long sought border wall.
“It happens to be like a manhood issue for the president, building a wall, and I’m not interested in that,” she said.
“It’s probably the worst way to protect the border,” she added, although her home state of California hosts the nation’s largest illegal immigration population — perhaps by design.
Saying Pelosi is merely pro-immigration would be an understatement, as she’s even on record saying that God favors Democrats on illegal immigration.
But the American people see it differently — and she knows it.
“We can’t allow him [Trump] to say we’re not interested in protecting the border,” Pelosi told the supportive Harvard panel. She instead reframed the issue by saying, “That isn’t the only way to protect the border.”
Pelosi also said Democrats would move quickly on gun control legislation and protecting so-called Dreamers, or the more than one million children illegal immigrants have brought to the United States.
But the real fights will be over funding, as it’s essential to nearly all of the Trump administration’s plans. For instance, Trump has already requested $5 billion in border wall funding for fiscal year 2019.
Seven of 12 annual appropriations bills, including the Department of Homeland Security spending bill where any border wall funding would be appropriated, are operating on a continuing resolution basis that expires Dec. 7, Roll Call reported.
Senate Democrats will also present a major obstacle, with negotiations expected to be extremely contentious.
“I think if the election were today we would win the majority…wave or tsunami, we’ll see in three weeks,” Pelosi said.
“It’s an interesting dynamic when you have the gavel,” she continued. “It just makes all the difference in the world in the leverage you have in your conversation.”
When asked about the possibility of Trump impeachment proceedings, Pelosi downplayed the issue.
“That isn’t a path I want to go down,” she said, unconvincingly.