August 18, 2022

House ‘Squad’ members stab Pelosi in the back over Capitol security funding

Amid her ceaseless push to frame the events of Jan. 6 as an ongoing, existential threat to the republic, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was on the receiving end of a stinging insult from members of the far-left congressional “Squad,” who declined to join her in supporting a bill providing $1.9 billion in Capitol security funding, Fox News reports.

In a move that threatened the measure’s passage in the lower chamber, Reps. Cori Bush (D-MO), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) voted against the additional security appropriations, while Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) simply voted “present,” resulting in the bill ultimately squeaking through by a margin of just one vote, as The Hill noted.

The legislation, backed by Pelosi, was developed in response to the January unrest in Washington, D.C. and is designed to bolster funding for the National Guard, U.S. Capitol Police, and municipal authorities in the capital city, and it would also serve to provide reimbursement for expenses incurred earlier this year as a result of pro-Trump protests.

The progressive contingent in the House voiced opposition to the proposal, explaining in a statement issued jointly that “police surveillance and force without addressing the underlying threats of organized and violent white supremacy, radicalization, and disinformation that led to this attack will not prevent it from happening again,” according to Roll Call.

The dissenting members also decried what they characterized as disparate treatment of Black Lives Matter protestors who took to America’s streets over the summer and Trump supporters who gathered at the Capitol in January.

“We cannot support his increased funding while many of our communities continue to face police brutality while marching in the streets, and while questions about the disparate response between insurrectionists and those protesting in defense of Black lives go unanswered,” the statement added, according to The Hill.

The holdouts prompted irritation on the part of colleagues within their own party, who claimed that their decision to wait until the vote came to the floor to express their disdain for the measure was unnecessarily disruptive, with one unnamed Democrat opining, “That kind of gotcha thing does not help.”

Having barely made it out of the House, the bill is almost certain to undergo significant alteration in the Senate, with Appropriations Committee Chair Pat. Leahy (D-VT) already speaking in cautionary tones about the proposal in its current form, saying, “We must make sure we are making smart investments in our security based on lessons learned” and indicating that negotiations with Republicans and House leaders to begin within the week, Roll Call noted.

Though she succeeded – albeit barely – in getting this bill through the House, Speaker Pelosi was once again provided with a stark reminder of the extremely tenuous nature of the Democrats’ narrow majority and, by extension, her own ability to control the more rebellious members of her party.

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