New Jersey Democrat Congressman Josh Gottheimer declared Tuesday that moderates within the party are not interested in passing the left’s partisan bills without Republican support — throwing a major monkey wrench into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) plans for the coming years.
Gottheimer said, “We’re not interested in just passing a bunch of partisan bills that sit in the Senate without action. There’s a feeling among many of us that we’re here to govern. The issues are far too important, and it will take bipartisan work to make it happen.”
The news comes as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi continues to push President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill. The controversial legislation has come under scrutiny for its many unrelated political pet projects.
Some of the provisions in the original stimulus bill included more than $100 million for a San Francisco mass transit project some have dubbed “Pelosi’s subway,” as well as tens of millions earmarked for “climate justice” grants.
The Democrat-controlled House has accelerated the left’s agenda since taking session in January. However, the Senate has become somewhat of a safeguard, as most legislation requires 60 votes, requiring 10 or more Republicans to support a measure to pass it.
Gottheimer serves as co-chair of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus. The group seeks to include both parties earlier in the legislative process to present legislation that can actually pass–and help the American people.
Texas Democratic Congresswoman Veronica Escobar supported Gottheimer’s approach, saying, “We should be as bold and ambitious as our caucus will bear in the House. We should not negotiate against ourselves.”
A growing number of lawmakers are concerned about passing trillions of additional stimulus dollars without careful consideration. As the nation’s debt continues to climb, Americans and their legislators require a greater focus on targeted solutions.
Gottheimer’s call for bipartisanship represents a hopeful perspective for the nation’s future. Time will tell whether enough Democrats will participate to help make his plans reality.