Nancy Pelosi showed leadership that was lacking in the House GOP. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call,Inc. Congressional Republicans love to live off the fat of the land that their fiscal policies — including tax cuts and uninhibited Pentagon spending — provide to donors, lobbyists, and constituents. But when it comes time to pay the bills with debt-limit increases or the deal-making accommodations necessary to get their priorities through a divided Congress, they are sometimes nowhere to be found. That was the case today when — after a budget–debt limit deal was negotiated by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and endorsed by their president — Republicans mostly took a powder, as the New York Times reported: Only 65 Republicans joined the Democratic majority in the 284-149 vote, with 132 Republicans voting against the bill, despite President Trump’s endorsement and pressure from key outside groups, including the Chamber of Commerce, to avoid a potentially catastrophic default on the government’s debt. Democrats were left to get the deal passed, despite misgivings from some liberals over its increases in military spending over the next two years. Only 16 of them voted no. That’s right: The House Democrats whom Trump was trashing just… Read full this story
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