Nancy Pelosi jetted off to Hawaii during the government shutdown and in doing so exposed her strategy to deal with the new government shutdown.
She has no interest in helping solve this crisis, that much is clear, and will simply wait until she is speaker of the house to propose legislation without any wall funding and say elections have consequences or some other talking point to justify her unwillingness to compromise. She thinks she holds all the cards…
Enter Lindsey Graham who explained her route is folly that will lead to disaster for the incoming Democrats.
From The Daily Caller: Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham told House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and her Democratic caucus on Friday that there would not be a deal on a funding bill unless it included appropriations to construct a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
“To Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats,” Graham tweeted. “No Wall Money, No Deal.”
Pelosi has reportedly walked away from further shutdown negotiations and pledged not to appropriate a single dollar toward funding a wall.
The California congresswoman promised to put forth a funding bill that does not include any of Trump’s demands when she assumes the speakership in January.
Graham has been a vocal advocate for building a wall. In early December he urged Trump not to concede funding, but rather stand strong and require at least $5 billion in appropriations.
“If I were the president, I would dig in and not give in on additional wall funding — I’d want the whole $5 billion because the caravan is a game changer,” the South Carolina senator said. “$1.6 billion is available to the president, he wants $5 billion, and after the caravan, if you don’t see the need for additional border wall security, you’re just not paying much attention.”
The battle over the wall will move to the new Congress and Pelosi has a choice to make – compromise with Trump (Trump has reportedly offered to take $2.5 billion instead of $5.7 for the wall) or go all in on a shutdown over $1 billion and some change.
If she won’t compromise that means she has sold out the entire country in order to try to score cheap political points – Trump has already come down from his ask and Pelosi needs to come to the table and make a deal.
To Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats:
No Wall Money, No Deal.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) December 28, 2018