After a lot of jockeying between Democrats and Republicans, the House of Representatives actually passed a major piece of legislation. The greatest surprise of all was that the passage of the bill was accomplished with the bipartisan help of Democrats. Seeing and Democrat support for a Republican measure has to leave a bitter taste in the mouths of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
The House on Wednesday approved a $1.1 trillion spending bill, with Democrats and Republicans both jockeying to claim at least partial victory as the measure goes to the Senate for final approval.
The package, which would avert a government shutdown at the end of the week, passed with bipartisan support, 309-118.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi claimed victory for blocking several of President Trump’s proposals — including funding for a U.S.-Mexico wall and cuts to popular domestic programs like community development grants.
While it may seem to be a Republican victory to have the cooperation of House Democrats, one has to remember that Senate Democrats forced Republicans to scrap some key pieces of the initial bill. If Republicans could just pick up 8 more Senate seats, they wouldn’t have to give in to Democrats’ demands.