As of early February 7th, 2018, the Senate passed a bipartisan budget bill that would keep the United States government funded for the next two years. Just like all pieces of legislation, they must be passed in both houses, and the Democratic Minority Leader isn’t keen on letting it get through to the President’s desk. The Californian Democrat, and former Speaker of the House, has been speaking on the floor of the House of Representatives Chamber for the past seven hours… and counting. For what? For DACA.
In the Senate version of the budget bill, DACA wasn’t included at all, so how is this even bipartisan? The American people have made it clear time and time again that DACA is non-negotiable. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer doesn’t seem to comprehend that, yet this establishment Democrat does. So, what exactly is Nancy Pelosi doing? I was surprised to hear this, since she’s one of the most moderate and capitalist of the Democrats. She even said at a town hall to a student’s question on more progressive policies that America is a capitalist society, not a democratic socialist one.
Some may say she’s being an opportunist, but I think she’s slowly but surely morphing into what the Democratic Party should be. The Democratic Party lately hasn’t had a legitimate platform and goal, their only goal for the past year and a half has been to resist Trump. I believe, that Nancy Pelosi is slowly joining the Elizabeth Warren-wing (the progressive wing) of the Democratic Party. We need more than just a anti-Trump card in this game.
Minority Leader Pelosi understands that if she doesn’t change her views and agenda she will be booted out of office. California is one of the most progressive states in the US, and she can’t remain a centrist forever. She’s showing that she’s actually making an effort to do something that is in line with her constituents, and the rest of us as progressives and liberals. Whether she or other establishment Democrats realize it or not, this country will be going more leftward on the political spectrum.
She represents the old era of the Democratic Party, and maybe is trying to become the face of the new era of politics. She won’t, but I surely applaud her effort in speaking up for the roughly 700,000 undocumented individuals who are protected by DACA, and the 1.1 million who haven’t applied for DACA protections. It’s somewhat reassuring to know that there’s someone with significant influence in the House that is speaking up for, at least some of, the issues we care about.
We don’t know exactly what sort of compromise the Minority House Leader will make with the Republicans on immigration and DACA if she manages to get a debate, but we can say for sure that the Democratic Party is fracturing. Half of it is doing what it’s supposed to do, and the other half is bending the knee to the Republican Party. It’s as if we are on the verge of having a multi-party system within the two parties… but that’s a discussion for another time.