Border aid fallout tests Pelosi-Schumer relationship
Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) relationship with Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is being put to the test in the aftermath of an emergency border supplemental spending bill that divided congressional Democrats.
The rare disunity from two leaders who have regularly issued joint statements and stood firm together during the Trump presidency raises questions about how Pelosi, Schumer and Senate Democrats will tackle other high-stakes negotiations facing them in the coming weeks and months.
The wheels started turning when Schumer became one of 33 Democrats to vote for the bipartisan Senate bill, even though Pelosi had let Senate negotiators know that she wanted to make important changes to the legislation.
The strong Democratic support for the Senate spending bill then emboldened a group of moderate House Democrats to balk at changes favored by Pelosi and House liberals that would have put greater restrictions on money headed to the border to better protect migrants.
Pelosi made it clear she thought the Senate bill fell short of the migrant protections provided in the House bill. But when faced with an internal revolt, she eventually caved and accepted the Senate bill.
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