House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is signaling discontent with the government funding deal reached by House negotiators.
In a statement released Wednesday, the Democratic leader cited the inclusion of two “special interest” provisions in the omnibus spending bill released Tuesday night as a cause for concern:
“Buried in the more than 1,600 pages of the omnibus package Republicans posted in the dead of night are provisions to put hard-working taxpayers back on the hook for Wall Street’s riskiest behavior,” she said in a statement. “This provision, allowing big banks to gamble with money insured by the FDIC, opens the door to another taxpayer-funded bailout of big banks – forcing middle class families to bear the burden of Wall Street’s mistakes.”
She further took issue with a campaign finance measure also included in the massive bill.
“To make matters worse, the package includes a provision that would work to drown out the voices of the American people and massively expand the role of big money in our elections. With this provision, Republicans would multiply ten times the amount of money wealthy individuals can give to a political party,” she said.
Pelosi stressed that the measures must be eliminated from the package. The Democratic leader voicing troubles and other House Democrats already saying they will vote no could be a cause for concern for House Republican leadership.
With dozens of House conservatives prepared to vote “no” on the trillion dollar deal because the measure fails to defund executive amnesty, GOP leadership is expected to need Democratic votes to get the spending bill passed. If no funding measure passes by Thursday night, the government will shutdown.
Politico reports, however, that House leadership sources say they will not be heading back to the negotiating table and tell Politico that, if they are unable to muster enough support, the House would move on a short-term bill to fund the government for three to four months.