Can Warren and Conservatives Combine to Scuttle Not-So-Grand Bargain?

Can Warren and Conservatives Combine to Scuttle Not-So-Grand Bargain?

It may not be a match  made in heaven but then little of Washington, D.C. these days seems heavenly. Enter Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) calling on House Democrats “to use their leverage and reject a bipartisan spending bill to keep the government open until a measure tucked inside rolling back a piece of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law is removed.”

The issue is not only right in Warren’s wheelhouse, it’s near and dear to the Progressive hearts that make up today’s most activist Democrat base. Nancy Pelosi no longer holds the House gavel however, if she did, Warren effectively just swiped it from her hand. 

“Who does Congress work for?” Warren said in a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday afternoon. “Does it work for the millionaires, the billionaires, the giant companies with their armies of lobbyists and lawyers, or does it work for all the people?”

Warren’s call went further than Nancy Pelosi who said Wednesday that she is “deeply troubled” by the banking measure. The Democratic discontent with the measure could make passing the bill more difficult, as John Boehner is not expected to have enough votes on his own.

Meanwhile, House Republicans are taking heat for their support given certain measures, including those dealing with immigration. If enough Democrats defect and pressure continues to mount from the Right, strange bedfellows that would be the activist Left and Right in America could combine to derail this latest measure.