Pelosi warns GOP on spending bill riders. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is still keeping her powder dry when it comes to staking out a position on the House GOP’s fiscal 2015 spending bill, due to be revealed on Monday.
The California Democrat said no policy riders currently on the negotiating table were “deal breakers” on their own.
“Let’s look at the full package,” she said.
But the riders currently being discussed, she said, were cause for concern among members of her caucus.
If she made one thing clear at her weekly press conference on Friday, it was this: If Republicans want and need Democrats’ help in shoring up the votes on the so-called “cromnibus” to avert a government shutdown on Dec. 11, the GOP is going to have to make some compromises.
“We have extended the hand of friendship once again to say, ‘Let us help,’” Pelosi said of Democrats’ outreach to Republican leaders. ”We haven’t heard back. We haven’t seen the bill. But there are some very destructive riders in it that would be unacceptable to us and unacceptable to the American people.” Full story