A pair of conservative House Republicans achieved a remarkable victory in preventing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) from fast-tracking two controversial bills through the chamber.
Despite a razor-thin Democratic Party majority in the House, Republicans have capitalized on several opportunities to frustrate lawmakers on the other side of the aisle.
Republicans make their move
Most recently, Pelosi sought to suspend normal House rules in order to ram through controversial legislative proposals that GOP members would be unlikely to negotiate.
Thanks to some procedural maneuvering of their own, however, members of the House Freedom Caucus were able to stymie the speaker’s ploy and deprive both bills of the supermajority vote needed for passage, Breitbart reported.
The LGBTQ Business Equal Credit Enforcement and Investment Act would have designated LGBTQ-owned businesses as a priority for lending and was attacked by conservatives as discriminatory.
As for the Equal Access to Contraception for Veterans Act, a number of pro-life critics deemed the bill a no-go.
While Democrats had hoped to capitalize on their slim congressional majorities, Republicans like Reps. Lauren Boebert (CO) and Matt Rosendale (MT) have successfully limited the left’s ability to advance an agenda perceived by many Americans as radical.
“It gives you leverage points”
Rosendale touted the recent effort by his party, insisting: “The failure of these bills shows that the Freedom Caucus strategy to fight the Democratic majority using all the procedure at their disposal is working.”
Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), the caucus chairman, elaborated on the perceived importance of the recent GOP victories, arguing that “if you start taking some of these down, it gives you leverage points, so the Democrats come back to us and say, ‘All right, let’s make a deal.'”
Of course, Democrats have shown little intention of good-faith negotiations with Republicans — and Pelosi is sure to be furious over the most recent setback to her progressive plans.
After spending years stoking political division in America, Democrats are now running out of time. Instead of negotiations, it appears they will soon have to resort to groveling if they hope to accomplish anything at all.