Pelosi: 'I don't even know if the president wants the wall'
“I think the meeting was a setup so he could walkout,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters on Thursday, referring to a Wednesday meeting at the White House regarding the continued government shutdown over border wall funding.
Democratic leadership and union leaders highlighted furloughed federal workers at a Wednesday press conference to discuss the partial government shutdown.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer also gave their impression of President Trump’s Oval Office address from Tuesday night.
President Donald Trump gave a televised primetime address from the Oval Office Tuesday night to discuss what he called a “growing humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border,” as negotiations on funding the federal government continue to stall over Trump's proposed border wall.
Rep. Kendra Horn, D-Okla., said voting for Nancy Pelosi for speaker was in the best interest of her district. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
“It’s for real!” Phillips exclaimed.
Nancy Pelosi is speaker again, eight years after she last held the gavel. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
House Democrats, in their first act of the 116th Congress on Thursday, officially elected Nancy Pelosi to serve as speaker, returning the gavel to the longtime Democratic leader eight years after she last held it.
The speaker election was not without controversy, however. The California Democrat had to cut a handful of deals over the past two months with would-be opponents to shore up the support needed to win the floor vote, even though no one was challenging her for the post.