House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is saying she is certain she can enact major bills even though the Democrats have the most fragile majority in her chamber since the 40s.
“It won’t be a problem,” Pelosi express to reporters when asked about advancing the Democratic agenda without any support from Republicans.
But this task is getting even harder.
With the death of Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings from Florida this week further lowering the Democrats’ already slight majority, they can only lose just two more votes and still pass legislation without Republicans.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D) told reporters at the end of 2020, that “I’m certainly worried by the slimming of our majority.”
“We will be a unified group,” Hoyer said. “We passed many of our bills unanimously without losing any Democrat votes. And in others, we only lost a few. But I believe lawmakers will be focused on how close our majority is in the future”
And then Hoyer said three weeks ago that “we are doing OK as we look at this quarter.”
He stressed that even though their majority is fragile, the Democrats have been able “to get the bills through that we know are important.”
Veteran Democratic leader Meredith Kelly is handing credit to Pelosi for her confidence during such a critical time.
“It is never good to have a slight majority, but if there is one person who can walk that tightrope, it’s Nancy Pelosi. She gives vulnerable members room when they need it, and gets loyalty at key moments in exchange,” emphasized Kelly, who was a Campaign Committee communications director.
Author: Steven Sinclaire