Nancy Pelosi is adamant that Congress will not fund a border wall.
This was to be the fight that cemented Nancy Pelosi as the most powerful leader in Washington and doomed Trump to defeat in 2020.
But Pelosi was in for the shock of her life as she could not believe how she was about to lose this battle.
Now that the government is reopened, Democrats are starting to abandon the Pelosi position of no wall funding.
Democrats realize their position is not only unpopular – a recent poll of swing districts conducted by the Trump Presidential campaign found a majority of voters support Trump’s position – but it was untenable now that Trump agreed to negotiate.
The Daily Caller reports:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — then the House minority leader — promised that she would not appropriate a single dollar to the wall, despite Trump’s promise of a shutdown if he did not receive $5.7 billion to build on the border.
But a number of rank and file Democrats have since said that they support a physical barrier in concert with other border security measures, perhaps due to pressure from the extended shutdown and a desire to prevent another one.
Freshman California Rep. Katie Hill, Washington Rep. Adam Smith, and Illinois Rep. Cheri Bustos have all conceded that fencing in certain areas is something that they are not reflexively opposed to.
Virginia Rep. Elaine Luria, along with 30 other members, urged Speaker Pelosi to make a deal with Trump in a letter last week and offered perhaps the most accurate view of Trump’s border proposal by Democrats yet.
As the days pass, more Democrats will drift from Pelosi’s all-out support for open borders.
At some point before February 15, Pelosi will have to deal.
She already yielded on inviting Trump to deliver the State of the Union even though there is no permanent funding deal.
The next step is for Pelosi to bend to the reality of the situation and allow funding for the border wall.
We will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.