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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is refusing to whether she has enough votes to pass Democrats latest left-wing spending spree through the House.
While speaking to reporters on Thursday, Pelosi refused to reveal any information about Democrats’ reconciliation bill and the infrastructure bill.
She also refused to say whether Democrats even have the votes to pass reconciliation.
REPORTER: “Democrats still saying that they’re not going to vote for this. Do you have the votes to pass this by the end of the week?”
Pelosi: “Well, you are my priority. I didn’t — I came right from the caucus to this meeting — (Laughter) — so I — I’m not familiar with what that is. But again, we have questions that members had, whether it’s about is it really paid for. That was one of the questions. Yesterday we had a session where we listened to them and they want to know is it really paid for and how. We had this morning Richie Neal and Brian Deese from the White House talk about how it was and with the idea — that was early. At 10:00, the Joint Tax Committee would be — that would be released. Have you seen it? You’ve seen it. OK. So, that was one piece. The other piece was about inflation, and we had the experts’ opinions, and in fact, very recent, today from Moody’s that the bill was paid — since it is paid for, it would not increase inflation. And, in fact, it would add to our economy because of child care enabling many more women to fully participate in it. So, I haven’t seen — I haven’t seen it.”
REPORTER: “Madam, Speaker —“
Pelosi: “I was going to say, did you see the whip count? Because I’ll tell you something about Mr. Clyburn. He keeps it close to the vest.”
REPORTER: “Madam Speaker —“
Pelosi: “Even as Speaker, I say that, ‘Mr. Clyburn, how are we doing?’”
Pelosi also had a bit of a meltdown when a reporter asked about Republicans winning the Virginia gubernatorial race on Tuesday night as well as other statewide races.
Pelosi: “… say it a different way. I think that getting the job done, producing result for the American people, is always very positive. Each election is different. As you know, I was former party chair and I always know, let’s look down into the numbers and see what it is. But I do think as the American people learn more about what we are doing in this legislation, for families, for children, for women in the workforce to save our planet and the rest it will be very positive. You can’t deny that it would be very positive.”
REPORTER: “Do you think — do you think Democrats were penalized for having not gotten these things done?”
Pelosi: “I — again, I haven’t seen all of the analysis, and I know from my own experience that as I’ve said to you before, the plural of anecdote is not data. Let’s see what the data is as it comes out. But there’s no question. If we — the more results we can produce in a way that is — people understand in their lives, the better it is. I’m heartbroken because Terry McAuliffe is a great leader in our country and was a great governor of — of Virginia, and I hoped that he was a once and future governor. But also, we’re all interested in down-ballot races as well. So I haven’t seen much of that. New Jersey, a nice victory. I spoke to the governor this morning to congratulate him. And again, we’ll be working together to build back better. But without saying what impact it had, it’s always a positive message to have results that are understood by the public.”