House Democrats

January 1, 2022

Congresswoman Carjacked at Gunpoint

Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA) was carjacked at gunpoint in broad daylight in Philadelphia.

According to her spokesperson Lauren Cox, Scanlon wasn’t harmed in the incident.

“Congresswoman Scanlon was carjacked at gunpoint in FDR Park following a meeting at that location. The Congresswoman was physically unharmed,” Cox said in a statement.

“She thanks the Philadelphia Police Department for their swift response, and appreciates the efforts of both the Sergeant at Arms in D.C. and her local police department for coordinating with Philly PD to ensure her continued safety,” the statement said.

Delaware State Police said five suspects were apprehended in Newark, Delaware, after finding them inside Scanlon’s Acura MDX in a parking lot. The names of the suspects were not made public.

“I’m appalled to learn of this violent crime that was perpetrated against my friend and colleague, Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon,” Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney said in a statement.

“Everyone deserves to feel safe in our city, and sadly, as we know, that hasn’t always been the case this year. It’s disheartening, and quite frankly infuriating, that criminals feel emboldened to commit such a reckless crime in the middle of the day in what should be a place of tranquility and peace—one of Philadelphia’s beautiful parks,” he continued.

The incident comes amid a notable spike in Philadelphia crime, with police citing at least an 80% uptick in carjackings in 2021.


Congresswoman carjacked at gunpoint, 5 in custody

December 21, 2021

This Is a Real F—king Problem’: Vulnerable Democrats Worried About Midterms

House Democrats vulnerable in the upcoming 2022 midterm elections are worried about their chances, alleging that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s strategy is hurting their reelection chances more than it’s helping.

Six members of the DCCC recently vented their frustrations to POLITICO under the condition of anonymity.

“This is a real f—king problem,” one member said.

According to the outlet, their complaints fell into three categories.

1. Focusing on the wrong issues

The overall consensus was there’s been too much focus on former President Donald Trump and not enough on “pocketbook issues.” Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe relied heavily on anti-Trump rhetoric and lost the gubernatorial race. But DCCC Chair Sean Patrick Maloney (N.Y.) is still leaning into the ineffective strategy.

“This is crazy to me that the DCCC is rolling out a playbook that they know doesn’t work and that they encouraged people in 2018 not to use,” said the member who used the f-word to describe the situation.

Additionally, vulnerable Democrats think their party should steer clear of abortion as a campaign issue.

“We should leave it up to Planned Parenthood and all the reproductive organizations to get in there and support candidates that are pro-choice and leave it at that,” the pro-choice member said. “I’m not going to go out there and start bashing people for being pro-life. It would be a big mistake in my district.”

2. Cornering them on policy

According to POLITICO’s Rachael Bade:

Former DCCC Chair Cheri Bustos (Ill.), who represented a Trump district, was known for pushing back on leadership in private in order to protect vulnerable members from tough votes. But Maloney has taken the opposite tack: In August, as Speaker Nancy Pelosi was trying to corral moderates to vote for a $3.5 trillion budget, the DCCC infuriated members by threatening to withhold campaign money from them if they opposed the resolution. (The DCCC denied this.)

Maloney continued to side with leadership this fall when vulnerable members wanted Pelosi to allow a standalone vote on the infrastructure bill. He went after Rep. Josh Gottheimer (N.J.) on Twitter for criticizing Pelosi for “breach[ing] her firm, public commitment” to do so.

Another member said outside liberal groups spent millions of dollars on ads pressuring at-risk House Democrats to support Build Back Better in the fall. The members “pleaded” with the DCCC to get the groups to ease up, but they refused. POLITICO noted that the committee says it’s illegal for them to tell an outside group how to spend money.

3. General problems with the DCCC chair

“What’s problematic is not only is he pushing the wrong strategy. … The biggest problem is that he’s attacking front-line members for taking a different perspective,” the first lawmaker said. “If you want to win purple and red seats, you have to distance yourself from other Democrats. He is a part of this ‘party purity’ march that is just going to ensure that we are deep in the minority.”

Several Democrats suspect that Maloney is trying to leverage his position to climb the political ladder at their expense.

“I think Sean Patrick’s ‘leadership’ — and please use air quotes on that — at the DCCC is the reason why we should not have elected colleagues running that organization,” the first member said. “Because it’s not about protecting the majority; it’s about Sean Patrick Maloney. … We’ve got a vanity project.”

The DCCC has denied the allegations against Maloney.

“We agree completely, this election will be won on our record of results, not by talking about Trump,” said DCCC spokesperson Chris Hayden. “That’s why Chairman Maloney has been fighting like hell to pass the president’s transformative agenda, which enjoys supermajority support in swing districts.”


Vulnerable House Dems to DCCC: You’re jeopardizing our reelection

December 18, 2021

House Approves Omar-backed Bill to Combat ‘Islamophobia’

The House passed legislation that seeks to combat “worldwide” Islamophobia in response to Rep. Lauren Boebert’s (R-CO) controversial remarks last month against Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).

The measure passed 219-212 along party lines.

Debate on the House floor over the bill came to a halt after Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) made comments met with audible gasps in the chamber, calling Omar anti-Semitic.

“Let’s face it: Aside from the attempts to placate an anti-Semitic member of this chamber, all that’s really happening here is that House Democrats are deflecting from the real issue confronting the House of Representatives, and that is that the maker of this bill has no business sitting on House committees has no business in this chamber,” Perry said.

“American taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to pay terrorist organizations, organizations that the maker of this bill is affiliated with, like the one that’s an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terror-financed case in the United States of America’s history.”

Perry also took issue with a lack of a definition for “Islamophobia” in the bill, arguing that it would be “made up” based on individuals’ “political proclivities.”

“And by intentionally leaving the definition blank in this bill, the gentlelady and my friends on the other side of the aisle are creating an office in our State Department that will likely spew anti-Semitic hatred and attack Western ideas throughout the world under the farce of protecting Islam,” he said.

House Democrats immediately launched a formal objection and requested that Perry’s remarks be stricken from the record.

“He called her a terrorist!” said Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI). “We can’t let this go.”

The House parliamentarian later found that Perry made inappropriate remarks that were “not in order” with House rules.

The bill, which Omar is a lead author of, “requires the U.S. State Department to create a Special Envoy for monitoring and combating Islamophobia and include state-sponsored Islamophobic violence and impunity in the Department’s annual human rights reports.”

The legislation now heads to the Senate.


House Democrats pass bill to combat Islamophobia in support of Omar

October 28, 2021

Democrats infighting amid stalled bills: ‘It’s the effing progressives’

President Joe Biden told Congressional Democrats that he wanted an agreement on the provisions of the reconciliation bill and to sign the infrastructure bill before he leaves for an international trip on Thursday. However, it looks as though that may be a problem as moderate and progressive Democrats continue to butt heads.

“Here’s the thing,” Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) said. “The president looked at us in the eye and he said, ‘I need this before I go represent the United States in Glasgow.”

On Tuesday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said they could be “hours” away from a deal, although one did not come. “We’re not doing everything today,” Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.VA.) said Wednesday.

“It’s the effing progressives,” one moderate Democrat reportedly told Fox News.

However, progressive Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) blamed the moderates.

“It seems to me almost every sensible progressive revenue option that the President wants, that the American people want, that I want, seems to be sabotaged,” Sanders said.


Democrats explode in frustration over stalled reconciliation spending spree: ‘It’s the effing progressives’

October 21, 2021

Manchin speaks bluntly on party switch rumors: ‘It’s bulls—t’

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.VA) curtly dismissed rumors that he’s considering leaving the Democratic Party as “bulls—t.”

“It’s bulls—t,” Manchin said when asked about a recent report claiming he’s told “associates” he’s actively thinking about leaving the party. 

“I have no control of rumors, guys. No control of rumors,” Manchin said.

The report from Mother Jones claimed that Manchin would leave the Democrats if President Joe Biden persisted in passing a $3.5 trillion reconciliation package.

Manchin reportedly grew exasperated with questions over the report, raising his voice when asked a second time.

“I can’t control rumors, and it’s bulls—t, bulls—t spelled with b, u, l, l, capital b!”


Manchin on party switch: ‘It’s bull—-‘

October 17, 2021

Democrat challenge to Trump border wall dismissed by Supreme Court

The Supreme Court dismissed a House Democrat challenge to former President Trump’s diversion of military funding for a wall on the US-Mexico border.

The Biden administration requested the high court to dismiss a lower court ruling which found House Democrats had standing to sue over border wall funding. The executive branch argued that the move would “open the courthouse doors to a sweeping range,” of confrontations.

The Supreme Court dismissed the case as moot, avoiding a rare legal battle over the Appropriations Clause of the Constitution. House Democrats initially argued Trump usurped their authority by redirecting the funds.

House Democrats argued the validity of their suit, citing “remarkable circumstances.”

“The executive branch provides no reason to think that anything like the scenario here is likely to play out again,” the group argued.


Supreme Court dismisses House Democrats’ challenge to Trump border wall moves

October 17, 2021

Is Nancy Pelosi retiring?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi caught reporters’ attention when she used the term “culmination,” sparking speculation over when her career will come to a close.

“I just told members of my leadership that the reconciliation bill was a culmination of my service in Congress because it was about the children,” Pelosi said at a press conference.

A reporter pointed out that the term usually signifies the end of an experience.

“Get out of here,” Pelosi said.

However, Pelosi’s made other opaque comments, seemingly hinting at a potential retirement.

“I sat up when Nancy Pelosi said the reconciliation bill was the ‘culmination’ of her congressional career,” said Susan Page, author of “Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power.”

“Nearly everybody assumes this is her last term, but that was the first time I had heard her speak publicly in such a valedictory way,” Page said.

Pelosi was re-elected as speaker in 2018 in part by supporting a proposal to enact term limits for the chamber’s top three leadership roles. The proposal failed to gain approval, but Pelosi said that she would still abide by its terms, which would require her to step down as speaker by the end of 2022.


Will Nancy Pelosi retire at the end of this term – and if so, who will take her place?

October 1, 2021

Biden narrowly avoids shutdown, but struggles remain

President Joe Biden signed a short-term funding bill on Thursday, narrowly avoiding a government shutdown that would have started at midnight.

The measure hastily passed through the Senate and House before it landed on Biden’s desk and will keep the government funded through Dec. 3.

Additionally, the bill includes $28.6 billion for communities impacted by national disasters and $6.3 billion for Afghan refugees.

Bipartisanship enabled Congress to pass the bill quickly, though that likely will not continue forward with the upcoming budget-related votes.

Moderate Democrats reiterated that they do not support the price tag of Biden’s $3.5 trillion Build Back Better plan.

“I’m willing to sit down and work through that $1.5 [trillion] to get our priorities,” Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.VA) said.


Biden Signs Funding Bill, Avoiding A Shutdown, But Other Standoffs Persist

September 27, 2021

AOC explains why she cried on House floor

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) wrote an open letter explaining why she wept during a House vote on a stand-alone provision to fund Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system this week.

At the last minute, Ocasio-Cortez changed her vote from ‘no’ to ‘present’ and cried on the House floor.

“Yes, I wept,” she wrote. “I wept at the complete lack of care for the human beings that are impacted by these decisions, I wept at an institution choosing a path of maximum volatility and minimum consideration for its own political convenience.”

However, some questioned the sincerity of Ocasio-Cortez’s emotion.

“Theatre and bad theatre at that,” Meghan McCain tweeted.

“Why is AOC crying because fewer rockets will fall on Israeli citizens and cities? The Iron Dome doesn’t have offensive capabilities. It’s a defensive weapon used to stop rockets launched by terrorists from killing innocent people. Why does that make her sad? Will anyone ask?” tweeted David Hookstead, editor of the Daily Caller.


‘Yes, I wept’: AOC explains why she cried over Iron Dome vote

September 27, 2021

WATCH: Marjorie Taylor Greene gets into shouting match with Dem lawmakers

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) sparked a shouting match with Democratic lawmakers on the Capitol steps, leading to several heated verbal altercations captured on video.

House Democrats were gathered on the steps for a news conference when Greene began shouting at them for having just passed a bill to protect abortion rights in response to the Supreme Court ruling on Texas’ anti-abortion measure.

“This is not women’s rights,” Green shouted.

Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA) told her she was “performative.”

Greene turned the accusation around, and after a brief exchange, declared, “You should all be ashamed!”

Moments later, Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) yelled at Greene to “practice the basic thing you’re taught in church: Respect your neighbor.”

“You try being a Christian and try treating your colleagues decently!” Dingell shouted.

Greene has had other verbal altercations with House Democrats in the past, namely Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Cori Bush (D-MO).


Greene heckles Democrats and they fire back on Capitol steps

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