There are nervous House Democrats, especially from swing districts, who are being encouraged to vote with Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
James Freeman writes in the WSJ of Rachael Bade and Mike DeBonis’s report in the Washington Post: “House Democratic leaders are bracing for some defections among a group of moderate Democrats in swing districts who are concerned a vote to impeach President Trump could cost them their seats in November.”
Legislative Victories for Moderates to Tout Back Home
Pelosi has… tried to give moderates political cover with a series of legislative victories they can tout back home. Among them are a major trade deal and passage of a sweeping defense bill with paid leave for federal workers, as well as votes on key campaign promises to lower the cost of prescription drugs and bolster voting rights.
But Wait – Some Getting More
Rep. Anthony Brindisi, a Democratic centrist who is agonizing about how to vote, secured a major win in the defense bill that the House passed Wednesday — a provision designed to boost a local manufacturing plant in his district that Trump carried by more than 15 points.
Brindisi’s ousted predecessor, Claudia Tenney, had implored GOP leadership to adopt the provision, which requires the military to buy American-made eating utensils. The only U.S. manufacturer that produces those utensils, Sherrill Manufacturing, is headquartered in the Upstate New York district.
GOP leaders ignored Tenney, but Pelosi didn’t.
“STICK A FORK IN IT!” Brindisi tweeted, touting the win.
Mr. Freeman wonders: if Mr. Brindisi got a quid, will he deliver a quo next week?
No Question What Is Expected of Wavering House Members
Ukraine never did commence a Biden investigation for President Trump, yet the country still received U.S. assistance on time. Maybe Mr. Brindisi will feel free to go his own way.
Ukraine’s president says he never felt pressured and didn’t even realize assistance might be withheld if he didn’t examine the deal that Hunter and Joe Biden cannot defend and have promised never to repeat.
But Rep. Brindisi can hardly be in the dark about what is expected of him now.
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