Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Speaker of House, reacted sharply to questions from a reporter about Wednesday’s debt ceiling.
“Why get mad at members, why twist the arms of moderates, if this is not going to move anywhere?” the reporter asked, noting that the debt limit extension might not advance in the Senate.
“What are you talking about?” Pelosi responded. “We have a responsibility to lift up the full faith and credit of the United States of America, that’s what we have to do.”
The speaker of the House stated that the House could not pick and choose its actions based on the Senate’s results.
“These members have all voted for this last week. So if they’re concerned about how it might be in an ad, it’s already in an ad,” she added. “So let us give every confidence, every step of the way, that we will do that. We cannot predicate our actions in the House on what could happen in the Senate. We can when we’re coming to an agreement on a bill.”
If Congress fails to pass a funding bill, a government shutdown will take place Friday night at midnight. Senate Republicans pledged to resist a debt ceiling rise, and Republicans unanimously oppose $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill by the Democrats.