Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi is taking advantage of the decision by GOP House Speaker John Boehner to draft a 2015 government budget that funds President Barack Obama’s amnesty effort.
Boehner’s initial effort to pass the $1.1 trillion funding bill — dubbed the “Crominibus” — failed after numerous Republicans rejected the bill because it funds the unpopular and potentially illegal national amnesty for 12 million illegal immigrants.
“It is clear from this recess on the floor that the Republicans don’t have enough votes to pass the CRomnibus,” Pelosi wrote in an afternoon letter to her fellow Democrats.
“This increases our leverage to get two offensive provisions of the bill removed: the bank bailout and big money for campaigns provision,” she wrote.
She then urged her fellow Democrats to oppose the Boehner bill until he drops the two measures, both of which are also opposed by some Republicans.
“However you decide to vote in the end, I thank those who continue to give us leverage to improve the bill,” she wrote.
Unless there’s a huge wave of protests by GOP voters, the bill is expected to pass Thursday afternoon or evening.
That’s because Boehner can get support and numerous votes from the Democratic progressives and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus who want the amnesty to be funded.
Meanwhile, White House staffers are trying to get Democratic legislators to back Boehner’s bill, because it funds Obama’s top second-term priority, the amnesty.
The amnesty is expected to keep 12 million illegals in the country, and to get millions of Democratic-leaning migrants on a fast-track to the voting booth after 2016.
The funded amnesty will also put downward pressure on Americans’ wages. Each year. four million Americans enter the workforce, alongside 1 million immigrants and 650,000 guest-workers. At least 10 million Americans are unemployed.