CNN’s Chris Cuomo told Sen. John Tester Thursday morning that the last time he interviewed Nancy Pelosi, she “almost bit [his] head off.”
“But she’s saying no, no votes from my caucus ’till Ryan gives us the same commitment. How do Democrats get on the same page?” asked Cuomo.
“Chris, I think Ryan should give that commitment, I think it’s a fair thing to do,” Tester responded.
“But if he doesn’t, are you okay with the house holding up this bill in the name of Democrats?” Cuomo then posed.
“I think this bill needs to move forward,” Tester answered, despite Nancy Pelosi’s hours-long speech to the House on Wednesday protesting the bill because it leaves out DACA. “Because it does so many good things for rural America and places in my home state and makes sense.”
“I hear you, I get the arguments in favor,” Cuomo conceeded. “But have you reached out to Nancy Pelosi?”
“I have not reached out to Nancy Pelosi because typically I don’t do that because that’s something that leadership needs to do. I worry about the Senate, I worry about making sure that we do our job in the Senate and that the Senate does what people elected us to do,” Sen. Tester responded.
“The political pushback is this — I get why you don’t want to reach out to Nancy Pelosi, she almost bit my head off the last time I interviewed her. But, she is the face of the Democrats there, she’s leading the caucus, you’re going to have to deal with her at some point,” Cuomo joked.
Despite seemingly popular support for the latest budget bill between both Republicans and Democrats, Nancy Pelosi, the Democrat minority leader of the house, stood yesterday for more than eight hours, the longest standing speech in over a century in the House, protesting the bill because it did not include a permanent fix for DACA.