Using language some may deem inappropriate, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told her Democratic colleagues during a private meeting on Thursday to “embrace the suck” and support the budget bill coming before the House later that morning.
“We need to get this off the table so we can go forward,” Pelosi said, according to a Politico source who was at the meeting.
Pelosi was disappointed that an unemployment benefits extension was not included in the deal, but she didn’t want to hold up the vote over the issue.
Politico explained the budget bill this way:
The deal was crafted by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and gets rid of some the sequester cuts, including the $20 billion in defense cuts that would have taken effect next month, by reordering some other cuts, increasing fees, including those on airline passengers for the TSA, and changing pension benefits for new federal workers.
Pelosi wanted to get past the budget discussion so Democrats could begin the attack on the “do-nothing GOP message,” allowing them to “focus on job creation, infrastructure funding, immigration reform and minimum wage increases,” according to Politico’s source.
Despite opposition from numerous conservative groups, the House voted 332-94 to approve the bipartisan two-year budget deal, according to Politico.