Nancy Pelosi Nancy Pelosi, Linus, Forty Percent discussed on The Majority Report with Sam Seder
It's a big number, and it's an it's an important number if they're voting as a bloc, right? I mean, if they're if they are in presumably, right? They're coming up with at least, maybe they don't write it down or maybe they do, but with basically scoring mechanism these votes that you need we need you to take these votes. If you don't take these votes, we give you a seem Linus or a D or an F. And if we give you a debt enough, we're going to be out there or even a D we're going to be out there. And we're going to be supporting a progressive challenge to challenger to you in your district. And so that. That makes a big difference. If you're voting like a block, right? It doesn't matter. I mean, your size is is less relative freedom caucus, my son's thirty people. Yeah. I mean, we're talking we're talking about a third of what the progressive caucus likely to look like. And now it's not going to be quite as cozy as the freedom caucus. I think that's pretty clear, but even if it's minimally cohesive giving the margins in democratic in in the house next year. You don't need that many to to swing votes. Right. Okay. So progressive caucus is is a new, and so what did they what was their first sort of like, I don't know if it was their first, but it feels like it was their first real exercise of this. I don't want to say thority, but this power. Yeah. This was a definite power. So, you know, we have this leadership sort of battle with Nancy Pelosi Nancy Pelosi needs not only majority of Democrats in the house to vote for this week to be their nominee for speaker. But on the floor because of the way it's structured she needs. A majority of all members in order to get the speaker, which means she needs virtually every democrat to vote for her on the floor in order to to become speaker. And that gives members some power to dictate terms and the progressive caucus new this sought this had a meeting with Pelosi where they said, hey, look, we're forty percent of this caucus. However, we don't get forty percent of the seats, particularly on key committees. And four for them are domestic and then one of them is separate more talk about them separately, but the four domestic policy committee through which all domestic legislation runs. We're talking about the appropriations committee which sets the funding and appropriate money. We're talking about the ways and means committee, which is mainly tax policy and trade we're talking about the energy and commerce committee where healthcare legislation and climate legislation would go through and we're talking about this financial services committee, which is financial regulation and housing policy in all sorts of other things so those four committees and then separately the intelligence committee, which only has one progressive caucus member out of its nine. The other four are all under that forty percent marker. And and and the progressive caucus said we want forty percent representation we want proportional representation. On all of these committees. And Pelosi said, yes, you can get that we will restructure so that you get that committee proportional representation, and that's a very big deal. Because the these are the places where this legislation will initiate when you're thinking about almost everything that progresses are moving to one. Whether it's legislation on prescription drugs legislation on single.