In an interview with Axios published on Monday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said she would not be stopping the House from passing the bipartisan DACA reform bill, but that she “can’t wait until we have a time out.”
“I know what the American people want is to see a moment where we can pause and look at what we have done, where we need to be, and look to where we could be,” Pelosi said.
“And we will.”
Pelos campaign chairman John A. Boehner (R-OH) also said on Twitter that “if DACA isn’t addressed in a bipartisan fashion, the House of Representatives will not take action.”
A White House official, however, told Axios that Pelosi’s statement was “not intended as a threat.”
The bill, which passed the House in February, would provide temporary legal protections to more than 800,000 young people brought to the United States illegally as children.
It would also allow the federal government to suspend deportation efforts for up to five years for people who came to the U.S. illegally as teenagers and have not been deported.
Peles support of the DACA bill has made her a frequent target for conservatives and some Democrats in recent weeks.PELOSSON SAYS SHE WILL STILL FIGHT ON DACA, BUT ‘WILL NOT WAIT FOR A TIME OUT’As Democrats have been debating the DACA measure, Pelosi has been speaking to other House Democrats about how she would proceed, according to a source familiar with her thinking.
Pepels aides are still considering how to proceed after her party failed to pass the bipartisan bill.
It was clear from the end of last year that the bill was not going anywhere, said the source, who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to discuss the internal discussions.
But as the number of young people coming to the country illegally has dropped dramatically in recent years, it is becoming clear that Pelosi would not have the votes to get the bill passed, the source said.
In addition to her concerns about DACA, Pelosi’s aides have been working to ensure that the GOP bill can be passed as quickly as possible, said a source who is familiar with the negotiations.
It has become clear to them that Pelosi will continue to be involved in the DACA fight, even if she is not able to win support for it in the House.
In the interview, Pelosi said that she would be “very happy to be in a position to stand up for what we believe in, especially with the support that our fellow Democrats have provided for us to pass this bill.”PELOPS CHALLENGES OBAMACARE PARTY”I’M NOT GOING TO STOP THE HOUSE FROM PASSING THE BENGHAZI BILL, BUT I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE A TIME ALONE TO PULL BACK,” PELOSON SAYS.WHEN WILL THE HOUSE PASS BENGHINI BILL?
The White House has repeatedly said that DACA must be addressed in bipartisan fashion.
Pelosi has repeatedly stressed that the DACA legislation is needed to ensure an orderly transition of legal status for DACA recipients and to address “the root causes” of the spike in immigration, the White House spokesman, Sean Spicer, said last month.
But the issue has come under scrutiny from some Democrats.
The Democratic caucus has not endorsed the House GOP bill, and some House Democrats have said that it would not address DACA adequately.
In an interview last month with CNN, Pelosi called on her fellow Democrats to “hold the line” on DACA in the face of Republican pressure to change the bill.
“I’m not in the position to be a voice for people like me, who are not in a place where they feel like they have to make decisions on behalf of their families and their communities.
I’m in a space where we’re doing a lot to make sure that we’re moving forward on immigration reform,” Pelosi told CNN.
“So I want to make clear that I am not going into this to say, ‘I’m for DACA, I’m for amnesty.’
I’m just going to be for the right kind of immigration reform that can actually be a good, fair, secure immigration reform.””
The more we see Republicans take a position, the more I think that will change the calculus on a lot of issues that are more important to the American public,” Pelosi added.