House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi issued a tactical email to her Democratic colleagues this afternoon saying it’s clear that Republicans don’t have enough votes to pass the massive cromnibus spending bill and Democrats should use this as leverage to remove two “offensive” provisions from the bill. The GOP-controlled House has already been in recess for more than an hour now, presumably in an effort for the majority party to secure enough votes to pass the spending bill.
This, in theory, could be good for D.C.’s marijuana legalization ballot initiative, which stands to be blocked if the spending bill passes as is. D.C. residents have already protested and staged a sit-in at Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid‘s office to try and get the provision that would bar the city from spending money implementing Initiative 71 out of the legislation.
The only problem? That anti-marijuana law provision is not one of the offensive provisions that Pelosi is referring to.
In a statement Wednesday, Pelosi listed the two provisions she chiefly wanted out. The first is one that would “put hard-working taxpayers back on the hook for Wall Street’s riskiest behavior.” The second would “multiply ten times the amount of money wealthy individuals can give to a political party.”
So to recap: Republicans not having enough votes to pass the bill intact is good news for D.C. But Democrats not wanting to use their muscle to remove the provision that would kill D.C.’s overwhelmingly popular initiative to legalize marijuana isn’t.
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton‘s office could not immediately be reached for comment.
Here’s Pelosi’s letter to colleagues:
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