House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi explained her support for the $1.2 trillion spending bill that the Republican Congress passed yesterday and President Obama signed into law by pointing out to reporters that the Republicans “were willing to concede so much” to get the bill passed.
The bill, Pelosi noted, did not stop funding of Planned Parenthood, and the Republicans “had to take out their provisions to destroy ACA”—the Affordable Care Act, AKA Obamacare.
Pelosi argued that the Republican leaders were so intent on getting a provision to allow exports of U.S. crude oil that they were “willing to give up so much.”
“The fact that the Republicans wanted big oil so desperately really argues for voting for the bill because they were willing to concede so much,” said Pelosi.
In the end, more House Democrats voted for the bill than House Republicans. It passed 316 to 113 with 5 members not voting. Those voting for the bill included 166 Democrats and 150 Republicans. Those voting against it included 95 Republicans and 18 Democrats.
The Congressional Budget Office says that the bill will cause $1,205,146,000,000 in federal outlays between now and Sept. 30.
Here are key excerpts from Pelosi’s remarks to the press on Thursday:
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