U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
UPDATED 7:00 AM PT – Saturday, September 4, 2021
House Republicans have been doing whatever possible to stop the Democrats from passing their latest massive spending proposal. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was called out for adding her own special projects to the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package.
“It wasn’t 3.5 they voted for. It was nearly $5 trillion they just voted for this week,” explained House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). “There is no longer a centrist Democrat. There is no longer a moderate Democrat. Every single Democrat voted for this.”
This process is known as earmarking and Pelosi was recently called out by some on the right for slipping a $200 million earmark into the package for the historic Presidio Park in San Francisco. Republican Rep. Bruce Westerman (Ark.), ranking member of the House Natural Resources Committee, argued this was an example of Pelosi jamming her wish list items through the reconciliation process, even if it meant future generations would be burdened with further mountains of debt.
Pelosi has been highly involved with Presidio Park since the 1990s as she has worked to help create the Presidio trust when the park transitioned from a military installation. She has even spoken at the park for major development and conservation projects.
“This is something quite spectacular and it takes us to a new level of example for the rest of the country, new level of beauty,” she expressed. “New level of inspiration, but most importantly a new level of involving young people.”
The Republicans of the Natural Resources Committee have used this earmark by Pelosi as an example of how the $3.5 trillion spending bill has become a slush fund for partisan pet projects. The $200 million designated in the bill for the Presidio trust was just one small part of a $31 billion portion of the proposal.
Meanwhile, Republicans on the Natural Resources Committee have introduced a barrage of amendments in an effort to obstruct the passage of the bill.