House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that the funding bill which is still being negotiated still has “70 poison pills” that Democrats will not stand for.
Pelosi said Republicans and Democrats have made progress and she doesn’t anticipate a government shutdown, at least “not this week.”
“The Democrats are determined that we will not have a government shutdown,” Pelosi said in an interview with CNN. “If we need a one-week extension in order to pass it on the floor, the legislative part of it, I think we’re OK with that.”
“There are probably still 70 poison pills in the bill that we can’t live with,” Pelosi said.
The Trump administration had asked for money to fund his proposed border wall to be included in the legislation but later backed off in favor of avoiding a government shutdown.
Pelosi said it was important that the measure addressed payments to insurers under the Affordable Care Act to help lower income Americans.
“The wall — kick that can down the road,” Pelosi said. “And we still would like to have some more certainty in terms of the funding for the Affordable Care Act, but we’re on a good path.”