(JustPatriots.com)- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is publicly confident that she will be able to pass major legislation through the House of Representatives, despite her party having the most delicate majority since the 1940s – but Fox News reports that her majority might be on really thin ice.
“It’s not going to be a problem,” Pelosi said last month when she was asked about whether she will be able to pass key legislation in her chamber.
But on Tuesday, 84-year-old Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida passed away, leaving Pelosi’s majority even smaller than it was before. Democrats now only have a 222-213 majority, meaning all it takes is a handful of Democrats to stand up to particularly egregious or extremist legislation for Pelosi to be unable to pass legislation key to the Biden administration’s “success.”
Democrats can now only afford to lose two votes to pass legislation in the House.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat, expressed her concern about the House Democrats’ slim majority back in December, saying that she is “certainly concerned by the slimming of the majority.”
Hoyer did, however, say they are “going to be a very unified caucus” as they were in the previous congress.
“In many of our bills, as you probably know, we passed unanimously without any losing any Democratic votes,” she told reporters. “And in others, we lost just a few. But I think members will be focused on how to close the majority is now or in the future.”
And until now that appears to have been the case, with the Democrats successfully passing some legislation key to the Biden agenda – including the disastrously expensive $1.9 trillion COVID relief package” that contains various non-COVID-related measures like reparations for non-white farmers.
The Democrats will now need to fight three special elections in the next two months. The party is expected to win in two of the races, giving Pelosi some relief, but nothing is yet certain. On April 24, a special election will be held in Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District, replacing former Rep. Cedric Richmond who joined President Biden’s administration as director of the Office of Public Liaison.
Then, in May, there will be an election in Texas’s 6th Congressional District, which Republicans are expected to win. In New Mexico on June 1, the Democrats are projected to win former Democratic Rep. Debra Haaland’s seat.
Until then, though, Pelosi’s majority is very much on thin ice…and there’s no telling what could happen over the next two years.
With Senator Joe Manchin already standing up to the Senate Democrats on the issue of the filibuster, it may not be out of the realm of possibility that some Congressional Democrats stand up to Pelosi’s extremist agenda.