On Monday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer surrendered and cut a deal with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to end the government shutdown.
A lot of Democrats are not happy.
In a rare public rebuke, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi opposed the Schumer-McConnell deal.
“I don’t see that there’s any reason — I’m speaking personally and hearing from my members — to support what was put forth,” Pelosi said at a press briefing shortly before the Schumer deal was announced.
The final vote was 81-18, but one-third (16) of the 49 Democrats and Independents in the minority voted against it.
Five of the sixteen Democrats are seen as likely 2020 presidential candidates. They include Senators Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Kamala Harris.
Murshed Zaheed, a prominent left-wing activist, called Schumer “the worst negotiator in Washington.”
“Today’s cave by Senate Democrats — led by weak-kneed, right-of-center Democrats — is why people don’t believe the Democratic Party stands for anything,” said Stephanie Taylor, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. “These weak Democrats hurt the party brand for everyone and make it harder to elect Democrats everywhere in 2018.”
— BoldProgressives.org (@BoldProgressive) January 22, 2018
.@DFAaction says @SenateDems cave on #TrumpShutdown is “not only a stunning display of moral and political cowardice, it was a strategically incoherent move that demonstrates precisely why so many believe the Democratic Party doesn’t stand for anything.” https://t.co/utSai9XYOn pic.twitter.com/GDQUTCXh1k
— DemocracyForAmerica (@DFAaction) January 22, 2018
We don’t want your empty platitudes, we want you to stand up to the GOP and protect DREAMers from deportation.
–The American Public. #TrumpShutdown
— Justice Democrats (@justicedems) January 22, 2018
Senate Democrats are accepting the word of a man and a party that have repeatedly broken their promises to the American people.
Over 2,000 #DACA recipients will lose their status while waiting until February 8th.
Why should we trust Mitch McConnell? https://t.co/fEHjYkE9Oe
— Latino Victory (@latinovictoryus) January 22, 2018
— MoveOn.org (@MoveOn) January 22, 2018
We need a bipartisan compromise to provide certainty to our military, #ProtectDreamers, provide medical coverage to vulnerable children, and help American towns and cities recovering from record-breaking disasters. And we need this NOW, not three weeks from now. #TrumpShutdown
— The Leadership Conference (@civilrightsorg) January 22, 2018
Frank Sharry, executive director of the left-wing advocacy group America’s Voice, tweeted out his anger:
1/ My take: Last week, I was moved to tears of joy when Democrats stood up and fought for progressive values and for Dreamers. Today, I am moved to tears of disappointment and anger that Democrats blinked.
— Frank Sharry (@FrankSharry) January 22, 2018