House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi weighed in Wednesday on the ongoing attempt by pro-amnesty Republicans to join with Democrats and force a vote on legalizing millions of illegal aliens.
Depending on the unity of the Democratic caucus, between 25 and 30 Republicans are needed to force the vote over the stated opposition of the GOP House leadership, including outgoing Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, in a parliamentary maneuver known as a “discharge petition.” As Pelosi sees it, there are enough pro-amnesty Republicans to accomplish this.
So far, Speaker Ryan and the rest of the House GOP leadership have whipped their members to oppose this petition, but Ryan himself has continued to signal his willingness to pursue amnesty.
With her remarks about Ryan “saving face,” Pelosi is playing up the appearance that the soon-to-depart Ryan is actually using the pro-amnesty revolt as an excuse to allow him to introduce amnesty through the normal legislative process.
This allows him considerably more leeway than his two top lieutenants in the leadership, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA).