Pelosi Says ‘Large Number’ of Dems Wanted Her to Shut Down Gov’t to Stop GOP Filling SCOTUS Vacancy
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that she rejected calls from fellow Democrats outside of the chamber who wanted her to shut down the federal government over the Senate GOP's handling of the Supreme Court vacancy.
"I have the privilege of being a leader in the most diverse party in every possible way including opinion. A large number of people outside, not in the House, but outside wanted me to shut down government because of what they're doing on Justice Ginsburg. Shut down government? I'm not a big believer in shutting down government," she said at a press conference.
"But when the West is on fire and the South is battered by storms and the whole country is suffering from a downturn in the economy and the people we need so that we can do our jobs – public employees – we're going to shut them down? No, I don't think so," she also said.