A Republican lawmaker revealed a “Pelosi rule” that would give President Donald Trump major leverage in the shutdown talks with Democrats.
During an interview on “Fox & Friends,” Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, announced that she has a bill that would prevent lawmakers like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from leaving Washington D.C., during the partial government shutdown.
Ernst explained that despite the fact that Trump has been working to end the shutdown, Democrats refuse to budge and continue to skip town.
“I do have a bill … it is no budget, no recess, and it would force members of Congress to stay in Washington, D.C., until we have a budget done and until we have those appropriations bills done,” Ernst said.
“And if that weren’t so if Congress failed to get the budget done], there would be quorum calls requiring our members to be on the floor twice a day till we work through the impasse,” she added.
According to a press release about the proposal, the “No Budget, No Recess Act” would force member of Congress to stay in Washington, D.C., if a budget fails to pass by April 15.
“This means that Congress would be unable to adjourn for the August state work period — commonly referred to as recess — until work is completed,” it stated.
Ernst said that if either requirement wasn’t met, “there would be quorum calls requiring our members to be on the floor twice a day until we work through the impasse.”
If passed, this “Pelosi rule,” as some have dubbed it, would force Democrats to stay in town, which could result in both parties agreeing to a deal that would fund the wall and reopen the government.
But more importantly, Ernst likely wouldn’t have felt the need to introduce the bill if Democrats would negotiate with Trump and reach a compromise rather than leaving town.
Part of the federal government has been shutdown for exactly one month and roughly 800,000 federal workers have been furloughed.
Over Christmastime, Pelosi traveled to Hawaii and stayed at a fancy resort for several days when the shutdown began.
Earlier this month, over 30 Democratic lawmakers flew on charter jets for a retreat in Puerto Rico.
Up until last week, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives was scheduled to take an 11-day recess, but has since indicated that they may stay in session.
Aside from Democrats skipping town almost every week, Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have also refused to negotiate with Trump at all on funding for the border wall.
Trump has been determined to get at least $5 billion in funding for the wall amid the government shutdown.
Ernest’s bill will give Trump major leverage because it would force Democrats to stay in town and negotiate rather than using more taxpayer funds to fly home or to another retreat.