House GOP leader: ‘Nancy has not been serious’ about any offer on shutdown

Greg Nash

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Friday said Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has not been “serious” about working with the White House to end the partial government shutdown.

On “Fox & Friends,” the top House Republican accused Pelosi of not making a good-faith effort to negotiate with President Trump on the border wall issue.

{mosads}”It’s difficult, at times,” McCarthy said of the likelihood of a compromise with Democrats. “They have voted for wall and fencing on a number of occasions.”

“When you look at the vote yesterday for Speaker, you realize why Nancy has not been serious on any offer,” McCarthy added. “That was a very close vote for speaker. She had to have all the members that voted against her, then a number of members who had to abstain, to lower the threshold so she could become Speaker.”

“Now, we have another meeting at the White House today,” the Republican leader said. “I hope they come back with a serious offer this time. But as you see from that press, this is really her shutdown.”

Pelosi’s office fired back Friday morning in a fiery statement accusing McCarthy of playing a “bullshit blame game” over the shutdown and ignoring Democratic efforts to reopen the government.

“The Minority Leader should open his eyes. Last night, 100 percent of Democrats joined 7 Republicans in voting to end the Trump Shutdown and reopen government. It’s time to drop the bullshit blame game that nobody is buying and get to work to end this,” spokesman Drew Hammill told The Hill.

Congressional leaders are slated to meet with Trump again Friday at the White House.

McCarthy’s comments come after House Democrats passed a bill that would not provide Trump with any funding for his border wall.

“No, no. Nothing for the wall,” Pelosi said when asked if she would budge on funding.

Democrats have called on Trump to sign legislation to end the shutdown without funding for the border wall, citing support from some GOP senators.

“We are asking the president to open up the government,” Pelosi told reporters following Wednesday’s meeting with Trump. “We are giving him a Republican path to do that. Why would he not do it?”

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