White House officials on Friday insisted President Barack Obama’s relationship with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has not changed after Pelosi attempted to rally Democrats against a spending bill to keep the government running.
“The president has always had, not just a good working relationship, but an open line of communication with Leader Pelosi,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said. “And that didn’t change yesterday, and it’s not going to change in the future.”
Pelosi said Thursday she was “enormously disappointed” in the White House for supporting the government funding bill that included changes she said will loosen financial regulations. The California Democrat, usually a reliable ally of the president, challenged the White House and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid with her opposition to the bill.
The House narrowly passed the $1.1 trillion spending bill by a 219-206 vote late Thursday, with approval from 57 Democrats.
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-- Andrew Rafferty