Democratic leaders were quick to frame Wednesday’s meeting as one fostering unity following a divisive fight over border spending, and ahead of tough debates to come on defense spending, the minimum wage and another round of promised immigration bills.
But some lawmakers left the gathering with a bad taste in their mouths, warning that the tensions — and the stern warning from Pelosi and other party leaders — will only distract Democrats from accomplishing their policy goals.
“I just don’t see how any of this is helpful,” said Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), a co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
“There’s repair to be done. Lots of repair.”