Sign up for the View from Westminster email for expert analysis straight to your inbox Get our free View from Westminster email The Pelosi era is coming to a close, and it appears that the era of Hakeem Jeffries is nigh. In many ways, the New York Democrat signifies a change in posturing within the Democratic Party. While Ms Pelosi often seemed reluctant to confront the Republican Party – though did so when she felt no other options were available – Mr Jeffries seems to have no such scruples. During the last administration, he called Donald Trump the “Grand Wizard of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,” a reference to the Ku Klux Klan rank. In addition, he was part of a coterie of younger House Democrats that Representative Ruben Gallego said tried to form a defensive position on the House floor during the insurrection. And earlier this year, we at Inside Washington hosted Mr Jeffries for a one-year retrospective on President Joe Biden’s first term in office, … [Read more...] about As Nancy Pelosi bows out, get ready for the era of Hakeem Jeffries
Congress has a rare opportunity this year to pass a bipartisan piece of legislation that could increase federal tax revenues, promote the creation of small businesses, create jobs and enact criminal justice reform—all with broad public support from Americans across the political spectrum. But despite the potential to be a slam-dunk with voters in a critical election year, comprehensive proposals to legalize marijuana on the federal level have yet to gain significant traction in Congress ' current term. Eighteen states have already legalized the recreational use of marijuana, a number of them through voter-initiated referendums, while many more allow medicinal cannabis, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Only three states have no state cannabis program. About 145 million people now live in states that have legalized marijuana, according to the U.S. census. In a Gallup poll released in November, 68 percent of U.S. adults said they back the legalization of … [Read more...] about Legalizing Pot Would Be Rare Bipartisan Win for Congress, So Why a Holdup?