When it comes to the budget deal announced Tuesday by Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has some blunt advice for her Democratic colleagues: “Embrace the suck.”
“I think it really captured the moment,” Rep. Pelosi told CNN’s Jake Tapper when asked if she really said that.
“It seems to sum up what you think of this legislation,” Tapper said.
“It’s the whole process and the fact that we don’t have unemployment insurance and those kinds of things, but at the end of the day we need to have a budget,” Pelosi replied, refusing to actually say the phrase out loud for CNN’s cameras.
Pelosi’s use of the term, which she apparently borrowed from Iraq War veteran Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Pa.), in regards to the budget deal is not entirely surprising.
Indeed, shortly after the budget agreement was first announced Tuesday by Rep. Ryan and Sen. Murray, Democrats and Republicans were quick to voice their displeasure with the deal.
Republicans are unhappy that the deal undoes the March 1 automatic spending cuts (i.e. sequester). Meanwhile, Democrats are not exactly thrilled with the fact that the plan excludes an extension for the long-term unemployment benefits that will expire on Dec. 28.
But is appears that both sides are prepared to accept that you “can’t always get what you want,” as Rep. Ryan quipped Thursday, and it seems Democrats are ready, in Pelosi’s own words, to “embrace the suck.”
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