WASHINGTON – In a Thursday morning press conference, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declined to address the public back and forth between her and the progressive wing of the House Democratic Caucus.
"I said what I'm going to say in the caucus. They took offense because I addressed at the request of my members an offensive tweet," said Pelosi. "My members took offense at that, I addressed that...I'm not going to be addressing it any further."
Pelosi was referring to an outspoken group of four freshmen representatives: Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.; Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.; Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass.; and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich. They are colloquially referred to as "the Squad."
Directly addressing some of their complaints, though, Pelosi said that legislation would be introduced in the coming weeks to ensure the health and safety of children at the border.
"Most of it is what we wanted the Senate to accept before the break," Pelosi explained. "When it comes to children, I'm a lioness, I'm going to protect our cubs."
Here is how we got to this point.
How did this public back-and-forth start?
The conflict between Pelosi and progressive Democrats stemmed from a debate over a spending package for humanitarian relief on the southern U.S. border. Ocasio-Cortez and other progressive Democrats had wanted to add stronger protections for migrants in the initial House draft of the bill and were the only four Democratic lawmakers to vote against it, which ended up not being the final version of the bill.
Pelosi later caved to Republicans and allowed the House to pass the Senate version of the bill, a compromise version lacking many of the protections for children progressive Democrats and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus had called for. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus had called the bill a "betrayal of American values."