In a joint statement, the Democratic establishment and the House centrists said they support the establishment on spending bills but were not afraid to openly oppose the establishment and Democratic lawmakers who supported the spending plan in a House Democratic caucus meeting.
Meanwhile, a group of five progressive Democrat House members defied the establishment to join leaders and vote for the spending plan. Three of the five were among the seven members who recently wrote to Nancy Pelosi to offer a list of demands to do more for healthcare reform. Another member, Joe Crowley, the third-ranking House Democrat, did not attend the vote.
“This falls squarely into the category of ‘full speed ahead,’” a senior Democratic aide told CNN. “Basically, the party is united behind the Speaker on major policy.”
CNN has reached out to the White House and the Democratic leadership team for comment but we have not heard back.
Meanwhile, CNN has learned the deal was only voted on because Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent out a statement supporting the plan before senior Democrats had a chance to weigh in.
Pelosi’s office didn’t deny the story. The office says it confirms the House passed the spending plan, but adds: “The vote to take the bill up and pass it was an effort to honor the effort to compromise and pass appropriations bills on a bipartisan basis to avert a federal government shutdown.”