NANCY PELOSI told Mitch McConnell the Democrats are taking control once president-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated come January.
Speaking to reporters during her weekly news conference Friday, the House Speaker had a blunt warning to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: expect less power once Joe Biden is inaugurated.
"May I remind you that we have a president of the United States, we have a president of the United States," Pelosi said. "That is so very important. And whether you're in the minority or majority, if the president is of your party, you have more power."
The California representative said party matters when the executive branch is willing to back certain legislation, underscoring a growing polarity among parties in both the House and Senate.
"And I think that that's what Mitch McConnell is going to find out now, that whether you’re in the [Senate] majority or the minority, not having Donald Trump in the White House is going to change his leverage and that dynamic," Pelosi said.
McConnell has often ignored Democrats' calls for bipartisanship when it comes to passing much-needed legislation, like coronavirus aid and the second round of the stimulus package.
He also pushed forward on confirming Trump's judicial nominees, including three Supreme Court judges, and has blocked bills passed by the Democratic-led House.
Pelosi has gone so far as to call McConnell a "grim reaper" because of how many bills McConnell has left to die in the legislative graveyard – and is a nickname McConnell wears with honor.
Pelosi offered some tough words to McConnell during her conference.
"Well, he's been known to come to my office and say, ‘I'm not doing anything Donald Trump doesn't want,'" she said of McConnell. "So to me, that was like an abdication of your first branch of government responsibility."
"You're just going to do whatever the president wants? No. This is a separation of power," she said, adding it was that power that was "the genius of our Constitution."
"So, again for the good of the country, I am so overjoyed that Joe Biden is president of United States," she said, admiring "his decency, his vision, his values."
"But I also know that he respects the legislative branch, and that there's a collaboration and we will work together to put legislation together," Pelosi said.
Should the Democrats flip Georgia's special Senate race, Democrats would be in control of the House, Senate and Executive branch. However, when asked about both the president and McConnell's lack of acknowledging Biden's election win, Pelosi gave lasting remarks.
"The election is over. Joe Biden is the president-elect elected with a mandate of over 78 million votes," she said.
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