House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., walks to the chamber for a vote, joined at left by actor Woody Harrelson, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) J. Scott Applewhite/AP
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi met with actor Woody Harrelson on Wednesday during a week in which Democratic division threatens to sink President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” social spending and infrastructure agenda.
Harrelson has been in Washington, D.C., filming The White House Plumbers, an HBO series about the Democratic National Committee Watergate break-in that led to Republican President Richard Nixon’s impeachment.
The actor, wearing a face mask below his nose, walked into Pelosi’s office Wednesday afternoon and later huddled with her and other lawmakers. He did not directly say why he went into Pelosi’s office.
Pelosi this week is managing a divided caucus in what some describe as perhaps the “toughest challenge” of her legislative career. Liberal Democrats are threatening to vote against a bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, scheduled for a floor vote on Thursday, until after Democrats’ go-it-alone sweeping reconciliation bill of up to $3.5 trillion gets a vote.
The future of the two proposals largely rests with centrist Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, who have met with the president multiple times this week. Both senators, as well as other centrist Democrats, have expressed opposition to some of the content and the size of the spending package.
Harrelson is friends with Minnesota Democratic Rep. Dean Phillips, a centrist and a vice-chair of the bipartisan Problem Solver’s Caucus who was also with the actor at the Capitol on Wednesday.
Phillips told reporters that Harrelson is at the Capitol to “bring good cheer to a place that needs it right now.”
In the Capitol today: Woody Harrelson
He won’t say why he’s here, but Rep. Dean Phillips says he’s just at the Capitol to “bring good cheer to a place that needs it right now.” pic.twitter.com/EhCuTBRJrc
— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) September 29, 2021
Harrelson is not the only Hollywood star to visit the Capitol recently. Earlier this month, Angelina Jolie met with lawmakers to lobby for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.
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Original Author: Emily Brooks