Congress scrambled this week to pass a stopgap bill to fund the government through February 18, narrowly avoiding a government shutdown ahead of the holidays.
While both sides of the aisle assured that members were in agreement that a shutdown was in nobody's best interest, a small group of right-wing Senators threatened to turn over the table.
Republican Senators Roger Marshall of Kansas, Ted Cruz of Texas, and others demanded a provision in the spending bill preventing President Joe Biden from implementing vaccine mandates, especially for businesses. Right-wing members of the House, such as prominent conspiracy theorist Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, expressed support for the position as well.
When asked whether she'd keep the House in session through the weekend to guarantee passage of the stopgap bill, a visibly frustrated House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California had some choice words for the members holding up the legislation.
"How do they explain to the public that they're shutting down government because they don't want people to get vaccinated? Why don't you go ask them? This is so silly. This is so silly that we have people who are anti-science, anti-vaccination, saying they're going to shut down government over that. And you're asking me, what's our message?"
People shared her frustration.
She wasn't the only one to slam the threats of a shutdown.
Fortunately, their efforts failed for now, with the House and Senate passing legislation funding the government through mid-February. Biden is expected to sign it today.