“There are some people in Congress that think they are royalty … What happened there is a prime example of why we need term limits,” Representative Tom Marino (R-Pa.) told Fox News on Monday as he discussed House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) reaction when he laid blame for the immigration crisis at Democrats’ feet on the House floor.
On Friday, Pelosi stormed across the House floor wagging her finger at the GOP lawmaker and calling him “insignificant” after he questioned why Democrats are so keen on forcing an immigration overhaul now when the Party ignored the Nation’s immigration issues when they controlled Congress and the White House.
“You know something that I find quite interesting about the other side?” Marino had said on the House floor. “Under the leadership of the former speaker [Pelosi], and under the leadership of the former leader, when in 2009 and 2010, they had the House, the Senate and the White House, and they knew this problem existed … they didn’t have the strength to go after [immigration] back then.”
Pelosi then began making her way toward the lawmaker and exclaiming that his remarks were untrue, prompting Marino to address her directly.
“It’s true, madam leader, I did the research on it,” Marino said. “You might want to try it. You might want to try it, madam leader. Do the research on it. Do the research. I did it. That’s one thing that you don’t do.”
As the rhetorical standoff calmed, Marino urged lawmakers to act on GOP immigration legislation because, “Apparently I hit the right nerve.”
As the Republican left the floor, Pelosi could be seen briskly walking toward him waving her finger.
On Monday, Marino hinted to Fox that Pelosi’s actions were an attempt to “belittle” and intimidate him. The lawmaker said it didn’t work.
“I’m a former prosecutor … and I’ve been threatened by drug dealers and organized crime and murderers, and this was a walk in the park,” he told cable news outlet. “I’m not going to put up with this. I don’t talk to people like this.”
He added: “I’m having one of the wealthiest people in Congress say that I’m inconsequential and I’m not important.”
According to The Hill, a Pelosi handler said that the Congresswoman simply “wanted to remind the Congressman that House Democrats had the courage to pass the DREAM Act – and have the courage to stand up for what the American people want: bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform.”
The GOP border bill was passed in the House on a 223 to 189 vote.
But the question of why Democrats remain so sensitive to the subject of their own immigration inaction when they in charge was revived when Fox News reporter Ed Henry asked White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest during a Monday press briefing.
“Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, they were running the House and Senate,” Henry said. “They failed to act for two years. Why didn’t [Obama] do anything then?”
“At the time, you recall back in 2009, there were many things on the President’s plate,” Earnest deflected.
Henry countered incredulously, “As there are now — Israel, Gaza, Syria, the economy — he has a lot going on now, right?”
Earnest insisted that the problems that existed in 2009, the “financial system and our economy hemorrhaging jobs” was the focal point of Congress and the White House.