Hillary Clinton’s rivals in the Democratic primary “have been demanding for weeks that the party hold more presidential debates than the scant six that are planned, and on Friday they got a big boost when House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco said she agrees with them,” the Los Angeles Times reports.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) “in a meandering but dramatic floor speech on Friday said she will vote against a measure providing assistance to workers displaced by trade,” The Hill reports.
“Pelosi’s opposition to the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program casts doubt on whether the measure will pass. If it fails, it could sink a broader trade package that includes President Obama’s request for fast-track trade authority.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said it is not her responsibility to help House Republicans pass a controversial piece of trade legislation at the top of President Obama’s priorities, Politico reports.
“Trade has historically been a top priority for Republicans and the current split between Democrats and the White House means it falls on the Republican-controlled House to pass Obama’s request… Pelosi told Boehner he needs to provide at least 200 votes.”
“During the months following the November 2014 midterm elections, several House Democrats convened a series of secret meetings to plot the future of their party’s leadership,” according to the New York Times Magazine.
“The party had just endured a nationwide thrashing in the midterms and, at every level below the presidency, had little reason to feel all that optimistic about 2016. Retaking the Senate would be at best a 50-50 proposition. Democrats controlled only 18 of the nation’s 50 statehouses and 11 of its state legislatures, and those numbers seemed unlike to improve anytime soon. The prospects going forward were particularly grim in the House, where the number of Democratic members — 188 — was the lowest it had been since the Hoover administration.”
“I think we are just going to see the ongoing attempt to investigate Hillary Clinton, be it her hair or her emails.”
— House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, quoted by Politico.
“I was near tears throughout the Prime Minister’s speech — saddened by the insult to the intelligence of the United States… and saddened by the condescension toward our knowledge of the threat posed by Iran and our broader commitment to preventing nuclear proliferation.”
— House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), quoted by The Hill, after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint session of Congress.
“If anyone was in control of the House floor Friday, it was San Francisco Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, not the Republicans who won full control of Congress in November,” the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
“Less than two months into Republican governance, House GOP leaders suffered their most humiliating defeat yet on the House floor in the battle over funding the Department of Homeland Security, thanks in large part to Pelosi’s ability to marshal her shrunken Democratic minority when it counts. The Republican leadership team, including Speaker John Boehner of Ohio and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield, demonstrated a stunning inability to do the same.”
“Nancy Pelosi has big problems in her ranks,” Politico reports.
“The California lawmaker is facing some of the most serious unrest she’s ever seen in her dozen years as the leader of the House Democrats: Members complain that the party has no message and no clear plan to retake the majority, despite good news on the economy that should have brought rewards at the polls. They also accuse senior lawmakers of failing to pull their weight in dues as they occupy coveted committee slots.”
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) recalled for the Washington Post that when she was new to Congress and opposed a bill restricting abortion, “one of the Republican members got up and said, ‘Nancy Pelosi thinks she knows more about having babies than the Pope.'”
Responded Pelosi, who has five children: “Yeah. Yeah. That would be true.”
“Nancy Pelosi insists she doesn’t gloat when House Republicans can’t shore up the votes among their own members to pass any number of critical bills, and it’s Democrats who get to swoop in and call themselves the heroes,” Roll Call reports.
Said Pelosi: “I would rather they did the responsible thing so we wouldn’t have to bail them out every time.”
“But the minority leader… must be feeling gratified. The government is on the precipice of a shutdown, and if Republicans can’t get to 218 votes on their side of the aisle, Pelosi will get to call in the cavalry once again.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that she has no plans to relinquish her leadership position until Democrats retake control of the House, the Washington Post reports.
Said Pelosi: “I could have walked away, but we built something and then we want to take it to the next step. I thought I’d be long gone by now. I thought we’d win the third term in the majority [in 2010] and I would have completed some of the work. I’m not here because I want to have the accoutrement of being leader. I’m here because we have a mission to accomplish for the American people.”
Roll Call: “In a shock to her caucus, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi selected Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for the 2016 cycle.”
“I think that, for the moment, it will take money to win the election to get people there who believe in taking the money out.”
— House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), quoted by Politico.
“I do not believe what happened the other night is a wave. There was no wave of approval for the Republicans. I wish them congratulations, they won the election, but there was no wave of approval for anybody. There was an ebbing, an ebb tide, for us.”
— House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D), quoted by Politico.
“No Democrat is gearing up to challenge Nancy Pelosi in public, but behind the scenes some Democrats are saying it’s time for new blood at the leadership table ahead of 2016,” Politico reports.
“Senior aides said they hope the party’s big losses Tuesday would encourage the minority leader to expand her network of allies and advisers to include a broader set of voices for crafting election messaging and congressional agendas.”