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March is Women’s History Month and there are a great many women to be singled out, honored, thanked and celebrated for their remarkable feats in every area of endeavor; politics is no exception. In this blog we honor Nancy Patricia D’Alesandro Pelosi on this her 76th birthday. Mrs. Pelosi was born on March 26, 1940 in Baltimore, Maryland. Her father was a Democratic Congressman and also a Mayor of Baltimore. Mrs. Pelosi is a committed and hard-working Democrat who has never had any serious challenge in her district. She was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1987.
A mother, a grandmother, and a leader who is focused on strengthening America’s hard-working families: http://www.democraticleader.gov/about/
She has been married to Paul Pelosi since 1963; they are the parents of five adult children and eight grandchildren. They live in California.
In addition to being the first woman to be elected Speaker of the House of Representatives, in 2001 she was also elected the House Minority Whip.
Pelosi is the first woman, the first Californian and first Italian- American to lead a major party in Congress. After the Democrats took control of the House in 2007 and increased their majority in 2009, Pelosi was elected Speaker of the House for the 110th and 111th Congresses alongside Presidents Bush and Obama.
She is considered to be a straight-shooter; hard-working, fair and fearless. She understands the political landscape. Examples:
She blocked an effort to impeach George H.W. Bush over the Iraq war. However, she strongly opposed America getting into Iraq. She said the threat of Saddam Hussain using Weapons of Mass Destruction against the USA was low. “This is about the Constitution”, Pelosi said. “It is about this Congress asserting its right to declare war when we are fully aware what the challenges are to us. It is about respecting the United Nations and a multilateral approach, which is safer for our troops.” Despite Pelosi’s opposition, Congress still passed a resolution authorizing President Bush to use the Armed Forces of the United States against Iraq.”
Accurately reading the political tea leaves in 2009-2010, she pushed for President Obama’s health care reform bill while Democrats had control of the House.
Health Care Reform
“Pelosi has been credited for spearheading President Obama’s health care law when it seemed that it would go down in defeat. After Republican Scott Brown won Democratic Ted Kennedy‘s former senate seat in the January 2010 Massachusetts special election and thereby causing the Senate Democrats to lose their filibuster proof majority, Obama agreed with then chief of staff Rahm Emanuel‘s idea that he should do smaller initiatives that could pass easily. Pelosi, however, dismissed the president’s fear and instead mocked his scaled-back ideas as “kiddie care.” After convincing the president that this would be their only shot at health care because of the large Democratic majorities they currently had, she rallied her Democratic caucus as she began an “unbelievable marathon” of a two-month session to craft the health care bill, which successfully passed the House. In Obama’s remarks before signing the bill into law, he specifically credited Pelosi as being “one of the best Speakers the House of Representatives has ever had.”
The American Civil Liberties Union‘s Congressional Scorecard has given Pelosi a lifetime rating of 92% for her voting record on civil liberties. In 2001, she voted in favor of the USA Patriot Act, but voted against reauthorization of certain provisions in 2005. She voted against a Constitutional amendment banning flag-burning.
As Speaker, Pelosi has tried to focus more on economic than social issues.
Pelosi received a 100% rating from the Human Rights Campaign for the 107th, 108th, and 109th sessions of Congress, indicating that she voted in agreement with HRC’s slate of pro-gay legislative issues and other issues pertaining to civil liberties, equity and fairness.
On March 21, 2008, Pelosi criticized the People’s Republic of China for its handling of the unrest in Tibet and called on “freedom-loving people” worldwide to denounce China. She was quoted as saying, “The situation in Tibet is a challenge to the conscience of the world”, while addressing a crowd of thousands of Tibetans in Dharamsala, India. She however did not call for a boycott of the 2008 Summer Olympics that were held in Beijing.
“Under the leadership of Pelosi, the 111th Congress was heralded as “one of the most productive Congresses in history” by Congressional scholar Norman Ornstein. President Barack Obama called Speaker Pelosi “an extraordinary leader for the American people,” and the Christian Science Monitor wrote: “…make no mistake: Nancy Pelosi is the most powerful woman in American politics and the most powerful House Speaker since Sam Rayburn a half century ago.”
“Working in partnership with President Obama, Speaker Pelosi led House passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in early 2009 to create and save millions of American jobs, provide relief for American families, and provide a tax cut to 95 percent of working Americans. With the House Democratic Caucus, Pelosi continues to focus on the need to create jobs in America and prevent them from being shipped overseas.
“Speaker Pelosi achieved passage of historic health insurance reform legislation in the House which establishes a Patients’ Bill of Rights and will provide insurance for tens of millions more Americans while lowering health care costs over the long term. The new law provides patients with affordable insurance choices, curbs abuses by the insurance industry, strengthens Medicare, and reduces the deficit by more than $100 billion over the next 10 years.”
It seems it would have been wonderful to have Nancy Pelosi as president of these United States. Afterall, Trump has elected people older than Mrs. Pelosi to fill key positions. If age is not an issue for men, why is it considered an issue for women? HAppy 76th Mrs. Pelosi; you look marvelous!
Major Accomplishments of the 110th Congress
Mrs. Pelosi is arguably the most powerful woman in American history. There have been female governors, secretaries of state and Supreme Court justices, but only one female Speaker.”
– The Economist, March 2010
SPEAKER PELOSI AND HOUSE DEMOCRATS PASSED OVER 230 KEY MEASURES – MORE THAN 70% WITH SIGNIFICANT BIPARTISAN SUPPORT
Learn much more about Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi at this web site: http://www.democraticleader.gov/about/
Get more Fast Facts about Nancy Pelosi, according to CNN here: http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/01/us/nancy-pelosi-fast-facts/
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