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Rep. Nancy Pelosi

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April 2006: "Since 1987, Nancy Pelosi has represented California's Eighth District in the House of Representatives. The Eighth District includes most of the City of San Francisco including Golden Gate Park, Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, and many of the diverse neighborhoods that make San Francisco a vibrant and prosperous community.Overwhelmingly elected by her colleagues in the fall of 2002 as Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi is the first woman in American history to lead a major party in the U.S. Congress. Before being elected Leader, she served as House Democratic Whip for one year and was responsible for the party's legislative strategy in the House."

Third-Party Descriptions

November 2013: 'Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the House Democratic leader, said that while her members were “very pleased” with the president’s plan, some were still clamoring for a fix on top of what he was offering. Many of them, she said, were those who fought hard for the law’s passage and wanted to see it saved.'

July 2013: "Besides Ms. McMorris Rodgers, Representative Lynn Jenkins of Kansas, another member of the Republican leadership, voted yes. On the Democratic side, the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, Representative Xavier Becerra of California, and his vice chairman, Representative Joseph Crowley of New York, broke with the top two Democrats, Representatives Nancy Pelosi of California and Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland, who pressed hard for no votes."

June 2011: 'Mr. Weiner’s political standing appeared in grave danger after his news conference. There was a striking absence of public expressions of support from his colleagues, and the House Democratic leader, Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, called for an ethics investigation into his conduct. “I am deeply disappointed and saddened about this situation,” she said.'

June 2010: 'The House speaker, Nancy Pelosi of California, urged passage of the bill, saying it would prevent wealthy corporate interests from swaying elections. “With this bill, no longer will corporations be able to drown out the voices of ordinary citizens,” Ms. Pelosi said. “By voting yes, we are putting power back into the hands of the voters.”'

April 2010: "It could also take time and attention from other Democratic priorities, including an energy measure that Speaker Nancy Pelosi has described as her flagship issue."

March 2010: 'Mr. Rangel’s ethics troubles presented a particularly delicate political issue for Democrats as they head into a difficult midterm election cycle. They campaigned hard against what they called the Republican “culture of corruption” in their 2006 takeover of the House, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi promised to root out wrongdoing, providing an opening to Republicans who accused her of protecting Mr. Rangel.'

February 2010: 'Rangel rebuffed calls for him to step down as chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) stood behind him. "They have said he did not knowingly violate the rules," Pelosi said.'

August 2009: 'Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday that House Democrats, rather than backing down, strongly supported giving people the choice of a new government health insurance plan. “A public option is the best option to lower costs, improve the quality of health care, ensure choice and expand coverage,” said Ms. Pelosi, Democrat of California.'

July 2009: "The incident has reignited a long-running dispute between congressional Democrats and the CIA, with some calling it part of a broader pattern of the agency withholding information from Congress. Some Republicans, meanwhile, privately questioned whether Panetta -- who has stood with CIA officers in a dispute with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) -- was looking to score points with House Democrats."

May 2009: "Now, the Pelosi-Gingrich relationship has become one of more interesting subtexts of the furor over Ms. Pelosi’s assertion that she was misled by the intelligence agency in 2002 over the harsh interrogation of terrorism suspects, rekindling the tension between the two and underscoring how in recent years both parties have waged war against the House speaker to advance their political goals."

October 2008: "What is unclear is Sen. Rockefeller's own role in staying mum about the NSA scheme after being briefed on it. So, to one extent or another, were other Democratic politicians, including Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid."

September 2008: "As with the Internet tax moratorium, Lofgren said a cell tax moratorium is important because of the industry's important role in increasing national productivity. She noted that providing affordable broadband access for all Americans is part of the Innovation Agenda she developed with Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif."

July 2008: 'Still, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said last week she doubts Mr. Bush will veto the housing-rescue package, which contains a separate provision he wants to strengthen the financial positions of faltering mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The disputed funds enable communities to buy up properties once on the revenue rolls that are now "taking the value of their neighbors' homes," she said.'

July 2008: 'On Thursday, all the e-chatter drew a stern response from the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi of California, who, in a letter to Mr. Boehner, rebuffed what she called “inaccurate rumors” that the Democrats were trying to muzzle members of Congress.'

June 2008: 'Perhaps the most important concession that Democratic leaders claimed was an affirmation that the intelligence restrictions were the “exclusive” means for the executive branch to conduct wiretapping operations in terrorism and espionage cases. Speaker Nancy Pelosi had insisted on that element, and Democratic staff members asserted that the language would prevent Mr. Bush, or any future president, from circumventing the law. The proposal asserts “that the law is the exclusive authority and not the whim of the president of the United States,” Ms. Pelosi said.'

June 2008: 'And the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, said, “The president’s proposal sounds like another page from the administration’s energy policy that was literally written by the oil industry: give away more public resources to the very same oil companies that are sitting on 68 million acres of federal lands they’ve already leased.”'

June 2008: "House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has repeatedly said she would not support a resolution calling for Bush's impeachment, saying such a move was unlikely to succeed and would be divisive."

April 2008: 'The Senate voted Thursday to seek a federal investigation into a 2005 earmark on a highway funding bill that was altered after Congress approved the measure but before President Bush signed it...."My understanding is that Congressman Young has said that his staff did make that change after this bill had passed the House and the Senate," Pelosi said. "And it wasn't about technicalities; it was about something quite different. And so I think that is something the ethics committee should look at."'

March 2008: "The House last night approved one of the most significant changes to its ethics rules in decades, creating for the first time an independent panel empowered to initiate investigations of alleged misconduct by members of the chamber....House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) wore down opponents, first with changes to the original proposal, then by scheduling last night's public vote and essentially daring members to reject it."

November 2007: '"The money has already been provided by the House of Representatives. If the president wants that $50 billion released, all he has to do is call the Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, and ask him to stop blocking it," said House Appropriations Committee Chairman David R. Obey (D-Wis.). House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) also blamed Republicans for any lack of money for the war.'

November 2007: 'Key to this dialogue, however, is some willingness on your [Pres. Bush's] part to actually find common ground,' House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, said in the letter.

November 2007: To ensure passage of the bill, Ms. Pelosi and other Democrats, including Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts, who is openly gay, removed language granting protections to transsexual and transgender individuals by barring discrimination based on sexual identity, a move that infuriated gay rights groups.

October 2007: The debate on nuclear power has evolved, with fears of global warming prompting some officials, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, to say expanding nuclear plants has to be considered.

October 2007: But Bush's words may not be enough to diminish strong congressional support for the resolution. Brendan Daly, spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), said the resolution is likely to be approved in committee next week and, with 226 co-sponsors, appears to have the votes to pass on the floor. While Pelosi has spoken to Turkish officials and is mindful of their concerns, Daly added, 'it's a bipartisan bill' and 'she is supportive of bringing it the floor.'

June 2007: Except that it is the article that suggests this, not the study. And it is this same Times article that Mr. Limbaugh then used to justify his habit of calling House Speaker Nancy Pelosi 'Queen Bee Nancy.' So are memes created.

June 2007: Hastert and Reid are not the only congressional leaders to face such scrutiny. The disclosure filing for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) showed that she and her husband increased their stake in a property near a San Francisco waterfront redevelopment project for which Pelosi requested $25 million in earmarked funds. In July, the Pelosis spent up to $1 million to buy out partners in 945 Battery, a building worth up to $5 million that generates as much as $1 million a year in rental income, the forms show.

June 2007: Democrats asserted that a pardon would be an outrage. 'Serious offenses resulted in the appropriate sentencing of Scooter Libby today,' said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.). 'The president must not pardon him.' Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (Nev.) added: 'The Libby case revealed the lengths to which the Bush administration went to manipulate intelligence and discredit its critics.'

December 2006: Citing the mandate from voters in the midterm elections to clean up a culture of corruption, incoming House speaker Nancy Pelosi promised a sweeping reform agenda Thursday, including a first-ever 'outside enforcement mechanism' for congressional ethics.

November 2006: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has said Democrats would require Medicare to negotiate with drug companies for lower prices and use the savings to shrink the doughnut hole. 'We can and we must make the Medicare prescription drug plan fairer and more cost-effective,' she said.

October 2006: "It is harder for Republicans to blame out-of-power Democrats for the current state of Washington, but they are equally eager to depress Democratic turnout and fire up their conservative base. One GOP strategy has been raising the specter of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a San Francisco liberal, becoming speaker..."

November 2004: Democrats and ethics watchdog groups denounced the House GOP action. 'Today, Republicans sold their collective soul to maintain their grip on power,' said House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.). Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said: 'Republicans have reached a new low. It is absolutely mind-boggling that as their first order of business following the elections, House Republicans have lowered the ethical standards for their leaders.'

December 2005: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) lumped Congress's slow rebuilding response into an attack on a Republican 'culture of corruption and cronyism, coverup . . . and incompetence,' which she later said 'caused so much more loss of life and damage in the Gulf Coast.'


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Nov 14, 2013 Obama Moves to Avert Cancellation of Insurance

QUOTE: President Obama, trying to quell a growing furor over the rollout of his health care law, bowed to bipartisan pressure on Thursday and announced a policy reversal that would allow insurance companies to temporarily keep people on health plans that were to be canceled under the new law because they did not meet minimum standards.

New York Times
Jul 28, 2013 Momentum Builds Against N.S.A. Surveillance

QUOTE: a plan to defund the National Security Agency’s telephone data collection program fell just seven votes short of passage. Now, after initially signaling that they were comfortable with the scope of the N.S.A.’s collection of Americans’ phone and Internet activities, but not their content, revealed last month by Edward J. Snowden, lawmakers are showing an increasing willingness to use legislation to curb those actions.

New York Times
Jun 06, 2011 Weiner Admits He Sent Lewd Photos; Seeks Not to Resign

QUOTE: Representative Anthony D. Weiner, a rising star in Democratic politics who many believed would be the next mayor of New York City, admitted on Monday to having had inappropriate online exchanges with at least six women, and repeatedly lying....There was a striking absence of public expressions of support from his colleagues, and the House Democratic leader, Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, called for an ethics investigation into his conduct.

New York Times
Mar 17, 2011 The Forgotten Millions

QUOTE: No jobs bills have been introduced in Congress, no job-creation plans have been advanced by the White House and all the policy focus seems to be on spending cuts. So one-sixth of America’s workers — all those who can’t find any job or are stuck with part-time work when they want a full-time job — have, in effect, been abandoned.

New York Times
Dec 10, 2010 Chinese dissident awarded Nobel Peace Prize

QUOTE: hina has responded furiously since the Nobel committee announced on October 8 that Liu Xiaobo would be its peace prize winner. Officials have repeatedly called Liu a common criminal and declared the award a Western plot against China....While Chinese officials have said the prize represents a Western perspective, Jagland said, human rights activists in China "represent the world's common values and standards."

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jun 24, 2010 House Approves Legislation That Mandates the Disclosure of Political Spending

QUOTE: The House on Thursday approved legislation to curtail the ability of corporations and other special interest groups to influence elections by requiring greater disclosure of their role in paying for campaign advertising. The bill is intended to counter a Supreme Court ruling in January that the federal government may not ban political spending by corporations and other advocacy groups, like labor unions.

New York Times
May 21, 2010 Reconciliation for 2 Financial Overhaul Bills

QUOTE: In three areas, consumer protection, restricting banks from using their own money to make bets in the market, and dealing with failing institutions that threaten the financial system, administration officials suggested that they were inclined to favor provisions in the Senate version over those of the House bill...

New York Times
Apr 23, 2010 U.S.’s Toughest Immigration Law Is Signed in Arizona

QUOTE: Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona signed the toughest illegal immigration bill in the country into law on Friday, aimed at identifying, prosecuting and deporting illegal immigrants. The governor’s move unleashed immediate protests and reignited the divisive battle over immigration reform nationally. Even before she signed the bill at a 4:30 p.m. news conference here, President Obama strongly criticized it.

New York Times
Mar 03, 2010 Rangel Steps Aside From Post During Ethics Inquiry

QUOTE: Representative Charles B. Rangel stepped down on Wednesday as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee after losing support within his party because of ethics violations....The ethics panel is still investigating more serious accusations regarding Mr. Rangel’s fund-raising, his failure to pay federal taxes on rental income from a villa he owns in the Dominican Republic and his use of four rent-stabilized apartments provided by a Manhattan real estate developer.

New York Times
Feb 27, 2010 Ethics panel clears 7 on earmarks

QUOTE: the ethics committee declared that lawmakers are free to raise campaign money from the very companies they are benefiting so long as the deciding factors in granting those "earmarks" are "criteria independent" of the contributions. The report served as a blunt rejection of ethics watchdogs and a different group of congressional investigators, who have contended that in some instances the connection between donations and earmarks was so close that it had to be inappropriate.

Washington Post
Oct 17, 2009 Congressional Ethics Inquiries Drag on, Despite Vows to End Corruption

QUOTE: The record illustrates how Congress has struggled to police itself after years in which its ethics committees were often derided as ineffectual.

New York Times
Aug 17, 2009 Alternate Plan as Health Option Muddies Debate

QUOTE: The White House has indicated that it could accept a nonprofit health care cooperative as an alternative to a new government insurance plan, originally favored by President Obama. But the co-op idea is so ill defined that no one knows exactly what it would look like or how effectively it would compete with commercial insurers.

New York Times
Jul 29, 2009 Texas Hospital Flexing Muscle in Health Fight

QUOTE: One of the largest sources of campaign contributions to Senate Democrats during this year’s health care debate is a physician-owned hospital [Doctors Hospital at Renaissance] in one of the country’s poorest regions that has sought to soften measures that could choke its rapid growth.

New York Times
Jul 11, 2009 Cheney Is Linked to Concealment of C.I.A. Project

QUOTE: The Central Intelligence Agency withheld information about a secret counterterrorism program from Congress for eight years on direct orders from former Vice President Dick Cheney...

New York Times
Jul 09, 2009 Secret Program Fuels CIA-Congress Dispute: Democrats Accuse Agency of Pattern of Withholding Information From Lawmakers

QUOTE: The [secret program] incident has reignited a long-running dispute between congressional Democrats and the CIA, with some calling it part of a broader pattern of the agency withholding information from Congress.

Washington Post
Jul 02, 2009 Congress's Travel Tab Swells:Spending on Taxpayer-Funded Trips Rises Tenfold; From Italy to the Galápagos

QUOTE: Spending by lawmakers on taxpayer-financed trips abroad has risen sharply in recent years, a Wall Street Journal analysis of travel records shows,

Wall Street Journal, The (WSJ)
May 23, 2009 In Going After Pelosi, Gingrich Is Merely Squaring the Circle

QUOTE: Now, the Pelosi-Gingrich relationship has become one of more interesting subtexts of the furor.... rekindling the tension between the two and underscoring how in recent years both parties have waged war against the House speaker to advance their political goals.

New York Times
Apr 20, 2009 Lawmaker Is Said to Have Agreed to Aid Lobbyists

QUOTE: [Representative Jane Harman of California was] overheard on telephone calls intercepted by the National Security Agency agreeing to seek lenient treatment from the Bush administration for two pro-Israel lobbyists who were under investigation...

New York Times
Dec 12, 2008 Auto Bailout Talks Collapse as Senate Deadlocks Over Wages: Without a Deal, Carmakers Face Bankruptcy Threat

QUOTE: The legislation would have provided emergency loans to General Motors and Chrysler, which have said they face imminent collapse without federal help. The high-stakes talks broke down over when the wages of union workers would be slashed to the same level as those paid to nonunion workers at U.S. plants of foreign automakers...

Washington Post
Oct 10, 2008 Will Senate actually investigate NSA spying on Americans?

QUOTE: The U.S. Senate is investigating allegations by two National Security Agency whistleblowers who have described widespread monitoring of innocuous telephone conversations by the Bush administration's clandestine program.


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