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Pelosi Statement on President Trump’s Threat to Shut Down Government Over Immoral, Ineffective Border Wall

San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after President Trump threatened to shut down government if Congress does not spend billions of taxpayer dollars to begin construction of his border wall: “Last night, President Trump yet again threatened to cause chaos in the lives of millions of Americans if he doesn’t get his way.  Make no mistake: the President said he will purposefully hurt American communities to force American taxpaye...
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Speaker Ryan thinks President Trump’s Defense of White Supremacists was ‘Morally Ambiguous’

At his CNN Town Hall last night, Speaker Ryan responded to President Trump’s blaming of ‘both sides’ for the Charlottesville violence with feeble equivocation: Speaker Ryan: I think he made comments that were much more morally ambiguous, much more confusing… Jake Tapper: …It wasn’t morally ambigu...

#RyanTownHall Fact Check: 7 Months of GOP Failure

“There are so many things we’ve actually done in the House that people just don’t know about.” – Speaker Ryan on Trumpcare at his CNN Town Hall tonight The truth is: Since taking control of the White House, House and Senate, Republicans have not lifted a finger to create jobs and grow wages.  Instead, Republicans in Congress have only attempted to roll back policies and vital protections improving the lives of hard-working Ame...

#RyanTownHall Fact Check: GOP Tax Reform Plan is Just Another Tax Cut for the Wealthy

“We want a tax code built for growth, built for economic activity.  We want a tax code that raises wages.” – Speaker Ryan on Trumpcare at his CNN Town Hall tonight However, the Republican tax reform proposals that have been put forward by Speaker Ryan are yet another attempt to give tax cuts to the wealthiest few on the backs of hard-working American families. Here’s what the GOP plan would do: Blow a huge hole in the defic...

#RyanTownHall Fact Check: Speaker Ryan Still in Denial on Trumpcare

“The House has passed its bill… The House did its job.” – Speaker Ryan on Trumpcare at his CNN Town Hall tonight Speaker Ryan, remember when the House-passed Trumpcare bill was so bad that seniors, children, patient advocacy, disability, and other groups across the country spoke out against it? Let us remind you of just how mean and cold-hearted your bill was: ...

Pelosi Statement on President Trump’s Afghanistan Speech

San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after President Trump’s announcement that additional troops will be deployed to Afghanistan: “Tonight, President Trump announced his decision to put thousands more Americans in harm’s way in Afghanistan. The President’s announcement is in sharp contrast to the statements he made before he was President, including when he tweeted: ‘We have wasted an enormous amount of blood and treasure ...

Speaker Ryan Isn’t Done Carrying Water for President Trump

In the first eight months of President Trump’s unproductive presidency, it seems like Speaker Ryan has mastered the art of defending the president and/or remaining passive on his absurd tweets and policies. Tonight is Speaker Ryan’s CNN Town Hall, and this is our question for him: Why do you consistently fail to hold President Trump accountable?  Below are some examples of how the ‘...

Pelosi Statement on Firing of Steve Bannon

San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after it was announced that White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon was fired from the Trump Administration: “Steve Bannon’s firing is welcome news, but it doesn’t disguise where President Trump himself stands on white supremacists and the bigoted beliefs they advance. “President Trump’s growing record of repulsive statements is matched by his repulsive policies...

Pelosi Statement on Censure Resolution Against President Trump

“The President’s repulsive defense of white supremacists demands that Congress act to defend our American values. “Today, Members led by Reps. Jerry Nadler, Bonnie Watson Coleman and Pramila Jayapal have filed the first censure resolution against the President.  Every day, the President gives us further evidence of why such a censure is necessary.  Indeed, with each passing day, it becomes clearer that the Republican Congress must declare whether it stands for our sacred Americ...

New York Times: Pelosi Calls for Confederate Statues to Be Removed from Capitol

By: Thomas Kaplan WASHINGTON — Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the House Democratic leader, called on Thursday for the removal of Confederate statues from the United States Capitol, opening a new front in the debate ignited by the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend. “The Confederate statues in the halls of Congress have always been reprehensible,” Ms. Pelosi said, putting pressure on the House speaker, Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, to act.....

Pelosi Statement on Barcelona Terror Attack

San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement on the deadly terror attack in Barcelona, Spain: “All Americans are horrified and saddened by the news of the vicious terror attack in Barcelona.  We share in the sorrow at the scenes of suffering in this beautiful city.  We are praying for the recovery of the wounded, for the loved ones of those slain, and for the swift apprehension of those responsible. “Terrorists will not break o...

Pelosi Calls for Removal of Confederate Statues From Capitol

San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement calling on Speaker Ryan to join Democrats in supporting legislation to remove Confederate statues from the Capitol: “The halls of Congress are the very heart of our democracy.  The statues in the Capitol should embody our highest ideals as Americans, expressing who we are and who we aspire to be as a nation. “The Confederate statues in the halls of Congress have always been reprehensi...

Pelosi Names Henry Connelly Deputy Communications Director

Washington, D.C. – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi announced today that she has named Henry Connelly as her new Deputy Communications Director.  Connelly, a native of Los Angeles, has served on Pelosi’s press staff since 2013 and currently serves as Director of Speechwriting. “Much of what we do in the Congress depends on having the ability to communicate the stakes of the decisions made in Washington to the American people,” Pelosi said.  “Henry has had tremendous suc...

Pelosi Statement on Unjust Re-Sentencing of Joshua Wong and Other Hong Kong Democracy Activists

San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released this statement after Hong Kong democracy activists Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow were unjustly re-sentenced to six, eight and seven months in jail, respectively, for their leadership of the pro-democracy “Umbrella Movement” of 2014: “Today’s re-sentencing of Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow should shock the conscience of the world.  This egregious decision — which disqualifies these champions...

Pelosi Statement on Signing of Bill to Improve Post 9/11 GI Benefits

“Nine years ago, the Democratic Congress enacted the Post-9/11 GI bill, the most sweeping veterans benefit and education law in generations.  Today, we expand on those historic protections, and further strengthen the ability of courageous men and women in uniform and their families to thrive. “It was my deep honor to cosponsor this bill, which improves existing benefits, closes gaps in eligibility and expands opportunities for Reservists, Guardsmen, Purple Heart recipients and sur...

225 Days: The 115th Republican Congress By the Numbers

  225: Days since the start of this Republican Congress as of August 15, 2017 120: Days the GOP House has been in session, 31 of which were pro-forma days in which the House gaveled in & out in a matter of minutes & no legislative business was completed Only 46:  Number of bills signed into law, of which 57% were noncontroversial suspension...

Pelosi Statement on President Trump’s Comments Doubling Down on Initial Charlottesville Violence Response

San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after President Trump reiterated his belief that “both sides” were to blame for white nationalist violence in Charlottesville: “The President’s press conference today made plain that the statement he gave on Saturday is what he really believes.  The President’s continued talk of blame ‘on many sides’ ignores the abhorrent evil of white supremacism, and continues a disturbing patte...

Washington Post Blog: Don’t argue with Pelosi on this one, Republicans

By: Jennifer Rubin On Monday, after President Trump’s grudging denunciation of neo-Nazis and white supremacists, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) released a statement: “The President’s statement on Saturday was a direct reflection of the fact that his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, is an alt-right white supremacist sympathizer and a shameless enforcer of those un-American ...

Pelosi Statement on CBO Report on Consequences of Ending Cost Sharing Reduction Payments

San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after the Congressional Budget Office released an assessment of the consequences if President Trump follows through with his threat to cut off the cost sharing reduction payments required under the Affordable Care Act.  Leader Pelosi had requested that the CBO conduct this analysis. “The CBO’s report once again exposes the vast cynicism of President Trump’s threats to purposefully raise Am...

Pelosi Statement on the 5th Anniversary of DACA Implementation and Day of Action on Immigration

San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released this statement marking the fifth anniversary of the implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative and Day of Action on Immigration: “Today, we celebrate the fifth anniversary of the implementation of the landmark, life-changing DACA initiative at a moment of crisis for our young DREAMers and for the fundamental American values of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. “Ou...