Nancy Pelosi Offers Shooting Condolences

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is offering her condolences over the mounting loss of life from Friday’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., which reportedly has left 27 people dead, including 18 children. “No words can console the parents of the children murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School or describe the pain and shock of such an unspeakable tragedy.  No words can comfort the loved ones of those brutally taken from us today.  All Americans share our prayers and our grief over these horrifying events,” Pelosi says. “We are all stunned, shocked, and distraught by this tragic shooting, by this violent act, and by the loss of so many young children.  Our hearts go out to the … Continue reading

Pelosi Sets ‘The Record Straight’ on Dem Budget Cuts, Entitlement Reform

Even as President Obama and GOP House Speaker John Boehner debate how to avoid the coming so-called fiscal cliff, and whether to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans, Democrats already are on record with $1.6 trillion in proposed federal spending cuts and have enacted entitlement reform through the landmark 2010 healthcare reform law, according to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. “Where are the cuts? They’re in bills that you, Mr. Speaker, have voted for. Secondly, on the issue of the entitlement, with the Affordable Care Act and with legislation, and with suggestions, provisions in the President’s budget, it amounts to over $1 trillion in savings in Medicare, over $1 trillion in savings which have been redirected to prolonging the life … Continue reading

Pelosi: The Supercommittee’s Work Should Be ‘Public Domain’

Even as lawmakers wrangle over the details of the work of the so-called supercommittee, the top House Democrat is calling for more openness in the decision-making of the bipartisan deficit-reduction panel. Created by last summer’s federal debt deal, the members of the supercommittee have just until Thanksgiving to find $1.2 trillion over 10 years in deficit-reduction. Members of the panel, known officially as the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, have been conducting all of their important negotiating entirely behind closed doors. Predictable partisan jostling began this week as details of those talks began coming public. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi warned that the final package put forward by the 12-member supercommittee “cannot be a product of secrecy.” “You know, … Continue reading