Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Representing the 12th District of California

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Gun Violence Prevention

Tragically, each day ninety-one people in America are killed by guns. Too many families in our nation bare the painful stories of loved ones lost to gun violence and this heartbreak ripples through our communities with each new gun death. Americans deserve a nation where their homes, their neighborhoods, their dance clubs, their places of worship and their classrooms are free from fear.

Upon taking office, every Member of Congress makes a solemn pledge: to protect and defend the American people.  To honor this promise, we must do everything in our power to keep our communities safe from the threat of gun violence. While I strongly support President Obama's comprehensive approach to strengthen background checks and enforce existing law, these commonsense steps cannot substitute Congressional action.

Unfortunately, even after the worst mass shooting in American history at Pulse Night Club in Orlando, House Republicans refused to allow a vote on legislation to strengthen background checks or the ‘No Fly, No Buy’ bill to prevent individuals on the terrorist watch list from purchasing guns which is supported by 85 percent of Americans.

Congresswoman Pelosi joins Bay Area Members of Congress, law Enforcement and community leaders, and survivors of gun violence for the National Day of Action for Commonsense Gun Violence Prevention

That is why I joined with my Democratic colleagues for a 25 hour “No Bill, No Break” sit-in on the House floor urging Speaker Ryan not to recess before holding a vote on commonsense gun violence prevention legislation. However, House Republicans refused to listen to the call of the American people. We will continue to lead the charge to implement universal background checks and commonsense reforms that keep guns out of the hands of criminals, terrorists and the mentally ill. We will not accept one more moment of silence without action.

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Nov 6, 2017 Press Release

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Oct 24, 2017 Press Release

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Washington, D.C. – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi joined Congressman Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) and New York Latinas Against Domestic Violence for a press conference to raise awareness of the impact of domestic violence and highlight the life and legacy of Washington Heights, New York bride-to-be Gladys Ricart, a victim of domestic violence who lost her life tragically on her wedding day.  Below are the Leader’s remarks:

Oct 4, 2017 Press Release

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Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after House Republicans voted 231 to 189 to block an up-or-down vote on creating a bipartisan Select Committee on Gun Violence, which would be charged with studying and reporting back common sense legislation to address the gun violence epidemic within 60 days:

Oct 2, 2017 Press Release

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Washington, D.C. – Today, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to Speaker Ryan calling for the creation of a Select Committee on Gun Violence and to bring the King-Thompson Background Check Legislation to the House Floor for a vote following the attack in Las Vegas, the largest mass shooting in our history.

Oct 2, 2017 Press Release

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San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued this statement following a horrific shooting near the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas that claimed at least 50 innocent lives and injured more than 200:

"This morning, our nation awoke to news of the largest mass shooting in our history.  All of America grieves for the innocent men and women whose lives were cruelly cut short by this tragedy, and our prayers are with the families of those wounded and missing.

Jun 16, 2017 Press Release

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Jun 14, 2017 Press Release

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Washington, D.C. – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi delivered remarks today on the Floor of the House after a gunman opened fire on a practice for the Congressional Baseball game:

Leader Pelosi.   Mr. Speaker, I rise to join the distinguished Speaker in paying tribute to the brave men and women of the Capitol Police Force, and also in sadness for the assault that was made on our colleagues and members of the staff. 

Jun 14, 2017 Press Release

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Dec 12, 2016 Press Release

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San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi delivered remarks today at the Newtown Vigil to End Gun Violence at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.  Below are the Leader’s remarks:

“Good morning, everyone.  Thank you, Reverend Corsello for your hospitality and your inspiration to all of us.  After listening to Clare and to Damien, it’s hard to be composed.  It’s hard to grasp the strength that Clare had telling us about Camilo. 

Jul 14, 2016 Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill/Caroline Behringer, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi delivered remarks today at ‘Lighting the Way’ National Speak Out: The Path Forward on Gun Violence.  Below are the Leader’s remarks: