Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Representing the 12th District of California

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Jobs and Economic Justice

Congresswoman Pelosi joins Labor Secretary Tom Perez, Mayor Ed Lee and Bay Area Representatives Jackie Speier, Mike Honda and Jared Huffman at the Department of Labor’s San Francisco Forum on Working Families to highlight Democrats’ plan to build an economy that works for everyone by raising the minimum wage, guaranteeing fair pay for women, and creating good-paying jobs for the middle class.

Since 2010, the economy has added over 15 million private sector jobs. However, it is clear that Congress must do more to create good-paying jobs and increase the paychecks of hard-working Americans. To continue moving our economy forward, we must secure our country’s future with a secure financial future for all so that hardworking families can buy a home, send their children to college and save for retirement.

American workers drive our nation’s success and deserve an economy that works for them. We need middle-class economics, not the failed trickle-down economics that drove our economy into a ditch as House Republicans continue to stack the deck for the wealthy. We must raise the federal minimum wage, extend overtime pay, secure collective bargaining rights and the right to organize in the workplace, protect workers from discrimination and ensure equal pay for equal work.

It is a point of great pride that our State and our City are leading the nation by enacting laws to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. However, the federal minimum wage has been frozen at $7.25 for nearly seven years and has not been raised since Democrats were in the majority. Now is the time to boost the wages of the 25 million workers across the country who are still waiting for a long-overdue pay raise.

I strongly support President Obama’s transformative final overtime rule that will give more than four million Americans the higher pay their hard work deserves and reaffirm the 40-hour work week that is the cornerstone of middle-class America. 

Workers’ rights are essential to the health and strength of the American people and serve as the foundation of the middle class. Yet, in the courts, in the states, and in the Congress, we see powerful interests trying to undermine the right to organize. It is long past time for Congress to adopt workplace policies that preserve unions’ ability to maintain a strong voice on behalf of workers.

More than half a century after the enactment of the Equal Pay Act, full-time working women earn just 80 cents, on average, for every dollar a man earns. I am committed to making pay equity the law of the land so that women and men get equal pay for equal work. The existing legal tools available to remedy gender-based pay discrimination are not enough, which is why I am proud to support immediate passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act along with every House Democrat to close the yearly gap of $10,470 in wages between full-time working men and women.

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Jul 25, 2017 Press Release

Contact: Ashley Etienne/Caroline Behringer, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi delivered remarks today on the Floor of the House in opposition to the H.J. Res. 111, a Republican resolution to roll back consumer and service-member rights ensured by Dodd-Frank, which protect against abusive and deceptive practices in the financial marketplace.  The resolution passed  229-188.  Below are the Leader’s remarks:

Jul 24, 2017 Press Release

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Jul 21, 2017 Press Release

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Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today, marking the seventh anniversary of President Barack Obama’s signing of the landmark, Democratic-passed Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act:

Jul 18, 2017 Press Release

Contact: Ashley Etienne/Caroline Behringer, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after House Republicans unveiled their FY 2018 budget resolution:

“House Republicans have devised a toxic budget whose sole purpose is to hand tax breaks to billionaires on the backs of seniors and hard-working Americans.  Instead of investing in good-paying jobs, the Republican budget would stack the deck even further against working families.  

Jul 13, 2017 Press Release

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Jul 10, 2017 Press Release

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San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after House Republicans announced they would not have a markup of their FY2018 budget this week:

“More than six months into the Congress, House Republicans are still flailing on their basic responsibility to pass a budget.  Another delay, another sign of a House Republican Conference floundering and frightened of revealing the true job-killing disaster of their Billionaires First budget plans. 

Jul 7, 2017 Press Release

Contact: Ashley Etienne/Caroline Behringer, 202-226-7616

San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after the Department of Labor announced that the economy added a total of 222,000 jobs in June and unemployment rose to 4.4 percent:

Jul 5, 2017 Press Release

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Jun 29, 2017 Press Release

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Jun 19, 2017 Press Release

Contact: Ashley Etienne/Caroline Behringer, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after House Republicans announced they would not have a markup of their FY2018 budget this week:

“Almost five months into the Trump Administration, House Republicans still haven’t met their most basic responsibility to pass a budget.  The House GOP is now months behind the statutory budget deadline, deeply divided but unwilling to abandon their budget giveaways to the richest few.