Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Representing the 12th District of California

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Middle Class Jumpstart

Putting the middle class above the special interests.

House Republicans’ flawed priorities have stalled middle class opportunity while consistently stacking the deck for wealthy special interests. Instead of tax incentives to create good paying jobs to “Make It In America,” they give tax favors to corporations that ship jobs overseas. Instead of allowing college students to refinance staggering student debts, they protect bank profits.

Instead of passing legislation to ensure women receive equal pay for equal work, they support putting bosses in charge of women’s health freedoms. They even threatened to shut down the government to stop women from accessing Planned Parenthood.

It’s time for a Congress that puts you ahead of the special interests. I am committed to bold, concrete initiatives to jumpstart the middle class and those working to get into the middle class. House Democrats have a three-pronged plan will grow the middle class with good jobs, support for women and education that is more affordable and accessible for working families:

‘MAKE IT IN AMERICA’ – BETTER JOBS AT HOME

  • Republicans voted to give tax breaks to companies that ship American jobs overseas
  • Democrats support the “21st Century Make It In America Act” to provide tax incentives for creating good-paying jobs here at home
  • Republicans blocked legislation to make long-term investments in our nation’s aging highway system and opposed creating clean energy jobs of the future
  • The “Build America Bonds Act” introduced by House Democrats will boost job growth and modernize America’s infrastructure by building roads, bridges, broadband technology and investing in clean energy initiatives – paid for by closing corporate tax loopholes
  • Republicans refused to raise the minimum wage but gave massive tax giveaways to corporate special interests and the ultra-wealthy
  • House Democrats have called on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and support legislation to deny CEOs the ability to claim tax deductions for pay over $1 million unless they give their employees a raise

WHEN WOMEN SUCCEED, AMERICA SUCCEEDS

  • House Republicans refused to ensure equal pay for equal work, and voted to reduce access to child care and against paid sick leave
  • I am proud to be an original co-sponsor of the “Paycheck Fairness Act” and the “Healthy Families Act”. Championed by House Democrats, the legislation will guarantee equal pay for equal work and paid sick leave for both men and women, while increasing access to affordable child care
  • House Republicans voted to weaken domestic violence laws that protect women and voted to defund Planned Parenthood
  • My Democratic colleagues and I will continue to work to strengthen the “Violence Against Women Act” and expand women’s access to comprehensive health care and family planning.

AFFORDABLE EDUCATION TO KEEP AMERICA #1

  • House Republicans voted to pile more debt on the backs of students and families by preventing Americans from refinancing their student loans and by voting to cut Pell Grants
  • House Democrats have introduced the  “Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act” to help Americans refinance their college loans to new, lower rates, and fought to increase access to Pell Grants for higher education
  • House Republicans voted to limit access to quality early childhood education
  • House Democrats support the “Strong Start for America’s Children Act” to increase access to effective early childhood learning

More on Middle Class Jumpstart

Nov 8, 2017 Press Release

Contact: Ashley Etienne/Henry Connelly, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after the non-partisan Tax Policy Center released a report finding that nearly 38 million middle class households face a tax hike under the GOP tax scam:

“The Tax Policy Center’s non-partisan, double-checked analysis has produced a breathtaking assessment of the Republican tax scam.  According to this blockbuster analysis, nearly 38 million middle class households are facing a Republican tax hike.

Oct 12, 2017 Press Release

Contact: Ashley Etienne/Henry Connelly, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi joined Ways & Means Committee Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA) and heartland House Democrats in highlighting the disastrous effects of the Ryan-McConnell plan to end the state and local tax deduction, raising taxes on families across America.  Below are the Leader’s remarks:

Sep 17, 2015 Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi held her weekly press conference today.  Below is a transcript of the press conference.  

Leader Pelosi.  Good morning.  Good morning.  Did you see the 49ers game? 

Q:  No, actually.

Leader Pelosi.  Well, as we ended the meeting last week, we had a comment on the 49ers…

Q:  The Bengals play the Niners this year. 

Leader Pelosi.  Hmm?

Sep 4, 2015 Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill, 202-226-7616

San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement in recognition of Labor Day:

“Every Labor Day, America pays tribute to the hard-working men and women who are the beating heart of our economy and the backbone of our democracy.  When working people succeed, America succeeds – and, this weekend, we rededicate ourselves to defending their rights and expanding their opportunities.

Jun 25, 2015 Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi held her weekly press conference today.  Below is a transcript of the press conference.  

Leader Pelosi.  How convenient of the Court to make its announcement in time for our meeting here today. 

Jun 19, 2015 Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill, 202-226-7616

San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi delivered remarks today at the 83rd annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors luncheon held this year in San Francisco.  Below are the Leader’s remarks:

“Good afternoon everyone. 

[Applause]

Apr 23, 2015 Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi held her weekly press conference today.  Below is a transcript of the press conference.  

Leader Pelosi.  Good morning. 

Q:  Good morning. 

Leader Pelosi.  Not such a good morning.  So sad.  So saddened by the deaths of the two hostages killed in an American strike on al Qaeda in January. 

Mar 25, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi delivered remarks today on the House floor in opposition to House Republicans’ “Work Harder for Less” budget proposals.  Below is a transcript of the Leader’s remarks:
 
Mar 4, 2015 Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement regarding the American Prosperity Agenda released by the New Democrat Coalition.  Leader Pelosi joined a lunch meeting of New Democrats earlier this afternoon. 

“The New Democrats are a strong entrepreneurial voice within our Caucus, bringing innovation and energy to House Democrats’ work to create prosperity for every American family.

Feb 5, 2015 Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi held her weekly press conference today.  Below is a transcript of the press conference.  

Leader Pelosi.  I just returned from the Prayer Breakfast, the National Prayer Breakfast, which is lovely, and always hopeful, always hopeful.  Much was talked about in terms of ministering to needs, of God’s poor, for one and all, and it sounded very bipartisan.