Pelosi Updates

May 10, 2013 Pelosi Update

This week, House Republicans voted for an early Mother's Day Gift: the “More Work, Less Pay” Act. They misnamed their bill the “Working Family Flexibility Act” – but it only offers greater flexibility to bosses and lower wages to workers.

Here’s what this misnamed bill really means:

May 3, 2013 Pelosi Update
When I meet local business owners across San Francisco, like on recent merchant walks in Noe Valley and the Sunset, I often tell them that after marriage, starting a small business is the most optimistic thing anyone can do. Every day these entrepreneurs take on the challenge of owning and running a business with optimism, strength, and hope – driving our economy and building a brighter future. That’s why in Washington I’m fighting to help small businesses and manufacturers with the “Make It In America” initiative, so our families, our workers, and our middle class can make it in America.
Apr 26, 2013 Pelosi Update

Caring for Our Nation’s Heroes
We must honor the service of all of our men and women in uniform, remember those who perished at war, and celebrate the courage of those who come home. In Congress, our work is founded on a solemn promise: just as the military pledges to leave no soldier behind on the battlefield, we will leave no veteran behind when they return home.

Apr 19, 2013 Pelosi Update
Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Boston and with the families of all of the victims of this week’s brutal attack. We pray for the health and recovery of those injured, for the witnesses to the explosions, and for the first responders who arrived on the scene to tend to the wounded and secure the area.
Apr 12, 2013 Pelosi Update
On Tuesday, I was pleased to mark Equal Pay Day with my Democratic colleagues in Congress. Equal Pay Day is an opportunity to honor the ingenuity and hard work of every American woman, and to recognize how much more we must do to ensure they earn what they deserve.
Apr 5, 2013 Pelosi Update
Today in California, it can cost a family 20 percent of their annual income to send just one child to a child care center. And for low-income families and single parents, the burden is especially heavy. If we want to unleash the true power and potential of women in the workplace, we must do better. We must guarantee an economy and society that fulfills the motto: “families earning, children learning.” There can be no higher priority for a working mother than the success and security of her family. Numerous studies have shown time and again that the earlier children begin to learn, the better they’ll do later in life.
Mar 28, 2013 Pelosi Update

Below is a piece I wrote that appeared in USA TODAY on the Supreme Court’s oral arguments this week on two cases regarding discrimination against our nation’s LGBT community.

Mar 22, 2013 Pelosi Update
Today, we mark nearly three years since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law – enacting a measure that stays true to our core values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all Americans. This law expands our competitiveness, promotes wellness and prevention, and enhances the economic security of the middle class. It enables Americans to pursue their dreams, start a business, change jobs, or care for their families with the certainty and security of affordable, quality health insurance.
Mar 15, 2013 Pelosi Update
This year’s Republican budget is nothing more than more of the same. It still destroys jobs and puts our economic recovery at risk. It still protects the wealthiest at the expense of the middle class. It still undermines the health and economic security of the elderly and disabled. It still ends the Medicare guarantee and shifts costs to seniors.
Mar 1, 2013 Pelosi Update
Yesterday, we celebrated the passage of the Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) following the failure of the partisan and discriminatory proposal put forth this week by House Republicans. With House Democrats pushing for a stronger, more comprehensive reauthorization, the Senate’s version passed the House by a vote of 286-138, extending the law’s crucial protections to LGBT, Native American and immigrant victims, providing for more rape kits as well as a national registry of forensic evidence from sexual assault cases, strengthening criminal anti-trafficking statutes, providing for temporary housing for victims, and addressing domestic violence on American college campuses.
Feb 22, 2013 Pelosi Update
President Obama and Democrats agree: America cannot afford more Republican obstruction and delay. The stakes are too high and time is running too short. Inaction will simply leave the indiscriminate, across-the-board spending cuts in place – threatening jobs, undermining public safety and first responders, injecting uncertainty into our markets, and harming our economy.
Feb 15, 2013 Pelosi Update
This week, President Obama spoke directly to the American people about solutions to our most pressing challenges: how to create economic growth with jobs, strengthen the middle class, and responsibly reduce the deficit. His agenda is a reflection of the fundamental American values of opportunity, equality, and fairness for all. His proposals reflect a core vision shared by House Democrats: that a strong, thriving middle class is essential to a strong, prosperous America. The President’s objectives match the priorities of House Democrats.
Feb 8, 2013 Pelosi Update
The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is essential to the well-being of our middle class. For more than 20 years, working families have used the FMLA to take unpaid leave for things like caring for a new baby or dealing with a family member’s serious medical condition, without penalty from employers. California has led the way in strengthening the FMLA, becoming the first state to enact a paid family leave insurance program, while San Francisco has made paid sick days standard.
Feb 1, 2013 Pelosi Update
Last month, all Members of Congress took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution and the American people. Over the past two weeks, House Democrats have come together to fulfill that duty, holding hearings and briefings to listen to powerful, poignant testimony from Americans who have dealt firsthand with gun violence – and seeking ways to prevent it in the future.
Jan 25, 2013 Pelosi Update
For nearly two decades, the Violence Against Women Act has brought domestic violence out of the shadows, protected women and children from harm, and saved lives. This week, House Democrats introduced the Violence Against Women Act of 2013 and vowed to work towards the swift passage of this critical legislation.
Jan 18, 2013 Pelosi Update

Preventing Gun Violence
No words can comfort and console the loved ones brutally taken from us in Newtown, Aurora, Tucson, and other senseless tragedies. While we continue to pray for the families and honor the memories of those lost, here in Congress, what we need now are less words and more action.

Jan 11, 2013 Pelosi Update
In the 113th Congress, we have an opportunity for a new beginning to work together to strengthen our middle class and small businesses and grow our economy. We have a moral imperative to invest in good-paying jobs and in the prosperity of our people, as we build our infrastructure and reduce the deficit. We must ensure that innovation rests at the heart of our success; that we remain first in science, technology, engineering and energy; that we educate and prepare our youth for the opportunities of tomorrow, as we make it in America.
Jan 4, 2013 Pelosi Update
On New Year’s Day, the House passed the Senate’s bipartisan legislation to make tax cuts for the middle class permanent, extend critical tax credits for working families, and avert the so-called “fiscal cliff”. The bill is a victory for the middle class; permanently extending the middle class tax cuts for 98 percent of Americans and 97 percent of small businesses and promoting economic growth, while asking the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share. More specifically, the bill:
Dec 14, 2012 Pelosi Update

Sending our Prayers and Support to the Newtown Community
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.

Dec 7, 2012 Pelosi Update

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