Pelosi Remarks During Press Availability at the USA Pavilion at Milan Expo 2015

Aug 3, 2015
Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill, 202-226-7616

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Members of the Congressional Delegation stand with Ambassador Doug Hickey, the Commissioner General for USA Pavilion, and Ambassador Philip Reeker, Consul General of Milan, outside the USA Pavilion at Milan Expo 2015.


Milan, Italy – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi delivered remarks today during a press availability held at the USA Pavilion at Milan Expo 2015 where she discussed the importance of global food security.  Below are the Leader’s opening remarks:  

“Thank you very much, Mr. Ambassador, for your kind hospitality, your warm welcome, your kind words of introduction, but especially for your tremendous leadership with this U.S. Pavilion at Expo 2015.  All of us were very proud to be with you when we heard President Obama’s comment: we are one, one in nine billion.  One in nine billion.  That oneness, that connection is what brings us all together in all of these pavilions here.

“I’m very honored to be here with our very distinguished delegation to be led by our Ambassador – Ambassador but also [Commissioner] General in Milan.  I wanted to just say, though, that we come here not as tourists but – as attractive as this pavilion is and sufficient justification to come – we come here as serious, substantive Members of Congress on behalf of other Members of Congress in a bipartisan way to talk about the challenge of food security.  Our visit to Italy and then we go on to Ukraine is about national security.  It’s about economic security.  It’s about food security.  And they are all connected. 

“Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro is our senior Democrat on the Appropriations Committee.  She has been a champion for feeding the planet for her life in Congress.  You’ll hear from Congresswoman Chellie Pingree who, as I say, from the ground up, she is a farmer, and sustainability and nutrition and feeding the world are her priorities in Congress.  Congressman Marc Veasey from Texas has a serious interest in this subject and that’s why in Rome we visited the U.N. agencies that deal with food – especially addressing food needs in Africa.  Our colleague Cedric Richmond from Louisiana – well, Louisianans think they know all about food, right?  So he comes with a very critical eye on the subject.  As was mentioned, Congresswoman Eshoo represents Silicon Valley – she represents California as was mentioned – Silicon Valley, where innovation, research, entrepreneurship, venture capitalism, become all a part of how we feed the world.  Congressman Cicilline sits on our Foreign Affairs Committee where this issue is a very big issue and where they study the connection between food security, climate change, all of the related issues and how they contribute to reducing the flurry of despair in the world where people are hungry.  This increases their hope.  This pavilion gives us hope. 

“And what’s important about this U.S. Pavilion is that we are a nation of immigrants.  And when you see the food of America in the presentations, you see foods of the world; how they are integrated into our culture and how we learn from each other about it.  And more and more comes down to how – and I thank the Ambassador for mentioning the Affordable Care Act, because that was about prevention and nutrition and wellness.  Again, all of it is connected.  Again, back to the oneness that our President talked about.  One in a billion responsible and accountable to each other.  So we could not be more thrilled to take pride in seeing this hall the size of a football field to see the – when I say the gain, that’s how it was referenced – but showing the interconnection between nutrition and policy and research and agriculture and all the different components of it. 

“So for us, we’re very, very proud of U.S. Pavilion.  We are committed very deeply to the values that it presents about oneness and feeding the planet.  And we’re honored to be here in Milan and to be welcomed to the Italian pavilion first.  I must say as an Italian American – and Mr. Cicilline and Congresswoman DeLauro – we all share pride in our Italian-American heritage.  We see the connection between our two countries and the contribution that Italy makes to good nutrition – as they say, because it’s tradition.

“Again, I thank my colleagues for their commitment to this issue on a day-to-day basis in the Congress, for making it a priority, to joining in this visit.  This is not just a visit.  This is about a legacy of where we take the message of U.S. Pavilion Expo 2015 as we go forward. 

“With that, I’m pleased to yield to a distinguished member of our delegation – as I say, from the ground up, a farmer, a recognized policy leader on the issue of food, food nutrition and feeding the world, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree of the State of Maine.”