Pelosi Sends Letter to Members and Members-Elect Announcing Candidacy for Speaker
Nov 7, 2018
Contact: Ashley Etienne/Henry Connelly, 202-226-7616
Washington D.C. – Tonight, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi sent personalized letters to returning Members and Members-elect to respectfully request their support for Speaker.
Leader Pelosi wrote, “My vision for the next two years is to restore the House to the role it should have as a strong and independent voice for the American people, and maximize the ability and the creativity of our entire Caucus. In that spirit, I am writing to respectfully request your support for Speaker, and do so with confidence and humility. Thank you for your consideration.”
Full text of the letter can be found below:
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Congratulations on your victory and for being a part of an historic and exciting new Democratic Majority. Your wisdom and leadership will be essential to our efforts in the months ahead.
The American people have spoken, and demanded that Congress listen to what matters to them – the health care and economic security of hard-working families.
In the campaign, we won because we focused on our For The People agenda and refused to be distracted. With the Majority:
• We will defend protections for people with pre-existing conditions, keep Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid off the chopping block, and lower health costs and prescription drug prices for all Americans;
• We will raise workers’ wages with strong economic growth by rebuilding America’s infrastructure;
• We will clean up corruption to make Washington work for the American people.
By reducing the role of money in politics and advancing fair elections with the Voting Rights Act, we will build trust so that the public knows that the people’s interest and not the special interests are served.
We must show on the first day of the 116th Congress that we are prepared to get the job done for the American people.
Our opening day rule must assert a new Congress of transparency, bipartisanship and unity. We will seek not the lowest, but the boldest common denominator. We must honor the guidance of our Founders: E Pluribus Unum. From many, one. As we debate our differences, we must work to unite, not divide our country further.
In the next few weeks, I look forward to talking with you and every Member of our Caucus to gather the best ideas on how to strengthen the institution we serve and to honor our responsibilities under Article I: the legislative branch, a co-equal branch of government that is a check and balance on the Executive and the Judiciary. How we go forward will spring from Member participation in the committees and the Caucus to build consensus.
My vision for the next two years is to restore the House to the role it should have as a strong and independent voice for the American people, and maximize the ability and the creativity of our entire Caucus.
In that spirit, I am writing to respectfully request your support for Speaker, and do so with confidence and humility. Thank you for your consideration.
Again, congratulations and best wishes.
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