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Wednesday
Mar282012

Pelosi: ‘No Idea’ Whether Supreme Court Will Strike Down Individual Mandate

Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi Wednesday said she has “no idea” whether the Supreme Court will strike down a key provision of the health care law that she guided through Congress during her reign as speaker of the House two years ago.

“I have no idea. None of us does,” Pelosi, D-Calif., said. “We are all now talking about something of which we have no knowledge because we’re not members of the Supreme Court. We have knowledge of the legislation [and] we have knowledge of the arguments, but we have no idea what the outcome will be.”

With some Supreme Court watchers predicting the justices will rule 5 to 4 down ideological lines against the individual mandate, the top Democrat on the judiciary committee, Rep. John Conyers, says he attended the oral arguments Tuesday and came away with a different impression of how the court could rule.

“My feeling is that, and I’m predicting this, is that we will have a 5-4 decision supporting the mandatory provision,” Conyers, D-Mich., said. “I’ll be checking with you in June to see which one of us were correct.”

Pelosi said congressional Democrats “have long believed in judicial review” as part of the country’s constitutional process, but said that as Democrats wrote the Affordable Care Act, “we were careful to honor our Constitution.”

“I hope it’s better than [Conyers' 5-4 prediction], because we have one thing going: the merits,” she said.

The Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday for the third day this week. A decision is not expected from the court until late June.

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Friday
Oct072011

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Steals Show at Husband’s Retirement Ceremony

Captain Mark Kelly hugs his wife Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords after receiving the Legion of Merit from Vice President Joe Biden during Captain Kelly's retirement ceremony in the Secretary of War Suite in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, in Washington, D.C., Oct. 6, 2011. Official White House Photo by David Lienemann(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Gabrielle Giffords honored her husband’s career in the U.S. Navy at the White House Thursday, standing on her own to pin the Distinguished Flying Cross medal on his jacket for commanding the fourth and final flight on the space shuttle Endeavour.

While the retirement ceremony was intended to focus on Capt. Mark Kelly’s impressive career, his congresswoman wife’s presence took center stage as Kelly thanked her “for your boundless friendship and optimism as our family has traveled this road over the last eight months.”

“Gabby, you remind me every day to deny the acceptance of failure,” Kelly told his wife. “I look forward to the next phase of our life together and watching all of your future achievements.”

Photos taken of the Arizona congresswoman attending the ceremony show a beaming Giffords wearing a red jacket adorned by a Members’ lapel pin reserved for representatives. She also wore black pants and running shoes.

Approximately 50 guests were seated in the room, which is decorated with the first U.S. flag to fly over Paris after the liberation at the end of World War II.

Vice President Joe Biden, who presided over the ceremony, commended Kelly for leading the shuttle in May and he also spoke directly to Giffords.

“I don’t use the word loosely. You are an inspiration. You’ve been inspirational, people looking, saying ‘I can make it, I can do this,’” Biden said. “You have spoken to the whole country.”

“As vice president I get to work with an awful lot of people who devote their lives day to day to public service,” he added. “But it’s not every day you encounter examples of sheer, sheer courage, selflessness and dedication, like you see in this couple.”

At a news conference later Thursday afternoon, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that it was “really a thrill” to see Giffords.

“I was very impressed,” Pelosi, D-Calif., said of Giffords, who has been recovering privately in Houston from a bullet wound to the head. “I’ve seen Gabby probably about once a month since the eight months since the tragedy, and I was very impressed with the strength of her presence and how she walked in.”

Giffords held a bouquet of flowers and showed off a short haircut and eyeglasses, although her hair appears to have grown out a little since her last visit to Capitol Hill earlier this summer. Thursday’s visit marked the sixth time that Giffords has left Houston since surviving the assassination attempt in January.

In a landmark television event scheduled to air Nov. 14, Giffords and Kelly will share their remarkable story for the first time since the tragic Tucson shootings in an exclusive ABC News special with Diane Sawyer.

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Wednesday
Jan122011

'It Was a Miracle to Witness': Senator Gillibrand Describes Giffords Opening Her Eyes

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(TUCSON, Ariz.) -- When Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., opened her eyes in the hospital room Wednesday for the first time since Saturday’s shooting, a trio of Congressional Democrats were in the room with her, a Congressional source said.

The three lawmakers who witnessed the moment were House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz of Florida, and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.

 “We had been telling her that she was inspiring the country with her courage and that we couldn't wait to take her out to pizza and a weekend away,” Gillibrand said later, through a spokeswoman. “Then after she heard our voices and the encouragement of Mark and her parents, she struggled briefly and opened her eyes for the very first time. It was a miracle to witness."

 In his speech at Wednesday nights memorial service at the University of Arizona, President Obama told the crowd, “Gabby opened her eyes,” drawing loud cheers from the 14,000-strong audience.

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Friday
Nov052010

Boehner and Pelosi Trade Jabs on Jobs Report

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) --  The next likely Speaker of the House, John Boehner, reacted to this morning’s Department of Labor jobs report by once again calling for an extension of the Bush-era tax cuts, although the House Republican Leader believes the 151,000 net job gain is “a positive sign.”

“Any job growth is a positive sign, but stagnant and stubbornly high unemployment makes clear why permanently stopping all the looming tax hikes should top Washington’s to-do list this month,” Boehner, R-Ohio, said. “Stopping these tax hikes – and cutting spending to pre-‘stimulus,’ pre-bailout levels – would help eliminate the uncertainty gripping small businesses and show Americans asking ‘where are the jobs?’ that Washington is finally on the job.”

Throughout the campaign, Republicans blasted House Democrats who voted for the stimulus, which the Obama Administration had projected would keep the unemployment rate below eight percent. While the latest jobs report showed a net-gain of 151,000 jobs, the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 9.6 percent.

“Our economy will ultimately recover, but it will do so because of hard work and entrepreneurship, not more of the same Washington spending sprees and job-killing policies the American people have repudiated so loudly and clearly,” Boehner stated.

Reacting to the jobs report, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi touted legislation passed by Democrats that she says helped prevent the financial crisis from getting any worse. She also called on Republicans to bring jobs ideas to the table, saying that Democrats will work with Republicans to find common ground on potential solutions to help the stagnant economy.

“With October marking the tenth straight month of private sector job growth, today's news confirms that Democratic actions have helped bring our economy back from the brink and create jobs for the American people,” Pelosi said. “Republicans also must bring their ideas for job creation to the table. And Democrats will strive to find common ground to accomplish our number one priority: putting the American people back to work.”

But with the unemployment rate unchanged at 9.6 percent, Pelosi admitted Congress has not done enough and “must do much more for those struggling in these difficult times and to strengthen America's middle class.”

Earlier this week, President Obama signaled he might be open to a temporary extension of all of the Bush-era tax cuts as long as it ensured that taxes are not increased on the middle class. The president is expected to sit down with Democratic and Republican leaders from the House and Senate on Nov. 18 at the White House to discuss the issue.

“My goal is to make sure that we don't have a huge spike in taxes for middle-class families,” President Obama said. “Not only would that be a terrible burden on families who are already going through tough times, it would be bad for our economy.”

Boehner said he hoped President Obama would make the extension a top priority when he returns next week from his trip to India and South East Asia.

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Wednesday
Sep292010

House Passes 9/11 Health & Compensation Act

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The House on Wednesday passed final congressional approval of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act, which provides medical care for persons exposed to harmful toxins from the 9/11 terrorist attacks. First responders, cleanup workers and those living within the terrorist attack areas are eligible for care.

The bill passed 268 - 160.  17 Republicans supported the measure, while three Democrats voted against the bill. Speaker Nancy Pelosi was in the chair when the vote was announced.

Pelosi spoke out on the House floor in favor of the bill, saying it will help those who jeopardize their health to rescue others, secure necessary medical treatment especially for the unique exposures suffered at Ground Zero, and ensures survivors and victims’ families can attain compensation for their losses.

“They and those who rushed to the scene in real time when it happened risked their lives and their health to do so. They didn’t ask any questions. Is anybody going to take care of me? They were there to help,” Pelosi said. “Today we remember all the heroes of 9/11, we praised the strength of thousands of firefighters, rescue workers, first responders and medical personnel who turned tragedy into inspiration, and gave themselves, of themselves, to help a city and our nation rebuild.”

Pelosi said the legislation, which was introduced by New York Democrat Rep. Carolyn Maloney, is fully paid for and does not increase the deficit. An attempt last July to get the bill through the House failed because it was brought to the floor under an expedited procedure requiring a two-thirds majority for passage, which it failed to get.

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