Category Archives: John Boehner

Pelosi Statement on President Trump Veto of Emergency Declaration Resolution

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March 15, 2019

San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on President Trump’s veto of the resolution terminating his unlawful emergency declaration, which was overwhelmingly passed on a bipartisan basis by the House and Senate:

“The House and Senate resoundingly rejected the President’s lawless power grab, yet the President has chosen to continue to defy the Constitution, the Congress and the will of the American people.

“On March 26, the House will once again act to protect our Constitution and our democracy from the President’s emergency declaration by holding a vote to override his veto.

“House Republicans will have to choose between their partisan hypocrisy and their sacred oath to support and defend the Constitution.”

Article source: https://www.speaker.gov/newsroom/31519/

Pelosi Statement on President Trump Veto of Emergency Declaration Resolution

Newsroom

March 15, 2019

San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on President Trump’s veto of the resolution terminating his unlawful emergency declaration, which was overwhelmingly passed on a bipartisan basis by the House and Senate:

“The House and Senate resoundingly rejected the President’s lawless power grab, yet the President has chosen to continue to defy the Constitution, the Congress and the will of the American people.

“On March 26, the House will once again act to protect our Constitution and our democracy from the President’s emergency declaration by holding a vote to override his veto.

“House Republicans will have to choose between their partisan hypocrisy and their sacred oath to support and defend the Constitution.”

Article source: https://www.speaker.gov/newsroom/31519/

Pelosi Statement on Senate Republican Legislation to Amend the National Emergencies Act

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March 13, 2019

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on Senate Republicans’ legislation to amend the National Emergencies Act in order to avoid voting in favor of a House-passed resolution to terminate President Trump’s unlawful emergency declaration:

“Republican Senators are proposing new legislation to allow the President to violate the Constitution just this once in order to give themselves cover.

“The House will not take up this legislation to give President Trump a pass.”

Article source: https://www.speaker.gov/newsroom/31319/

Pelosi Statement on Senate Republican Legislation to Amend the National Emergencies Act

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March 13, 2019

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on Senate Republicans’ legislation to amend the National Emergencies Act in order to avoid voting in favor of a House-passed resolution to terminate President Trump’s unlawful emergency declaration:

“Republican Senators are proposing new legislation to allow the President to violate the Constitution just this once in order to give themselves cover.

“The House will not take up this legislation to give President Trump a pass.”

Article source: https://www.speaker.gov/newsroom/31319/

Pelosi Statement on Governor Newsom’s Decision to Halt Death Penalty in California

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March 13, 2019

 

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after Governor Newsom announced a moratorium on the death penalty in California, granting a temporary reprieve for the 737 inmates currently on death row, the largest number in the United States:

“Governor Newsom’s courageous decision to announce a moratorium on the death penalty in California is a momentous step for justice that honors the Constitution’s 8th Amendment protection against cruel and unusual punishment.

“Even the most heinous of crimes can be punished without killing.  Yet poor people, especially from communities of color, have been disproportionately charged with capital crimes and sentenced to death compared to wealthier defendants.  The stream of people awaiting execution who have been exonerated with DNA evidence is another chilling sign of the death penalty’s brokenness and barbarism.  And in addition to being cruel, error-ridden and unjust, the high cost of maintaining the death penalty also diverts needed resources from initiatives to serve victims and to rehabilitate other offenders.

“Under Governor Newsom’s leadership, California is honoring our duty to pursue justice.  We must continue to confront the ways in which our criminal justice system falls short of our Constitution and our bedrock American commitment to equal justice under law.”

Article source: https://www.speaker.gov/newsroom/31319-2/

Pelosi Statement on Governor Newsom’s Decision to Halt Death Penalty in California

Newsroom

March 13, 2019

 

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after Governor Newsom announced a moratorium on the death penalty in California, granting a temporary reprieve for the 737 inmates currently on death row, the largest number in the United States:

“Governor Newsom’s courageous decision to announce a moratorium on the death penalty in California is a momentous step for justice that honors the Constitution’s 8th Amendment protection against cruel and unusual punishment.

“Even the most heinous of crimes can be punished without killing.  Yet poor people, especially from communities of color, have been disproportionately charged with capital crimes and sentenced to death compared to wealthier defendants.  The stream of people awaiting execution who have been exonerated with DNA evidence is another chilling sign of the death penalty’s brokenness and barbarism.  And in addition to being cruel, error-ridden and unjust, the high cost of maintaining the death penalty also diverts needed resources from initiatives to serve victims and to rehabilitate other offenders.

“Under Governor Newsom’s leadership, California is honoring our duty to pursue justice.  We must continue to confront the ways in which our criminal justice system falls short of our Constitution and our bedrock American commitment to equal justice under law.”

Article source: https://www.speaker.gov/newsroom/31319-2/

Pelosi Remarks at Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress Hearing

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March 13, 2019

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivered testimony at the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress hearing. Below are the Speaker’s remarks:

Speaker Pelosi. Thank you very much, Mr. Chairman, and may I thank you and Mr. Graves for the opportunity to be here today. Thank you.

And let me call to everyone to join our colleague, Mr. Pascrell, in calling attention to his op-ed, which I recommend to everyone to read because it, in some length and depth, goes into how we should go forward. Thank you for your service on this Committee and your leadership in this Congress.

I do believe that as an institution that’s been around for over 200 years or more than – well over 200 years, that we should always be subjecting how we function to some scrutiny and some shedding light on how we can do some things in a better way.

I think, in doing so, we have to remember that we are the People’s House, and that we want the people to know what happens here. And that is why my approach to all of this in my opening day comments was to say that we want a Congress that is more transparent, more open in terms of people having notice of what is happening here, so that they can weigh in on the decisions of the House of Representatives.

I consider the sessions of Congress to be a national town hall meeting. The People’s House: transparent, again, striving for bipartisanship. We have a responsibility to find our common ground where we can, so to strive for that bipartisanship wherever possible, and to do so in a way that is unifying for America.

That is a responsibility we have – to come here certainly to share our different views because our job title and our job description are one and the same: Representative. But also, nonetheless to say, as we prioritize our actions, where is it that we have the most common ground to unify?

Our Founders, who were generous in their Constitution, in making the People’s House – Congress of the United States – the first branch of government, right after the beautiful preamble of our purpose: Article 1, the legislative branch. And that within that, the House of Representatives, the People’s House.

It’s pretty exciting, I say as Speaker of the House and one who has served as Leader, Whip and all the rest. Ever honored by any title or job responsibility our colleagues give us, nothing is more important than the job our constituents give to us: to speak for them, to represent them in the Congress of the United States, the People’s House.

So, I want to wish you well in your work. And I’ll just say that to be representative, one of the – I’m going to submit my statement for the record – I do talk about it being family-friendly, I talk about we did before, our Women’s Economic Agenda when we had the Majority before.

Continuing that with our Diversity Initiative, which we had then, which now we are making more official – to establishing a Diversity and Inclusion Office, to expand paid internships so that kids who cannot afford to come because it’s not a paid internship will be able to come. And that broadens the universe of people who can come.

And again, a call for leadership development initiatives. Many state legislatures have such an initiative, we should have one here too, and I think that is a charge that your committee has. So, I look forward to how you hear from Members how they would like to see that leadership development take place.

Again, we’re reviewing the services of the House Family Room and conferring with women Members to assess services in the Women’s Lounge.

More responsive to our constituents, working with that Committee on House Administration to seek – to task House officers to develop a district office support system because that is our job. Representative, job description. Representative, job title. And included in that is we meet the needs of our constituents.

This is – the work of the Committee I respect. I think it will be vital in coordinating, supporting some of these initiatives that you are discussing.

And together – I think working together and I emphasize this, and some people have talked about changing MTR, this or that. I am a big respecter of the rights of the Minority in the Congress of the United States, and I believe as Speaker of the whole House that the initiatives that you put forth are those for the whole House, whether it’s development of leadership, inclusion of women, minorities, etcetera, people of color, gender identity and the rest, that our People’s House looks like the American people when people see our presentations on TV.

And again, social media gives you so much opportunity. You, who have this responsibility now, because communication with the American people in real time is a real possibility.

I just close by saying, if you haven’t done so, and I’m sure most of you have, but for those in the room who may not have, if you go to the Library of Congress and go to the Jefferson Room and look up some of our early documents, our sacred documents of our Founders – say, the Declaration of Independence or other, even some of the provenance, House of Burgesses and the rest of that – but look at the Declaration of Independence, you can see right there how it was and how it was changed by suggestions and the rest and I think that would be an important model for how we show the public: this is how the law is now, this is what this law that is being proposed would change that.

But they could just call it up themselves – they call it up themselves. It is a remarkable, remarkable technology that is available there and there is no reason why every person in America can’t know what the law is, how this would change it, do you agree, do you disagree, what other changes would you make? Because, again, we are their representatives and we want to know their thinking so that we can speak for them in the Congress.

So, I’m excited about this, obviously, we established it. I have faith in what you do. I believe that the solutions you come up with have to have strong bipartisanship and that is, again, transparency, bipartisanship, E Pluribus Unum: from many, one. They could never imagine how many we would be. They could never imagine how different we might be from each other. But they knew that we had to remember that we are one, one nation under God, indivisible. So, that should be a responsibility we carry as we debate our priorities in the Congress of the United States.

So, I thank you for executing your patriotic duty to weigh in on the first article of the Constitution, Article I, the legislative branch, in our case, the People’s House.

With that, I thank you Mr. Chairman, for your leadership, Mr. Graves, as Vice Chair, for yours and each and every one of you for your service in the Congress and on the important Select Committee.

Thank you.

Article source: https://www.speaker.gov/newsroom/31319-3/

The Advocate: The Equality Act Is Just the Beginning

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March 13, 2019

By: Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. David Cicilline

Today, the House Democratic majority took a momentous step toward securing the full blessing of equality for the LGBTQ community and our country.

Led by the vision and values of our diverse, dynamic new members and inspired by your courage, we are bringing our nation closer to its founding promise of full equality by introducing the Equality Act — to finally, fully end discrimination against LGBTQ Americans.

The Equality Act is simple. It says, unequivocally, that LGBTQ Americans deserve the full protections guaranteed by the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. To dismantle the discrimination undermining our democracy, we must ensure that all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, are treated equally under the law — not just in the workplace, but in education, housing, credit, jury service and public accommodations as well.

The Equality Act clearly and consistently ensures that the same protections extended to Americans based on characteristics like race and religion are equally available to LGTBQ Americans.

States across the country have already led the way to provide full civil rights protection to their LGBTQ citizens. Yet 50 percent of the national LGBTQ community still live in states that fail to provide clear legal protections to their LGBTQ citizens. While these states try to stand against the tide of progress, the Equality Act will guarantee a nationwide standard to ensure that no American is ever forced to lose their job or home or live in fear simply because of who they are or whom they love.

Ensuring full civil rights protections for LGBTQ Americans may be inconceivable for some, but it is inevitable to us. Enacting this legislation will shorten the distance between the inevitable and the inconceivable. When we bring the Equality Act to the floor of the House, it will pass. We have the bipartisan support of members of Congress and the strong support of the business community.  And most importantly, we have the overwhelming support of the American people —  71 percent of whom support the Equality Act.

Once we pass this bill — and we will — we won’t stop there.

We will never rest until full equality has been achieved for the LGBTQ community.

We will be relentless in our work to defeat the president’s discriminatory, anti-LGBTQ agenda and hateful attacks on the transgender community. The president’s transgender service ban is a cruel and arbitrary decision designed to humiliate patriotic transgender Americans who have stepped forward to bravely serve our country, and it will not be allowed to stand. Liberty, justice, and equality are America’s guiding values — not bigotry and discrimination.

This summer, we will mark 50 years since LGBTQ Americans took to the streets outside New York City’s Stonewall Inn to fight back against brutality and discrimination, and demand an end to harassment, persecution, and hate. In the half-century that has followed, LGBTQ Americans have turned their frustration and pain into tireless action, winning extraordinary progress in the fight for freedom, justice, and equality.

But to pass the Equality Act and succeed in the many fights ahead, we need the continued organizing and mobilizing of grassroots groups and Americans like you. We must draw strength from the decades of progress we have made together: passing historic, fully inclusive hate-crimes legislation; tossing the hateful “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy into the dustbin of history; defeating the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act and ensuring marriage equality for all Americans; and ending the hateful ban on transgender military service.

The road from Stonewall may be long — but our march toward justice, toward freedom, and toward equality will not be denied. Hatred will never defeat pride. As we continue this progress, let us remember the words of Harvey Milk: “Rights are won only by those who make their voices heard.”

NANCY PELOSI is the speaker of the House and has represented San Francisco in Congress for 31 years. REP. DAVID CICILLINE, chief author of the Equality Act, represents Rhode Island in Congress.

Article source: https://www.speaker.gov/newsroom/articles/31319-4/

The Advocate: The Equality Act Is Just the Beginning

Articles

March 13, 2019

By: Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. David Cicilline

Today, the House Democratic majority took a momentous step toward securing the full blessing of equality for the LGBTQ community and our country.

Led by the vision and values of our diverse, dynamic new members and inspired by your courage, we are bringing our nation closer to its founding promise of full equality by introducing the Equality Act — to finally, fully end discrimination against LGBTQ Americans.

The Equality Act is simple. It says, unequivocally, that LGBTQ Americans deserve the full protections guaranteed by the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. To dismantle the discrimination undermining our democracy, we must ensure that all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, are treated equally under the law — not just in the workplace, but in education, housing, credit, jury service and public accommodations as well.

The Equality Act clearly and consistently ensures that the same protections extended to Americans based on characteristics like race and religion are equally available to LGTBQ Americans.

States across the country have already led the way to provide full civil rights protection to their LGBTQ citizens. Yet 50 percent of the national LGBTQ community still live in states that fail to provide clear legal protections to their LGBTQ citizens. While these states try to stand against the tide of progress, the Equality Act will guarantee a nationwide standard to ensure that no American is ever forced to lose their job or home or live in fear simply because of who they are or whom they love.

Ensuring full civil rights protections for LGBTQ Americans may be inconceivable for some, but it is inevitable to us. Enacting this legislation will shorten the distance between the inevitable and the inconceivable. When we bring the Equality Act to the floor of the House, it will pass. We have the bipartisan support of members of Congress and the strong support of the business community.  And most importantly, we have the overwhelming support of the American people —  71 percent of whom support the Equality Act.

Once we pass this bill — and we will — we won’t stop there.

We will never rest until full equality has been achieved for the LGBTQ community.

We will be relentless in our work to defeat the president’s discriminatory, anti-LGBTQ agenda and hateful attacks on the transgender community. The president’s transgender service ban is a cruel and arbitrary decision designed to humiliate patriotic transgender Americans who have stepped forward to bravely serve our country, and it will not be allowed to stand. Liberty, justice, and equality are America’s guiding values — not bigotry and discrimination.

This summer, we will mark 50 years since LGBTQ Americans took to the streets outside New York City’s Stonewall Inn to fight back against brutality and discrimination, and demand an end to harassment, persecution, and hate. In the half-century that has followed, LGBTQ Americans have turned their frustration and pain into tireless action, winning extraordinary progress in the fight for freedom, justice, and equality.

But to pass the Equality Act and succeed in the many fights ahead, we need the continued organizing and mobilizing of grassroots groups and Americans like you. We must draw strength from the decades of progress we have made together: passing historic, fully inclusive hate-crimes legislation; tossing the hateful “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy into the dustbin of history; defeating the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act and ensuring marriage equality for all Americans; and ending the hateful ban on transgender military service.

The road from Stonewall may be long — but our march toward justice, toward freedom, and toward equality will not be denied. Hatred will never defeat pride. As we continue this progress, let us remember the words of Harvey Milk: “Rights are won only by those who make their voices heard.”

NANCY PELOSI is the speaker of the House and has represented San Francisco in Congress for 31 years. REP. DAVID CICILLINE, chief author of the Equality Act, represents Rhode Island in Congress.

Article source: https://www.speaker.gov/newsroom/articles/31319-4/

Pelosi Statement on Senate Passage of Resolution to Terminate the President’s Emergency Declaration

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March 14, 2019

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the Senate passed the House-passed bipartisan resolution to terminate the President’s unlawful emergency declaration:

“The Congress has now voted on an overwhelming and bipartisan basis to reject President Trump’s effort to ignore the Constitution with his sham emergency declaration.

“President Trump’s emergency declaration is an unlawful power grab that does violence to the Constitution and fundamentally alters the separation of powers.

“This is not an emergency, and the Congress has declared in a strong bipartisan voice that the President’s fearmongering doesn’t make it one.”

Article source: https://www.speaker.gov/newsroom/31419/

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