As Dems take control of the House of Representatives, Pelosi lays out her vision
As the results began to flood in late on Tuesday, Nancy Pelosi laid out her vision as it became clear the Democrats would regain control of the House of Representatives.
Currently her party’s House Leader, but tipped be the next Speaker of the House, Pelosi made it clear that the Dems’ plan is all “about stopping the GOP.”
Speaking to an audience in Washington, Pelosi declared that the Democrats’ victories in House races on Election Day signified “restoring the Constitution’s checks and balances” on the Trump administration.
“It’s about stopping the GOP and [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell’s assault on Medicare and Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, and the health care of 130 million Americans living with pre-existing medical conditions,” she said.
According to Fox News, Pelosi vowed that a House controlled by Democrats will work on behalf of ordinary Americans to make health care more affordable, raise workers’ wages, and reinvest in infrastructure to “create more good-paying jobs, (rebuild) roads, bridges schools, water systems, broadband networks, schools and housing and beyond.”
Pelosi promised a transparent and open Democratic House “so that the public can see what’s happening and how it affects them and that they can weigh in with the members of Congress and with the president of the United States.”
“We will have accountability, and we will strive for bipartisanship with fairness on all sides.
“We will have a responsibility to find our common ground where we can (and) stand our ground where we can’t,” said, adding: “We have a bipartisan marketplace of ideas that makes our democracy strong. We have all had enough with division.”
Not everyone was on board with Pelosi’s ostensible calls for bipartisanship, with some on social media criticizing Pelosi’s rhetoric for being too presumptuous, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
“Pelosi is promising bipartisanship and Dems are nowhere near winning yet. They’ve learned nothing,” wrote Nora Biettetimmons before the House had been called for the Democrats.
Pelosi is promising bipartisanship & Dems are nowhere near winning yet. They’ve learned nothing. https://t.co/M13JTcSbVv
— Nora (@biettetimmons) November 7, 2018
“Either straight-up resign, or tell me when in the last decade Republicans have showed even the remotest spirit of bipartisanship when they held the reins,” wrote another user cited by the Chronicle.
Later in her speech, Pelosi evoked the Founding Fathers: “The founders could never have imagined how vast our country would become, how many we would be, how different we would be from each other.
“But they knew we had to be one. Unity, unity for our country.”
She said the outcome of Tuesday’s midterms was a restoration of the Founding Fathers’ vision.
“[T]oday the American people have spoken to restore that vision. … The new Democratic majority will honor the vision of the founders, for a country – having a legitimate debate – but remembering that we are one country,” she said.
President Trump called Leader Pelosi at 11:45 p.m. this evening to extend his congratulations on winning a Democratic House Majority. He acknowledged the Leader’s call for bipartisanship in her victory remarks.
— Drew Hammill (@Drew_Hammill) November 7, 2018
President Trump reportedly called Pelosi before midnight to congratulate her on the House victory.
Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff Drew Hammill said the president acknowledged her call for bipartisanship.