House Speaker Nancy Pelosi discussed her legislative priority – America’s children – during the National Governors Association’s winter meeting in Washington, D.C. on Sunday. According to Pelosi, the children’s future is at stake and legislators have to be able to “take a punch” and “throw a punch” when the time comes.
“If your children said now, ‘I’m interested in running for elected office’ – and we all want our children to pursue their dreams and be happy – but what would you say them now?” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), the association’s vice chairman, asked. “Is it so tough and so toxic that you might be careful in the advice you give them?”
Pelosi didn’t hesitate to answer.
“Well, we used to say this a long time ago, before it got the way it is now, we all love our children so much we hope they never run for office,” she replied with a laugh. “Because this is not for the faint of heart.”
The House Speaker scanned the crowded room.
“You all know that. It’s not for the faint of heart. It’s difficult, more difficult now, especially for women. As I say to them, ‘You’re in the arena. Once you’re in the arena, again, this is not for the faint of heart,” she explained.
Hesitation washed over her as she continued on.
“It’s Sunday morning. I know I just came from church – mass but, nonetheless, I’ll say this. You’re in the arena. You gotta be ready to take a punch and you gotta be ready to throw a punch,” Pelosi said, holding up a fist. Before the crowd could react, she held up her finger in clarification. “– for the children,” she said.
“For the children, because, really, aren’t we all about the future and how we envision the future?” the Speaker asked. “And it’s about the children and their future.”
Pelosi said there are “three important issues” that continually face Congress.
“I always say the same thing: our children, our children, our children,” she explained. “Their health, their education, the economic security of their families, a clean, safe environment, including gun safety violence protection, in which they can thrive. And a nation, a world at peace in which they can face their fulfillment. There’s plenty of common ground in that.”
If Nancy Pelosi and the rest of her Democratic cohorts cared about America’s future, they would focus on doing the people’s work. They would have worked to get USMCA passed sooner. They would have worked on infrastructure and lowering prescription drug prices instead of impeaching and attempting to remove President Trump from office. If Democrats cared about making sure families had economic security, they would back Trump’s tax cuts that have resulted in more money in Americans’ pockets and record-low unemployment, especially for Hispanics and African Americans, the very demographics they claim to work on behalf of.
If Nancy cared about America’s children, she would come up with policy proposals, not block policy solutions simply because they come from a Republican president or member of Congress. If Nancy cared about America’s children, she would get things done, not play partisan politics.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi says in politics "you gotta be ready to throw a punch for the children." pic.twitter.com/cn6FEg9Zt9
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Author: Beth Baumann