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Speaker Pelosi Pledges Results With Democrat-led US House January 5, 2007

Posted by notapundit in Congress, Politics, US News.
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WASHINGTON (AP)–Newly minted House leader Nancy Pelosi pledged Friday that U.S. voters would see big results from the Democratic majority in Congress.

“It’s going to be wonderful for the American people,” she said.

“It’s such an exciting thing – we’ve come a long way,” an elated Pelosi said at an open house breakfast on Capitol Hill where hundreds of supporters cheered her election as the first woman ever to serve as leader or speaker of the House of Representatives, two steps from the presidency. Pelosi, sworn-in on Thursday, presides over the first Democratic majority since 1994.

Several women in the crowd said they viewed the elevation of the 66-year-old San Francisco Democrat, a mother of five and grandmother of six, as just the beginning.

“It prepares the nation to receive a woman president, a female president – that’s the ice that’s been broken,” said Ethel Byndom, 53.

“I think it’s just really allowing us to have some additional influence. We’re way behind Europe,” said Lilly Stanets, director of the San Francisco Maritime Museum.

Pelosi took leave of the crowd, saying she had to go back to work on the House floor, where Democrats were getting to work on her legislative agenda for the House’s first 100 hours with a planned vote on a “pay as you go” budgeting measure.

Later Friday, the final of three days of festivities Pelosi orchestrated to introduce herself to the U.S., she was to head to her native Baltimore to visit statues of her father, Thomas D’Alesandro, the city’s former mayor.

A ceremony was scheduled to rename a part of her childhood street in the city’s Little Italy neighborhood after her, as Via Nancy D’Alesandro Pelosi.

The week’s events also included Catholic Masses and dinner at the Italian Embassy as Pelosi highlighted her ethnic, family and religious background more than her California liberal politics.

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