Nancy Pelosi – Biographical Profile and Positions on the Issues

Currently Elected United States Representative District 12, California

California Democratic Party
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Biographical
General (political statement of goals, objectives, views, philosophies)

As a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, Pelosi fought for America's families. She has been a leader in increasing educational opportunity, protecting workers, and promoting health care, including women's health and the creation of a nationwide health tracking network to examine the links between environmental pollutants and chronic disease. She has been a strong proponent of increased investments in health research, and has secured funding to double the budget for the National Institutes of Health. Pelosi also has successfully defeated repeated attempts to reduce funding for international family planning programs.

One of Pelosi's first legislative victories was the creation of the Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS program. She has also worked to accelerate development of an HIV vaccine, expand access to Medicaid for people living with HIV, and increase funding for the Ryan White CARE Act, the Minority HIV/AIDS Initiative and other programs vital to people living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS.

Pelosi also successfully increased access to health insurance for people with disabilities by ensuring continuation of their health care coverage. She was instrumental in passing legislation to assist nonprofit organizations in the creation of affordable housing.

As a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence for 10 years (the longest continuous period of service in the committee's history) including two years as the Ranking Democrat, Pelosi worked to ensure that policymakers and military commanders are provided with the timely and accurate intelligence necessary to guide diplomatic initiatives, succeed in combat, and protect U.S. military forces.

In meetings around the world with U.S. and foreign intelligence leaders, Pelosi has urged for greater attention to the threats to international security posed by the proliferation of technologies associated with the weapons of mass destruction and global terrorism.

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Personal (gender, age, marital status, spouse's name and age, children's name and ages, home town, current residence)

Pelosi hails from a strong family tradition of public service. Her father, Thomas D'Alesandro, Jr., served as Mayor of Baltimore for 12 years, after representing the city for five terms in Congress. Her brother, Thomas D'Alesandro III, also served as Mayor of Baltimore. Pelosi and her husband, Paul Pelosi, a native of San Francisco, have five children: Nancy Corinne, Christine, Jacqueline, Paul and Alexandra, and five grandchildren.

Education (times and places of schools, colleges, major, degrees, activities, sports)

Pelosi graduated from Trinity College in Washington, D.C. in 1962.

Profession (professional and work experience outside politics)

Consultant, Public Relations

Civic (past and present organizations, charities involvement)

Member, 30 Something Democrats

Founder, Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS

Member, Board of Trustees, Louis Seymour Bazett Leakey Foundation

Honorary Board Member, National Organization of Italian-American Women

Political (dates and titles of previously held political offices)

Minority Leader, United States House of Representatives, 2003-2006, 2011-present

Representative, United States House of Representatives, 1987-present

Speaker, United States House of Representatives, 2006-2011

Minority Whip, United States House of Representatives, 2001-2002

Chair, Senatorial Campaign, Finance Committee, 1985-1986

State Chair, California Democratic Party, 1981-1983

Chair, Northern California Democratic Party, 1977-1981

Since 1987, Nancy Pelosi has represented California's Eighth District in the House of Representatives. Elected in 2002 as Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi is the first woman in American history to lead a major party in the U.S. Congress. Before being elected Leader, she served as House Democratic Whip for one year and was responsible for the party's legislative strategy in the House. On January 4, 2007, Nancy Pelosi was elected Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.

She is a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee and a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence for 10 years including two years as the Ranking Democrat.

Pelosi has also served on the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct (Ethics) and the Banking and Financial Services Committee. She has chaired the Congressional Working Group on China and has served on the Executive Committee of the Democratic Study Group.

Religion (current and past religious affiliations, beliefs)

Catholic

Accomplishments (significant accomplishments, awards, achievements)

Nancy Pelosi is the first woman in American history to lead a major party in the U.S. Congress. On January 4, 2007, Nancy Pelosi was elected Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.

Abortion, Stem Cell & Cloning
Access to Contraception

As a former ranking Democrat on the Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, I have been a leader in the fight to ensure funding for international family planning efforts to provide basic services to the poorest women and children around the world.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/women.shtml (10/21/2012)

Abortion, a General Statement

I do not believe the government should be involved in making a woman’s private medical decision, and I will continue to work to ensure a woman’s right to choose. We must preserve the right to privacy while promoting a comprehensive approach to reproductive health care, including planning for healthy families and ensuring comprehensive, medically accurate sex education. As a former ranking Democrat on the Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, I have been a leader in the fight to ensure funding for international family planning efforts to provide basic services to the poorest women and children around the world.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/women.shtml (10/21/2012)

Pro-Life and Pro-Choice

I do not believe the government should be involved in making a woman’s private medical decision, and I will continue to work to ensure a woman’s right to choose.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/women.shtml (10/21/2012)

Business
Business, a General Statement

There is no shortage of work ethic in America – there is a shortage of work.

I am committed to building an economy that lifts every American, not just the privileged few. It is time to rebuild our economy in a way that's consistent with our values – an economy that rewards hard work and responsibility.

President Obama addressed a joint session of Congress on September 8, 2011 to present his proposal to put our nation back on track—the American Jobs Act. The bill is a clear path to help small businesses succeed and hire, provide tax relief for our workers, invest in our infrastructure, grant aid to those who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own, put our police officers, firefighters, teachers, and veterans to work, and grow our economy now. To date, the bill has not moved forward.

I support a balanced approach: tackling the challenge of long-term deficit and debt reduction, while investing in the economy to help our small businesses and entrepreneurs attract customers, grow, and hire. I will continue to stand strong against efforts to make drastic cuts to Social Security, Medicare and vital initiatives. We can live within our means and create jobs, invest in our future and reduce the deficit, starting with an aggressive attack on waste, fraud, and abuse.

House Democrats remain committed to reigniting the American dream and rebuilding the pillars of America that have made our economy strong: small business, entrepreneurs, and an all-inclusive and thriving middle class. We must work together to build ladders of opportunity for all who work hard, take responsibility, and play by the rules.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/jobs-and-economic-justice.shtml (10/21/2012)

Civil Rights
Human Rights

As Americans we must protect human rights both at home and abroad—the right to live freely without the threat of violence or repression, the right to live with dignity and respect.

Throughout our history, our international standing has rested in part on our democratic values and our commitment to human rights. Everywhere I travel, the call is clear: the world needs America to lead. We must reclaim our rightful place in the community of nations, with a sustainable foreign policy that reflects American values.

I have worked for human rights for all people throughout my career in Congress. For many years, I have called for freedom of religion, speech, and assembly in China and demanded that the Chinese government release all prisoners of conscience. I will continue to support the struggles of the Tibetan people and honor the sacrifice of those who gave their life fighting for freedom. We must be committed to meeting the challenge of human rights in China and Tibet if we are to work for human rights around the world.

We must show more effective leadership in the world that reflects the ideals that we cherish—freedom, democracy, human rights and respect for people as individuals. In doing so, we can help make countries plagued by conflict and repression better places to live, and better partners in creating a safer world.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/human-rights.shtml (10/20/2012)

Women's Issues

I am committed to policies that ensure equality and opportunity for all women, from securing good jobs, equal pay for equal work, to improving access to affordable quality health care and education.

For too long, women have faced discrimination in the health insurance market — often being charged substantially higher premiums for the same coverage as men. With the passage of comprehensive health insurance reform no longer will being a woman be considered a pre-existing medical condition.

I do not believe the government should be involved in making a woman’s private medical decision, and I will continue to work to ensure a woman’s right to choose. We must preserve the right to privacy while promoting a comprehensive approach to reproductive health care, including planning for healthy families and ensuring comprehensive, medically accurate sex education. As a former ranking Democrat on the Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, I have been a leader in the fight to ensure funding for international family planning efforts to provide basic services to the poorest women and children around the world.

Throughout my time in Congress, I have supported funding for programs that address violence against women in any form. As a proud sponsor of the original Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), I believe VAWA is a remarkable and important piece of legislation that deserves the continued support of Congress. I look forward to the eventual passage of the International Violence Against Women Act, which would integrate our nation’s efforts to end gender-based violence into the U.S. foreign assistance programs.

In January of 2009, the House passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which provides a remedy for women and men who have been victims of pay discrimination.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/women.shtml (10/21/2012)

Consumers
Credit Card Bill of Rights

On May 20th, the House passed the final version of the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights, H.R. 627 and the President signed the bill into law on May 22nd.

The Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights will give consumers the rights and information they need to make educated decisions about their financial lives and could save some families thousands of dollars.

This legislation will apply common-sense regulations that would ban unfair rate increases and forbid abusive fees and penalties. For example, it will prohibit retroactive interest rate hikes on existing balances, double-cycle billing (charging interest twice for balances paid on time), and due-date gimmicks. It will also require 45-days’ advance notice of interest rate, fees, and finance charges hikes, require payments to be applied fairly to the highest interest rate balance first, and strengthen credit card protections for young people.

It mandates greater transparency to give consumers clear information, such as requiring credit cards to post their agreements online, and holds those responsible who engage in deceptive practices that hurt families and consumers, by beefing up monitoring, enforcement, and penalties for violations of the law.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/issues?id=0069 (10/21/2012)

Credit Card Company Practices

On May 20th, the House passed the final version of the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights, H.R. 627 and the President signed the bill into law on May 22nd.

The Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights will give consumers the rights and information they need to make educated decisions about their financial lives and could save some families thousands of dollars.

This legislation will apply common-sense regulations that would ban unfair rate increases and forbid abusive fees and penalties. For example, it will prohibit retroactive interest rate hikes on existing balances, double-cycle billing (charging interest twice for balances paid on time), and due-date gimmicks. It will also require 45-days’ advance notice of interest rate, fees, and finance charges hikes, require payments to be applied fairly to the highest interest rate balance first, and strengthen credit card protections for young people.

It mandates greater transparency to give consumers clear information, such as requiring credit cards to post their agreements online, and holds those responsible who engage in deceptive practices that hurt families and consumers, by beefing up monitoring, enforcement, and penalties for violations of the law.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/issues?id=0069 (10/21/2012)

Credit Cards

On May 20th, the House passed the final version of the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights, H.R. 627 and the President signed the bill into law on May 22nd.

The Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights will give consumers the rights and information they need to make educated decisions about their financial lives and could save some families thousands of dollars.

This legislation will apply common-sense regulations that would ban unfair rate increases and forbid abusive fees and penalties. For example, it will prohibit retroactive interest rate hikes on existing balances, double-cycle billing (charging interest twice for balances paid on time), and due-date gimmicks. It will also require 45-days’ advance notice of interest rate, fees, and finance charges hikes, require payments to be applied fairly to the highest interest rate balance first, and strengthen credit card protections for young people.

It mandates greater transparency to give consumers clear information, such as requiring credit cards to post their agreements online, and holds those responsible who engage in deceptive practices that hurt families and consumers, by beefing up monitoring, enforcement, and penalties for violations of the law.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/issues?id=0069 (10/21/2012)

Crime
Hate Crime

Recently, we have made great strides toward achieving equal rights for every American: protecting against violence by passing the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/lgbt.shtml (10/21/2012)

Crime, a General Statement

Recently, we have made great strides toward achieving equal rights for every American: protecting against violence by passing the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

Throughout my time in Congress, I have supported funding for programs that address violence against women in any form. As a proud sponsor of the original Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), I believe VAWA is a remarkable and important piece of legislation that deserves the continued support of Congress. I look forward to the eventual passage of the International Violence Against Women Act, which would integrate our nation’s efforts to end gender-based violence into the U.S. foreign assistance programs.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/women.shtml (10/21/2012)

Domestic Violence

Throughout my time in Congress, I have supported funding for programs that address violence against women in any form. As a proud sponsor of the original Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), I believe VAWA is a remarkable and important piece of legislation that deserves the continued support of Congress. I look forward to the eventual passage of the International Violence Against Women Act, which would integrate our nation’s efforts to end gender-based violence into the U.S. foreign assistance programs.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/women.shtml (10/21/2012)

Violence Against Women

Throughout my time in Congress, I have supported funding for programs that address violence against women in any form. As a proud sponsor of the original Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), I believe VAWA is a remarkable and important piece of legislation that deserves the continued support of Congress. I look forward to the eventual passage of the International Violence Against Women Act, which would integrate our nation’s efforts to end gender-based violence into the U.S. foreign assistance programs.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/women.shtml (10/21/2012)

Economy
Stimulating the Economy

On February 13th, Congress passed the final American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, H.R. 1, to save and create jobs, get our economy moving again, and transform it for long-term growth and stability. On February 17th, during the first month of his term, President Obama signed the bill into law. This legislation will jumpstart our economy, create and save 3.5 million jobs, give 98% of American working families and individuals a tax cut, and begin to rebuild America’s road, rail, and water infrastructure, with unprecedented accountability measures -- no earmarks, new state whistleblower protections, and an historic degree of transparency at www.recovery.gov.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will:

Create and save 3.5 million jobs, rebuilding America, making us more globally competitive and energy independent, and transforming our economy.

Give 95 percent of American workers an immediate tax cut.

Invest in roads, bridges, mass transit, energy efficient buildings, flood control, clean water projects, and other infrastructure projects.

Restore science and innovation as the keys to new American-made technology, preventing and treating disease, and tackling urgent national challenges like climate change and dependence on foreign oil.

Invest quickly into the economy.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/floor?id=0273 (10/21/2012)

Economy, a General Statement

There is no shortage of work ethic in America – there is a shortage of work.

I am committed to building an economy that lifts every American, not just the privileged few. It is time to rebuild our economy in a way that's consistent with our values – an economy that rewards hard work and responsibility.

President Obama addressed a joint session of Congress on September 8, 2011 to present his proposal to put our nation back on track—the American Jobs Act. The bill is a clear path to help small businesses succeed and hire, provide tax relief for our workers, invest in our infrastructure, grant aid to those who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own, put our police officers, firefighters, teachers, and veterans to work, and grow our economy now. To date, the bill has not moved forward.

I support a balanced approach: tackling the challenge of long-term deficit and debt reduction, while investing in the economy to help our small businesses and entrepreneurs attract customers, grow, and hire. I will continue to stand strong against efforts to make drastic cuts to Social Security, Medicare and vital initiatives. We can live within our means and create jobs, invest in our future and reduce the deficit, starting with an aggressive attack on waste, fraud, and abuse.

House Democrats remain committed to reigniting the American dream and rebuilding the pillars of America that have made our economy strong: small business, entrepreneurs, and an all-inclusive and thriving middle class. We must work together to build ladders of opportunity for all who work hard, take responsibility, and play by the rules.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/jobs-and-economic-justice.shtml (10/21/2012)

Education
Head Start

I believe that our values must reflect our investments, which includes expanding Head Start programs.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/education.shtml (10/20/2012)

Improving Education

Nothing reduces the deficit more than investments in education. I am committed to providing high quality education to all of America’s students from all backgrounds and income levels.

I believe we must make a national commitment to education by strengthening our schools, fully funding special education, and modernizing our classrooms. At the same time, we must work to put in place the means for students to attain higher education and prepare them for a career path.

I believe that our values must reflect our investments, which includes expanding Head Start programs, and strengthening Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs.

In September 2009, the House passed the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act -- the single largest investment in aid to help students and families pay for college in history -- at no cost to taxpayers. Among its many provisions, it increased the maximum Pell Grant award from $5,350 in 2009 to the current amount $5,550 in 2010 and $6,900 in 2019, while keeping interest rates low on subsidized federal student loans.

In order to create a nation ready for the challenges of the 21st century, we can look no further than community colleges.

I look forward to continue working President Obama on making sure our educated young people have a better opportunity to be successful, while taking the steps needed to strengthen the economy for the next generation.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/education.shtml (10/20/2012)

Math and Science

I believe that our values must reflect our investments, which includes strengthening Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/education.shtml (10/20/2012)

Special Education

I believe we must make a national commitment to education by fully funding special education.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/education.shtml (10/20/2012)

Public Schools K-12

I believe we must make a national commitment to education by strengthening our schools.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/education.shtml (10/20/2012)

Computers in Schools

I believe we must make a national commitment to education by modernizing our classrooms.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/education.shtml (10/20/2012)

Higher Education

We must work to put in place the means for students to attain higher education and prepare them for a career path.

In September 2009, the House passed the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act -- the single largest investment in aid to help students and families pay for college in history -- at no cost to taxpayers. Among its many provisions, it increased the maximum Pell Grant award from $5,350 in 2009 to the current amount $5,550 in 2010 and $6,900 in 2019, while keeping interest rates low on subsidized federal student loans.

In order to create a nation ready for the challenges of the 21st century, we can look no further than community colleges.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/education.shtml (10/20/2012)

Student Loans, Scholarships and Pell Grants

The cost of paying for college is becoming even more burdensome for Americans in this economy. While families are losing income, benefits and jobs, college tuition prices continue to rise. The average student now graduates with over $22,000 in total student debt, including federal and private student loans. This year’s class of graduating college seniors also enters one of the toughest jobs markets in decades for recent graduates. Of the 1.2 million jobs lost last year, 60 percent were held by workers aged 25 or younger.

Given these challenges, new benefits went into effect on July 1, 2009 that will make student loan payments manageable for millions of Americans. (These benefits were signed into law in 2007 as part of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.) They include:

Cheaper interest rates on need-based (subsidized) federal student loans. On July 1, the interest rates on subsidized federal student loans will decrease from 6 percent to 5.6 percent. This is the second of four annual cuts in this interest rate; it will continue to drop until it reaches 3.4 percent in 2011.

Reasonable and affordable monthly college loan payments for borrowers. On July 1, a new Income-Based Repayment program will go into effect that caps borrowers’ monthly loan payments at just 5 percent of their discretionary income (15 percent of what a borrower earns above 150 percent of the poverty level for their family size). Any current or future borrower whose loan payment exceeds 15 percent of their discretionary income is eligible. After 25 years in the program, borrowers’ debts will be completely forgiven.

Higher Pell Grant scholarships that cover the average tuition at public universities. Due to funding provided by both the College Cost Reduction and Access Act and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the maximum Pell Grant scholarship for the 2009-2010 school year will be $5,350 – more than $600 above last year’s award.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/issues?id=0069 (10/21/2012)

Education, a General Statement

Nothing reduces the deficit more than investments in education. I am committed to providing high quality education to all of America’s students from all backgrounds and income levels.

I believe we must make a national commitment to education by strengthening our schools, fully funding special education, and modernizing our classrooms. At the same time, we must work to put in place the means for students to attain higher education and prepare them for a career path.

I believe that our values must reflect our investments, which includes expanding Head Start programs, and strengthening Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs.

In September 2009, the House passed the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act -- the single largest investment in aid to help students and families pay for college in history -- at no cost to taxpayers. Among its many provisions, it increased the maximum Pell Grant award from $5,350 in 2009 to the current amount $5,550 in 2010 and $6,900 in 2019, while keeping interest rates low on subsidized federal student loans.

In order to create a nation ready for the challenges of the 21st century, we can look no further than community colleges.

I look forward to continue working President Obama on making sure our educated young people have a better opportunity to be successful, while taking the steps needed to strengthen the economy for the next generation.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/education.shtml (10/20/2012)

Energy, Gas, Oil & Autos
Renewable Energy, Solar, Biomass and Wind

To put people back to work today and reduce our dependence on foreign oil tomorrow, we are seeking to double our renewable energy production and renovate public buildings to make them more energy efficient. The energy provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, signed into law by President Obama on February 17, will create more than 500,000 jobs, and accelerate deployment of smart grid technology, provide energy efficiency funds for the nation’s schools, offer support for the nation’s governors and mayors to tackle their energy challenges, and establish a new loan guarantee program to keep our transition to renewable energy on track during the economic crisis.

The Make it in America agenda:

Boosts incentives to create American clean energy jobs like making state-of-the-art wind turbines and solar panels–paid for by ending corporate welfare to Big Oil.

Gives incentives to hire and retrain America’s returning veterans for new clean energy jobs.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/issues?id=0077 (10/21/2012)

Energy, a General Statement

I have made energy independence and combating climate change my flagship issue. Energy independence is a moral, environmental, health, economic and national security issue. We must support innovation in clean energy and efficiency technologies, in doing so we can reduce transit fares and help Americans struggling with energy prices.

Experts have been clear: Wall Street speculators are artificially driving up the price at the pump and causing pain to millions of American consumers. This year alone, gas prices have increased by 62 cents a gallon. Higher gas prices negative effects on our economy at large.

By repealing the tax breaks to multi-national oil companies, we can reduce the deficit and invest in clean energy jobs. Renewable energy like wind and solar, will reduce our dependence on foreign oil, lower energy costs and create millions of jobs that cannot be shipped overseas.

Profits for the biggest oil companies were at record-breaking levels in the last few years and Congress must take action to ease the pain at the pump. Comprehensive legislation that protects the pocketbooks of America’s taxpayers and consumers is critical as many continue to suffer from tough economic times.

Preserving our planet is just as critical to ensuring a safe and bright future for future generations. With the future of our country, and indeed our entire planet, possibly at stake, now is time to turn our collective concerns about climate change into concerted action. We must work to prevent any future damage to our environment and world by developing new energy technologies and replacing fossil fuels with clean and renewable energy sources.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/energy-and-the-environment.shtml (10/20/2012)

Hybrid & All Electric Cars

Legislation to create clean energy jobs, such as a proposal to ensure the cars of the future are built here in America by investing in a broad range of cutting-edge vehicle technologies and to provide incentives that move use to natural gas, hybrid and electric heavy duty vehicles.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/issues?id=0002 (10/21/2012)

Fuel Efficiency & Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards

We must support innovation in efficiency technologies, in doing so we can reduce transit fares and help Americans struggling with energy prices.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/energy-and-the-environment.shtml (10/20/2012)

Gas Prices

Experts have been clear: Wall Street speculators are artificially driving up the price at the pump and causing pain to millions of American consumers. This year alone, gas prices have increased by 62 cents a gallon. Higher gas prices negative effects on our economy at large.

By repealing the tax breaks to multi-national oil companies, we can reduce the deficit and invest in clean energy jobs. Renewable energy like wind and solar, will reduce our dependence on foreign oil, lower energy costs and create millions of jobs that cannot be shipped overseas.

Profits for the biggest oil companies were at record-breaking levels in the last few years and Congress must take action to ease the pain at the pump. Comprehensive legislation that protects the pocketbooks of America’s taxpayers and consumers is critical as many continue to suffer from tough economic times.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/energy-and-the-environment.shtml (10/20/2012)

Energy Independence from Foreign Oil

I have made energy independence and combating climate change my flagship issue. Energy independence is a moral, environmental, health, economic and national security issue. We must support innovation in clean energy and efficiency technologies, in doing so we can reduce transit fares and help Americans struggling with energy prices.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/energy-and-the-environment.shtml (10/20/2012)

Auto Industry

•Legislation to create clean energy jobs, such as a proposal to ensure the cars of the future are built here in America by investing in a broad range of cutting-edge vehicle technologies and to provide incentives that move use to natural gas, hybrid and electric heavy duty vehicles.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/issues?id=0002 (10/21/2012)

Environment
Clean Water Act and Water Quality

As we approach the 40th anniversary of the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, ensuring public health and sustaining a federal agency to regulate global warming emissions is crucial to the future of our nation and preservation of our planet. I have vigorously opposed bills that would weaken our nation's environmental protections which would endanger the health of all Americans. We must protect our nation's precious wetlands and coastlines by investing in technologies that will reduce air pollution and protect the natural habitat for any species along those shorelines.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/energy-and-the-environment.shtml (10/20/2012)

Global Warming, Climate Change

Preserving our planet is just as critical to ensuring a safe and bright future for future generations. With the future of our country, and indeed our entire planet, possibly at stake, now is time to turn our collective concerns about climate change into concerted action. We must work to prevent any future damage to our environment and world by developing new energy technologies and replacing fossil fuels with clean and renewable energy sources.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/energy-and-the-environment.shtml (10/20/2012)

Environment, a General Statement

Preserving our planet is just as critical to ensuring a safe and bright future for future generations. With the future of our country, and indeed our entire planet, possibly at stake, now is time to turn our collective concerns about climate change into concerted action. We must work to prevent any future damage to our environment and world by developing new energy technologies and replacing fossil fuels with clean and renewable energy sources.

As we approach the 40th anniversary of the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, ensuring public health and sustaining a federal agency to regulate global warming emissions is crucial to the future of our nation and preservation of our planet. I have vigorously opposed bills that would weaken our nation's environmental protections which would endanger the health of all Americans. We must protect our nation's precious wetlands and coastlines by investing in technologies that will reduce air pollution and protect the natural habitat for any species along those shorelines.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/energy-and-the-environment.shtml (10/20/2012)

Financial Crisis
Financial Crisis, a General Statement

In the 111th Congress, we passed and President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law. This bill will save and create jobs, get our economy moving again, and transform it for long-term growth and stability.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/issues?id=0069 (10/21/2012)

Banks

On May 20th, the House passed the final version of the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights, H.R. 627 and the President signed the bill into law on May 22nd.

The Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights will give consumers the rights and information they need to make educated decisions about their financial lives and could save some families thousands of dollars.

This legislation will apply common-sense regulations that would ban unfair rate increases and forbid abusive fees and penalties. For example, it will prohibit retroactive interest rate hikes on existing balances, double-cycle billing (charging interest twice for balances paid on time), and due-date gimmicks. It will also require 45-days’ advance notice of interest rate, fees, and finance charges hikes, require payments to be applied fairly to the highest interest rate balance first, and strengthen credit card protections for young people.

It mandates greater transparency to give consumers clear information, such as requiring credit cards to post their agreements online, and holds those responsible who engage in deceptive practices that hurt families and consumers, by beefing up monitoring, enforcement, and penalties for violations of the law.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/issues?id=0069 (10/21/2012)

Food & Agriculture
Farm Bill

In June of 2008, Congress overrode the President Bush's veto of the Farm Bill, legislation that will ease the strain of rising food prices for millions of families. Nearly three-fourths of the Farm Bill, an additional $10.4 billion in new spending, goes to nutrition programs that help 38 million American families afford healthy food. It updates the food stamp program to reflect the current state of our economy. These critical food stamp provisions will help about 11 million people by 2012. Households with children receive 77% of food stamp benefits.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/issues?id=0069 (10/21/2012)

Food, a General Statement

In June of 2008, Congress overrode the President Bush's veto of the Farm Bill, legislation that will ease the strain of rising food prices for millions of families. Nearly three-fourths of the Farm Bill, an additional $10.4 billion in new spending, goes to nutrition programs that help 38 million American families afford healthy food. It updates the food stamp program to reflect the current state of our economy. These critical food stamp provisions will help about 11 million people by 2012. Households with children receive 77% of food stamp benefits.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/issues?id=0069 (10/21/2012)

Foreign Policy
Foreign Policy, a General Statement

As Americans we must protect human rights both at home and abroad—the right to live freely without the threat of violence or repression, the right to live with dignity and respect.

Throughout our history, our international standing has rested in part on our democratic values and our commitment to human rights. Everywhere I travel, the call is clear: the world needs America to lead. We must reclaim our rightful place in the community of nations, with a sustainable foreign policy that reflects American values.

I have worked for human rights for all people throughout my career in Congress. For many years, I have called for freedom of religion, speech, and assembly in China and demanded that the Chinese government release all prisoners of conscience. I will continue to support the struggles of the Tibetan people and honor the sacrifice of those who gave their life fighting for freedom. We must be committed to meeting the challenge of human rights in China and Tibet if we are to work for human rights around the world.

We must show more effective leadership in the world that reflects the ideals that we cherish—freedom, democracy, human rights and respect for people as individuals. In doing so, we can help make countries plagued by conflict and repression better places to live, and better partners in creating a safer world.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/human-rights.shtml (10/20/2012)

China's Human Rights

I have worked for human rights for all people throughout my career in Congress. For many years, I have called for freedom of religion, speech, and assembly in China and demanded that the Chinese government release all prisoners of conscience. I will continue to support the struggles of the Tibetan people and honor the sacrifice of those who gave their life fighting for freedom. We must be committed to meeting the challenge of human rights in China and Tibet if we are to work for human rights around the world.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/human-rights.shtml (10/20/2012)

Gay & Lesbian
Legislation for Hate Crimes

Recently, we have made great strides toward achieving equal rights for every American: protecting against violence by passing the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/lgbt.shtml (10/21/2012)

Employment Non-Discrimination Act

In November 2007, the House passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). In 30 states, it is currently legal to fire someone simply because of his or her sexual orientation. This bill prohibits employers, employment agencies and labor unions from using an individual’s sexual orientation as the basis for employment decisions, such as hiring, firing, promotion or compensation. The bill extends federal employment protections to gay, lesbian, and bisexual workers similar We will continue fighting until we end discrimination in the workplace by enacting the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), end discrimination against same-sex couples in federal immigration laws and require the federal government to provide equal treatment to its LGBT employees.

We will continue fighting until we end discrimination in the workplace by enacting the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), end discrimination against same-sex couples in federal immigration laws and require the federal government to provide equal treatment to its LGBT employees.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/lgbt.shtml (10/21/2012)

Gay Rights, a General Statement

San Francisco is blessed with a large and vibrant LGBT community and a strong history of advocacy for equal rights for all. Since my first day in Congress, ending discrimination against gays and lesbians has been a top priority.

Recently, we have made great strides toward achieving equal rights for every American: protecting against violence by passing the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, ensuring equal visitation rights for all hospital patients and ending discrimination in the military by repealing the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

We will continue fighting until we end discrimination in the workplace by enacting the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), end discrimination against same-sex couples in federal immigration laws and require the federal government to provide equal treatment to its LGBT employees.

I will continue to fight against discrimination and for policies that reflect the ideals of fairness, equality and justice, so that our laws reflect the diverse society in which we live.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/lgbt.shtml (10/21/2012)

Gays Serving in the Military

Recently, we have made great strides toward achieving equal rights for every American: ending discrimination in the military by repealing the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/lgbt.shtml (10/21/2012)

Sexual Orientation Discrimination

San Francisco is blessed with a large and vibrant LGBT community and a strong history of advocacy for equal rights for all. Since my first day in Congress, ending discrimination against gays and lesbians has been a top priority.

Recently, we have made great strides toward achieving equal rights for every American: protecting against violence by passing the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, ensuring equal visitation rights for all hospital patients and ending discrimination in the military by repealing the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

We will continue fighting until we end discrimination in the workplace by enacting the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), end discrimination against same-sex couples in federal immigration laws and require the federal government to provide equal treatment to its LGBT employees.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/lgbt.shtml (10/21/2012)

Sexual Orientation in Anti-Discrimination Laws

In November 2007, the House passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). In 30 states, it is currently legal to fire someone simply because of his or her sexual orientation. This bill prohibits employers, employment agencies and labor unions from using an individual’s sexual orientation as the basis for employment decisions, such as hiring, firing, promotion or compensation. The bill extends federal employment protections to gay, lesbian, and bisexual workers similar to those already provided to a person based on race, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/issues?id=0069 (10/21/2012)

The Military Don't Ask/Don't Tell Policy

Recently, we have made great strides toward achieving equal rights for every American: ending discrimination in the military by repealing the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/lgbt.shtml (10/21/2012)

Government
Government Reform

On January 18, 2006, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter of New York, and Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, unveiled Democrats' "Honest Leadership, Open Government Act," which will restore honesty, integrity, and openness to government. Below are Pelosi's remarks as prepared.

"Good afternoon. It is fitting that we gather in the building of the Library of Congress named for Thomas Jefferson, the author of our Declaration of Independence. Today, Democrats are here to make a Declaration of Independence from special interests.

"These halls contain great wisdom. In the hall behind me are three paintings about government. The central painting contains President Lincoln's famous words, "A government of the people, by the people, and for the people." On the right side, a mural entitled "Good Administration" shows a figure reading and voting, symbolizing the value of an informed and involved citizenry. On the other side is a painting entitled "Corrupt Legislation," which shows a figure burning a scroll of learning and trampling a Bible.

"It is a harsh image, to see a Bible underfoot -- but it makes a powerful point: corrupt government undermines our values. We come here today to support those values, and to lay out an agenda for a new era of honest, open, and transparent government.

"For a long time now, an ethical cloud has hung over the Capitol. For years, Democrats have called for an end to the Republican culture of corruption.

"Yesterday, House Republican leaders unveiled a vague and insufficient set of so-called reforms. What is important about their list is not what it does do, but what it doesn't do. It doesn't kill the K Street project, it doesn't address procedural abuses in the House that Republicans use to implement their culture of corruption, and it doesn't charge the Ethics committee to act immediately. The Democratic plan we unveil today addresses all of these necessary refor [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]

Source: Candidate Website (10/04/2008)

Influence of Special Interests

On February 1, 2006, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi was joined by more than 160 House Democrats to introduce their Honest Leadership and Open Government Act, an aggressive reform package to reverse Republican excesses and protect the public trust.

The bill enacts sweeping reforms that focus on four key areas: banning travel and gifts from lobbyists and organizations that employ or retain lobbyists; reducing the unprecedented political access Republicans have given to corporations and lobbying firms; ending the "dead of night" special interest provisions and requiring disclosure of earmarks; and stopping the revolving door between government and lobbyist by extending the lobbying ban to two years.

"Democrats are leading the effort to turn the most closed, corrupt Congress in history into the most open and honest Congress in history," Pelosi said. "The American people have been paying the cost for the Republican culture of corruption with a confusing, special-interest Medicare prescription drug program, higher gas prices at the pump, and skyrocketing home heating bills. Democrats will restore truth and trust to our government, and put the priorities of the American people first."

On the House floor today, Republicans are debating minor reforms that fail to address the corruption in Washington, D.C. The narrow Republican bill bans former Members who are lobbyists form going on the House floor or to the House gym.

"Republicans' so-called lobby reform does almost nothing to address the ethical cloud that hangs over the Capitol," Pelosi said. "Republicans don't want real reform, because for more than 10 years they have benefited from their culture of corruption. Instead of seizing the opportunity today to enact real reform, Republicans once again put the special interests first, leaving the American people to pay for the Republican culture of corruption."

Source: Candidate Website (10/04/2008)

Health & Medical
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Provides $8.7 billion overall for NIH research and research-related activities, including $500 million for renovation of NIH research facilities. The $8.7 billion will fund a significant expansion in cutting-edge research to study diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer, and heart disease.

According to Research America, this investment could create 70,000 jobs and stimulate the economy in numerous states because 90 percent of NIH research funding is distributed to colleges, universities and research institutions across the country.

Also provides $1.3 billion for NIH to renovate and equip university research facilities and help them compete for biomedical research grants.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/floor?id=0273 (10/21/2012)

Improving Health & Medical Care

Access to quality, affordable health care is critical to the well being of America, today and in the future. Central to this is addressing the needs of the 46 million uninsured Americans, strengthening the Medicare system, providing health insurance to our low-income children, funding cutting-edge research into cures for diseases, and giving patients the clout to challenge the decisions of health insurers.

On March 21, 2010, the House of Representatives completed what Senator Kennedy called “the great unfinished business of our society,” in passing health insurance reform legislation that ensures every American has access to quality, affordable health care as a right and not a privilege. This historic legislation, in the league of Social Security and Medicare, will lead to healthier lives, more liberty to pursue hopes and dreams and happiness for the American people.

The final health insurance reform legislation ensures my key goals of affordability for the middle class, accessibility for all Americans, and accountability for the insurance industry. The President signed this bill into law on March 30, 2010.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/health-care.shtml (10/20/2012)

Health & Medical Care, a General Statement

Access to quality, affordable health care is critical to the well being of America, today and in the future. Central to this is addressing the needs of the 46 million uninsured Americans, strengthening the Medicare system, providing health insurance to our low-income children, funding cutting-edge research into cures for diseases, and giving patients the clout to challenge the decisions of health insurers.

On March 21, 2010, the House of Representatives completed what Senator Kennedy called “the great unfinished business of our society,” in passing health insurance reform legislation that ensures every American has access to quality, affordable health care as a right and not a privilege. This historic legislation, in the league of Social Security and Medicare, will lead to healthier lives, more liberty to pursue hopes and dreams and happiness for the American people.

The final health insurance reform legislation ensures my key goals of affordability for the middle class, accessibility for all Americans, and accountability for the insurance industry. The President signed this bill into law on March 30, 2010.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/health-care.shtml (10/20/2012)

Medical Research

Access to quality, affordable health care is critical to the well being of America, today and in the future. Central to this is funding cutting-edge research into cures for diseases.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/health-care.shtml (10/20/2012)

HIV/AIDS

Fighting HIV/AIDS across the nation and around the world has been a personal priority of mine since my first day in office. One of my first legislative victories was assisting in the creation of the Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS program. As Leader of the House of Representatives, I promise to ensure that HIV/AIDS care, treatment, prevention, and research initiatives receive additional funding increases, and continue fighting to expand access to care as part of comprehensive health reform.

Recently, we have made great strides in the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic: preventing the spread of HIV by lifting the ban on federal funding for syringe exchange, fighting discrimination by lifting the travel ban for people with HIV/AIDS and ensuring scientifically-proven sex-ed by eliminating discretionary funding for ineffective abstinence-only education.

During my Speakership, discretionary funding for HIV/AIDS was increased by over $500 million. Additionally, the passage of comprehensive health reform will provide significant benefits for those with HIV/AIDS by dramatically increasing access to Medicaid for people with HIV, improving Medicare Part D for people participating in the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), ending discrimination based on pre-existing conditions, and ending annual and lifetime caps on health benefits.

Globally, thirty-three million are HIV-positive. Each and every day, another 7,400 people become infected with HIV. There is a moral imperative to combat this epidemic. In 2008 , Congress passed America's largest commitment ever to fighting the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, the Lantos-Hyde U.S. Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. Under this bill, the U.S. will develop and implement strategies to transition from the emergency phase to long-term sustainability that can be maintained by the host countries.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/hivaids.shtml (10/20/2012)

Homes
Mortgage Credit

On May 7th, 2009, the House passed the Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act, H.R. 1728. The bill responds to the subprime mortgage crisis by instituting much needed reform to prevent these bad loans from being made in the first place. It stops the kinds of predatory and irresponsible mortgage loan practices that played a major role in the current financial and economic meltdown and prevents borrowers from deliberately misstating their income to qualify for a loan.

These long overdue reforms, which Democrats have been advocating since 1999, perhaps could have prevented the current crisis.

To restore the integrity of mortgage lending industry, this bill will make sure that the mortgage industry follows basic principles of sound lending, responsibility, and consumer protection, ensuring that:

borrowers can repay the loans they are sold;

mortgage lenders make loans that benefit the consumer and prohibit them from steering borrowers into higher cost loans;

all mortgage refinancing provides a net tangible benefit to the consumer;

the secondary mortgage market, for the first time ever, is responsible for complying with these common sense standards when they buy loans and turn them into securities;

there are incentives for the mortgage market to move back toward making safe, fully documented loans; and

tenants renting homes that are foreclosed would receive notification and time to relocate.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/issues?id=0069 (10/21/2012)

Housing, a General Statement

On May 7th, 2009, the House passed the Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act, H.R. 1728. The bill responds to the subprime mortgage crisis by instituting much needed reform to prevent these bad loans from being made in the first place. It stops the kinds of predatory and irresponsible mortgage loan practices that played a major role in the current financial and economic meltdown and prevents borrowers from deliberately misstating their income to qualify for a loan.

These long overdue reforms, which Democrats have been advocating since 1999, perhaps could have prevented the current crisis.

To restore the integrity of mortgage lending industry, this bill will make sure that the mortgage industry follows basic principles of sound lending, responsibility, and consumer protection, ensuring that:

borrowers can repay the loans they are sold;

mortgage lenders make loans that benefit the consumer and prohibit them from steering borrowers into higher cost loans;

all mortgage refinancing provides a net tangible benefit to the consumer;

the secondary mortgage market, for the first time ever, is responsible for complying with these common sense standards when they buy loans and turn them into securities;

there are incentives for the mortgage market to move back toward making safe, fully documented loans; and

tenants renting homes that are foreclosed would receive notification and time to relocate.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/issues?id=0069 (10/21/2012)

Federal Mortgage Regulation

To restore the integrity of mortgage lending industry, this bill will make sure that the mortgage industry follows basic principles of sound lending, responsibility, and consumer protection, ensuring that:

borrowers can repay the loans they are sold;

mortgage lenders make loans that benefit the consumer and prohibit them from steering borrowers into higher cost loans;

all mortgage refinancing provides a net tangible benefit to the consumer;

the secondary mortgage market, for the first time ever, is responsible for complying with these common sense standards when they buy loans and turn them into securities;

there are incentives for the mortgage market to move back toward making safe, fully documented loans; and

tenants renting homes that are foreclosed would receive notification and time to relocate.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/issues?id=0069 (10/21/2012)

Low Income Housing

In San Francisco, public housing, rental assistance vouchers and housing for seniors and the disabled are crucial to ensuring safe, affordable housing for very low-income families and individuals.

To end the long waitlists, I have long advocated increasing funding for housing assistance programs, including support for public housing authorities, replacement and refurbishment of distressed public housing units and for Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA). Additionally, I have fought to bring millions of federal dollars to replace obsolete public housing units such as at Valencia Gardens, Hunters View and Sunnydale.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/housing.shtml (10/20/2012)

Predatory Lending

On May 7th, 2009, the House passed the Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act, H.R. 1728. The bill responds to the subprime mortgage crisis by instituting much needed reform to prevent these bad loans from being made in the first place. It stops the kinds of predatory and irresponsible mortgage loan practices that played a major role in the current financial and economic meltdown and prevents borrowers from deliberately misstating their income to qualify for a loan.

These long overdue reforms, which Democrats have been advocating since 1999, perhaps could have prevented the current crisis.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/issues?id=0069 (10/21/2012)

Homeownership

On May 20th, 2009 the President signed the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act into law. The Helping Families Save Their Homes Act(S.896) builds on the President’s housing initiative, to provide significant incentives to lenders, servicers, and homeowners to work together to modify loans and to avoid foreclosures, which cost families their homes every 13 seconds in America. Unfortunately, due to Senate opposition, the bill does not include bankruptcy provisions included in the House bill that encourage lenders to modify loans for families in danger of losing their homes. House Democrats will continue to fight for these provisions to allow judges in the court of last resort to modify the terms of mortgage loans for families–just as they currently do for investors in vacation homes, real estate speculators, and corporations.

This legislation provides tooks to modify loans and avoid foreclosures by:

Protecting lenders from frivolous lawsuits when they make loan modifications consistent with the Obama Administration’s program or done through the Hope for Homeowners program;

Reducing the current fees for homeowners and lenders that have discouraged them from participating in the Hope for Homeowners program;

Offering new incentives for lenders to negotiate loan modifications with borrowers at risk of foreclosure under the Hope for Homeowners program; and

Expanding the President’s loan modification program to FHA and mortgages in rural areas (RHS).

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/issues?id=0069 (10/21/2012)

Mortgage Lending

On May 7th, 2009, the House passed the Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act, H.R. 1728. The bill responds to the subprime mortgage crisis by instituting much needed reform to prevent these bad loans from being made in the first place. It stops the kinds of predatory and irresponsible mortgage loan practices that played a major role in the current financial and economic meltdown and prevents borrowers from deliberately misstating their income to qualify for a loan.

These long overdue reforms, which Democrats have been advocating since 1999, perhaps could have prevented the current crisis.

To restore the integrity of mortgage lending industry, this bill will make sure that the mortgage industry follows basic principles of sound lending, responsibility, and consumer protection, ensuring that:

borrowers can repay the loans they are sold;

mortgage lenders make loans that benefit the consumer and prohibit them from steering borrowers into higher cost loans;

all mortgage refinancing provides a net tangible benefit to the consumer;

the secondary mortgage market, for the first time ever, is responsible for complying with these common sense standards when they buy loans and turn them into securities;

there are incentives for the mortgage market to move back toward making safe, fully documented loans; and

tenants renting homes that are foreclosed would receive notification and time to relocate.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/issues?id=0069 (10/21/2012)

Subprime Mortgage Crisis

On May 7th, 2009, the House passed the Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act, H.R. 1728. The bill responds to the subprime mortgage crisis by instituting much needed reform to prevent these bad loans from being made in the first place. It stops the kinds of predatory and irresponsible mortgage loan practices that played a major role in the current financial and economic meltdown and prevents borrowers from deliberately misstating their income to qualify for a loan.

These long overdue reforms, which Democrats have been advocating since 1999, perhaps could have prevented the current crisis.

To restore the integrity of mortgage lending industry, this bill will make sure that the mortgage industry follows basic principles of sound lending, responsibility, and consumer protection, ensuring that:

borrowers can repay the loans they are sold;

mortgage lenders make loans that benefit the consumer and prohibit them from steering borrowers into higher cost loans;

all mortgage refinancing provides a net tangible benefit to the consumer;

the secondary mortgage market, for the first time ever, is responsible for complying with these common sense standards when they buy loans and turn them into securities;

there are incentives for the mortgage market to move back toward making safe, fully documented loans; and

tenants renting homes that are foreclosed would receive notification and time to relocate.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/issues?id=0069 (10/21/2012)

Affordable Housing

The low-income housing tax credit and the National Housing Trust Fund are a vital source of funds for the preservation and further development of affordable housing stock. In these tough economic times, frozen credit markets and sparse capital availability have presented enormous challenges for advocates of affordable housing. For this reason, as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, we included $2.25 billion in gap financing to restart low-income housing construction affected by the housing and credit crisis.

California will receive more than $72 million in federal funding in 2012 for public housing. Last August, we celebrated a $30.5 million Choice Neighborhoods grant to revitalize, redevelop, and expand the Alice Griffith Housing Development, a community of 256 units of multi-family public housing in San Francisco.

I look forward to continuing to work with affordable housing community leaders in San Francisco and advocates nationwide to examine ways to strengthen affordable housing.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/housing.shtml (10/20/2012)

Homelessness

The City and County of San Francisco, with the financial support of the federal government, has developed innovative and effective initiatives to reduce homelessness, and in so doing become a model for local governments across the nation and around the world. However, homelessness remains a challenge for the city.

House Democrats included $1.5 billion for the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009. The funding was designed to help already homeless or at risk individuals to lose their homes.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/housing.shtml (10/20/2012)

Foreclosures

For families across America, the threat of foreclosures remains a critical concern. As a result of the overall housing slump, tens of millions of homeowners have also seen the value of their homes—their primary investment—drop in value. Unfortunately, California stands on the front lines of the foreclosure crisis and is ground zero for some of the worst effects of the downturn in our housing sector.

President Obama initiated the Making Home Affordable Program (HAMP) to assist borrowers to refinance into a more affordable mortgage, get a loan modification to make monthly payments more affordable, or help individuals transition to more affordable housing. For more information on these programs, click here.

Recently, the Federal government and 49 state attorneys general reached a global settlement with the country’s five largest mortgage servicers for irregularities in the foreclosure process that violated the law. The settlement provides as much as $26 billion in relief to distressed borrowers, borrowers whose loans are either owned or serviced by any of the five large banks in the settlement – Ally/GMAC, Bank of America, Citi, JP Morgan-Chase, and Wells Fargo. California was designated to receive by far the largest share in the nation on the settlement, which guaranteed homeowners in our state alone nearly $12 billion.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/housing.shtml (10/20/2012)

Immigration
Citizenship for Illegal Immigrants

On December 8th, the House passed the DREAM Act by a vote of 216-198. The version the House passed is an updated version of the DREAM Act (HR 5281) that was introduced back in March 2009 (HR 1751). The DREAM Act is common-sense legislation to give students who grew up in the United States a chance to contribute to our country’s well-being by serving in the U.S. Armed Forces or pursuing a higher education. It is limited, targeted legislation that will allow only the best and brightest young people to earn their legal status after a rigorous and lengthy process, and applies only to young people who have lived here for at least five years before the date of enactment, and who were brought to the U.S. by their parents as minors, through no fault of their own. The DREAM Act is the right thing to do—both economically for our country and morally: this is for young people who mostly know no other home.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/issues?id=0022 (10/20/2012)

Immigration, a General Statement

The United States is a country made up of immigrants, and it is part of what makes us so strong and vibrant. And while immigration reform remains an unsolved challenge for our nation, House Democrats are leading the way towards comprehensive reform.

We gain strength from our newest citizens, and passing comprehensive immigration reform will ensure that America keeps growing stronger. House Democrats look forward to working with President Obama on bipartisan and comprehensive immigration reform.

On December 8th, the House passed the DREAM Act by a vote of 216-198. The version the House passed is an updated version of the DREAM Act (HR 5281) that was introduced back in March 2009 (HR 1751). The DREAM Act is common-sense legislation to give students who grew up in the United States a chance to contribute to our country’s well-being by serving in the U.S. Armed Forces or pursuing a higher education. It is limited, targeted legislation that will allow only the best and brightest young people to earn their legal status after a rigorous and lengthy process, and applies only to young people who have lived here for at least five years before the date of enactment, and who were brought to the U.S. by their parents as minors, through no fault of their own. The DREAM Act is the right thing to do—both economically for our country and morally: this is for young people who mostly know no other home.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/issues?id=0022 (10/20/2012)

Immigration Reform

The United States is a country made up of immigrants, and it is part of what makes us so strong and vibrant. And while immigration reform remains an unsolved challenge for our nation, House Democrats are leading the way towards comprehensive reform.

We gain strength from our newest citizens, and passing comprehensive immigration reform will ensure that America keeps growing stronger. House Democrats look forward to working with President Obama on bipartisan and comprehensive immigration reform.

On December 8th, the House passed the DREAM Act by a vote of 216-198. The version the House passed is an updated version of the DREAM Act (HR 5281) that was introduced back in March 2009 (HR 1751). The DREAM Act is common-sense legislation to give students who grew up in the United States a chance to contribute to our country’s well-being by serving in the U.S. Armed Forces or pursuing a higher education. It is limited, targeted legislation that will allow only the best and brightest young people to earn their legal status after a rigorous and lengthy process, and applies only to young people who have lived here for at least five years before the date of enactment, and who were brought to the U.S. by their parents as minors, through no fault of their own. The DREAM Act is the right thing to do—both economically for our country and morally: this is for young people who mostly know no other home.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/issues?id=0022 (10/20/2012)

Afghanistan, Pakistan & Iraq
Afghanistan, a General Statement

President Obama laid out a plan to change course in Afghanistan and end the war in a manner that serves and strengthens our national security. The President articulated a mission to defeat Al Qaeda and prevent terrorists from using Afghanistan and Pakistan as safe havens to launch attacks against the United States and our allies. The Administration is giving Afghanistan’s leaders the chance to prove themselves as reliable partners, replacing rampant corruption with a commitment to good government and economic development.

As we work to conclude our mission, we must invest in better schools and local communities, opening the doors of opportunity to the next generation of Afghans and offering them hope for a better future.

Together with the President, Congress must uphold the promise of action against those who attacked us on September 11, 2001, and work to find a responsible way out of the war for our troops and for the Afghan people.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/issues?id=0001 (10/21/2012)

Iraq, a General Statement

From the first days of the New Direction Congress, we have acted to take the war in Iraq down a different path – ending a war of choice fought on faulty intelligence, a battle that has cost America too much in terms of lives, dollars, and our reputation around the world.

The Democratic-led Congress has given our armed forces the support, armor, tools, and equipment to succeed and stay safe. We’ve improved oversight and accountability for the taxpayer funds dedicated to the war, and we’ve worked to return power to the Iraqis, end the war, and move our troops out of harm’s way. In just the past year, we have witnessed critical progress toward reaching our goals. The responsibility for securing Iraq’s cities has been turned over to Iraq’s government. America’s military will end all combat operations by the end of this summer, and the withdrawal of all U.S. forces will be complete by the end of next year.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/issues?id=0001 (10/21/2012)

US Military Presence in Afghanistan

President Obama laid out a plan to change course in Afghanistan and end the war in a manner that serves and strengthens our national security. The President articulated a mission to defeat Al Qaeda and prevent terrorists from using Afghanistan and Pakistan as safe havens to launch attacks against the United States and our allies. The Administration is giving Afghanistan’s leaders the chance to prove themselves as reliable partners, replacing rampant corruption with a commitment to good government and economic development.

As we work to conclude our mission, we must invest in better schools and local communities, opening the doors of opportunity to the next generation of Afghans and offering them hope for a better future.

Together with the President, Congress must uphold the promise of action against those who attacked us on September 11, 2001, and work to find a responsible way out of the war for our troops and for the Afghan people.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/issues?id=0001 (10/21/2012)

Jobs
Job Growth

On February 13th, Congress passed the final American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, H.R. 1, to save and create jobs, get our economy moving again, and transform it for long-term growth and stability. On February 17th, during the first month of his term, President Obama signed the bill into law. This legislation will jumpstart our economy, create and save 3.5 million jobs, give 98% of American working families and individuals a tax cut, and begin to rebuild America’s road, rail, and water infrastructure, with unprecedented accountability measures -- no earmarks, new state whistleblower protections, and an historic degree of transparency at www.recovery.gov.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will:

Create and save 3.5 million jobs, rebuilding America, making us more globally competitive and energy independent, and transforming our economy.

Give 95 percent of American workers an immediate tax cut.

Invest in roads, bridges, mass transit, energy efficient buildings, flood control, clean water projects, and other infrastructure projects.

Restore science and innovation as the keys to new American-made technology, preventing and treating disease, and tackling urgent national challenges like climate change and dependence on foreign oil.

Invest quickly into the economy.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/floor?id=0273 (10/21/2012)

Jobs, a General Statement

Democrats continue to focus on creating American jobs and strengthening the economy—because we must bring down the unemployment rate and restore American job security. In the 111th Congress, Congressional Republicans voted in lock step against job creation, tax cuts and recovery efforts and instead support the special interests—Wall Street banks, Big Oil and insurance companies. Those economic policies brought us the Bush recession with Americans facing job losses of nearly 800,000 a month and the economy contracting by more than 6 percent.

Since 2007, the Democratic-led Congress implemented a broad economic plan to bring opportunity and fiscal security to all Americans, not just the wealthy few. Democrats raised the minimum wage; passed economic recovery legislation providing recovery rebates for more than 130 million American families; and passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to jumpstart our economy, create and save 3.5 million jobs, give 98% of American working families and individuals a tax cut, and begin to rebuild America’s road, rail, and water infrastructure. On February 13th, Congress passed the final American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, H.R. 1. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will:

Create and save 3.5 million jobs, rebuilding America, making us more globally competitive and energy independent, and transforming our economy.

Give 95 percent of American workers an immediate tax cut.

Invest in roads, bridges, mass transit, energy efficient buildings, flood control, clean water projects, and other infrastructure projects.

Restore science and innovation as the keys to new American-made technology, preventing and treating disease, and tackling urgent national challenges like climate change and dependence on foreign oil.

Invest quickly into the economy.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/floor?id=0273 (10/21/2012)

Unemployment Insurance

A one-year extension of Unemployment Insurance for the millions of Americans who are looking for work, that currently expires at the end of 2011. Every dollar of Unemployment Insurance creates at least $1.61 in economic activity, according to chief economists Mark Zandi of Moody’s Economy.com – creating consumer demand and jobs.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/issues?id=0002 (10/21/2012)

Foreign Job Outsourcing

Make it in America is a legislative initiative from House Democrats to revitalize manufacturing in America, create new good-paying jobs, and make our nation more secure. By rebuilding our manufacturing sector—which was hit particularly hard during the Bush Administration when America lost nearly a third of its manufacturing jobs—we can create the high-skill, high-wage jobs of the future while promoting American competitiveness, innovation, and exports. When we Make it in America, we create jobs to lead the world economy. This effort builds on House Democrats' actions to create jobs and grow the economy and focuses on investing in key priorities while cutting wasteful spending.

The Make it in America agenda:

Closes tax loopholes that encourage outsourcing U.S. jobs overseas.

Provides hometown tax credits to help small businesses hire new employees and sell their products and innovation overseas.

Boosts incentives to create American clean energy jobs like making state-of-the-art wind turbines and solar panels–paid for by ending corporate welfare to Big Oil.

Strengthens rules that U.S. and its contractors buy American, especially to build transportation, energy, and communications infrastructure.

Demands that China and other countries honor fair trade principles or lose American business.

Gives incentives to hire and retrain America’s returning veterans for new clean energy jobs.

Strengthens partnerships with businesses to retrain America’s workers for jobs for the jobs that are actually needed.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/issues?id=0077 (10/21/2012)

Reward companies that create domestic jobs

Make it in America is a legislative initiative from House Democrats to revitalize manufacturing in America, create new good-paying jobs, and make our nation more secure. By rebuilding our manufacturing sector—which was hit particularly hard during the Bush Administration when America lost nearly a third of its manufacturing jobs—we can create the high-skill, high-wage jobs of the future while promoting American competitiveness, innovation, and exports. When we Make it in America, we create jobs to lead the world economy. This effort builds on House Democrats' actions to create jobs and grow the economy and focuses on investing in key priorities while cutting wasteful spending.

The Make it in America agenda:

Closes tax loopholes that encourage outsourcing U.S. jobs overseas.

Provides hometown tax credits to help small businesses hire new employees and sell their products and innovation overseas.

Boosts incentives to create American clean energy jobs like making state-of-the-art wind turbines and solar panels–paid for by ending corporate welfare to Big Oil.

Strengthens rules that U.S. and its contractors buy American, especially to build transportation, energy, and communications infrastructure.

Demands that China and other countries honor fair trade principles or lose American business.

Gives incentives to hire and retrain America’s returning veterans for new clean energy jobs.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/issues?id=0077 (10/21/2012)

Government Subsidized Jobs

Gives incentives to hire and retrain America’s returning veterans for new clean energy jobs.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/issues?id=0077 (10/21/2012)

Medical Insurance
Fixing Medical Insurance

Access to quality, affordable health care is critical to the well being of America, today and in the future. Central to this is addressing the needs of the 46 million uninsured Americans, providing health insurance to our low-income children, and giving patients the clout to challenge the decisions of health insurers.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/health-care.shtml (10/20/2012)

Medicare

House Republicans voted to pass a budget for 2013 to end Medicare as we know it, dramatically raise seniors’ health costs, and to dismantle the progress of the Affordable Care Act. AARP stated that “the proposal is likely to simply increase costs for beneficiaries while removing Medicare's promise of secure health coverage -- a guarantee that future seniors have contributed to through a lifetime of hard work.” Democrats will always protect Medicare.

The Affordable Care Act’s passage in 2010 by a Democratic-led Congress has afforded Americans lower health care costs, access to higher quality health care, and protected the Medicare guarantee. The 2012 Medicare Trustee’s report states that the ACA improves solvency of Medicare by 8 years to ensure that future generations of Americans will be able to count on the Medicare guarantee. In the first 2 years of its enactment, 5.1 million seniors and people with disabilities saved $3.2 billion on prescription drugs alone; an average of $635 per Medicare beneficiary. In addition, over 2.3 million seniors took advantage of a free Annual Wellness Visit under Medicare in 2011.

I also support the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act in order to ensure uninterrupted delivery of social and nutrition services to our seniors and their caregivers.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/retirement-security.shtml (10/21/2012)

Pre-Existing Health Conditions

For too long, women have faced discrimination in the health insurance market — often being charged substantially higher premiums for the same coverage as men. With the passage of comprehensive health insurance reform no longer will being a woman be considered a pre-existing medical condition.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/women.shtml (10/21/2012)

Fixing Medicare

House Republicans voted to pass a budget for 2013 to end Medicare as we know it, dramatically raise seniors’ health costs, and to dismantle the progress of the Affordable Care Act. AARP stated that “the proposal is likely to simply increase costs for beneficiaries while removing Medicare's promise of secure health coverage -- a guarantee that future seniors have contributed to through a lifetime of hard work.” Democrats will always protect Medicare.

The Affordable Care Act’s passage in 2010 by a Democratic-led Congress has afforded Americans lower health care costs, access to higher quality health care, and protected the Medicare guarantee. The 2012 Medicare Trustee’s report states that the ACA improves solvency of Medicare by 8 years to ensure that future generations of Americans will be able to count on the Medicare guarantee. In the first 2 years of its enactment, 5.1 million seniors and people with disabilities saved $3.2 billion on prescription drugs alone; an average of $635 per Medicare beneficiary. In addition, over 2.3 million seniors took advantage of a free Annual Wellness Visit under Medicare in 2011.

I also support the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act in order to ensure uninterrupted delivery of social and nutrition services to our seniors and their caregivers.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/retirement-security.shtml (10/21/2012)

Coverage of Children

Access to quality, affordable health care is critical to the well being of America, today and in the future. Central to this is providing health insurance to our low-income children.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/health-care.shtml (10/20/2012)

Medical Insurance Discrimination

For too long, women have faced discrimination in the health insurance market — often being charged substantially higher premiums for the same coverage as men. With the passage of comprehensive health insurance reform no longer will being a woman be considered a pre-existing medical condition.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/women.shtml (10/21/2012)

Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

On March 21, 2010, the House of Representatives completed what Senator Kennedy called “the great unfinished business of our society,” in passing health insurance reform legislation that ensures every American has access to quality, affordable health care as a right and not a privilege. This historic legislation, in the league of Social Security and Medicare, will lead to healthier lives, more liberty to pursue hopes and dreams and happiness for the American people.

The final health insurance reform legislation ensures my key goals of affordability for the middle class, accessibility for all Americans, and accountability for the insurance industry. The President signed this bill into law on March 30, 2010.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/health-care.shtml (10/20/2012)

Health Insurance, a General Statement

Access to quality, affordable health care is critical to the well being of America, today and in the future. Central to this is addressing the needs of the 46 million uninsured Americans, strengthening the Medicare system, providing health insurance to our low-income children, funding cutting-edge research into cures for diseases, and giving patients the clout to challenge the decisions of health insurers.

On March 21, 2010, the House of Representatives completed what Senator Kennedy called “the great unfinished business of our society,” in passing health insurance reform legislation that ensures every American has access to quality, affordable health care as a right and not a privilege. This historic legislation, in the league of Social Security and Medicare, will lead to healthier lives, more liberty to pursue hopes and dreams and happiness for the American people.

The final health insurance reform legislation ensures my key goals of affordability for the middle class, accessibility for all Americans, and accountability for the insurance industry. The President signed this bill into law on March 30, 2010.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/health-care.shtml (10/20/2012)

Medically Uninsured or Underinsured

Access to quality, affordable health care is critical to the well being of America, today and in the future. Central to this is addressing the needs of the 46 million uninsured Americans.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/health-care.shtml (10/20/2012)

Military & Defense
Military Adequacy

Our nation’s leaders have no greater responsibility than ensuring the safety and security of the American people. That means maintaining a strong military and deploying our men and women in uniform only when necessary. In both Afghanistan and Iraq, we will continue to do everything in our power to act in the best interests of our country’s families, conclude our mission, and bring the members of our armed forces home.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/issues?id=0001 (10/21/2012)

Military Families

The HEART ACT became law, making permanent essential tax relief for our military families. This includes tax relief under the Earned Income Tax Credit, providing incentives to make sure that reservists called up for active duty do not suffer a pay cut, clarifying the availability of recovery rebates for military families, and expanding homeownership opportunities for veterans.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/issues?id=0069 (10/21/2012)

Military Policy

Our nation’s leaders have no greater responsibility than ensuring the safety and security of the American people. That means maintaining a strong military and deploying our men and women in uniform only when necessary. In both Afghanistan and Iraq, we will continue to do everything in our power to act in the best interests of our country’s families, conclude our mission, and bring the members of our armed forces home.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/issues?id=0001 (10/21/2012)

Military Pay, Medical Care and Benefits

The HEART ACT became law, making permanent essential tax relief for our military families. This includes tax relief under the Earned Income Tax Credit, providing incentives to make sure that reservists called up for active duty do not suffer a pay cut, clarifying the availability of recovery rebates for military families, and expanding homeownership opportunities for veterans.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/issues?id=0069 (10/21/2012)

Military, a General Statement

Over most of the past decade, America’s men and women in uniform have served with unmatched bravery, valor, and courage in the hills of Afghanistan and the deserts of Iraq. Regardless of disagreements on policy, Democrats have stood behind our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines, as they demonstrate why they remain the finest armed forces anywhere in the world.

The best way to support our troops – in Iraq and Afghanistan – is to ensure that their sacrifice on the ground is matched with a clear strategy for victory and with the resources to get the job done and come home safely. After years of poor planning by the previous Administration, the Democratic Congress and President Obama are moving in a New Direction – ending the war in Iraq and returning Iraq to its government and its people, and refocusing on Al Qaeda in Afghanistan.

Our nation’s leaders have no greater responsibility than ensuring the safety and security of the American people. That means maintaining a strong military and deploying our men and women in uniform only when necessary. In both Afghanistan and Iraq, we will continue to do everything in our power to act in the best interests of our country’s families, conclude our mission, and bring the members of our armed forces home.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/issues?id=0001 (10/21/2012)

Science, Technology & Space
National Science Foundation (NSF) Funding

Provides $3 billion overall for the National Science Foundation (NSF), putting the NSF budget on track to double over the next seven years, as called for under the America COMPETES Act (PL 110-69).

Includes $2.5 billion for NSF research and research-related activities. Sustained, targeted investment by NSF in basic research in fundamental science and engineering advances discovery and spurs innovation.

The $2.5 billion includes $300 million for major research equipment shared by institutions of higher education and other scientists.

The $2.5 billion also includes $200 million to repair and modernize science and engineering research facilities at the nation’s institutions of higher education.

Includes $400 million to build major research facilities that perform cutting-edge science.

Includes $100 million for improving K-12 instruction in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/floor?id=0273 (10/21/2012)

Science, a General Statement

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, signed into law by President Obama on February 17, invests in science and technology – both creating jobs in the short-term and building a foundation for strong economic growth in the long-term. The recovery package includes a $17 billion investment in scientific research, including investments at the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, among others. Regarding new technologies, the package also includes nearly $40 billion in investments in America’s IT network infrastructure (including broadband, health IT, and a smarter energy grid). More than 100 high-tech CEOs and business leaders have endorsed these IT investments and stated that this $40 billion investment alone will create more than 949,000 U.S. jobs, more than half of which will be in small businesses.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/floor?id=0273 (10/21/2012)

Science and Technology Research and Development

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, signed into law by President Obama on February 17, invests in science and technology – both creating jobs in the short-term and building a foundation for strong economic growth in the long-term. The recovery package includes a $17 billion investment in scientific research, including investments at the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, among others. Regarding new technologies, the package also includes nearly $40 billion in investments in America’s IT network infrastructure (including broadband, health IT, and a smarter energy grid). More than 100 high-tech CEOs and business leaders have endorsed these IT investments and stated that this $40 billion investment alone will create more than 949,000 U.S. jobs, more than half of which will be in small businesses.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/floor?id=0273 (10/21/2012)

Technology, a General Statement

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, signed into law by President Obama on February 17, invests in science and technology – both creating jobs in the short-term and building a foundation for strong economic growth in the long-term. The recovery package includes a $17 billion investment in scientific research, including investments at the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, among others. Regarding new technologies, the package also includes nearly $40 billion in investments in America’s IT network infrastructure (including broadband, health IT, and a smarter energy grid). More than 100 high-tech CEOs and business leaders have endorsed these IT investments and stated that this $40 billion investment alone will create more than 949,000 U.S. jobs, more than half of which will be in small businesses.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/floor?id=0273 (10/21/2012)

Social Security & Pensions
Privatizing Social Security

Republicans are yet again promising to privatize and cut Social Security and turn it over to Wall Street. The Social Security Trust Fund has a current surplus of $2.7 trillion. While Congress must address the long-term funding challenges to Social Security, any reforms must be focused on ensuring its long-term stability.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/retirement-security.shtml (10/21/2012)

Social Security Trust Fund

The Social Security Trust Fund has a current surplus of $2.7 trillion. While Congress must address the long-term funding challenges to Social Security, any reforms must be focused on ensuring its long-term stability. We cannot turn our backs on the 55 million Americans who receive Social Security benefits.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/retirement-security.shtml (10/21/2012)

Long Term Viability of Social Security

For more than 75 years, Social Security has represented a bedrock promise to the American people: that after a lifetime of work, this country will ensure a measure of protection for our seniors, now, and for generations to come. What started as a cornerstone of the New Deal has become an unbreakable bond in our nation’s social contract. It is a source of economic security for millions of hard-working Americans—through survivor benefits and assistance to seniors and people with disabilities. Despite this history, Republicans are yet again promising to privatize and cut Social Security and turn it over to Wall Street. The Social Security Trust Fund has a current surplus of $2.7 trillion. While Congress must address the long-term funding challenges to Social Security, any reforms must be focused on ensuring its long-term stability. We cannot turn our backs on the 55 million Americans who receive Social Security benefits.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/retirement-security.shtml (10/21/2012)

Social Security, a General Statement

For more than 75 years, Social Security has represented a bedrock promise to the American people: that after a lifetime of work, this country will ensure a measure of protection for our seniors, now, and for generations to come. What started as a cornerstone of the New Deal has become an unbreakable bond in our nation’s social contract. It is a source of economic security for millions of hard-working Americans—through survivor benefits and assistance to seniors and people with disabilities.

About 90 percent of people aged 65 and older receive Social Security benefits and nearly 2 in 3 get half or more of their income from Social Security. As of December 2011, 36 million retired workers received an average benefit of $1,229 per month and 8.6 million disabled workers received an average benefit of $1,111 per month. The typical replacement rate is about 41 percent for a worker with medium earnings.

Despite this history, Republicans are yet again promising to privatize and cut Social Security and turn it over to Wall Street. The Social Security Trust Fund has a current surplus of $2.7 trillion. While Congress must address the long-term funding challenges to Social Security, any reforms must be focused on ensuring its long-term stability. We cannot turn our backs on the 55 million Americans who receive Social Security benefits.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/retirement-security.shtml (10/21/2012)

Taxes
Business Tax Credits

Provides hometown tax credits to help small businesses hire new employees and sell their products and innovation overseas.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/issues?id=0077 (10/21/2012)

Corporate Tax Loopholes

Closes tax loopholes that encourage outsourcing U.S. jobs overseas.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/issues?id=0077 (10/21/2012)

Trade
China Currency Manipulation

A China Currency bill that could help create from one-half to more than 2 million manufacturing jobs by providing our government with effective tools to address unfair currency manipulation by countries like China and level the playing field for America’s manufacturers, small and large.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/issues?id=0002 (10/21/2012)

Trade with China

Demands that China and other countries honor fair trade principles or lose American business.

A China Currency bill that could help create from one-half to more than 2 million manufacturing jobs by providing our government with effective tools to address unfair currency manipulation by countries like China and level the playing field for America’s manufacturers, small and large.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/issues?id=0002 (10/21/2012)

Trade Policy Priorities

Make it in America is a legislative initiative from House Democrats to revitalize manufacturing in America, create new good-paying jobs, and make our nation more secure. By rebuilding our manufacturing sector—which was hit particularly hard during the Bush Administration when America lost nearly a third of its manufacturing jobs—we can create the high-skill, high-wage jobs of the future while promoting American competitiveness, innovation, and exports. When we Make it in America, we create jobs to lead the world economy. This effort builds on House Democrats' actions to create jobs and grow the economy and focuses on investing in key priorities while cutting wasteful spending.

The Make it in America agenda:

Closes tax loopholes that encourage outsourcing U.S. jobs overseas.

Provides hometown tax credits to help small businesses hire new employees and sell their products and innovation overseas.

Strengthens rules that U.S. and its contractors buy American, especially to build transportation, energy, and communications infrastructure.

Demands that China and other countries honor fair trade principles or lose American business.

Strengthens partnerships with businesses to retrain America’s workers for jobs for the jobs that are actually needed.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/issues?id=0077 (10/21/2012)

Trade, a General Statement

Make it in America is a legislative initiative from House Democrats to revitalize manufacturing in America, create new good-paying jobs, and make our nation more secure. By rebuilding our manufacturing sector we can create the high-skill, high-wage jobs of the future while promoting American competitiveness, innovation, and exports. When we Make it in America, we create jobs to lead the world economy. This effort builds on House Democrats' actions to create jobs and grow the economy and focuses on investing in key priorities while cutting wasteful spending.

Closes tax loopholes that encourage outsourcing U.S. jobs overseas.

Provides hometown tax credits to help small businesses hire new employees and sell their products and innovation overseas.

Boosts incentives to create American clean energy jobs like making state-of-the-art wind turbines and solar panels–paid for by ending corporate welfare to Big Oil.

Strengthens rules that U.S. and its contractors buy American, especially to build transportation, energy, and communications infrastructure.

Demands that China and other countries honor fair trade principles or lose American business.

Gives incentives to hire and retrain America’s returning veterans for new clean energy jobs.

Strengthens partnerships with businesses to retrain America’s workers for jobs for the jobs that are actually needed.

A China Currency bill that could help create from one-half to more than 2 million manufacturing jobs by providing our government with effective tools to address unfair currency manipulation by countries like China and level the playing field for America’s manufacturers, small and large.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/issues?id=0002 (10/21/2012)

Transportation
Air

I have long worked to obtain federal assistance for transportation needs in San Francisco, including for the seismic retrofit of SFO.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/transportation.shtml (10/21/2012)

Public Transportation

When crafting our transportation options, we must work to reduce the focus on driving and increase our options for bus and rail transit and transit-oriented development while creating vibrant livable communities.

Congress included $17.7 billion for transit and rail in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which President Obama signed into law on February 17, 2009. These Recovery Act funds have provided significant local investments in the Bay Area, including almost $100 million each for Muni and BART, along with $400 million for the Transbay Transit Center.

I have long worked to obtain federal assistance for transportation needs in San Francisco, including for the Third Street Light Rail – Central Subway, Transbay Transit Center, Doyle Drive renovation / Presidio Parkway, seismic retrofit of the Golden Gate Bridge and SFO.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/transportation.shtml (10/21/2012)

Bikes and Pedestrians

When crafting our transportation options, we must work to reduce the focus on driving and increase our options for walking and biking while creating vibrant livable communities.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/transportation.shtml (10/21/2012)

Federal Infrastructure & Transportation Funding

Rebuilding American roads and transit through a robust Highway bill that will create jobs – rejecting the House GOP approach that would slash investments and would destroy more than 600,000 jobs.

A robust FAA Reauthorization bill that will create 150,000 jobs and strengthen the economy – rejecting the House GOP approach that would cut funding and would destroy more than 70,000 jobs.

A bipartisan Infrastructure Bank proposal that can create millions of new jobs by creating a private-public partnership to finance needed projects to rebuild and modernize our roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, airports, railways, ports, broadband, and power grids.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/issues?id=0002 (10/21/2012)

Rail

When crafting our transportation options, we must work to reduce the focus on driving and increase our options for rail transit while creating vibrant livable communities.

Recognizing these needs, Congress included $17.7 billion for transit and rail in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which President Obama signed into law on February 17, 2009. These Recovery Act funds have provided significant local investments in the Bay Area, including almost $100 million each for Muni and BART, along with $400 million for the Transbay Transit Center.

I have long worked to obtain federal assistance for transportation needs in San Francisco, including for the Third Street Light Rail – Central Subway, Transbay Transit Center.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/transportation.shtml (10/21/2012)

Transportation, a General Statement

Rebuilding American roads and transit through a robust Highway bill that will create jobs – rejecting the House GOP approach that would slash investments and would destroy more than 600,000 jobs.

A robust FAA Reauthorization bill that will create 150,000 jobs and strengthen the economy – rejecting the House GOP approach that would cut funding and would destroy more than 70,000 jobs.

A bipartisan Infrastructure Bank proposal that can create millions of new jobs by creating a private-public partnership to finance needed projects to rebuild and modernize our roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, airports, railways, ports, broadband, and power grids.

When crafting our transportation options, we must work to reduce the focus on driving and increase our options for bus and rail transit, walking, biking, and transit-oriented development while creating vibrant livable communities.

Recognizing these needs, Congress included $17.7 billion for transit and rail in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which President Obama signed into law on February 17, 2009. These Recovery Act funds have provided significant local investments in the Bay Area, including almost $100 million each for Muni and BART, along with $400 million for the Transbay Transit Center.

I have long worked to obtain federal assistance for transportation needs in San Francisco, including for the Third Street Light Rail – Central Subway, Transbay Transit Center, Doyle Drive renovation / Presidio Parkway, seismic retrofit of the Golden Gate Bridge and SFO.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/retirement-security.shtml (10/21/2012)

Highways

Rebuilding American roads and transit through a robust Highway bill that will create jobs – rejecting the House GOP approach that would slash investments and would destroy more than 600,000 jobs.

I have long worked to obtain federal assistance for transportation needs in San Francisco, including for the Doyle Drive renovation / Presidio Parkway and seismic retrofit of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Source: pelosi.house.gov/special-issues/transportation.shtml (10/21/2012)

Veterans
Veterans, a General Statement

We have an obligation to care for and honor America’s servicemen and women, their families, and our veterans for their bravery and sacrifice. Congressional Democrats are keeping our promises to America’s veterans.

With more returning soldiers, we renew our commitment to keep our promises to the nation’s more than 2 million troops and reservists, their families, and 23 million veterans.

From 2007 through 2010, the Democratic-controlled Congress made historic progress for veterans, ranging from the New GI Bill to provide returning troops with the promise of a college education to strengthening veterans’ health care.

On the battlefield, the military pledges to leave no soldier behind. As a nation, let it be our pledge that when they return home, we leave no veteran behind.

The GI Bill for the 21st Century, which was signed into law, provides a four-year college scholarship to veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The legislation will give our returning troops the tools to succeed when they return home, as well as strengthen our shaky economy and help rebuild our military by making service more attractive.

The HEART ACT also became law, making permanent essential tax relief for our military families. This includes tax relief under the Earned Income Tax Credit, providing incentives to make sure that reservists called up for active duty do not suffer a pay cut, clarifying the availability of recovery rebates for military families, and expanding homeownership opportunities for veterans.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/issues?id=0039 (10/21/2012)

GI Bill & Veterans' Benefits

The GI Bill for the 21st Century, which was signed into law, provides a four-year college scholarship to veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The legislation will give our returning troops the tools to succeed when they return home, as well as strengthen our shaky economy and help rebuild our military by making service more attractive.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/issues?id=0069 (10/21/2012)

Vetreran Job Retraining

Democrats are working on several proposals to put veterans to work, but Republicans have refused to schedule them for a vote in the House. While the House has passed a veterans retraining bill, more must be done to address the nearly 12 percent unemployment rate for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.

After their service to our country, we have an obligation to make sure our veterans have the tools necessary to navigate this difficult labor market and succeed in the civilian workforce. We support several plans to:

provide tax credits for hiring veterans looking for work,

strengthen much-needed training programs for separating servicemembers,

encourage businesses and government contractors to hire the brave men and women who have developed valuable skills and professionalism while in the armed forces, and

ensure that servicemembers leave the military career-ready.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/news/reports?id=0529 (10/21/2012)

Retired Veterans Benefits and Health Care

The HEART ACT became law, making permanent essential tax relief for our military families. This includes tax relief under the Earned Income Tax Credit, providing incentives to make sure that reservists called up for active duty do not suffer a pay cut, clarifying the availability of recovery rebates for military families, and expanding homeownership opportunities for veterans.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/issues?id=0069 (10/21/2012)

Labor Wages & Unions
Minimum Wage

The Democratic-led Congress passed the first pay raise for working Americans in a decade. It is wrong to have millions of Americans working full-time and year-round, yet still living in poverty. The previous minimum wage of $5.15 an hour was simply not enough to cover the needs of the average family as they struggle with increasing costs of child care, education, health insurance, and gasoline prices. Before the increase in 2007, the value of the minimum wage had dropped to its lowest level in over half a century. Working full time, a minimum wage worker brought home only $10,712 a year, nearly $6,000 below the poverty level for a family of three. Raising the minimum wage in 2007 meant a $4,400 yearly pay raise—money that could pay for 15 months of groceries, or more than two years of health care. It could buy 19 months of utilities, 20 months of child care, or 30 months of college tuition at a public, 2-year college.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/issues?id=0069 (10/21/2012)

Wage Discrimination

In January of 2009, the House passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which provides a remedy for women and men who have been victims of pay discrimination. President Obama signed this bill into law on January 29. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act corrects the Supreme Court decision that severely restricted the right of workers to have their day in court. The bill was passed by the House in the 110th Congress, but unfortunately Republicans in the Senate blocked a vote on this legislation, thwarting efforts to allow victims of wage discrimination to seek justice in the courts. Women still make just 78 cents to each man’s dollar, and in an uncertain economy, equal pay for equal work is about daily survival for millions.

On January 9th 2009, the House passed the Paycheck Fairness Act, which was passed by the House in the 110th Congress but never taken up by the Senate. This bill would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 by providing more effective remedies to women who are not being paid equal wages for doing equal work.

The bill would also prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who share salary information with their co-workers; require the Department of Labor to enhance outreach and training efforts to work with employers to eliminate pay disparities; and create a new grant program to help strengthen the negotiation skills of girls and women.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/issues?id=0069 (10/21/2012)

Wages, a General Statement

The Democratic-led Congress passed the first pay raise for working Americans in a decade. It is wrong to have millions of Americans working full-time and year-round, yet still living in poverty. The previous minimum wage of $5.15 an hour was simply not enough to cover the needs of the average family as they struggle with increasing costs of child care, education, health insurance, and gasoline prices. Before the increase in 2007, the value of the minimum wage had dropped to its lowest level in over half a century. Working full time, a minimum wage worker brought home only $10,712 a year, nearly $6,000 below the poverty level for a family of three. Raising the minimum wage in 2007 meant a $4,400 yearly pay raise—money that could pay for 15 months of groceries, or more than two years of health care. It could buy 19 months of utilities, 20 months of child care, or 30 months of college tuition at a public, 2-year college.

In January of 2009, the House passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which provides a remedy for women and men who have been victims of pay discrimination. President Obama signed this bill into law on January 29. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act corrects the Supreme Court decision that severely restricted the right of workers to have their day in court. The bill was passed by the House in the 110th Congress, but unfortunately Republicans in the Senate blocked a vote on this legislation, thwarting efforts to allow victims of wage discrimination to seek justice in the courts. Women still make just 78 cents to each man’s dollar, and in an uncertain economy, equal pay for equal work is about daily survival for millions.

On January 9th 2009, the House passed the Paycheck Fairness Act, which was passed by the House in the 110th Congress but never taken up by the Senate. This bill would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 by providing more effective remedies to women who are not being paid equal wages for doing equal work.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/issues?id=0069 (10/21/2012)

Poverty & Welfare
Hunger

In June of 2008, Congress overrode the President Bush's veto of the Farm Bill, legislation that will ease the strain of rising food prices for millions of families. Nearly three-fourths of the Farm Bill, an additional $10.4 billion in new spending, goes to nutrition programs that help 38 million American families afford healthy food. It updates the food stamp program to reflect the current state of our economy. These critical food stamp provisions will help about 11 million people by 2012. Households with children receive 77% of food stamp benefits.

Source: www.democraticleader.gov/issues?id=0069 (10/21/2012)

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