Biden calls Pelosi the “most consequential” House speaker in history
President Biden on Thursday praised House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as the “most consequential” person to ever hold office in American history, saying she has improved the “lives of millions upon millions of Americans.” .
Biden offered the eulogy just minutes after Pelosi announced she will not seek re-election as leader of the House Democratic Conference after nearly 20 years at the helm. Pelosi said she plans to remain in Congress.
“History will mark her as the greatest Speaker of the House of Representatives in our history,” Biden said in a statement. “There are countless examples of how she embodies the obligation of elected officials to uphold their oath to God and country to ensure that our democracy provides and remains a beacon to the world.”
Biden said in 2007, Pelosi “made history as the first woman to speak, but that was just the beginning of the history she’s made during her four terms.
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“I know because I’ve seen it in action during my career as senator, vice president and now president,” she continued. “With Nancy, you see the daughter of a father who learned by his side how to win and rule. With her leading the way, you never worry about whether a bill will pass. If she says she has the votes, she has the votes. votes. Every time.”
Biden mentioned that Pelosi’s accomplishments include working with President Obama on the economy during the Great Recession, passing the Affordable Care Act and ending “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
“In the first two years of my presidency, she is a singular force securing once-in-a-generation bills that will define our nation for decades to come,” he also said. “The American Rescue Plan to overcome COVID-19. The bipartisan Infrastructure Act to rebuild our roads and bridges. The CHIPS and Science Act to ensure the most advanced manufacturing is made here in America. The biggest gun safety in nearly thirty years, for kids.”
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“Because of Nancy Pelosi, the lives of millions and millions of Americans are better, even in districts represented by Republicans who voted against her bills and too often vilified her,” Biden continued. “And as a fierce defender of democracy through our laws, history will also note her ferocity and determination to protect our democracy from the violent and deadly January 6 insurrection.”
Biden ended his statement by saying that “As a nation, we owe him a deep debt of gratitude for his service, his patriotism and, above all, his absolute dignity.”