House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called out Senate Republicans for accomplishing “practically nothing” legislatively, voicing her hopes that “public sentiment” will change that.
Pelosi, who was recognized as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people, spoke at a summit for the event, where she shared her current thoughts on the Senate.
The speaker began referring to the legislative body with a quote from Abraham Lincoln: “Public sentiment is everything, with it — you can accomplish almost anything, without it — practically nothing.”
Pelosi went on to explain some of the Democratic efforts that many Republicans in the Senate have neglected to take up for a vote, including the House’s bipartisan gun safety bill, as she cited that over “80% of the American people support common-sense background checks.”
“Protecting Dreamers — that’s popular across the board across our country,” she added, affirming that Democrats will continue to work on comprehensive immigration reform. “That is something I think that the Senate has to pay attention to.”
She then discussed the “Violence Against Women Act,” which many House Republicans opposed due to pressure from the NRA. The speaker argued the Senate should “pass that without any question,” it is “long overdue and it is the right thing for us to do.”
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The House has taken action on issues that have broad public support, including protecting women from domestic violence, strengthening our health care and working to end gun violence. Republicans can do the right thing #ForThePeople or they can answer for it at the ballot box! pic.twitter.com/TX9hYvrs3Q
— Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) April 24, 2019
“I don’t think the House of Representatives should say ‘we’re just staying home because the Senate won’t pass something because the president won’t sign it.’ Well if that were a monarchy, okay — then we don’t have to have a Consitution, a bicameral legislature — we can just leave it up to the president. But that’s not who we are.”
She then added that Congress should “never confine ourselves to might what be legislatively possible unless we recognize that the public will weigh in.”
The speaker then shifted on the controversial issue of net neutrality, sharing that “we think that public sentiment will help us pass that legislation in the Senate — but if they don’t, the public will know.”