Pelosi on debt deal: 'Not one red cent from the wealthiest people'
August 1st, 2011
01:32 PM ET
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Pelosi on debt deal: 'Not one red cent from the wealthiest people'

Washington (CNN) – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi continued to withhold her endorsement for the debt deal Monday, even though President Obama said Sunday night Congressional leaders were on board.

Speaking to reporters on her way into a closed door meeting with House Democrats Monday, Pelosi said, "We're very concerned that a bill that makes these big cuts and has no – not one red cent from the wealthiest people in our country – no revenue – is very disconcerting, that is."

Pelosi added that she was weighing the positive aspects of the deal, like its long length and that it does not include entitlement cuts, and the negative aspects. She said she would discuss the measure with her caucus.

Pressed on whether she had made a decision to support the deal, she said, "I'm not going to be making any announcement."


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  1. Donald

    To the democrats I thank you for standing firm excluding Obama who gives anything to the Republicans anything. Big Tax Cuts for the Wealthy and big spending for defense that is what the Tea Party and Republicans want to have and it excludes entitlements that all Americans have paid with their hard work. We need to end the Great American empire by closing the numerous bases around the world. Have our troops actually guarding our borders and protecting us instead of foreign countries around the world. Withdrawing from these countries would save the US government trillions of dollars. End the Great American Empire before we are forced to end it.

    August 1, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  2. Jeff from Va

    Wow, do you mean she actually read this bill? Now that is "So Unlike Her".

    August 1, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  3. jrod

    47% of Americans pay zero income tax now. Pelosi won't be satisfied until 98% are paying no tax. What is fair?

    August 1, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  4. FajitaBob

    Congress needs a mandatory retirement age of, say, 100. then this creep would be gone.

    August 1, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  5. bellablue

    Nancy Pelosi is the ONLY ONE that got it right when she made these remarks!! No matter whether you like her, or hate her, from day one when she arrived in Washington, and took on the role of House Speaker, she supported the poor, disavantaged, disabled, ethnic, and middle class people of this country!! And now we know our President cannot 100% do the same because he has to COMPROMISE in every last encounter he has with the Republicans, and has now sold "The American Dream", that ALL people of this Country deserve to live, to the "best interests" of the Tea Party who has and WILL continue to hold us hostage!! This is only round one . . . the next round will even be more nasty!! In the meantime, I don't hear JOBS, JOBS, JOBS, out of this President, and millions of people can find no work!! We were driven down the road on a one way street . . . and we are headed the wrong way!!!

    August 1, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  6. CRob

    Funny that she doesnt complain about the "not one cent" from the people who dont pay any taxes but continue to use the government's services.

    August 1, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  7. John Word

    I agree the wealthies must pay their share!!!!

    August 1, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  8. TiAmo

    Vote no, Nancy. To hell with the debt ceiling. Make the Republicans pay their share.

    August 1, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  9. Nini

    Pelosi you are considered well into the Wealthiest category, why don't you donate a chunk of money to IRS?
    Why don't you start paying like you think wealthiest should.

    August 1, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  10. 4merRepubCT

    She's right on this one. Will we be revisiting this debacle with the bipartisan commission recommendations in November? More Congressional turkeys.

    August 1, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  11. The Lone Okie

    Nancy is only one standing up for the middle class. The rest of comgress is bought and paid by the lobbyists.

    August 1, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  12. Sank

    liar, liar liar, there is a clause in this budget that states Obama can raise the taxes if he feels there is a need. Boehnor is so dumb he let that one through. I would hate to let the public know that someone of Obama's caliber could put one over me in the manner you had done to you Boehnor.

    August 1, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  13. betterdays

    Yes, because the reason the country is racking up debt is that rich people are hogging all the money. Oh, that makes perfect sense. If rich people would just voluntarily give their money away to poor people, the government wouldn't have to step in do it for them (after withholding a nominal fee for their humanitarian efforts, you understand...)

    The debt couldn't possibly be the result of a government that continuously spends boatloads of money on programs that have little or no positive long-term effect. No, it must be due to those darn rich people and their disinclination to throw good money after bad, indefinitely.

    August 1, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  14. Lando

    Wipe out the majority Republicans (dummies of big corporations ) in the House of Representative next election and raise the taxes...as simple as that.....

    August 1, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  15. Go away Pelosi

    "We're very concerned that a bill that makes these big cuts and has no – not one red cent from the wealthiest people in our country – no revenue – is very disconcerting, that is."

    I'd like Pelosi to take a look at what percentage of taxes are paid by wealthy Americans as opposed to the rest of the country. They give this country plenty of revenue. Perhaps she should stop giving away handouts and fix the SPENDING problem we have.

    August 1, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  16. WilliamDB

    Republicans have corrupted & raped this Country beyond recognition, demanding the sick and weak pay for continued tax cuts for the ultra-wealthy. It's unbelievable that anyone votes for these inhuman pigs at all.

    August 1, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
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