Pelosi will use a gavel borrowed from fellow Democrat longtime Michigan Rep. John Dingell. Dingell used the gavel when he presided over the House as it passed the Medicare bill in 1965.
“A treasure in the Dingell family that was used in the enactment of the Medicare law”, Pelosi told reporters, “I will use it this evening when we cast a very successful vote for this important legislation. This has been a complete team effort, not only a team effort, a partnership with our leadership and every member of our caucus and we look forward to making this historic day known to the American people."
(CNN) - Longtime Michigan Democratic Rep. John Dingell announced Saturday he will seek reelection:
“Given the current status of our economy, Michigan needs experienced leaders in Washington to stand up for our families and help dig the state out of this economic depression,” Dingell said, according to prepared remarks. “Now is not the time to walk away."
Dingell, who has served in Congress since 1955, represents Michigan's 15th Congressional District.
Dingell's full remarks after the jump: