October 22nd, 2007
08:07 PM ET
15 years ago

House Democrats to tout accomplishments

WASHINGTON (CNN) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders are launching a new communications effort to mark the one year anniversary of their party taking control of the House of Representatives.

Pelosi and her top lieutenants circulated a letter to all Democratic offices on Friday telling them that "The 110th Congress has a great story to tell." And the Democratic leadership is calling on rank-and file Democrats to tout the majority party’s accomplishments over the upcoming holiday recess.

“We need your help telling this story,” the California Democrat and the other party leaders wrote. “At a time when many of us and many Americans feel our country has been moving in the wrong direction, it is critical that we help Americans learn where we stand and what we have accomplished."

 On Monday, the Democratic leadership held a staff level briefing in the House Ways and Means Committee room. Democratic aides described it as “overflowing into the hallway” with chiefs of staff, communications directors and legislative aides from most House Democratic offices in attendance.

The Democratic staffers were told that the expectation is that their bosses would hold between three and five media events in their districts in November and December to discuss the party’s "new direction accomplishments." Among the themes the Democrats are expected to sound include "restoring accountability," "making America safer," and "restoring the American dream."

“We put in long hours over the last 9 months,” one senior Democratic aide said. “We need to communicate that. We can walk and chew gum at same time. Now is the time you take in the fall to communicate that. Members are our best messengers."

According to  aides, the bulk of the meeting was a presentation by pollster Celinda Lake and former Clinton White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry discussing the current political environment and how lawmakers should talk about their accomplishments.

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-South Carolina, is "whipping the effort" to ensure that all offices participate, aides said. A leadership aide added that "Everyone is working on this - from the Speaker on down."

- CNN Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh

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    I am disqusted with Nancy Pelosi and the rest of them going on vacation when Bush is trying to start a war with Iran. Him and Chaney talking the same war talk before they attacked Iraq. Nobody will stand up to Bush. CNN you said we are in debt to China, N.Korea and Mexico etc. I am disqusted with everyone in this country. All a bunch of yellow bellied sap suckers!

    October 23, 2007 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  2. alan St Louis MO

    I give democrats a "C"


    1)Dems cants pass a law with out republicans senators phillybuster or president VETO. FIX elect more dems in senate.

    2)They exposed Bush dirty laundry to Americans while the old republican congress rubber stamped everything. And also would not keep the white house in check. And is the reason why our country is goin Bankrupt in money,Diplomcy around the world, and morale of the nation.


    They can put up a harder fight. They were elected to fight Bush and republican party. They cant pass laws but they can also easly stop repulicans from passing laws too. They realy need to grid lock congress to make the republicans start to compromise. It is Getting old all the republicans and Bush have to do is hold there breath till there faces turn blue and the Dems give them what they want. Then the republicans call that compromise. lol

    How about let there faces turn blue till they pass out. when they wake up then they will compromise.

    It probably why congress rating is so low. they still bow down to KING BUSH.

    October 23, 2007 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  3. Robert Cadalso NYC, NY

    Too bad all they do is vetoed by the Idiot President!

    October 23, 2007 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  4. Terry, El Paso, TX

    List of recent accomplishments of the House of Representatives:

    1. Came to work
    2. Secretary poured coffee
    3. Sent secretary out for pastry
    4. Went to lunch
    5. Went shopping
    6. Met with lobbyist for dinner
    7. Watched Law and Order

    October 23, 2007 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  5. Chris, Middletown, CT

    "well....we had the opportunity to renew the SCHIP bill...but we decided to add 35 billion to it...after being warned that it would be vetoed....then political grandstand...and it still failed....thus exposing our own parties earmarks for such frivolous things as a Woodstock museum at a cool million (Rangel and Clinton sponsored)" – did I leave anything out – a lower approval rating than President Bush....and thats saying something!

    October 23, 2007 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  6. Chris, Walnut Creek, CA

    Pelosi has been a disaster as a Speaker. They have done NOTHING. The media will give them a pass, however. How about the people that elected them to do something, though?

    Of course, living in California and knowing what Pelosi stands for (socialism, far far left liberalism, etc), it is no surprise (like our two Senators, Feinstein and Boxer) that NOTHING has been accomplished.

    October 23, 2007 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  7. jimmy, buda tx

    if you need to actually tell people in your party to start talking up your accomplishments, you havent accomplished much. yeah i know the pres keeps vetoing their bills.

    October 23, 2007 09:42 am at 9:42 am |

    Accomplished what? $$ for Iraq and Afghanistan? The impeachment of Bush? You have been on vacation since to got there.

    October 23, 2007 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  9. Archie Kearney Ne.

    What accomplishments do the democrats allude to other than a massive partisan effort to "get" Bush.The only thing congress does these days is lust for absolute power at the expense of the American people and the welfare of the country !

    October 23, 2007 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  10. Darko, New Orleans LA

    A minimum wage hike for a select few.

    I guess one minor accomplishment is better than none.

    October 23, 2007 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  11. G. W. Greenwood, Alpharetta, GA

    What accomplishments?

    October 23, 2007 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  12. Eric, from THE Republic of Texas

    I understand they're going to list all of their accomplishments on the back of a postage stamp.

    They should at least use a matchbook cover... you know, should they get verbose.

    October 23, 2007 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  13. Bob NY

    Well.., this 110th's unlimited partisan rankor did allow Rush to use them to raise 4.2 milliion for Injured Marines.
    For which, Harry took credit for on the Senate floor, and of course, like the other 41 liberal Democrats, without matching the donation challenge. Payless..

    October 23, 2007 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  14. demwit

    You mean Priceless..., Bob?

    October 23, 2007 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  15. James, Phoenix AZ

    NANCY PELOSI writes,

    "“We need your help telling this story,” the California Democrat and the other party leaders wrote. “At a time when many of us and many Americans feel our country has been moving in the wrong direction, it is critical that we help Americans learn where we stand and what we have accomplished."


    At least she is being honest... the "accomplishments" of the 110th Congress (11% approval rating) are SO well hidden – it's easier for Hans Blix to find WMDs in Iraq than a positive accomplishment by Nancy & Co.

    Let's see if we can recount some of the highlights:

    – fast-tracked Kyl-Lieberman Resolution calling Iran's military a "terrorist" organization (Conservatives applaud you)

    – fast-tracked renewing the Patriot Act (Conservatives applaud you)

    – Impeachment off the table (Conservatives applaud you)

    – Unable to craft a sensible SCHIP bill and not able to override the President's veto (Conservatives applaud you)

    – Spent millions on investigating the firing of 8 US Attorneys, issued many subpeona which were ignored. To date, not one conviction or concrete allogation.

    – Earmarked $1 million (Federal Dollars) for a hippie museum

    Did we miss anything??

    October 23, 2007 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  16. Mary, Beaver, PA

    I second the motion: What accomplishments?

    October 23, 2007 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  17. Val Davydov, Agawam, MA

    CNN, why was my post deleted? Did Nancy tell you to delete it?

    October 23, 2007 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  18. therealist

    Actually the majority of those still doing minimum wage jobs today are illegals. So the tax increase on the middleclass to raise the minimum wage mainly benefited the illegals.
    Not much of an accomplishment there unless your name is Carl Marx.

    October 23, 2007 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  19. E.A. Searle, Phoenix,AZ

    Pathetic, is their record. The party of change? Vote them OUT!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 23, 2007 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  20. Karen,nj

    I was just watching Lou Dobbs and I am so angry at that Congress tryng to pass that Dream Act bs. Enough is enough!! Close the borders now!! The American citizen are being made fools of. The only reason I am voting Democrat is I am a Democrat and I hate the Republicans. Republicans are worst. But, no one is happy with the spinless Dems either.

    October 23, 2007 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  21. Karen,nj

    Leader Nancy Pelosi..Are you aware that just recently the State Dep't. mismanaged a $1.2 billion contract for the training of Iraq police. It can't tell what it was used for? As a United States citizen I am asking you to say NO to Bush's $$$$ request. JUST PLAIN NO, NOT ONE PENNY MORE

    October 23, 2007 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  22. Ann ME

    That is quite understandable, Democrats have lied about everything they've told the American people so far, what's a few more lies among friends, hmm... Mrs. Polcat?

    October 23, 2007 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  23. Karen,nj

    I would just like you to be aware that the last time I voted (lever) when I came out of that booth a little piece of metal fell off the side of the machine where that lady was standing. She picked it up and said I wonder where this came from? I questioned her about if that made my vote not count and she had the nerve to look at me like I was in the wrong. I live in a Republican town and when I signed that book they knew I was a Democrat. I really don't trust them.

    October 24, 2007 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  24. therealist

    Hey, did you hear about the their latest accomplishment?

    Hearing to focus attention on selective federal prosecutions aimed squarely at Democrats. Wow!

    You see, a federal grand jury indicted this guy for 84 counts of wire fraud, mail fraud and theft. Accusing him of cheating county citizens and clients of his private forensics firm. But the dems think this is aimed at them..? So their investigating it because this guy's LAWYER says the 84 count grand jury indictment is, "trying to curry favor with Bush". Boy, talk about partisan paranoia.

    Congratulations Harry, Nancy and Hillary, another fine accomplishment to tout during the elections next year..

    October 24, 2007 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  25. Forsythe P. Jones, Riverdale, NY

    Too bad all they do is vetoed by the Idiot President!

    Posted By Robert Cadalso NYC, NY : October 23, 2007 8:16 am

    Robert, I think you have a math problem here. Congress has tried to pass numerous bills. Bush has used his veto, what, four times this year? The problem is at the top – it's in Congress not getting the job done.

    OK – pop quiz:

    What Consitutional duty has Congress ignored so far this year?

    Give up? The haven't passed a Federal Budget for FY '08. You would think that before they propose to increase spending with things like SCHIP – they'd at least pass a freakin' budget.

    October 24, 2007 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
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