As Congress closes, Pelosi reflects on accomplishments of 111th Congress
December 22nd, 2010
09:02 PM ET
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As Congress closes, Pelosi reflects on accomplishments of 111th Congress

Washington (CNN) - Outgoing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-California, said Wednesday she is, "very, very proud of the work that was accomplished by this Congress."

Pelosi spoke to reporters just before the House was set to pass the 9/11 first responders health care bill and then adjourn.

"We came here to do a job, we got much of it done," she said.

Pelosi had kind words for both parties calling this "quite an exhilarating week."

She says she will be back in January, and even though she will no longer be Speaker, "As long as the American people have a high unemployment rate, as long as families are looking for jobs, as long as people have uncertainty about their children's education and about their own economic security our work is far from over," Pelosi said.

Democrats, Pelosi said, "look forward to working with new majority to solve problems of the American people."

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  1. jules sand-perkins

    The recent accomplishments of Congress manifested only because Obama, as a result of the Nov. 2 Republican-landslide elections, acted against the will of the nuttiest leftists he'd swept in with his dramatic election: he deigned, finally, to negotiate with Republicans.
    As blog comments with screaming all-caps non-English with multiple exclamation points protested the President's forced bipartisanship, needed social progress was accomplished, so Pelosi is not as unhappy as she might be that a few millionaires actually saved a few dollars in the deal.
    When they all get together in January, let us Hope the negotiated progress continues: let's see whether the Marx-read leaders of USA unions will allow reasonable competition with foreign workers (here and abroad). Maybe, for instance, American classical musicians can get back more of our nation's recording work that goes to European unions.
    If Obama wants to remain as successful as he appears since his own unpopular-with-loonies Change after Nov. 2, he will have to continue to negotiate with Republicans.

    December 23, 2010 05:20 am at 5:20 am |
  2. Craig Mellor

    Does Ms. Pelosi not understand that she is a prime reason that this country is in the economic mess that it is? I am a Middle Class American and Nancy Pelosi and her left-leaning Democratic Party has done more to hurt us than anyone can imagine. She, along with others in her Party and in the GOP, have crushed the hopes of many in the Middle Class of having any kind of meaningful retirement, in many cases ruined many, many people!! She should be ashamed, but she isn't.....she can go home to her cushy San Francisco area and live in splendor at the expense of real God-fearing Middle Class Americans. Have a Merry Christmas Nancy!!

    December 23, 2010 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  3. Albo58

    Queen Nan and her moonbats in the 111th Congress should all be chunked out of office, with no pension, healthcare, or transporation back to their homes! I can think of 14 Trillion reasons why this Congress will be remebered as the bane of good government!

    December 23, 2010 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Well done Nancy. You are a true leader. It will take more than Boner's bawling like a baby to undo all your good work.

    December 23, 2010 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  5. Rob R

    I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised about how much this Congress passed during the Lame Duck session. While its unfortunate that the Republicans planned to hold everything hostage unless millionaires got their tax breaks, I think all in all, the American people made out pretty good between the extension of unemployment benefits, payroll tax holiday, DADT repeal, food safety, and the START treaty ratification.

    I think Obama regained some respect and hopefully his approval ratings should inch upward.

    That said, I believe the next 2 years are going to be difficult times in Congress. With Republicans taking over the House, I predict more gridlock and finger pointing. The Republicans know that they need the economy to remain sluggish if they hope to regain control of the White House.

    Hopefully, in a best case scenario, with the tax cut bill in place, we will see a surge in hiring and economic activity similar to what we saw in 1983-84 which ultimately gave Reagan a huge landslide win. I would love to see the same thing go for Obama in 2012.

    December 23, 2010 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  6. jfb

    What can she possibly be thinking - Gallup polling now has this partisan Democrat controlled 111th Congress with the worst job approval rating in Gallup history at 13%.

    December 23, 2010 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  7. Jerry

    What accomplishments is this bobblehead of a woman talking about? All she has done is go against the American people. This plastic woman has no shame.

    CNN, please try and find out if she will continue to have exclusive use of a plane when she is kicked back to where she STILL doesn't belong. (Second request.)

    Thank you!

    December 23, 2010 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  8. Joey from Rochester

    Everyone is shaking their heads now about how stupidly they wasted their anger on the people trying to help them.

    December 23, 2010 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
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