Outgoing Speaker Pelosi says House Democrats will focus on job creation
January 4th, 2011
01:38 PM ET
12 years ago

Outgoing Speaker Pelosi says House Democrats will focus on job creation

Washington (CNN) - In her last news conference as Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi pledged Tuesday that Democrats will zero in on the economy and reducing the deficit in the new Congress.

"House Democrats will keep our focus on the creation of jobs - putting the American people to work," Pelosi said.

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Pelosi added, "We will measure every policy from both parties as it comes forth as to whether it creates jobs, whether it strengthens the middle class and whether it reduces the deficit instead of heaping mountains of debt onto our children and our grandchildren."

Democratic leaders also used the news conference to slam Republicans for moving forward with their campaign pledge to repeal the new health care law. They argued the GOP focus on the effort to dismantle the new law comes at the expense of economic priorities.

Florida Rep Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, ticked through all of the provisions that would be eliminated and said, "Republicans' obsession with repealing health care reform is going to hurt real people."

And Maryland Democrat Chris Van Hollen slammed the new Republican majority for creating an exemption in their new rules that mandate that any new measure's costs be offset with spending cuts.

"What they are going to do is engage in is Enron type of accounting to say that when they move to try and repeal health care a week from tomorrow that the hit on the deficit will not matter," Van Hollen said.

Pelosi deflected a question from CNN to reflect on her tenure as the first female House Speaker, essentially dismissing the question by saying, "Actually I don't really look back, I look forward."

When Pelosi made history in 2007 taking the gavel, she frequently talked about being a mother and grandmother, and after she was sworn in had a photo opportunity where she surrounded herself with young children. She used the same analogy on Tuesday, but made it about her emphasis as the leader of the Democratic minority to focus on the deficit.
"As a mother and a grandmother and as parents and grandparents here, we don't have any intention of leaving any bills for our children, personal or otherwise."

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soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Terry P

    Whey didn't she do this when they had control. This woman is so far out of this world it isn't even funny. A disgrace to California, and the US. She needs to be locked in her office and only let out to vote.

    January 4, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  2. November 2010

    Pelosi, you should have concentrated on that when you were at the helm.

    Good riddance. Get used to the sidelines for a while.

    January 4, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans have found themselves in a "quandry" without anyone to lead them. Boehner doesn't have the slightest idea of how to lead or how to follow without the help of Limbaugh and that means those who voted Republicans in office can't expect a different outcome.

    January 4, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  4. JohnInNM

    What a crock. She has so many faces, even she forgets what she is really about. She has had 4 years to "drain the swamp", creat jobs, increase transparency, etc., but instead, she and her croonies have amassed an incredible high national debt, ignored the American people, wasted tax payer monies, and was a leading factor in partisan politics and dividing Congress. Good ridance!

    But, let's see what we can remember most about her....

    "Wait until the bill is passed and then you'll find out what's in it." - N.Pelosi

    What amazes me is when you consider what the democrats have done to California, how could they vote Pelosi, Waters, Boxer, and the rest of the socialistic gang back in? Amazing.....or just stupidity. Does any cogent thinking person think she has no contempt for Americans? This woman is a pathological liar and a danger to our country.

    "It must be a very tough time to be a democrat. With the election of Obama you were finally able to implement all of your grandiose, utopian ideas and put them into practice only to find out that all of those dreams that you believed in with every fiber of your body are complete and total failures. The guy you thought was the answer to all of your dreams has turned out to be an incompetent, rank amateur. Take heart, for yesterday's election was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal ..."

    January 4, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  5. Lyle

    Good strategy. Now the Republicans have to do something about America's problems instead of exercising their jaws and cozying up to lobbyists.

    January 4, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  6. Willy Brown

    Nancy was kicked out by the boss the voters.

    January 4, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    She's smarter and stronger than The Boner - and doesn't cry nearly as much as the girly boy Boner does. He's such a wuss.

    January 4, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  8. CBR

    Here's hoping that the Democrats will keep the best interests of Americans in mind. Right now it seems as if the Republicans just want to repeal, repeal, repeal without consideration of what that will mean.

    Right now congress is only scheduled to meet 3 days a week according to Rep. Cantor. How does that square with Rep. Boehner's plans that this will be a new start and new way of dealing with congressional matters.

    January 4, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  9. AZ DEM

    She'll be back sooner than most thing..enjoy the gavel while you can Boehner

    January 4, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  10. Monster Zero

    What a ludicrous concoction of bile, after sticking America with another trillion dollar entitlement program (Obamacare) wasting two years of our time, the Liberal Democraps are now going to focus on job creation for us. What about those millions of jobs created by our 800 billion tax dollar funded stimuless queen Nancy? Nancy Pelosi is a prime example of a government made millionaire bureaucrat, fat and rich off our money and our work, all while assaulting private enterprise trying to pave the way for their vision for a one world order. This shrew is so out of touch with reality she wouldn't know how to make herself a sandwich...in what court would you ever pass a conviction before you held the trial?

    January 4, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    Oh sure.......avoid it like the plague until the other guys take over, and then espouse the need.

    That's real great, Pelosi. Did I mention that the voters need to vote you out of office????

    January 4, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  12. Nick

    What a shame they didn't do that for 3 years. Recorded video of Obama in 2008, 2009, 2010, and now 2011 about jobs being his first prioritiy. But it was okay to waste a full year on health care reform which now can't be paid for.

    January 4, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  13. Tim

    And shoveling the muck out of the pond they supposedly drained?

    January 4, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  14. ReallY!!?

    Oh wow!! For the past 2 yrs the Dems spent like drunken sailors, refuse to focus on the econonmy even though Republicans begged them to work on the economy b/c that was what Americans wanted, told Americans what they ought to have, disregard the will of the people, and pass this atrocious H/C legislation, and now they want to focus on jobs after they have driven the economy off the cliff???!!!! Talk about hypcrites!!!
    Repeal this horrible bill and start over!! This is ridiculous.

    January 4, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  15. Tony Z

    You stood by President Obama during the tough times. Your job is even harder now dealing with the Ruling Party of NO!

    January 4, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  16. Mark

    Why would the Pelosi and other House Democrats start focusing on jobs now?!?!?!?!?!?!?! They haven't for over two years.

    January 4, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  17. sane citizen

    "Florida Rep Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, ticked through all of the provisions that would be eliminated and said, "Republicans' obsession with repealing health care reform is going to hurt real people."

    "Obsession" is absolutely correct! Oh . . . and POLITICAL POSTURING!

    January 4, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  18. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Did she not say that two years ago, or was it four and all we got is a Health Care Reform bill that steals more money from the hardworking taxpayers and a stimulus bill that went to corrupt union bosses and left wing nut jobs that did nothing to stimulate the economy? It is kinda like listening to that lying president say over and over again that he is going to zero in on jobs and the economy while he and the slimeball former Speaker instead ban bake sales "for the children." What a bunch or corrupt, lying losers.

    January 4, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  19. DJ

    "House Democrats will keep our focus on the creation of jobs – putting the American people to work," Pelosi said.

    As opposed to what they have been doing the last 2 years

    January 4, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  20. Hangar 13

    Is she joking? When did her 111th Congress ever concern itself with job creation or the deficit, except o make it as big as possible? Where was the Democrats' disdain over "obsessing over health care" when they were obsessing over heal care to ram an unpopular bill down our throats? This has to be the most laughable news item in the history of CNN's Ticker. I asked my Representative to introduce a bill to issue a blanket repeal of everything the 111th Congress passed. I encourage everyone to do likewise.

    January 4, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  21. A True Centrist

    "House Democrats will keep our focus on the creation of jobs – putting the American people to work," Pelosi said.

    Excuse me!!! It seems to me that the Democratic majority focused on everything but job creation. Ms Pelosi, if you were focused on job creation, you were a bigger failure than most Americans even think you were. Please look at the unemployment figures from the day the Dems took control of Congress 4 years ago to today. Not even close!

    January 4, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  22. Eric in Denver

    Miss Pelosi is more worried about the environment than she is of the poor economy in our country. She has been an awful speaker and America will be better by having her in the minority. I know SF voter you all love her because she is great for the environment, and gay rights and hatred for the military. Safe your time and keep your worship of her to yourself. Her approval rating outiside of California is less than 10%? By the way that is lower than George Bush(Your proclaimed Satan).

    January 4, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  23. Eric in Denver

    Now that Miss Pelosi is minority leader will she still fly on a private jet each week from DC to her estate in California at the expense of the American people?

    January 4, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  24. Call_Me_Conservative

    Bull hockey!! What is she going to do, write a check from her personal vast wealth so that her grandchildren won't be saddled with the devastation that she and her fellow Democrats have waged on this great country??

    January 4, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  25. Liberal4Obama

    While republicans keep fighting to INCREASE the deficit by repealing HCR which LOWERS the deficit

    January 4, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |