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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Statements on Pelosi’s decision to step down

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By Joey Fox, November 17 2022 1:31 pm

CONGRESSMAN BILL PASCRELL

“If they were chiseling a Mount Rushmore for House leaders, I can promise you Madame Speaker would be on it. In the coming days many celebrations will be written, rightly, about Speaker Pelosi’s historic tenure. That she was the first woman Speaker, and highest ranking Italian-American in our nation’s history, are monumental milestones to be sure. But reflecting today what strikes me most is that Speaker Pelosi is so good at her job. When your ship steers smoothly through choppy waters you take for granted that a captain is guiding it forward. So it is with our House and our Speaker. Speaker Pelosi’s calmness under any pressure, her steely precision, her directness, her pragmatism make her an unmatched leader.

I was there for all the debates and all the trench warfare and let there be no mistake: the reason the Affordable Care Act passed is because of Speaker Pelosi more than anyone else because she saw the one path forward and took us there. Senator Phil Hart once said of Washington that you can achieve anything here if you do the work and let others take the credit. My friend Nancy Pelosi did the work, and she deserves the credit too.”

CONGRESSMAN-ELECT ROB MENENDEZ

“Let me start by expressing my deep gratitude and immense respect for Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the leadership that she has brought to the party that I am so honored to be a part of.

No party leader has been more effective at pushing through historic legislation, unifying a caucus, or helping to elect a diverse coalition of lawmakers than Speaker Pelosi.

Under her bold leadership, Democrats have delivered life-changing victories for the American people and for the 8th Congressional District – the Affordable Care Act, the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the Inflation Reduction Act, three COVID relief packages, the Bipartisan Infrastructure law and many more accomplishments that are helping people every single day.

I am grateful to the Speaker for her decades of groundbreaking service to the United States, the House of Representatives, and the Democratic Party. Speaker Pelosi is a once in a generation leader. The Speaker’s announcement today is a recognition of that – a passing of the torch to the next generation, and an opportunity to build up Democratic leaders in the mold that she created.

I look forward to participating in leadership discussions to ensure that our next leader is someone who will be able to move our country and our caucus forward as Speaker Pelosi has done time and time again.”

CONGRESSMAN DONALD NORCROSS

“I have only known one leader during my time in Congress — Speaker Nancy Pelosi. I am honored to have served alongside her and am grateful for her dedicated and effective service to our nation.

What has often gone unnoticed by many is her tenacity, her understanding of how this institution operates, and her incredible ability to navigate it to secure historic achievements against even the most unlikely odds.

I wish her the best in this new chapter and look forward to continuing our work with new, talented members of our leadership.”

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