For Immediate Release: November 4, 2020
Contact: Jorge Aguilar, [email protected]
Pelosi Statement on Election Day
Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi made the following press statement on Tuesday evening:
Speaker Pelosi. Madam Chair, good evening.
Chair Bustos. Good evening.
Speaker Pelosi. Good evening. You can’t – I can see you, but I’m sure you don’t see me. Thank you for joining us. I know that transportation is always challenging in this time of coronavirus, but thank you for joining us virtually here this evening so that I can praise you for retaining our House Democratic Majority.
Under your leadership, Madam Chair, we have held the House and now, when – after all the votes are counted, we’ll see how much better we will do than that. We are in a situation where some of the states have just said we’re not counting any more until tomorrow morning and, of course, the West Coast has not chimed in yet, so there’s more to come.
Our race this time was all about health care. This was ‘vote your health.’ We had that in the last election. Our For The People agenda was, we’re going to lower health care costs by lowering the cost of prescription drugs, preserving pre-existing conditions [benefit]. It became the issue of the 2018 election under the leadership of the policy committee that Congress – that Madam Chair was the co-chair of then.
Carrying that message into this election, because it is of concern to the American people is amplified by the coronavirus. So, our purpose in this race was to win so that we could protect the Affordable Care Act and so that we could crush the virus, that we could stop the spread of it, that we could reward our workers who risk their lives to save lives and now might be losing their jobs and that we could put money in the pockets of the American people. So, I’m very, very proud of the fact that tonight, relatively early, we’re able to say that we have held the House.
It is something quite spectacular because the people who helped us win were the people who had been affected by it. Thousands of those who have been diagnosed or members of their families diagnosed with a pre-existing condition have spoken out, have told their stories and that was the most compelling argument of all. So, again, that was our purpose. We have succeeded in that.
Now, we have to win the White House, and we’re well on our way to doing that. But again, we were just speaking to our friends in Virginia, over two million votes have not been counted in Virginia yet, so we’re waiting to see what that brings in and what that means for the presidential race.
But I’m here just to sing the praises of our House Democrats and our candidates, not just in terms of numbers. It’s not just about the quantity. It’s about the quality of leadership that they provide for our country. It’s about the fact that they are there in the Congress, we’re all there For The People. And to have a strategic plan to be successful to retain our control, to hold the House actually is how we say it. We couldn’t be better served than by our Chair, Cheri Bustos.
In all of the pillars of winning an election, whether it was the mobilization at the grassroots level, even virtually, she has succeeded. Whether it’s about messaging in a very disciplined way she has succeeded. And about amassing the financial resources, the money, the third M, she has broken all records. And through it all she retained and commanded the respect of the House Members and the confidence of all of our candidates.
So, with that, I want to acknowledge again our Chair Cheri Bustos of Illinois. Madam Chair, I yield to you with an honor. Thank you.
Speaker Pelosi. Thank you, Madam Chair. It is my honor to serve with you, and we both share the honor of serving with our most diverse and dynamic Caucus. The most diverse in the history of any country, including our own, starting with our own.
So now, with this victory, we will proceed to prepare for the transition. We will talk about what we’ve talked about all along, as Madam Chair referenced. For The People, we will lower health care costs by lowering the cost of prescription drugs and protecting pre-existing medical condition [benefit], as well as others, form the assaults the Republicans continue to make on them at the present time in the court, the Supreme Court of the United States.
For The People, we will increase paychecks by building the infrastructure of America in a green and resilient way, creating jobs and opportunity, not only for jobs for equity, for ownership of companies that participate in all of that, with workforce development, educationally, to train young people on how to not only aspire to that profession, but perhaps to some ownership.
And For The People, we will – we will talk about cleaner government with H.R. 1, which we will pass on the Floor of the House on the very first day of the new Congress. Madam Chair referenced the Elijah Cummings, H.R. 3, our bill to lower the cost of prescription drugs and also – by enabling us to negotiate with – for the Secretary of HHS to negotiate for lower prices. I want to reference in H.R. 1, our John Lewis, ending voter suppression legislation. That is so important and, as you’ve seen, so needed in this campaign.
So, Madam Chair, as you have suggested, it’s not over until every vote is counted, and there are plenty more votes to count. In fact, we haven’t even started in my state of California, and the whole West Coast and beyond. And, again, we look forward to coming together in our Democratic Majority in the Congress of the United States. That success would not be possible without your leadership. Thank you, Madam Chair Cheri Bustos.
Thank you all. Good evening.