Thursday morning Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi told the nation she has a “spring in her step” but waffled on unintelligibly about the next steps concerning impeachment.
““It seems like people have a spring in their step because the President was held accountable for his behavior,” Pelosi began. “It really has been interesting to see the response that we are getting – partisan, across party lines.”
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) December 19, 2019
If by ‘across party lines’ Pelosi is referring to Rep. Jeff Van Drew switching to the Republican party over impeachment, then yes, Madame Speaker, party lines were crossed.
She later added: “I myself wanted to say I have a spring in my step because of the moral courage of our caucus. To see [so many members] go to the floor and speak about our Constitution, about the facts of the case,” praising her caucus for their ‘patriotism’.
Reiterating the majority of the Democrats’ floor speeches yesterday afternoon, the Speaker stated: “No one is above the law, and the Constitution is the supreme law of the land. No one is above the law, and the President has been held accountable.”
Pelosi then discussed her caucus’ next steps: “Just to get this off the table right away, when you impeach the President immediately everybody’s onto the thing. The next thing for us will be when we see the process set forth in the Senate, then we will know the number of managers we may have to go forward and who we would choose… In any event we are ready, when we see what they have we will know who and how many we will send over. That’s all I’m going to say about that now.”
The Speaker then went on to discuss the completion of other tasks on Congress’s agenda, such as passing the Elijah Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act. “Last year’s campaign we said for the people we would lower the cost of healthcare, starting with lowering the cost of prescription drugs and preserving the preexisting condition benefit.” The Speaker said by passing the bill they “did just that.”
Not missing a chance to take a swipe at House Republicans, Pelosi added: “Right now as we speak, they’re debating on the floor the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. I hear my colleagues last night saying, ‘well if we weren’t doing this we could do Mexico.’ Well we are doing Mexico.”
Moving on to the Republicans in the Senate, Pelosi called Majority Leader Mitch McConnell the ‘grim reaper’ in reference to a number of bills in that have yet to be passed by the Senate. “He may think they’re dead, but they’re alive and well,” the Speaker said.
Pelosi once again used the American flag to score political points: “I have my Speaker’s pin on today, but many times I have on the flag pin which says: ‘one country, one destiny.’ We have to think in those terms, and we look forward to doing that after the- well, as we go forward.”
The Speaker of the House concluded by emphasizing how diverse she is: “I wish you happy holidays, whatever you are celebrating. In our house we celebrate them all: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Years, whatever else.”