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Nancy Pelosi leaves as Democrat leader, ‘time for new generation’

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NOS NewsThursday, 22:13

US politician Nancy Pelosi has announced her resignation as leader of the Democratic Party in the House of Representatives. Speaking to the House this afternoon, she said it is time for “a new generation” to lead the party. “I am grateful that many are ready and willing to shoulder this tremendous responsibility.”

Pelosi, 82, will also step down as speaker of the House of Representatives in January, because her party lost the majority in the midterms. That means the Republicans now have a president (speaker) may apply. Pelosi will remain in office as a member of her California constituency.

Obamacare

Pelosi grew up in a Democratic family, the daughter of Congressman Thomas D’Alesandro Jr., who also served for many years as mayor of the port city of Baltimore, Maryland. In 1987, Pelosi entered the House of Representatives, where she grew over the years to become an adept legislator and successful fundraiser for the party. Twenty years after taking office in the House, she became the first woman to hold the gavel of the United States Congress. She was between 2007 and 2011, and again since 2019.

Of Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) is one of Pelosi’s most important political successes. For months, Pelosi negotiated with other delegates to secure the bill enough votes in the House. The law was designed to make health care more affordable for Americans through health insurance. The law was signed into law in 2010 by then-President Barack Obama.

The Republican Party has been trying ever since Affordable Care Act to cancel, without success. Last March, Pelosi reflected on the fact that the law was introduced twelve years ago. “Twelve years ago, our country took a historic step toward fulfilling a fundamental promise: that health care is a right, not a privilege,” she said at the time.

An excerpt from Nancy Pelosi’s farewell speech:

Pelosi leaves: ‘Time for a new generation has come’

In her speech today, Pelosi reflected on her decades-long career in American politics. She also reflected on the Capitol storming in January last year, which killed four people. In doing so, the insurgents shouted “Where is Nancy?”, trying to prevent Congress from ratifying Joe Biden’s election victory.

Political attacks on Pelosi reached an all-time low last month when her husband was injured in a robbery at the couple’s San Francisco home in the middle of the night. The assailant hit 82-year-old Paul Pelosi on the head with a hammer. He would say “Where’s Nancy, where’s Nancy?” have shouted, just like the stormers of the Capitol.

Republican candidates who, like Trump, cast doubt on the 2020 result largely lost the midterms in key states. Pelosi expressed satisfaction with this election result, with no expected ‘red wave’. In her speech, she said that the electorate “were able to repel the attack on democracy”. She is also hopeful about the future of American democracy, which she calls a “majestic miracle”.

Next generation

The new House of Representatives takes office in January, when Pelosi will resign from her duties as party leader and chairman. If speaker she will be succeeded by Republican Kevin McCarthy.

It is not yet known who will take over her role as party chairman. All eyes are now on a new generation of leaders within the party. The name of Representative Hakeem Jeffries of New York is often mentioned.

Pelosi will therefore continue to work as a representative for her district in the coming years. “Now we must face the future with courage,” she said at the end of her speech, which was met with a standing ovation.

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