01-05-2011, 07:25 AM
‘we have no regrets’: Pelosi marks last day as speaker
[COLOR="Navy"]Deficient reduction has been our mantra, of course the debt has gone up 5.2 trillion under her leadership, but.....
[url=http://www.theblaze.com/stories/pelosi-has-no-regrets-on-last-day-as-speaker/]‘WE HAVE NO REGRETS’: PELOSI MARKS LAST DAY AS SPEAKER[/url]
WASHINGTON (AP/The Blaze) — Democrat Nancy Pelosi said she had no regrets on her last day as House speaker Tuesday, a reign that lasted four years and is ending after the November elections.
Pelosi said Tuesday she looks forward to leading a loyal but tenacious opposition in the House. She started by calling Republicans hypocrites for trying to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, saying it would add to the federal budget deficit.
Republicans won the House majority in the November elections and John Boehner of Ohio will be sworn in as the new speaker on Wednesday. Pelosi — the first female speaker — will be demoted to minority leader.
“I don’t really look back, I look forward, and we look forward to, as I said before, being a willing partner and solving the problems of the American people,” Pelosi said at a news conference with other House Democrats. “When our Republican colleagues have positive solutions, again, they will have a willing partner in solving the problems of the American people.”
Pelosi said House Democrats will focus on creating jobs, improving the economy and shrinking the federal budget deficit. The deficit hit $1.3 trillion in the budget year that ended in September — a year in which Democrats controlled Congress and the White House.
With unemployment stuck above 9 percent, Pelosi was asked whether she regretted not doing more to improve the nation’s still-struggling economy while she was speaker. Pelosi said the nation’s economy was in a “near-depression” two years ago, when Obama first took office.
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