Democratic Majority Would Act Quickly on Guns, Dreamers, Infrastructure, Pelosi Says. They’ve also said raising taxes is a top priority.
If Democrats control the House in 2019 they would quickly schedule floor action on gun violence prevention, protections for “Dreamers” and infrastructure, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday.
“When we win and we take over in January, some of the issues that will come up soon are the issues we are asking the speaker to take up now,” Pelosi said, naming those three issues.
Speaking during a town hall event with students at Georgetown University, the California Democrat several times used phrasing that suggests she’s not thinking about “if” Democrats retake the House but “when.“
“We will have a pro-choice gavel when we win the Congress,” Pelosi said in response to a student’s question about whether Democrats have a litmus test for candidates on issues like abortion rights.
Pelosi described herself as “rabid supporter of a woman’s right to choose,” but noted that she is willing to support an anti-abortion rights candidate “in order to get that gavel to protect all of the other rights that we have.”
She said she took heat for supporting a Democratic incumbent who is anti-abortion rights. Although she did not name him, she was referring to Illinois Rep. Dan Lipinski, who won his primary earlier this year.
Most Democrats, “other than maybe a few people,” are pro-abortion rights, Pelosi said.
”Having said no litmus test, it’s a very high priority for us, protecting a women’s right to choose,” she said.