We Heart: Nancy Pelosi Calling Out Mitch McConnell for Holding Up Progress

Under the leadership of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, lawmakers in the House of Representatives have been working to solve some of the toughest problems this country faces—including the gender wage gap, violence against women, an inexcusably stalled minimum wage, high drug prices, attacks on LGBTQ rights, the climate crisis, expansive voter suppression and the border crisis.

In a Dear Colleague letter from Pelosi released Saturday, the iconic House leader celebrated the advances her chamber has made since she re-assumed her post this year—and called out the Republican Senate, led by Mitch McConnell, for holding up the progress that her colleagues are fighting for.

“While Mitch McConnell claims the House is only focused on impeachment,” she said, responding the a recent statement by the Senate Majority Leader attacking House Democrats for holding Trump accountable with a recent impeachment resolution, “there are scores of critical bills sitting on his desk sent to him by the House Democratic Majority. “

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi at the 2019 California Democratic Party State Convention. (Gage Skidmore / Creative Commons)

The full letter appears below.

On Thursday, thanks to the courage of our House Members, we continued to honor our oath of office with our strong vote to establish the procedures for the next phase of the inquiry. 

At the same time, House Democrats are also honoring the commitment to our For The People agenda.  H.R. 3, the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act, and H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act, are both coming to the House Floor soon.  We hope to continue further down the path to yes on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

While Mitch McConnell claims the House is only focused on impeachment, there are scores of critical bills sitting on his desk sent to him by the House Democratic Majority.  Among them are:

•     H.R. 1 – For The People Act – Sent to the Senate 239 days ago.

•     H.R. 8 – Bipartisan Background Checks Act – Sent to the Senate 248 days ago.

•     H.R. 7 – Paycheck Fairness Act – Sent to the Senate 220 days ago.

•     H.R. 1585 – VAWA Reauthorization Act – Sent to the Senate 212 days ago.

•     H.R. 9 – Climate Action Now Act – Sent to the Senate 184 days ago. 

•     H.R. 5 – Equality Act – Sent to the Senate 169 days ago.

•     H.R. 6 – Dream and Promise Act – Sent to the Senate 151 days ago.

•     H.R. 582 – Raise the Wage Act – Sent to the Senate 107 days ago.

On the inquiry, the polling has shifted from 59/34 opposed to impeachment when the inquiry was officially announced to 49/47, not only for impeachment, but also removal from office. 

I believe that the truth will set us free, and the facts are clear.  President Trump withheld Congressionally-approved military assistance to Ukraine for his political advantage and now is covering it up.  Ukraine desperately needed this assistance.  At least 11,000 Ukrainians have already died in the fight against Russia’s incursions into their country.  The President’s actions undermined national security, jeopardized the integrity of our elections and violated his oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. 

President Nixon resigned office because of the break-in of the DNC Headquarters for his political gain and the cover-up.  Some observers of that sad time of our history say that President Nixon’s offenses pale in comparison to what President Trump has done.

House Republicans voted against the rules of procedure for the inquiry because they said what President Trump did was not wrong.  As we legislate, investigate and litigate, we recognize that no one is above the law, not even the President of the United States.  He will be held accountable.

The times have found each and every one of us to Defend our Democracy For The People.  Thank you for your patriotism. 

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Carmen Rios is the Managing Digital Editor at Ms. and has spent over a decade raising hell in feminist media. Her work has been published by outlets like the Atlantic's CityLab, BuzzFeed, ElixHER, Feministing, Girlboss, Mic, MEL and Everyday Feminism; and she also spent six years writing and editing for Autostraddle, was a founding blogger and activist with the SPARK Movement and was the inaugural managing editor of THE LINE Campaign blog. Carmen is additionally a co-founder of Webby-nominated Argot Magazine.