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Pelosi, Speaking In New Haven, Urges Action On Slate Of Democratic Bills

Ebong Udoma
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, at podium, speaking at Gateway Community College in New Haven over the weekend. U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro stands at right.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Americans should demand the Senate take action on bills that have passed the Democratic-controlled House. She told a forum in New Haven over the weekend that the bills should not be allowed to become issues in the 2020 election campaigns.

Pelosi says Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have passed bills on several issues affecting working families, sometimes with bipartisan support.

“Whether we are talking about equal pay for equal work, whether we are talking about gun safety, whether we are talking about the Violence Against Women Act, whether we are talking about minimum wage and the rest, we would rather have the issues passed into law, rather than have them as issues in the campaign. Because they make a tremendous difference in the lives of America’s working families.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he would not take up any bill that does not have the support of the White House. 

Pelosi spoke after the forum hosted by Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro at Gateway Community College in New Haven. DeLauro’s Paycheck Fairness Act, which passed in the House earlier this year, is stalled in the Senate.

While in Connecticut, Pelosi also attended fundraisers in Hartford and New Haven for the House Democratic Campaign Committee.

As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year.