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Pelosi shot back, “I don’t know if the president understands prayer or people who do pray. … I pray very hard for him, because he’s so off the track.”
Speaker Pelosi fires back at President Trump, says she prays ‘very hard’ for him – ABC News
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Brief History and Background
Nancy Pelosi made history in 2007 when she became the first woman elected to serve as the Speaker of the House and the highest-ranking female elected official in United States history. She is presently the 52nd Speaker of the House of Representatives serving a third term. In January, 2019, Pelosi became the first person in more than 60 years to regain a second-in-line position to the president. Some of Pelosi’s fight for the people as Speaker include: working to lower health care costs, increase workers’ pay through strong economic growth and rebuilding America, and clean up corruption to make “Washington work for all.”
Pelosi was first elected to Congress in 1987. She began her 17th term in 2019. Pelosi represents California’s 12th congressional district, which comprises four-fifths of the city and county of San Francisco. She initially represented the 5th district between 1987 to 1993, and then, when district boundaries were redrawn after the 1990 Census, she represented the 8th district between 1993 to 2013. She has led the House Democrats since 2003 becoming the first woman to lead a party in Congress and also serving twice each as House minority leader (between 2003 to 2007 and also 2011 to 2019) and as Speaker (between 2007 to 2011 and since 2019). Pelosi was a major opponent of the Iraq War as well as the Bush administration’s 2005 attempt to partially privatize Social Security. During her first stint as Speaker, she was very instrumental in the passage of many of the Obama administration’s landmark bills, such as the Affordable Care Act, the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and the 2010 Tax Relief Act.
As speaker, Pelosi led the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009 when she worked in partnership with President Obama to create and save millions of American jobs, provide relief for American families, and provide a tax cut to 95 percent of working Americans. With the House Democratic Caucus, Pelosi continues to focus on the need to create jobs in America and prevent them from being shipped overseas. Speaker Pelosi was the architect of the landmark Affordable Care Act which has guaranteed protections for all Americans with pre-existing medical conditions, ended annual and lifetime limits on health coverage, and provided affordable health coverage for tens of millions more Americans while lowering health care costs over the long term.
In continuing to push for accountability and transparency in government, under Speaker Pelosi, the House passed the toughest ethics reform legislation in the history of the Congress, including the creation of an independent ethics panel, and increased accountability and transparency in House operations, including earmark reforms. As Speaker, Pelosi led the fight to pass the DISCLOSE Act in the House, which fights a corporate takeover of U.S. elections and ensures additional disclosure; she continues to fight for this legislation today.
Additional key accomplishments signed into law under the leadership of Speaker Pelosi include: an increase in the minimum wage for the first time in 10 years; the largest college aid expansion since the GI bill; a new GI education bill for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars; and increased services for veterans, caregivers, and the Veterans Administration.
Pelosi lost the speakership in 2011 after the Republican Party won a majority in the House of Representatives in the 2010 elections. But she retained her role as leader of the House Democratic Caucus and returned to the role of House minority leader. In the 2018 midterm elections, the Democrats regained control of the House. On January 3rd, 2019, when the 116th Congress convened Pelosi was again elected speaker, which made her the first former speaker to return to the post since Sam Rayburn in 1955. Under Pelosi’s leadership, the House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump on December 18, 2019.
THE MANY NANCY PELOSI ISSUES
House of Corruption and Hypocrisy
During the 109th Congress (between 2005 and 2007), Democrats led by Nancy Pelosi who was the then-House Minority Leader and Harry Reid the Senate Minority Leader came up against the Republican “culture of corruption” and also the supposed “iron fist” leadership style used by House Republicans. It is normal for one to expect that Democrats, having based their campaign so heavily on reforming ethics leading up to their takeover of Congress in 2006, would have perfectly clean ethics records in chambers, and also, would treat the new republican minority with the fairness that had allegedly been denied Democrats previously. However, with Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and the rest of the Democratic Party, honesty and ethics didn’t seem to be a particular strength.
Despite partisan and baseless attacks on members of the Republican leadership, the 109th Congress had some despicable characters. From San Diego Republican Congressman and now convicted felon Randy “Duke” Cunningham and his bribery checklist, to Rep. Bob Ney, now housed in a cell in West Virginia for his crimes, to disgraced former Representative Mark Foley with his fondness for young male pages, the republican conference of the past Congress contained a number of disgraceful figures.
It was therefore a bit of an embarrassment for Democrats who played up the notion of a “culture of corruption” among Republicans, whose party attempts to claim such a high moral and ethical standard to have such level of decadence among them. As the 110th Congress opened, Speaker Nancy Pelosi backed John Murtha for House Majority Leader; a questionable pick considering Murtha was named an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the 1980 ABSCAM bribery scandal, in which an FBI sting caught Murtha on tape discussing cash in exchange for political favors with a faux Arab businessman. On tape, Murtha declines, saying, “I’m not interested … at this time,” clearly leaving open future consideration. He failed to report the attempted bribe — another violation of House ethics rules itself. At the Congress, as noted by The Washington Times in June 2006, Murtha was implicated in using his post as ranking member on the defense appropriations subcommittee to funnel contracts to companies represented by his brother, Murtha, whose lobbying firm represents 10 companies that received more than $20 million from last year’s defense spending bill.
Pelosi appointed Rep. Jefferson to a seat on the Homeland Security Committee despite him being videotaped in August 2005 in an FBI sting accepting $100,000 in marked bills from a Northern Virginia investor and then a few days later, having $90,000 worth of the marked bills recovered from his freezer during a raid. The money was accepted as part of Jefferson’s plan to pay off Nigerian officials in exchange for contracts.
In 2004, Pelosi sought a minority Bill of Rights to among other things, allow Democrats more opportunity to debate and offer amendments. Wisely, Republicans rejected such an agreement, realizing they would never be extended the same courtesy should Democrats takeover. As far as Pelosi delivering bipartisan approaches and softer treatment of the minority, as she promised, nothing could be further from the truth. Pelosi would go on to rule the House with an iron fist in a reign marked by bitter partisanship, completely denying Republicans even the opportunity to have their legislation voted on.
And in a big blow to honest debate and an attack on the Constitution, Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats voted to allow delegates from Guam, Puerto Rico, Washington, D.C., American Samoa, and the Virgin Islands, to vote on everything actual representatives vote on except in the case of final passage of legislation. This was done Simply because, “Almost always, all five delegates are Democrats.” This was an unprecedented attempt to abuse power and something even past democratic Congresses have only tried to permit on a limited scale at committee level.
The 110th Congress certainly was a glass house that Pelosi, Reid and other corrupt Democrats built. Corruption among members is as great if not greater, than among Republican members in the 109th Congress. Pelosi’s hypocritical, hyper partisan leadership and blatant attempts, as in the case of giving delegates voting rights, to increase her power, showed that the 110th Congress is more unethical and corrupt than its predecessor.
In 2009, Pelosi persuaded Democrats to back Barack Obama’s stimulus package, and it passed without a single Republican vote. The following year, when then the White House chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, suggested scaling back health-care reform after the Democrats’ surprise Senate loss in Massachusetts, Pelosi insisted that Obama maintain his goal of universal coverage. She enraged her pro-choice allies by allowing a vote on an amendment prohibiting women insured through the law’s health-care exchanges from receiving government-subsidized abortions. But that gave antiabortion Democrats cover to support the bill, which passed without a Republican vote.
Pelosi is a strong advocate of abortion. She voted against the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 and earlier attempts at similar bans, and voted against the criminalization of certain situations where a minor is transported across state lines for an abortion. She has voted in favor of lifting the ban on privately funded abortions at overseas U.S. military facilities; in favor of an amendment that would repeal a provision forbidding servicewomen and dependents from getting an abortion in overseas military hospitals; and in favor of stripping the prohibition of funding for organizations working overseas that use their own funds to provide abortion services, or engage in advocacy related to abortion services. She also voted in favor of the 1998 Abortion Funding Amendment, which would have allowed the use of district funds to promote abortion-related activities, but would have prohibited the use of federal funds.
In 2008, she was rebuked by Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., for being “incorrect” in comments she made to Tom Brokaw on Meet the Press concerning Church teaching on the subjects of abortion of when a human life begins. The archbishop’s statement quoted Pelosi as saying the church has not been able to come with a definition of when life begins. During the interview Pelosi said, “over the history of the church, this is an issue of controversy.”
In a January 25, 2009, Pelosi said that one of the reasons she supported family planning services was that they would “reduce costs to states and to the federal government.
SPIRITUALITY: HOW SHE “PRAYS” AND QUOTES SCRIPTURE
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has a habit of quoting a line that she says is from the Bible but does not, in fact, appear anywhere in the holy book.
Pelosi has referenced this line nearly a dozen times between 2002 and 2018 on the Congressional Record: “To minister to the needs of God’s creation is an act of worship. To ignore those needs is to dishonor the God who made us.”
Pelosi eventually conceded at an event with a group of Christian colleges that she can’t find it in the Bible, but she quotes it all the time, although she added that she kept reading and reading the Bible with a mind that “it’s there someplace.”
At the U.S. Capitol recently, Pelosi took a shot at Donald Trump as she joined other members of Congress in a ceremony recognizing the House bill to defend the human rights of Uighurs.
“Last night, when I saw the president hold up a Bible, I was thinking of so many things in the Bible that would have been appropriate in terms of the humanity of all people,” Pelosi said as she held up a Bible.
Pelosi quoted the book of Ecclesiastes and said that this was a “time to heal,” she added, “It’s long overdue time for us to make some of that change that people were calling out for.”
Holding a Bible at a Capitol Hill news conference, Nancy Pelosi called on President Trump to be a “healer in chief” as violence and looting continued in cities across the U.S. following the death of George Floyd. She was speaking one day after Trump had held up a Bible while defending religious freedom outside St. John’s Episcopal Church across from the White House — just hours after part of the church burned during a night of rioting in the nation’s capital.
Pelosi’s remarks included quoting from the book of Ecclesiastes, and from comments by former presidents George H.W. Bush and Barack Obama, as they reacted to incidents similar to the death of Floyd, who died May 25 while in police custody in Minneapolis.
The speaker read the Bush and Obama quotes from notes placed inside the Bible, as if the past leaders’ words, too, were from the Holy Book.
“There’s an appointed time for everything,” Pelosi began, referring to Ecclesiastes.
“’A time for every event under heaven. … A time to heal, a time to embrace and a time to shun embracing’ – how about that?” she said.
“Let’s focus on a time to heal,” Pelosi continued, adding that U.S. presidents have “a responsibility to heal.”
“We would hope that the president of the United States would follow the lead of so many presidents before him to be a healer in chief and not a fanner of the flame.”
When President Donald Trump questioned Pelosi’s statements of prayer for him, something he doubled down on later when he questioned the entire extent of her faith. “I don’t like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong,” the president said. “Nor do I like people who say, ‘I pray for you,’ when they know that that’s not so.” Later, in front of dozens of members of Congress at his acquittal celebration at the White House, Trump singled out Pelosi and Romney by name, going further by accusing her of neither praying for him, nor praying at all. “She doesn’t pray. She may pray, but she prays for the opposite. But I doubt she prays at all,” the president said.
Pelosi would later react by saying: “I don’t know if the president understands about prayer or people who do pray,” Pelosi told reporters. “But we do pray for the United States of America. I pray for him, President Bush still, President Obama. Because it’s a heavy responsibility. And I pray hard for him because he’s so off the track of our Constitution.”
Religion has always been a central part of life for Pelosi who attended Catholic schools from elementary through Trinity Washington College in the District. Although she has had a fair share of controversies with conservative Catholics who have on several occasions criticized her for supporting abortion rights, Pelosi has always embraced the church.
In January 2007, she kicked off the week she made history as the first female House speaker with a Mass at Trinity. Leading a congressional delegation to Italy in 2009, the speaker met with Pope Benedict XVI.
She has acknowledged fierce debates with family members over abortion rights. And in early December, when a reporter asked if she hated the president, Pelosi returned to the podium to explain why she never uses that word, citing her Catholic upbringing.
“I don’t hate anyone. I was raised in a way that is full — a heart full of love — and always pray for the president. And I still pray for the president,” she said.
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said later that he did not know Trump questioned Pelosi’s faith.
“I think that there was some question whether she actually prays for the president and then acts the way that she does. But, listen, I’m not going to judge anybody’s faith; I gotta worry about my own,” Meadows said at the Capitol after returning from the White House.
And they took offense at him. – Matthew 13:57
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Nothing in this post should be taken as for, or against a particular politician, bill or candidate.
To God there is no such thing as an “American Christian Political Movement.”
God may call a Christian to be involved in politics but He will be ashamed of such a person if they find their place in the United States as an “American Christian.”
Fact is, a disciple following Jesus has the exact same attitude as Abraham who followed the Living God.
All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country–a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. (Hebrews 11:13-16)