FULL SPEECH: Speaker Pelosi Will Not Seek Leadership Position in Next Congress

By | November 17, 2022

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi addresses the House and announces she will not seek a leadership position in the next Congress.

Included in her remarks:
”Indeed, American democracy is majestic, but it is fragile…Democracy must be forever defended from forces that wish it harm…Last week the American people spoke…and gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.”

”I will not seek reelection to Democratic leadership in the next Congress. For me, the hour has come for a new generation to lead the Democratic caucus that I so deeply respect.”

”For my dear husband Paul, who has been my beloved partner in life and my pillar of support, thank you. We’re all grateful for all the prayers and well wishes as he continues his recovery. Thank you so much.”

”I look forward — always forward — to the unfolding story of our nation: a story of light and love, of patriotism and progress, of many becoming one, and always, an unfinished mission of making the dreams of today the reality of tomorrow.”

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Uh for what purpose does the gentlewoman From California seek recognition Without objection the gentlewoman is Recognized for one minute Thank you madam speaker Madam speaker As We Gather here we stand On sacred ground the Chamber of the United States House of Representatives The heart of American democracy I will Never forget the first time I saw the Capitol it was on a cold January day When I was six years old my father Thomas dalessandro Jr was about to be Sworn in for his fifth term in Congress Representing our beloved hometown of Baltimore I was riding the car with my brothers And they were thrilled in jumping up and Down and saying to me Nancy Nancy look There’s the capital and I keep every Time I’d say I don’t see any capital is It a capital A a capital b or a Capital C And finally I saw it A stunning white building with a Magnificent Dome I believed then as I Believe today this is the most beautiful Building in the world because of what it Represents the capital is a temple of Our democracy of our constitution of our Highest ideals on that day Thank you On that day I stood with my father on This floor as he took the sacred oath to

Support and defend the Constitution of The United States against all enemies Foreign and domestic All of us who have served in this house Have taken the hallowed oath of office And it is the oath that stitches us Together in a long and storied Heritage Colleagues who serve before us are all Our colleagues colleagues like Abraham Lincoln Daniel Webster Shirley Chisholm Patsy menk and our beloved John Lewis Personally it binds me as a colleague to My father a proud New Deal to Congressmen and one of the earliest Italian Americans to serve in the Congress And this is an oath we are Duty bound to Keep and it links us with the highest Aspirations of the ages in this room our Colleagues across history have abolished Slavery granted women the right to vote Establish Social Security and Medicare Offered a hand to the weak care to the Sick education to the young and hope to The many Indeed it is here under the Gaze of our Patriarch George Washington in the People’s house that we have done the People’s work My colleagues I stand before you as Speaker of the House As a wife a mother a grandmother a Devout Catholic a proud Democrat and a

Patriotic American a citizen of the Greatest Republic in the history of the World Thank you Different Which President Lincoln called the last Best Hope on Earth indeed in the words Attributed to another of our colleagues The legendary Daniel Webster he said Hold on my friends to the constitution Of your country and the government Established under it miracles do not Cluster that which has happened but once In 6 000 years cannot be expected to Happen often Indeed American democracy is majestic But it is fragile many of us here have Witnessed its first fragility firsthand Tragically in this chamber and so Democracy must be forever defended from Forces that wish it harm last week the American people spoke and their voices Were raised in defense of Liberty of the Rule of law and of democracy itself With these elections the people stood in The breach and repelled The Assault on Democracy they resoundedly rejected Violence and Insurrection and in doing So Gave proof through the night that our Flag was still there And now we owe to the American people Our very best to deliver on their faith To Forever reach for the more perfect

Union the Glorious Horizon that our Founders promised The questions before this Congress and In this moment are Urgent questions About the ideals that this house is Charged by the Constitution to preserve And protect establish justice ensure Domestic tranquility provide for the Common defense promote the general Welfare and secure the blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity Our prosperity our children babies born Today will live into the next century And our decisions will determine their Future for generations to come While we will have our disagreements on Policy we must remain fully committed to Our shared fundamental mission to hold Strong to our most treasured democratic Ideals to cherish the spark of divinity In each and every one of us and to Always put our country first and their Infinite Wisdom Our Founders gave us their kind their Guidance e pluribus unum from anyone They could not have imagined how large Our country would become or how Different we would be from one another But they knew we had to be United as one We the people one country one destiny Has been with great pride in my 35 years In the house I have seen this body grow More reflective of our great nation our Beautiful Nation

[Music] When I came to the Congress in 1987 There were 12 Democratic women Now they’re over 90 and we want more The new members of our Democratic caucus Will be about 75 percent women people of Color and lgbtq and we have brought more Voices to the decision-making table when I entered leadership in 2002 there were Eight of us today there are 17 members Of the leadership When I first came to the floor at six Years old Never would I have thought that someday I would go from Homemaker to house Speaker in fact I never In fact I never intended to run for Public office Mommy and daddy taught us through their Example that public service is a noble Calling and that we all have a Responsibility to help others and our Family my brother Tommy then became Mayor of Baltimore also but it’s in my In my privilege to play a part in Forging extraordinary progress for the American people I have enjoyed working With three presidents achieving historic Investments in clean energy with President George Bush Transformative Health Care reform with President Barack Obama And forging and forging the future from Infrastructure to health care to climate

Action with President Joe Biden Thank you Now we must move boldly into the future Grounded by the principles that have Propelled us this far and open to Fresh Possibilities for the future Sure teaches us that for everything There is a season a time for every Purpose under heaven My friends no matter what title you all My colleagues have bestowed upon me Speaker leader whip there is no greater Official honor for me than to stand on This floor and to speak for the people Of San Francisco This I will continue to do as a member Of the House speaking for the people of San Francisco serving the great state of California and defending our Constitution And with great confidence in our caucus I will not seek re-election to Democratic Leadership in the next Congress For me the hours come for a new Generation to lead the Democratic caucus That I so deeply respect and I’m Grateful that so many are ready and Willing to shoulder this awesome Responsibility Madam speaker standing here today I’m Endlessly grateful for all of life’s Blessings for my Democratic colleagues Whose courage and commitment with the

Support of your families have made many Of these accomplishments possible in Fact could not have been done without You For my dear husband Paul who has been my Beloved partner in life in my pillar of Support Thank you we’re all grateful for all the Prayers and well wishes as he continues His recovery thank you so much Foreign [Applause] Darling children Nancy Curran Christine Jacqueline Paul and Alexandra and our Grandchildren Alexander and Madeline Liam Shawn and Ryan Paul and Thomas Bella and Octavio they are the joys of Our Lives for whom we um and we are so Very very proud of them and a comfort to Us at this time Thank you And for my brilliant dedicated and Patriotic staff under the leadership of Terry McCullough together working Together the finest group of public Servants the house has ever known thank You all so much Foreign And again for those who sent me here for The people of San Francisco for Entrusting me with the high honor of Being their voice in Congress and this Continued work I will strive to honor The call of the patron saint of our City

Saint Francis Lord make me an instrument of thy peace In this house we begin each day with a Prayer and a pledge to the flag and Every day I am in awe of the Majestic Miracle that is American democracy as we Participate in a Hallmark of our Republic the peaceful orderly transition From one Congress to the next let us Consider the words of again President Lincoln spoken during one of America’s Darkest Hours he called upon us to come Together to swell the chorus of the Union when once again touched as surely They will be by the better angels of our Nature That again is the task at hand A new day is Dawning on the horizon And I look forward always forward to the Unfolding story of our nation a story of Light and love of patriotism and Progress of many becoming one And always an unfinished mission to make The dreams of today the reality of Tomorrow Thank you all may God bless you and your Families and may God bless continue to Bless our veterans and the United States Of America thank you

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