Pelosi Says Her Work in Congress Isn’t Finished
Posted at 12:56 p.m. on Feb. 27
Pelosi, left, says she’s not going anywhere anytime soon. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Amid a fresh round of retirement rumors, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters Thursday she isn’t done in Congress.
Many have wondered whether the retirements of some of the California Democrat’s allies would make it too lonely at the top.
But even though some of her closest colleagues are leaving Capitol Hill — including Energy and Commerce ranking Democrat Henry A. Waxman of California and Pelosi’s “consigliere,” George Miller of California — Pelosi said she isn’t going anywhere.
“They go at their pace, I go at mine,” she said.
She waxed poetic about her colleagues who have announced they won’t be seeking re-election including her California pals and the House dean, Rep. John D. Dingell of Michigan — calling them “fabulous members” and “legislative virtuosos” — but she said she has not reached the sunset of her career.
“When it is, you’ll know,” Pelosi said. “I’m too busy, as long as there is 1 in 5 children in America who lives in poverty.”
Pelosi said it was “very sad” that these Democrats were leaving, but the House is a “constantly reinvigorated body — that’s what our founders intended.”
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