Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi delivered remarks at a rally hosted by Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus calling on Speaker Boehner and his colleagues to allow a vote on the Senate-passed continuing resolution and end the Republican Government Shutdown. Below are the Leader’s remarks:
“Thank you very much, [Congressman] Raúl Grijalva. Thank you and [Congressman] Keith Ellison for co-chairing this important meeting for us. Thank you very much and thank you for continuing the meeting no matter the weather.
Congressman Keith Ellison. That’s right!
“I’m honored to be here with them, with my colleagues from the House of Representatives and our [Democratic] Whip, Mr. Hoyer, who is here, Mr. Rangel, to have our leadership come out here to join with you to say: thank you. Thank you for what you do for our country, for making sure seniors have their Social Security checks, so that families can put food on the table for their children, so that veterans can get their benefits. The list goes on and on. You make governance possible in America. We are grateful to you for that.
“And so we are here to join with you to say: open up the government; give us a vote, Mr. Speaker. Give us a vote! Give us a vote!
[Crowd chants: we the people want a vote!]
“Because there are so many speakers and so much rain, I’ll just say the following: you are wonderful to turn out today in all of this weather. As a mom I don't want you staying out here too long. I don’t want you to be sick and the same goes to our press who is covering all of this. But you being out here, no matter the climate, no matter the weather to speak out for working families in America, right now because of what they are doing, the small businesses cannot get their loans, there are doubts about all kinds of other things, people being furloughed now, non-profits are furloughed. The ripple effect of this is not good.
“We, the Democrats in the House of Representatives, have been willing, have been willing to give them 200 votes to open up government. Give us a vote! Give us a vote! Give us a vote!”
[Crowd chants: give us a vote!]