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Pelosi: 'We Should Work to Expand Democracy, Not Limit It'

Washington, D.C. - Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today in support of H. Res. 78, which would amend House rules by granting the Delegates from the District of Columbia, Guam, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa, and the Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico the right to vote in the Committee of the Whole House:

'I am pleased that the House acted today to restore the voice of the four Delegates and the Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico in the Committee of the Whole that they previously had.  These Members of Congress represent more than 5 million Americans who deserve having their voices heard in Congress.

'The House is ordained to be a marketplace of ideas.  We should work to expand democracy, not limit it.  To reach our full potential, Democrats understand that all voices in America must be heard.  I look forward to working with the Delegates and the Resident Commissioner in advancing our agenda for the American people.'