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100 Hours

'We have demonstrated that the Congress of the United States is not a place where good ideas and the optimism of the American people go to die. It's a place where issues that are relevant to the everyday lives of America's working families will receive the respect and the change they desire.'
- Speaker Pelosi, 1/18/07

House Democrats promised to take our country in a New Direction, to change the way Congress does business, and to get to work addressing the real challenges facing the American people. All within the first 100 hours. After only 42 Hours and 25 minutes, House Democrats passed the last of our 100 hours bills, legislation to end taxpayer-funded subsidies for Big Oil and create a Strategic Energy and Renewables Reserve.

With broad bipartisan support, the House passed measures restoring honesty and openness in government, re-establishing fiscal responsibility, strengthening our national security, and giving more Americans a realistic shot at the American Dream. The new Democratic Majority is committed to real and lasting results for all Americans. These successes are just the beginning. We have set a tone for the 110th Congress that is one of cooperation, consensus and compromise that extends beyond party lines. Democrats are setting our sights beyond the first 100 hours to make America safe and strong.

In the first 100 hours of the 110th Congress:

We started by cleaning up Congress, breaking the link between lobbyists and legislation and commited to pay-as-you-go, no new deficit spending. Learn more >>

We made our nation safer and began by implementing the recommendations of the independent, bipartisan 9/11 Commission. Learn more >>

We made our economy fairer, and we began by raising the minimum wage.  Learn more >>

We made health care more affordable for all Americans, and began by fixing the Medicare prescription drug program, putting seniors first by negotiating lower drug prices. Learn more >> 

We promoted stem cell research to offer real hope to the millions of American families who suffer from devastating diseases. Learn more >>

We broadened college opportunity, and began by cutting interest rates for student loans in half. Learn more >>

We energized America by working towards achieving energy independence, and we we began by rolling back the multi-billion dollar subsidies for Big Oil. Learn more >>

Click here to learn more about the passage of the 100 Hours legislation >>