Washington, D.C. -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic leaders and other House Members held an event on the steps of the Capitol this morning with a number of Americans to mark the one-year anniversary of a New Direction Congress and how it has directly affected the lives of everyday Americans.
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Below are the Speaker's remarks:
'One year ago, the American people entrusted their hopes and their dreams, their aspirations for themselves, for their families, and for the future in this New Direction Congress.
'We come here today with great confidence and pride in what we have achieved and what remains for us to be done. I am proud to stand before the majority House Democratic Caucus and salute them, from our chairmen to our newest members, for their great leadership on behalf of the American people.
'With their leadership, this New Direction Congress is focused on creating a great
'We have begun to restore the American dream by rewarding work, by creating new jobs through innovation, and by making college more affordable for many young Americans.
'We have begun to restore accountability by making this the most honest, open, and accountable Congress in history.
'We are holding the Bush Administration accountable for its failed policies in
'Because our first responsibility is to make
'With faith in the future, the New Direction Congress will continue to make progress for
'Today, we will hear from Americans from across the country. And in that presentation, we will start where we began the New Direction Congress-- in making