Speeches


Pelosi Remarks at Meeting with Rio Grande Valley Officials Today

“We have to deal with it, honoring our values in the most humanitarian way. We have to deal with it, honoring the due process of the children. We have to deal with it in a way that protects our border and again has consideration for how – if these children are returned, that it is done, again, in the best interest of the children – the determination of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.”

Pelosi Remarks at Press Conference Marking One-Year Anniversary of Senate Passage of Immigration Reform

” One year ago, as you mentioned, one year ago this week the Senate passed a strong, bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform piece of legislation. For one year, we have been waiting, urging, cooperating with the Republicans in the House to bring a bill to the floor. They didn’t want to bring the Senate bill to the floor. We suggested a compromise bill – H.R. 15. Many of the cosponsors are here now. They rejected that. We said: Just do it any way you want, but bring a bill to the floor. Give us a vote.”

Pelosi Remarks at Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony Honoring President Shimon Peres

“Shimon Peres planted the seeds of the Jewish state of Israel and helped that garden grow – whether literally in the blooming of the desert, or more significantly in the blossoming of a society and a people. A soldier who became a peacemaker; an immigrant who became an institution; a public servant who became a statesman, a champion of non-violence, a messenger of hope; an idealist who understood pragmatism; a founder of his nation who became, and remains, a visionary for his and all people: Shimon Peres’ story is the story of modern Israel – a saga of daring, dynamism, and wisdom.”

Pelosi Remarks at Press Event Calling for Action to Protect Voting Rights

“These are issues – I said yesterday, in the Rotunda as we were observing and celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act – that for some of you here, which clearly is the case as it was there – you weren’t born yet. But for Steny and me it was our youth. When this happened – and it was quite a remarkable thing – it changed America. It made us more American. It was long overdue, and that for us to be celebrating that 50th anniversary – you remember when it all happened, Wade, right? And Nancy Zirkin, you’re younger so maybe not. And when it happened, it was remarkable. It made a big difference.”

Pelosi Remarks at Press Conference with Chinese Dissident Chen Guangcheng

“Today, we are gathered here to talk about Chen Kegui, and his father is here with us as well as his uncle, Chen Guangcheng. The government of China continues to detain him. They treat him abusively. These are not the actions of a confident government. To abuse and intimidate the families of human rights activists, and to do so with impunity, is wrong, and that’s why we are speaking out. But it’s not, again, the act of a confident power. These are the acts of a government afraid of its people and afraid of the simple act of standing up to those who lobby for justice, accountability, and for democracy.”

Pelosi Remarks at Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony Honoring Dr. & Mrs. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“That is the promise of America. And in making that promise come true – that was the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. A century after the Gettysburg Address – a century later – Dr. King stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and called our nation to act on those words – to reassert the vision of our founding fathers. A year later, Dr. King stood as an honored guest as President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law.”

Pelosi Remarks at Department of Interior and National Park Service LGBT Theme Study Launch

“There are so many things that I want to tell you. But I just thought I would tell you this one story to show you just how far things have come. When I was a brand new Member of Congress, my whole issue was HIV/AIDS. When I came to the Congress – since you’re historians, I thought you might like to know this story: so, lo and behold, we have the quilt that wants to come to Washington, D.C. So I go to the Park Service and say: ‘The quilt is coming to Washington, D.C., and we want permission to be able to display it on the Mall.’ And they said: ‘Absolutely out of the question. It’s just not going to happen.’ And I said: ‘You don’t understand. ‘No’ is not a possibility for us.’”

Pelosi Floor Speech on the 25th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre

“As we do this, we do so looking forward to a day when the world’s most populous country can be called a country where people can speak out and be respected. And when the Chinese government respects its own people, it will command much more respect. So again, I thank you, Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen, so much, for taking the lead to bring this forward; Congressman Castro, for your important remarks. To my pals, Mr. Wolf and Mr. Smith: you’ve done so much; you’ve made such a difference. It’s an honor to serve with you and to work on this important project together. With that, Mr. Speaker, I yield back the balance of my time.”

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