By Nancy Pelosi
The American people have resoundingly called for a new direction for our country. Nowhere is the need for a new direction greater than in
The American people also spoke clearly for a new direction here at home; a new vision for a new
After years of historic deficits, this new Congress has committed itself to a higher standard: pay as you go, no new deficit spending. Our new
House Democrats pledged to restore optimism and opportunity with an ambitious agenda in the first 100 hours of the 110th Congress. From national security to economic security, our first 100 hours met the urgent priorities of the American people, turning our promises into reality.
Democrats and Republicans alike take our responsibility to protect the American people seriously. That is why, with strong bipartisan support, the first bill passed in the new Congress fully implemented the recommendations of the bipartisan, independent 9/11 Commission and went even further to protect our nation. As elected officials, the safety and security of the American people is our top priority.
After earning stagnant wages for nearly a decade, 13 million hard-working families will finally receive the pay raise they deserve. With bipartisan support, the House passed an increase in the minimum wage, so
With a strong bipartisan vote, the House gave voice to the hopes of more than 100 million Americans and their families, passing legislation to expand embryonic stem cell research. With its great potential, science has the power to answer the prayers of
The House took a crucial step toward lowering the cost of prescription drugs for
In a bipartisan effort, the House passed legislation cutting the interest rate on student loans, making higher education more affordable. A college education is the best investment our young people can make in themselves, and it is the best investment our nation can make in
To wrap up Democrats' '100 Hours' agenda, we rolled back subsidies for Big Oil. Through investments in clean renewable energy and alternative fuels, this Congress will work to reduce our nation's dependence on foreign oil so that we will send our dollars to the Midwest, not the
These accomplishments are just a down payment on a new direction. Democrats are setting our sights beyond the first 100 hours, toward the future. For
Respectful of the vision of our Founders, the expectations of our people and the great challenges we face, we have an obligation to reach beyond partisanship to serve all Americans. We will work to stand together to move our country forward, seeking common ground for the common good.