Pelosi: GOP Using Deficit to ‘Destroy Your Rights ’ And ‘Undermine’ Government

By Nicholas Ballasy | July 26, 2011 | 3:30 PM EDT

( – When speaking at a news conference on workers rights, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) claimed that Republicans are using the budget deficit as a way to “destroy your rights” and “undermine the government.”

“This isn’t just about they’re saying we should reduce the deficit. We all want to be fiscally sound. We don’t want to do harm to our economic growth but we know that if we can save some money, we’d like to do that. This isn’t about that,” said Pelosi, alongside Reps. George Miller (D-Calif.), Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Harold A. Schaitberger, the President of International Association of Fire Fighters during a news conference at the Capitol on Tuesday.

“This is an excuse – a budget deficit is an excuse for the Republicans to undermine government – plain and simple. They don’t just want to make cuts; they want to destroy. They want to destroy food safety, clean air, clean water, the Department of Education. They want to destroy your rights. They do not like government.”

Pelosi continued, “They’re riding an engine of popular support on ‘okay, we have to reduce the deficit’ and they’re using that as an excuse to destroy.”

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that the federal budget deficit will reach $1.5 trillion by the end of the fiscal year 2011. The current national debt limit is $14.29 trillion.

Leader Pelosi and Rep. George Miller criticized House Republicans for considering the “Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act” which would prevent the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from “ordering any employer to close, relocate, or transfer employment under any circumstance.”

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers distributed a statement to reporters at the conference urging members of Congress to vote against the legislation because it would prevent the NLRB from continuing legal action against the Boeing Corporation for moving an assembly line to South Carolina.

Pelosi said the Republicans “vision” of America is not “one of fairness” to American workers.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi of Calif.(AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

“The Speaker has said between him and the President, they have a different vision of America – and that’s how come their budget proposals are different, quite different. Maylon [Mitchell, President of Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin] said it over and over again about shared sacrifice. We get the sacrifice; they share the wealth. That’s what it is.”


She continued, “They [Republicans] have a different vision of America and that vision of America is not one of fairness to Americans – American workers. They fear you because of their desire to have endless wealth and not take any responsibility for helping to grow the country that helped them succeed.”

Pelosi did not take questions at the conference.