Pelosi: ‘My Work in Politics’ Is ‘An Extension of My Role as a Mom’

By Nicholas Ballasy | July 28, 2011 | 3:40 PM EDT

( – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that she views her role in politics as an extension of her role as a mother.

At a Capitol Hill press conference on Thursday, Pelosi was asked whether there was still time enough for Congress to work out a deal to raise the debt ceiling by next Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Pelosi said, “Look, I am a mom and a grandmother.  I view my work in politics as an extension of my role as a mom.  There are things we want to do for our children that are simply beyond us.”

“The safety of the food they eat, the water they drink, the air they breathe, the society in which they live, safety and the environment, and the neighborhoods in which they live,” she said.   “You need to have a public role, even though raising your family is a very personal thing.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Pelosi went on to say that it was important to maintain Social Security and Medicare and other government programs so that people will not have to care for their parents as they care for their children.

“And so I would say to moms out there, if it's important to you that you have clean air for your children, clean water to drink, food safety, an education system that helps them reach their aspirations, policies that enable them to have higher education, security within your family that your parents have Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security -- so you don't have to care for them as you care for your children -- then understand that all of that is at stake here,” said Pelosi, in reference to passing a bill to raise the debt ceiling.

If the plan negotiated by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is implemented, she said, it will pull “the plug on progress for America’s families. Progress made over the last 50 years. As you know we observed the 46th anniversary yesterday of the signing of the Medicare bill.  You can just kiss Medicare good bye.”

The debt ceiling is the amount of money the federal government is legally allowed to borrow. The current limit, $14.25 trillion, was reached on May 16. The Treasury Department has advised lawmakers and the president to reach a deal on raising the debt ceiling to borrow more money by Aug. 2 or face a potential default on some U.S. commitments.

The debt ceiling talks have revolved around an increase of about  $2.5 trillion, which would carry the government into early 2013, after the 2012 presidential election.