(CNSNews.com) – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) deficit reduction plan, which includes a short-term increase to the nation’s debt limit, “pulls the plug” on 50 years of “progress for America’s families.”
“Look, I’m a mom and a grandmother; I viewed my work in politics as an extension of my role as a mom. There’s 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, the safety of the environment and the neighborhoods in which they live – you need to have a public role even though raising your family is a very personal thing,” Pelosi told reporters at her weekly press briefing on Thursday.
“So, I would say to Mom’s out there, if it’s important to you that you have clean air for your children, clear 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 than understand that all of that is at stake here and although we all want to do everything we can for our children, we know that there’s certain public roles and leadership that has to happen and this bill in one fell swoop just pulls the plug on progress for America’s families – progress made over the last 50 years.”
Pelosi also said that House Democrats compromised with President George W. Bush on the financial rescue package in 2008 and questioned why the current House Republican majority has shown a “lack of cooperation” toward President Barack Obama.
She continued, “So for me, who passed every debt ceiling increase under President Bush when we had the majority, to see the lack of cooperation with this president and you have to ask the question why – is it because they want to make this statement about ‘the markets come tumbling down,’ that’s what did, that happened before and then finally we could pass the bill, hopefully that is not the case but the President has been patient, he’s been respectful, he’s listened to their proposals, he’s tried to accommodate them, he’s studied them and the rest.”
The House is set to vote on Speaker Boehner’s plan tonight. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that Boehner’s plan would “reduce budget deficits by about $1.1 trillion between 2012 and 2021.”