Pelosi Gives Herself an ‘A’ for Effort

By Jacqueline Klingebiel

Feb 28, 2010 8:00am

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave herself an “A” for effort, grading her performance in office.  In a “This Week” interview, Speaker Pelosi told ABC’s Elizabeth Vargas, “I think I get an A for effort.  And in the House of Representatives, my mark is the mark of our members.  We have passed every piece of legislation that is part of the Obama agenda.”  

Asked why nearly 300 bills passed by the House are stalled in the Senate, Pelosi  blamed the “delaying tactics of the Republicans in the Senate.”

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VARGAS: Finally, President Obama, when asked to rate his year in office, gave himself a B plus.   How would you rate yourself in the past year?

PELOSI: Well, I have a — I think I get an A for effort.  And in the House of Representatives, my mark is the mark of our members.  We have passed every piece of legislation that is part of the Obama agenda.  Whether it's the creation of jobs, expanding access to health care, creating new green jobs for the future, regulatory reform, we have passed the full agenda.

VARGAS: Are you frustrated so many bills have not have been stalled in the Senate?  Almost 300 bills passed by the House that are sitting languishing in the Senate?

PELOSI: And most of those bills have bipartisan support.  Strong bipartisan support in the House that have gone over there.  But that you know what that's about?  That's about — and it's very important for you to know, that's about the Republican delay tactics.  By requiring 60 votes on some simple legislation that Harry Reid always gets — has the votes for, but he doesn't have the time to go through the procedural day after day where you have to wait days for the time to go by in order to get the 60 votes.  That's how it works in the Senate.

So it's about time.  Everything's about time.  The most finite commodity that we have.  We used our time very well in the House to get an agenda passed in time for it to be considered by the Senate.  The delaying tactics of the Republicans in the Senate…

VARGAS: Dare I ask you to grade the Senate?

PELOSI: Well, let's grade this all on a curve.  What really matters is, what we do and how it relates to the lives of the American people back to that kitchen table where they have to think about how they make ends meet and how they make the future better for their children and provide for their own retirement.  That's really where the grade goes.  And the grade is given on election day.  We — we're fully prepared to face the American people with the integrity of what we have put forth, the commitment to jobs and health care and education and a world at peace and safe for our children and with the political armed power to go with it to win those elections.

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