Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden extended a warm congratulations to his good friend Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on winning another term as Speaker of the House.
In a gushing statement, Biden said Pelosi is one of the “most effective and accomplished legislators” in American history.
Biden congratulates Pelosi on re-election
At 80, Pelosi is a fixture of American politics and is respected by colleagues for her political savvy.
She was re-elected to another term as Speaker on Sunday, in a not altogether surprising development, despite some speculation of a successful effort to deny her wishes.
“Jill and I extend our warmest congratulations to Speaker Pelosi on her well-deserved re-election today as Speaker of the House of Representatives,” Biden said. “I have no doubt that Speaker Pelosi will continue to lead the House with dignity, principle and patriotic resolve.”
Biden said that he will work with Pelosi on issues from the coronavirus to climate change. “I look forward to working closely with the Speaker and her colleagues in the House, majority and minority alike, to pursue that vital work on behalf of all of the American people,” he said.
McCarthy slams “least productive” Congress
Pelosi’s Republican counterpart, Kevin McCarthy (CA), offered a different assessment upon her re-election, dismissing her caucus as clueless and out of touch with the American people.
Pelosi led the “least productive Congress in nearly 50 years,” and her losses in the House this year should serve as a “wake-up call,” McCarthy said. “The question I ask of this majority: were you listening?”
Republicans have frequently criticized Pelosi and her fellow Democrats for their relentless pursuit of President Trump, which culminated in a failed impeachment last year.
Pelosi wins again
Nevertheless, only two Democrats voted against her and three voted “present,” while prominent liberal leaders like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) defied expectations of a progressive revolt by voting for the party leader.
“We must pursue justice: Economic justice, justice in health, racial justice, environmental and climate justice, the list goes on. Every morning in this chamber, we take a pledge: One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all,” Pelosi said.