CADEM CONVENTION | Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told California party delegates in Sacramento a progressive agenda in the next year cannot be achieved without regaining control of the House of Representatives.
Pelosi said a wish list of national party platform items such as raising the minimum wage, enacting gun control and climate change legislation, as well as closing the growing income gap, will need support in the coming mid-term elections next year.
She was singing to the choir Saturday afternoon, in some ways, with a state that has been successful is fighting back Republican encroachment at every level of government. Pelosi ticked off a roster of new California House members numbering 11 this past year, including six new seats to the Democrats column—half of which constituted the total gains in the House by the entire party last November, but she wants more, including additions to its already diverse group of representatives.
“Now we are in a better place,” said Pelosi of the party’s House diversity. “We respect you and we’re not better than you and our caucus and congress is better for all of this diversity.”
Economic disparity is crippling the middle class, said Pelosi, along with hefty job losses and cuts to education. “Nothing brings more money into the treasury than education,” she said.
References to Koch Brothers, wealthy financiers of various right wing causes, were made on numerous occasions during Saturday’s general session. Pelosi called for campaign fundraising reforms, in particularly broader disclosure of large contributors.
She also backed various efforts in California and nationwide calling on Congress to repeal the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens Untied ruling in 2010 giving wide latitude to wealthy donors to exert great individual influence over elections. “We must empower small donors and reduce the role of big money,” said Pelosi.