Speaking late last month at the Women’s Economic Agenda, former Speaker of the House and current minority leader, Nancy Pelosi took a shot at TEApublicans in Congress and scored a bulls-eye.
She spoke of attending a service with her daughter at her Catholic church in Houston, Texas where the priest wound up his sermon with the admonishment that, “It’s not alright for you to come here and pray on Sunday, and leave here, and prey on other people during the week.”
“So I thought, wow, he should come to our debates on food stamps and the rest of that,” Pelosi said.
She is referring, of course, to the insistence by TEApublicans of making drastic cuts to safety net programs such as SNAP benefits, from which they would cut as much as $39 billion over the next ten years. The Senate bill would cut $5 billion but that is not nearly enough for the extremists in the House who are demanding much more drastic cuts.
The 2009 stimulus bill raised caps for SNAP which have just expired, and which will result in cuts to the benefits of all recipients and make millions of those who have been receiving aid no longer eligible. This is at a time when the recovery from the recession is sluggish at best and there are still many who cannot find jobs which will pay enough for them to support their families.
Pelosi continued by saying, “There’s a debate going on that we want women fully engaged in, to bring their intellectual and public service experience to, but also to give hope to so many women who are in this struggle, trying to raise their families, or have their own — reach their own aspirations. It goes back again, I always go back to the Founders, this is about the Affordable Care Act, too, healthy life, liberty, to pursue your happiness in a way that’s good for you, but good for America.”
The Congresswoman concluded her remarks saying, “When women succeed, America succeeds.” She couldn’t be more right.
Watch Pelosi in the video below: