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Speaker Nancy Pelosi Meets with President Nicolas Sarkozy of France

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U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (R) speaks to the media as French President Nicolas Sarkozy (L) listens as they meet on Capitol Hill March 30, 2010 in Washington, DC. Sarkozy is on a visit in Washington and he will meet with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office later today. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images North America)

Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a press availability this afternoon with President Nicolas Sarkozy of France prior to their meeting in the Capitol. Below are their remarks:

Speaker Pelosi:
Good afternoon. Once again, it is an honor to welcome the President of the French Republic to the Capitol of the United States. We all remember with great pride his beautiful speech to a joint session of Congress.

We are all reminded there are only two paintings in the chamber of the House of Representatives—one of the father of our country, George Washington, the other of the Marquis de Lafayette. Our friendship goes back a long way, and the President’s visit then and now reinforces that friendship.

I look forward to our conversation regarding the security of our countries: whether it relates to stopping the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and the situation in Iran relating to that; our cooperation in Afghanistan; and the issue of regulatory reform and our economic security. I would be interested to hear the President’s thinking on that subject. I know he has been a strong leader in that regard as well. And then of course, the issue of climate change, in which France and the European Union have lead the way.

So I am delighted to receive once again, President Sarkozy to the Capitol in friendship and again, with great recollections of his excellent speech to the Congress now almost two-and-a-half years ago when he was a new President of the French Republic.

President Sarkozy:[Translated from French]
I am so happy to be back in the Capitol. Thank you for your kind words about my speech. I, believe you me, I have not forgotten that moment, which was a memorable one in my life.

We will cover the wide range of topics you mentioned. I have much admiration for you, Madam Speaker. It is a great and wonderful symbol that there be a woman Speaker, in this, the world’s number one power.

This visit to the United States is very important to me. This afternoon with President Obama, I will be talking about the joint work of France and the United States.

Thank you.

SOURCE Office of the Speaker of the House

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi Celebrates Signing Health Care Bill and Her 70th Birthday!

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Surrounded by Democratic House members and other guests, U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) signs the revised Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act during an enrollment ceremony March 26, 2010 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The House passed the bill that completed heath care reform by a vote of 220 to 207. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images North America)

While some members of Congress have been targeted by health-care law opponents, at least one Democrat got a nice surprise from the public Friday. Bloggers at the liberal website Daily Kos sent thousands of roses to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office, to celebrate her birthday and her role in passing health-care legislation.

Thanks to the community at Daily Kos, and others who joined in, Speaker Pelosi received thousands of roses this morning for her 70th birthday,” Pelosi’s staff wrote. “She sent half of the roses to Walter Reed Army Medical Center and is distributing the other half to hill staff to thank them for all their hard work on the health reform legislation.” They’ve posted photographs of the flowers on Flickr. Today Pelosi posted a video thanking the gift-givers.

44D’s Note: Special thanks to Brainwrap who spearheaded the effort, the Daily Kos community, and others who joined in. Speaker Pelosi received thousands of roses this morning for her 70th birthday. Just remember at least 216 soldiers or family members or caregivers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center had their day brightened quite a bit by your (and the Speaker’s) thoughtfulness, compassion and generosity. Well done 🙂

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Nancy Pelosi Hosts Women’s History Month Celebration In Honor Of Hillary Clinton

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)(R) participate in Women's History Month Celebration at the US Capitol on March 25, 2010 in Washington DC. The event was held to honor Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during Women's History Month Celebration. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images North America)

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s full remarks

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Speaker Pelosi’s Memo to Republicans: Just What Do You Want to Repeal?

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Release from Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Office…

Today, President Obama signed historic health insurance reform legislation passed by the House on Sunday that ensures affordability for the middle class and seniors, accessibility for all Americans, and accountability for the insurance industry.

The Senate is also expected to act on a package of improvements to this bill. Instead of supporting this critical legislation that will make it easier for Americans to obtain affordable, high quality health insurance – Congressional Republicans are calling for the repeal of the legislation and for a return to the status quo.

But which of these provisions – which will be available immediately – do they want to repeal?

  • Will Republicans repeal the small business tax credits that will make employee coverage more affordable?
  • Or the $250 rebate to America’s seniors who have fallen into the Medicare Part D donut hole pay for prescription drug coverage?
  • Will Republicans repeal the ban on insurance companies dropping people from coverage when they get sick?
  • Or the prohibition on insurance companies denying coverage to children with pre-existing conditions?
  • Will Republicans repeal the ban on insurance companies placing lifetime caps on coverage or the ban on restrictive annual limits on coverage?
  • Or the new, independent appeals process that ensures consumers have an avenue to appeal decisions by their health insurance plan?
  • Will Republicans repeal the temporary high-risk pool that will provide immediate access to Americans who are uninsured because of a pre-existing condition?
  • Or will they repeal the requirement that health plans allow young people to remain on their parents’ health insurance plan up to their 26th birthday?

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democratic Leaders Sign Health Care Bill

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Surrounded by Democratic House members, (L-R) House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Rep. George Miller (D-CA), Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), and Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) applaud as U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (C) stands up after she signed the Senate Health Reform bill March 22, 2010 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The House has passed the Senate version of the legislation the night before by a vote of 219 to 212. U.S. President Barack Obama intends to sign the measure on Tuesday. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images North America)

LAT~House Democratic leaders have signed the massive health care overhaul bill, a formality before the bill is signed by President Barack Obama.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and the committee chairmen signed the bill Monday, an official act before Obama’s signature makes it the law of the land. The House voted for the measure 219-212 late Sunday night.

Pelosi said Sunday night the House made history and added: “It’s on a par with passing Social Security and Medicare.”

The congressional signing is a common step in the process, but with this uncommon bill, the leaders invited the media to watch.

The president planned to sign the measure on Tuesday.

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Nancy Kerrigan’s Life Touched By Tragedy Once Again

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American ice skating legend Nancy Kerrigan’s father has been murdered by her own brother, according to cnn.com. Nancy’s brother Mark, 45, was arrested Sunday and is accused of assault and battery against their father, 70-year old Daniel Kerrigan, according to Massachusetts authorities.

American ice skating icon Nancy Kerrigan

Apparently there was a violent argument and struggle between the father and son, resulting in the elder Kerrigan falling or collapsing on the kitchen floor. Nancy’s mother Brenda then called 911 to assist her husband.

Authorities are still investigating the the circumstances of the incident along with the cause and manner of death. The county medical examiner is expected to release a report within a manner of weeks.

When police arrived on the scene, they found Mark Kerrigan in the basement of the house, “clearly intoxicated” and “extremely combative.” He refused to comply with police officers, had to be subdued with pepper spray before forcibly removing him from the home.

Mark Kerrigan pleaded not guilty during his arraignment. According to court documents, he was unemployed, was recently released from a correctional facility, and was living at home with his parents. He is taking medications and seeking psychological help for post-traumatic stress, apparently from a stint in the Army.

Nancy Kerrigan first gained prominence by winning a bronze medal at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France. In 1994 she earned an Olympic silver medal in Lillehammer, Norway.

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Welcome to 44’D’s Happy Holiday’s Special

We here at The 44 Diaries would like to say Thank You for participating in our blog and we hope that you all have a happy holiday and a prosperous new year. We also hope that you get to spend plenty of time with the people you love the most…

Please note: We will be keeping this up all week in celebration, but will be posting political news in the top section next to ‘Home’.


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