On Thursday, January 3, 2019, by a vote of 220-192, Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco became Speaker of the House as the 116th Congress was called into session. It was one hundred years ago when women acquired the right to vote in United States via 19th Amendment. In the video “Raw Video: Pelosi Receives Speaker’s Gavel“, below:
The 116th Congress will be seated Thursday, with Democrats taking the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives after eight years out of power. The first order of business is electing Rep. Nancy Pelosi to be House speaker for the second time. The House is set to convene at noon. After Pelosi is confirmed, the new members will be sworn in. Members will then vote on a new rules package to govern conduct in the House during the 116th Congress. Once the ceremonial parts of the day are completed, the session may get more contentious. Pelosi has announced plans to pass a spending bill immediately she takes the gavel on Thursday in order to end the government shutdown. However, the bill does not include funding for a border wall, so President Trump has said that he will not sign it. Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said that the Senate will not vote on a bill which would not receive the president’s approval. In the video, “116th Congress swearing in: Nancy Pelosi House Speaker vote, live stream“, below:
Pelosi reminded us the importance of open borders, quoting former President Reagan‘s final speech as President, “If we ever closed the door to new Americans, our leadership in the world would soon be lost.”
This year, we’re seeing record high of women’s presence: 102 women serving in the House and 25 women in the Senate. Women have come a long way in these 100 years. This is also the most diverse group of lawmakers ever sworn in, along with the most LGBTQ, Blacks, and Latino members in history, in the video “Top U.S. & World Headlines”, below:.
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