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Nancy Pelosi (D) is the Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives and served as the 60th Speaker of the House from 2007 to 2011. She currently serves California’s 8th District, but is running to represent the 12th.
From her website: “Working in partnership with President Obama, Pelosi led the House effort to pass the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in early 2009 to create and save millions of American jobs, provide relief for American families, and provide a tax cut to 95 percent of working Americans […]. Pelosi spearheaded passage of historic health insurance reform legislation in the House which provides a Patients’ Bill of Rights and will provide insurance for 32 million more Americans while lowering health care costs over the long term. The new law provides patients with affordable insurance choices, curbs abuses by the insurance industry, strengthens Medicare, and will reduce the deficit by $143 billion over the next 10 years […]. Additional key legislation passed into law included the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to restore the ability of women and all workers to access our judicial system to fight pay discrimination, legislation to provide health care for 11 million American children, national service legislation, and hate crimes legislation.”
During her time in Congress, Representative Pelosi has been instrumental in passing positive legislation. Unfortunately, when her record was reviewed regarding protecting and eroding religious liberty, religious privileging in law, discrimination against nontheistic Americans, the influence of religious dogma on the availability of health care and educational choices, and the effect of religious bias in science, Rep. Pelosi was average at best. The Secular Coalition for America’s Report Card gave her a “C” primarily because of her support of:
1. RC 601, which would have amended the Securities Act of 1933 to allow certain church plans to be exempt from registration and disclosure requirements; and
2. RC 816, which would have reaffirmed “In God We Trust” as national motto and encouraged all public buildings to display such motto; and
When asked what she would do for her Atheists constituents, this is what Rep. Pelosi had to say:
Thank you for contacting my office with your question regarding my support of atheist constituents.
In a nation founded on diversity and strengthened by the contributions of many faiths, we must never use religion as a wedge to divide the American people. Instead, we must state in a united voice: violence in the name of any religion is a betrayal of our fundamental values as Americans; any responsible government action must be rooted in facts, fairness, and an unending commitment to the rights and liberties of every American.
Throughout my 25 years in public service, I have been a fierce advocate for the rights of each of my constituents, regardless of their religious views or lack thereof, gender, sex, age, class, or race. I will continue to faithfully represent each of my constituents in my duration as a member of Congress.
Please do not hesitate to contact Alex Lazar in my office at (415) 556-4862 if you have questions or need additional information.
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