What did Nancy Say???
Yesterday afternoon, House Democratic Leader Pelosi set upon delivering her weekly press conference from her office in the Capitol. Things went fairly smoothly for her; she bashed the President here, bashed Republicans there and then took a big old bite of well-heeled inside-the-beltway show leather. She was asked what she thought of the recent Kelo decision and it doesn't appear that she knew the first thing about the decision. The transcript of the entire press conference is available at a link near you.
Question: Later this morning, many Members of the House Republican leadership, along with John Cornyn from the Senate, are holding a news conference on eminent domain, the decision of the Supreme Court the other day, and they are going to offer legislation that would restrict it, prohibiting federal funds from being used in such a manner. Two questions: What was your reaction to the Supreme Court decision on this topic, and what do you think about legislation to, in the minds of opponents at least, remedy or changing it?
Ms. Pelosi: As a Member of Congress, and actually all of us and anyone who holds a public office in our country, we take an oath of office to uphold the Constitution of the United States. Very central to that in that Constitution is the separation of powers. I believe that whatever you think about a particular decision of the Supreme Court, and I certainly have been in disagreement with them on many occasions, it is not appropriate for the Congress to say we're going to withhold funds for the Court because we don't like a decision.Translation: I'm sorry, I am still bitter about the 2000 Presidential election results and can't seem to focus on anything else.
Question: Not on the Court, withhold funds from the eminent domain purchases that wouldn't involve public use. I apologize if I framed the question poorly. It wouldn't be withholding federal funds from the Court, but withhold Federal funds from eminent domain type purchases that are not just involved in public good.
Ms. Pelosi: Again, without focusing on the actual decision, just to say that when you withhold funds from enforcing a decision of the Supreme Court you are, in fact, nullifying a decision of the Supreme Court. This is in violation of the respect for separation of church -- powers in our Constitution, church and state as well. Sometimes the Republicans have a problem with that as well. But forgive my digression.
So the answer to your question is, I would oppose any legislation that says we would withhold funds for the enforcement of any decision of the Supreme Court no matter how opposed I am to that decision. And I'm not saying that I'm opposed to this decision, I'm just saying in general.Translation: I always liked the musical stylings of Eminem. He's from Ohio isn't he?
Question: Could you talk about this decision? What you think of it?Translation: Ooh look, a butterfly.
Ms. Pelosi: It is a decision of the Supreme Court. If Congress wants to change it, it will require legislation of a level of a constitutional amendment. So this is almost as if God has spoken. It's an elementary discussion now. They have made the decision.
Question: Do you think it is appropriate for municipalities to be able to use eminent domain to take land for economic development?
Ms. Pelosi: The Supreme Court has decided, knowing the particulars of this case, that that was appropriate, and so I would support that.
With that, I wish you a happy Fourth of July and hope you have a good time, fly the flag, and restore yourself. These holidays, as we honor our magnificent past, are also time for recreation, and that word has in it re-creation. So enjoy it, re-create, renew, and come back ready for a great session when we return.Translation: I still don't have the faintest idea what you are asking me.
Hopefully, we will do something when we come back that will be relevant to the lives of the American people, that will address their aspirations, address jobs, expand access to health care, broaden opportunity for education, protect our environment, and secure our country in a way that increases the respect for us in the world, and does so in a fiscally sound way and in an ethically high standard.
With that, I wish you a happy Fourth of July. Thank you.
If you don't believe what you read, please Contact Brendan Daly or Jennifer Crider at 202.226.7616, both are with the Office of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi