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Democratic SoCal Congresswoman: Time For Pelosi To ‘Pass The Torch’

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior House Democrat said Thursday it’s time for Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other veteran leaders to step aside and make way for a new generation of party leaders. Eight-term Rep. Linda Sanchez of California said she thinks it’s “time to pass the torch to a new generation of leaders, and I want to be a part of that transition. I want to see that happen.” Sanchez, 48, told C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” that Pelosi, 77, and her top two deputies — both in their late 70’s — do a “tremendous job,” but she said too many younger lawmakers “don’t always get the opportunities that they should, and I would like to see that change.” The comments by Sanchez, the fifth-highest ranking House Democrat, were the strongest challenge yet by a Democratic leader to Pelosi’s iron grip on the caucus. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, unsuccessfully challenged Pelosi last year, and Democrats grumbled about Pelosi in June, when the party lost a special election in a wildly expensive Georgia House race. The loss in Georgia followed similar disappointments in special House elections in Kansas and Montana, amid frustration at the party’s continued minority status in the House since 2011. Sanchez declined to attack Pelosi or her top deputies, Reps. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, 78, and Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, 77, but said, “We have a lot of talent on the bench, and I think we need to really help develop that talent and give people opportunity.” The main argument against Pelosi from her Democratic detractors is that more than 30 years in Washington and hundreds of millions of dollars in GOP attack ads against her have taken their toll, at least in public opinion. Critics argue that despite Pelosi’s fundraising prowess and legislative skills, her image as a San Francisco liberal drags down some Democratic candidates, especially in Republican-leaning states. Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill pushed back on criticism Thursday, saying “Leader Pelosi enjoys wide support in the caucus and has always said she’s not in Congress on a shift, but on a mission.” Pelosi “is focused on winning back the House, and anything else is a distraction from our path to the majority,” Hammill said. Democratic aides said the arguments by Sanchez against seniority would likely antagonize members of the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, which include some of the longest-serving members in the House. The timing of the criticism struck some as ironic, since Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have emerged as unlikely partners of President Donald Trump in deals over spending bills and immigration policy. Trump has been referring to the two veteran Democrats as “Chuck and Nancy.” A dozen or so House Democrats voiced frustration with Pelosi after the Georgia loss, although it is not clear how many Democrats would vote to unseat her if she is challenged. Sixty-three Democrats supported Ryan in November, while 134 backed Pelosi. A defiant Pelosi told reporters this summer she is “very confident” about her support from fellow Democrats. “My decision about how long I stay is not up to them,” she said of her detractors. The C-SPAN “Newsmakers” interview is scheduled to air in full on Sunday. © Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed

House Dem: Pelosi Needs To Make Way For ‘New Generation’

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior House Democrat says it’s time for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other veteran leaders to make way for a new generation of party leaders. Rep. Linda Sanchez of California says she thinks it’s “time to pass the torch to a new generation of leaders, and I want to be a part of that transition. I want to see that happen.”

Sanchez is 48. She told C-SPANS’ “Newsmakers” Thursday that Pelosi, 77, and her top two deputies do a “tremendous job,” but she said too many younger lawmakers “don’t always get the opportunities that they should.” The comments by Sanchez, the fifth-highest ranking House Democrat, were the strongest challenge yet by a Democratic leader to Pelosi’s iron grip on the caucus. © Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Pelosi Calls For Stricter Gun Background Checks After Vegas Massacre

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi renewed calls for background checks and a House committee to study gun violence, following Sunday night’s mass shooting at a Las Vegas music festival that killed over 50 people. In a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan, Pelosi said, “Congress has a moral duty to address this horrific and heartbreaking epidemic.” The representative from San Francisco said more than 90 Americans are killed each day due to gun violence.

Pelosi called for the passage of a background check bill sponsored by Rep. Mike Thompson (D-California) and Peter King (R-New York) that would expand the current background check system on all commercial gun sales, including sales at gun shows, online and through classified ads. The bill was introduced in the previous Congress in 2015, but was not brought up for a vote even after Democrats staged a sit-in on the House floor last year demanding a vote. Pelosi also urged the creation of a bipartisan “Select Committee on Gun Violence” that would “study and report back common sense legislation to help end this crisis.” “Today is a day for prayer, mourning and love, but it must also be a day for action,” Pelosi said. Before the shooting, The Associated Press reported that House Republicans were considering bills that would have eased regulations on gun silencers and allow those with concealed-carry permits to take their weapons to other states. Democrats scoffed at the silencer bill, noting a provision that would allow more armor-piercing ammunition. The status of the gun bills is now in limbo. As of Monday morning, at least 58 people were killed and more than 500 people were injured when a gunman opened fire on a crowd of thousands attending the Route 91 Harvest festival. The massacre is the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. TM and © Copyright 2017 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Pelosi: ‘All Hands On Deck’ For Latest ‘Trumpcare’ Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is telling colleagues that she wants “all hands on deck” to defeat the latest Republican effort to undo the Affordable Care Act. Pelosi calls the bill a moral monstrosity. The Senate bill relies on sending block grants to the states to provide health coverage. Pelosi says members are encouraged to participate in what she called a tweet storm against “Trumpcare” Tuesday afternoon from noon to 2 p.m. She is also urging members in “this emergency request” to schedule town hall meetings and press conferences to speak out against the legislation. Senate Republicans must pass the measure by Sept. 30 to avoid a Democratic filibuster. Pelosi says House Democrats will fully mobilize to lift up the voices of families who would be devastated by the legislation. © Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Young Immigrants Shout Down Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has been shouted down at a San Francisco event by young immigrants protesting her conversations with President Donald Trump on immigration policy. The Democratic leader was barely able to speak over the chorus of chants Monday, including shouts of “undocumented and unafraid.” At one point, she said, “Just stop it.” Pelosi is in her home city to call for legislation that would protect young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children or by parents who overstayed visas. Trump recently announced plans to halt a program giving them temporary legal status. He’s since held meetings with Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer to discuss renewing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and increasing border security. The Democrats say a deal has been reached, but the White House denies it. Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

Demonstrators Shout Down Pelosi At San Francisco DREAM Act Event

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A vocal group of undocumented youths and their supporters drowned out House Minority Nancy Pelosi Monday at a news conference where she was calling on the Trump administration to immediately pass the DREAM Act. The event began calmly with a smiling Pelosi at the podium surrounded by Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Congressman Jared Huffman, community leaders and other Dreamers. She had began her speech, calling dreamers courageous. “Our nation’s dreamers are an inspiration to all of us,” she said. “With their courage and their patriotism. They embody the promise of America… Of the American Dream… Make American dream again,” Pelosi said to applause from the partisan crowd.

But then the group stormed in carrying a banner, signs and chanting — “We undocumented youth demand a clean bill … We undocumented youth demand that you do not sell out our community and our values …We undocumented youth will not be a bargaining chip for Trump.” Many of the demonstrators were carrying signs reading “Democrats are Deporters.”

Pelosi unsuccessfully attempted to calm down the chanting students. “You’ve had your say, and it’s beautiful music to our ears,” Pelosi said. But when they interrupted again, she shouted “Just stop it now!” Moments later, she was forced to leave the news conference. Meanwhile in San Francisco federal court, six immigrants brought to the United States as children who became teachers, graduate students and a lawyer sued the Trump administration on over its decision to end a program shielding them from deportation. The lawsuit filed in federal court in San Francisco alleges the move violated the constitutional rights of immigrants who lack legal status and provided information about themselves to the U.S. government so they could participate in the program. “The consequences are potentially catastrophic,” said Jesse Gabriel, a lawyer for the plaintiffs. “These people can very powerfully and very clearly communicate the extent to which they organized their lives around this program.” The lawsuit joins others filed over President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which has allowed nearly 800,000 immigrants to obtain work permits and deportation protection since 2012. More than a dozen states from Maine to California have sued over the administration’s decision to phase out the program, alleging similar constitutional violations. So has the University of California system. Gabriel said the impact of Trump’s decision directly weighed on his clients’ personal lives and decisions they made to advance their careers in this U.S. He said Dulce Garcia is a 34-year-old lawyer in San Diego who came to the United States from Mexico when she was four years old. She recently signed a lease for an office and hired employees because she believed she could stay and work in the U.S. under the program, Gabriel said. “Now, the government is totally pulling out the rug from under her,” he said. The plaintiffs also include teachers, a medical student and a law student. They are from Mexico and Thailand. Department of Justice spokesman Devin O’Malley blamed the Obama administration for starting the program and said the agency will defend Trump’s decision. “It was the previous administration’s arbitrary circumvention of Congress that got us to this point,” he said. “The Department of Justice looks forward to defending this Administration’s position and restoring respect for the rule of law.” TM and © Copyright 2017 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer Say They’ve Reached Deal With Trump on Young Immigrants

WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that they have made a deal with President Trump on legislation to address young undocumented immigrants, and that it does not include funding to build a border wall. “We agreed to enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly, and to... Read more »