Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) talks to reporters at a news conference about her plans for the first 100 hours of the new congress at the Capitol in Washington, December 14, 2006.
The Boston Globe: The first 100 hours
House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi and her top aides have outlined a full agenda for Democrats’ first 100 legislative hours in power, starting after members of the 110th Congress are sworn in today. Pelosi has vowed to complete work on those items before President Bush delivers his State of the Union address on Jan. 23.
So much of politics is a matter of perception and expectations, so it’s useful at this point to review the program offered by Rep. Pelosi before the election for the agenda of the first 100 hours of her Speakership:1) Enact all 41 of the 9-11 Commission’s Recommendations (scheduled for adoption Jan. 9)2) Increase minimum wage–probably to $7.25 (scheduled for Jan. 10)3) Remove existing restrictions on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research (scheduled for Jan. 11)4) Permit (or require) the federal government to negotiate prescription drug price schedules with pharmaceutical companies (scheduled for Jan. 12)5) Cut interest rates on federally guaranteed student loans “in half” (scheduled for Jan. 17)6) “End subsidies for Big Oil and invest in renewable energy” (scheduled for Jan. 18)It’s hard to see how this can be done successfully.
Read it all.
Patrick reminds us of the Contract with America and the GOP’s Newt Gingrich when he assumed the Speakership in 1995:
Hereâ€™s the Contract with America for handy side-by-side reference. Republicans passed eight substantive measures on the first day of their majority, and as someone who was up watching it late that night on C-SPAN, the first day didnâ€™t mean â€œnext week.â€
Pelosiâ€™s Congress is in with a whimper. Itâ€™s not hard to see why the Sheehanites are upset.