WASHINGTON (AP) – Nancy Pelosi promised as a speaker that "she would show the power of the mallet."
This year, he presented it for all to see.
Last week alone, the Democratic leader delivered a $ 1.4 trillion government financing package to stop a shutdown, boosted the bipartisan trade agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada and approved her party's plan to reduce drug costs prescribed In the middle, he led a congressional delegation in Europe for the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Ardennes.
And on Wednesday, she accused the president.RELATED
As the first year of Pelosi's second term as a speaker comes to an end, she is the only woman to hold the position and the first speaker in 60 years to claim the hammer after losing it, the California Democrat took stock of If she complied.
"Donald Trump thinks so," Pelosi told The Associated Press during an interview Thursday at his office in the Capitol.
He was simply charged. He will be accused forever. It doesn't matter what the Senate does. He was accused forever because he violated our Constitution, ”he said.
"If I didn't do anything else, he saw the power of the mallet there," Pelosi told the AP. "And it wasn't me, it was all our members making their own decision."
Not since an earlier era of leaders, such as Sam Rayburn, whose name is in a building in the Capitol, or Newt Gingrich, which defined a political movement, the president of the House of Representatives exerted such influence.
"She has ruled with strength and authority," said Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public policy at Princeton.
Zelizer said that Pelosi has achieved with Trump what others have not achieved, which is to build a coalition strong enough to hold the president accountable, through a political trial, and at the same time deal with large bills. This, in addition to what he did during his first term in office.
"It's likely to go down in history as one of the most effective speakers," he said.
Congress is often heading towards a great end of the year as legislators try to accumulate achievements for the upcoming elections. The lame duck sessions, which this year is not, are often particularly strong as members take advantage of the narrow margin of the calendar after the elections, but before the new Congress is formed.
Former President Paul Ryan delivered the broad Republican Party tax cuts package in December 2017. Former President John Boehner tried to secure the fiscal cliff agreement of tax and expense cuts at the end of 2012, and finally it was approved in New Year.
Pelosi's previous tenure as a speaker, from 2007-2011, saw Democrats approve the achievement of the Obama era, the Low Price Health Care Act, during Christmas 2009, although most of the action in that stage of the legislative process had moved in the Senate.
She recovered the hammer in January of this year, emerging from a controversial internal election of the party, after sweeping the House Democrats to the majority in the midterm elections of 2018.
Pelosi's ability to lead the agenda is determined in part by his decades in office. Immoderately, she calls herself a master legislator, but there is some truth in boasting: she brings more legislative experience to her work than those immediate predecessors.
Particularly during the beginning of Obama's first term, when his party controlled both houses, she introduced medical care, financial reform and other important elements to approve what historians say was the most productive session of Congress since the years of the Great Lyndon Johnson Society.
Critics contend that Pelosi's bills with strong weapons through the House of Representatives resulted in loss of midterm elections in 2010 that cost the party mostly and she the mallet.
Trump said the Democrats are on a "suicide march" toward electoral defeat once again with political judgment.
The Democrats of the House of Nancy Pelosi have been marked with an eternal mark of shame, "Trump told a crowd of protesters on the Michigan battlefield the night he was charged.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said the Pelosi House is not achieving much because it is wasting its time in political trial.
But she notes that it is McConnell who calls himself the "grim reaper" in his Senate graveyard of bills passed by the House of Representatives who refuses to vote.
"The time is not over," Pelosi said Thursday, a reminder that all those laws move to 2020, because Congress runs in two-year cycles and this session does not end for another year.
"As the election approaches, we do not want these to be electoral problems, we would like the laws to be followed," he said. "Then, they either pass the bills or pay a price for not approving the bills."
The political judgment vote will be what most remembers the history of this week. But passing the commercial bill is a great victory for both parties. And approve government funding (Pelosi was negotiating the call package with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin during his weekend diplomacy in tribute to World War II veterans in Europe) also counts. Last year at this time, the government was heading towards what would become the longest federal closure in the history of the nation.
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