Nancy Pelosi promised that as president of the House of Representatives she would "feel the power of office."
And this year he did it.
In the last week alone, a draft budget of 1.4 billion dollars and a trade agreement with Mexico and Canada that received support from both parties. He also obtained the approval of a Democratic project to lower the prices of medicines. In the midst of all this, he headed the legislative delegation that went to Europe on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Ardennes.RELATED
And on Wednesday, he ordered the president's political trial.
At the end of the first year of the second round of Pelosi as president of the lower house, Pelosi analyzed his management to see if he had fulfilled his campaign promises.
"Donald Trump thinks I did it," Pelosi told the Associated Press during an interview Thursday at his Capitol office.
“You must go to a political trial. It is a stain that will remain forever. It doesn't matter what the Senate does. He violated our constitution, ”he said.
"I could see the power of the hammer" that brandished as president of the camera, said Pelosi. "It wasn't me, it was all our members who made their own decision."
It is not common to see a president of the chamber with so much power.
"He has ruled with strength and authority," said Julian Zelizer, a professor of history and public policy at Princeton.
Zelizer said Pelosi achieved things that others could not do with Trump: Build a coalition strong enough to ask the president for accountability, through a political trial, while driving large projects. This adds to what he already did the first time he chaired the camera.
"It will probably go down in history as one of the most effective presidents (of the House of Representatives)," Zelizer said.
At the end of the year, legislators try to score points with a view to re-election.
The former president of the lower house Paul Ryan carried out a sharp tax cut in December 2017 and John Boehner tried hard to approve proposals to reduce taxes and expenses in 2012. He succeeded in the New Year.
In her first term as president of the chamber, from 2007 to 2011, Pelosi took forward the most important initiative of the government of Barack Obama, his medical plan, at Christmas 2009, although by then the project was being considered in the Senate.
He recovered the hammer in January of this year, after strong internal disputes between the Democrats, which culminated with a resounding victory in the midterm elections and the majority in the lower house.
Decades of service taught Pelosi how to handle himself in the Capitol. Without false modesty, she describes herself with a teacher in the art of legislating, the product of experience. In the first part of the Obama presidency, in which the Democrats had a majority in both houses, he helped approve the health plan, a financial reform and other important projects, in what historians describe as the most productive legislative session since the Lyndon Johnson times.
His detractors say Pelosi forced the approval of some initiatives and that resulted in a defeat in the midterm elections that cost his party the majority.
Trump says that by submitting him to a political trial, the Democrats undertook a "suicide march."
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says that the Pelosi House of Representatives is not getting anything because he loses a lot of time with the impeachment.
Pelosi, on the other hand, responds that the Senate is a cemetery where projects supported by the lower house lie that he refuses to put to a vote.
"Either they approve them or they will pay a very high price in the elections" next year, Pelosi predicted.