Pelosi urges passage of ‘fiscal cliff’ deal

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) voiced support for the fiscal cliff bill and urged her House colleagues to join with the Senate in approving the plan with a strong bipartisan majority.

Pelosi praised Vice President Biden for drafting the legislation with Republican and Democratic Senate leaders.

"It was legislation that he helped negotiate, working with the Republican and Democratic leaders in the United States Senate," she said. "It was a remarkable accomplishment, because as we all know, while we share the same goals, we sometimes have different paths to achieving them and reconciling our differences was a monumental task especially with the time growing short."

The Democratic leader said passing the bill "is a very, very strong first step as we go into the New Year."

"Let us all be very patriotic tonight, support our middle class, support our economy" and pass the bill, Pelosi said.

Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.

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