Pelosi Expected to Be 1st Woman Speaker
Wednesday, November 8, 2006; 1:21 AM
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Nancy Pelosi dashes off declarations about what she would do with a Democratic majority in the House with the ease of someone ordering a latte at Starbucks.
The woman expected to become the nation's first Madam Speaker promises a barrage of "discrete deliverables" in the first 100 work hours after the Democrats take control:
_Boost the minimum wage? The only question is how high, how fast.
_Fiscal discipline? "Remove all doubt. Pay as you go."
_Research on new embryonic stem cells? Scrap the ban on federal funding.
_Problematic prescription drug coverage for seniors? "We can do something about that."
_9-11 commission recommendations? Approved on Day One.
The list goes on and on of things she'd get passed by the House and battle to make law.
All this from fractious House members, and within only their first 100 hours in session?
"Well, I would do them all on the first day, but I know they have friends and relatives in town and they want to celebrate," Pelosi says with a playful grin.
Anticipating her party's new majority status, Pelosi struck a confident and conciliatory tone Tuesday night: "Democrats are ready to lead. We are prepared to govern. And we will do so working together with the administration and Republicans in Congress in partnership, not partisanship."
Pelosi, 66, made history four years ago when she became the first woman to lead a party caucus in either house of Congress, piercing what she calls a "marble ceiling" in the Capitol that's even harder to break than the proverbial glass ceiling encountered by many women.