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Democrats’ Dream Is The American Nightmare

- May 23, 2018

If San Francisco Liberal Nancy Pelosi Takes Back The Speakership In The House In 2019…Shudder
 


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Today, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will participate in a CNN town hall where she is expected to preview what life would look like under a Pelosi speakership again.
  • A Speaker Pelosi would push extreme liberal policies that hurt the American people.
  • If elected Speaker, Pelosi has pledged to raise taxes, and repeal tax reform which has saved the average American $1,200 and in many cases over $2,000.
    • Pelosi, in an act of snobby elitism, has belittled the bonuses and raises over 4 million Americans have received thanks to tax reform-benefits which if she is elected Speaker may not last.
  • Pelosi would seek to implement a European-style single-payer health care system in America, a $32 trillion policy proposal the majority of Congressional Democrats have come to endorse.
  • If elected Speaker, Pelosi would oppose border security, support sanctuary cities' open defiance and disregard for the rule of law, and defend MS-13 gang members.
  • Pelosi would support a $15 minimum wage, a job-killing measure that will cost her home state of California 400,000 jobs by 2022.

Today, "Master Legislator" Nancy Pelosi Will Appear At A CNN Town Hall

Today, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Will Appear On A Televised Town Hall Hosted By CNN To Answer Questions Ahead Of The Upcoming Midterm Elections. "Less than six months before the midterm elections, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi will address the most pressing issues facing the nation, in a live, internationally telecast town hall, CNN announced Wednesday. The one-hour event, moderated by CNN's Chris Cuomo, will air Wednesday, May 23 at 9 p.m. ET, and feature audience questions." (Veronica Stracqualursi, "Nancy Pelosi To Take Questions In CNN Town Hall," CNN , 5/16/18)

In June 2017, Pelosi Called Herself A "Master Legislator." REP. PELOSI: "So you're asking me to sing my praises? Is that what you're saying? Well, I'm a master legislator. I am a strategic, politically astute leader. My leadership is recognized by many around the country." (Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Remarks At Press Conference, Washington, DC, 6/22/17)

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  • In March 2018, Pelosi Again Referred To Herself As A "Master Legislator." REP. PELOSI: "I feel pretty confident about my ability to be a master legislator for the good of the American people." (Nancy Pelosi, Remarks At Press Conference, Washington, DC, 3/15/18)

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IF PELOSI AND HER DEMOCRAT COHORTS TAKE BACK THE HOUSE, TAXES WILL BE RAISED ON THE AVERAGE AMERICAN

Since The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act Passed, Millions Of Americans Are Reaping The Benefits

According To One Study, The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act Will Reduce Individual Income Taxes By An Average Of $1,260 In 2018. "We estimate that the TCJA will reduce individual income taxes by about $1,260 on average in 2018, increasing after-tax incomes 1.7 percent (table 1). Taxes will decline on average across all income groups." (Frank Sammartino, Philip Stallworth, and David Weiner, "The Effect Of The TCJA Individual Income Tax Provisions Across Income Groups And Across The States," Tax Policy Center , 3/28/18)

In 2018, 65 Percent Of Taxpayers Will Receive A Tax Cut From The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act Averaging About $2,200. "We estimate that in 2018, just under 65 percent of taxpayers will receive a tax cut from the included individual income tax provisions-averaging about $2,200-and about 6 percent will see an average tax increase of about $2,800 (table 2)." (Frank Sammartino, Philip Stallworth, and David Weiner, "The Effect Of The TCJA Individual Income Tax Provisions Across Income Groups And Across The States," Tax Policy Center , 3/28/18)

A Single Taxpayer Making $50,000 Paid Biweekly Would See An Increase In Their Paycheck Of $96.44 Or About $48.22 Per Week. "Let's say that you're a single taxpayer and you earn $50,000 per year, paid biweekly. For each pay period, you earn $1,923.08 before any taxes are withheld. When you filled out your employment paperwork, you claimed two allowances we find that your per-paycheck withholding should drop to $168.09. Your paychecks should go up by about $96.44 because of the lower federal withholding called for by the tax-law changes." (Matthew Frankel, "Paycheck Bump Coming Soon -- Here's How Much You Can Expect," USA Today , 1/16/18)

Over 540 Companies Have Pledged To Give Their Employees Pay Raises, Bonuses, Or Increased 401(K) Contributions As A Result Of The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act; And At Least 4 Million Employees Will Receive Bonuses. "Thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Passed by the Republican Congress and signed into law by President Trump, below are 540 examples of pay raises, bonuses, 401(k) match increases, expansions, and utility rate reductions." ("List Of Tax Reform Good News," Americans For Tax Reform, 5/21/18)

Democratic Lawmakers Have Dismissed Bonuses Offered By Companies In The Wake Of The Tax Bill's Passage As A "Public Relations Stunt." "But Democratic lawmakers and corporate watchdogs say the move is a public relations stunt that pales in comparison to the profits the companies' shareholders and executives will reap because of the lower tax rates." ("Bonuses For Some Workers After Tax Bill Passes," CBS News , 12/26/17)

Following The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act Apple Gave Its Employees A Bonus Of $2,500 Worth Of Restricted Stock Units, And Pledged To Invest $30 Billion In The U.S. Economy Over The Next Five Years, Adding 20,000 New Jobs. "Apple Inc. told employees Wednesday that it's issuing a bonus of $2,500 worth of restricted stock units, following the introduction of the new U.S. tax law, according to people familiar with the matter. The iPhone maker will begin issuing stock grants to most employees worldwide in the coming months, said the people, who asked not to be identified because they weren't authorized to speak publicly. The move comes on the same day Apple said it would bring back most of its cash from overseas and spend $30 billion in the U.S. over the next five years, funding an additional technical support campus, data centers and 20,000 new employees. Apple confirmed the bonuses in response to a Bloomberg inquiry Wednesday." (Mark Gurman, "Apple Gives Employees $2,500 Bonuses After New Tax Law," Bloomberg , 1/17/18)

Apple's Headquarters Is Located In Pelosi's Home State Of California. "The centerpiece of Apple Inc.'s new headquarters is a massive, ring-shaped office overflowing with panes of glass, a testament to the company's famed design-obsessed aesthetic. There's been one hiccup since it opened last year: Apple employees keep smacking into the glass. Surrounding the building, located in Cupertino, California, are 45-foot tall curved panels of safety glass." (Mark Bergen, "Apple's New Spaceship Campus Has One Flaw - And It Hurts," Bloomberg , 2/16/18)

Pelosi Referred To The Bonuses And Raises Received By Millions Of Americans Due To Tax Reform As "Crumbs" And "Pathetic" And Promised To Raise Taxes If Democrats Take Control Of The House In 2018

When Asked If She Would Raise Taxes, Pelosi Said That Was "Accurate." POLITICO's JAKE SHERMAN: "You would like to institute a single payer health care program and cancel, raise taxes, I think they mean roll back the tax cuts that they passed this year. What do you think of that?" REP. PELOSI: "Well the second part is accurate. I do think that we should revisit tax legislation." (Nancy Pelosi, Remarks At Politico Playbook Interview , Washington, DC, 5/8/18)

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Pelosi Called The Higher Wages And Bonuses People Have Received From Tax Reform "Crumbs" And "So Pathetic." REPORTER: "Leader Pelosi, a number of companies are attributing the tax bill for being able to give higher wages to their employees as well as being able to give a number of bonuses to their employees. How do you respond to that?" REP. PELOSI: "In terms of the bonus that corporate America received versus the crumbs that they are giving to workers to kind of put the schmooze on is so pathetic." (Nancy Pelosi, Remarks At Press Conference, Washington, DC, 1/11/18)

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Pelosi Said Tax Reform Put The Future Of "Tiny Tim" In Danger. REP. PELOSI: "Like Tiny Tim, Simon and his family now find their future in danger because of the greed of those with power, the cruelty that is in the heart of the tax scam." (Nancy Pelosi, Remarks On The House Floor, Washington, DC, 12/20/17)

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Pelosi Equated The Tax Bill To The End Of The World, Calling It Economic "Armageddon." "Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) hammered the Republicans' tax-code overhaul Monday evening as a culture-shaking economic 'armageddon' that would haunt the working class for years to come. Flanked by other top Democrats in the Capitol, the minority leader blasted Republicans for championing a tax proposal she equated to 'the end of the world.'" (Mike Lillis, "Pelosi Denounces GOP Tax Reform As 'Armageddon,'" The Hill , 12/4/17)

The "Crumbs" That House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Claimed That Ordinary Americans Would Receive From The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act In January Amounted To $30 Billion. "Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said ordinary Americans would only get "crumbs" from the Trump cuts. The federal agency that does the math says those crumbs amounted to as much as $30 billion in January." (Jeffry Bartash, "Crumbs? Bonuses Tied To Trump Tax Cuts Said To Boost U.S. Incomes By $30 Billion," Market Watch , 3/3/18)

IF DEMOCRATS RETAKE THE HOUSE, SPEAKER PELOSI WOULD BRING BACK THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE AND MOVE FURTHER TOWARDS A SINGLE PAYER SYSTEM

Obamacare Has Been Called Part Of Nancy Pelosi's "Legacy" As Speaker

The Affordable Care Act Required "Most Americans" To Have Health Insurance, Added 16 Million People To Medicaid, Subsidized Private Coverage For Low Income Families, And Cost The Federal Government $938 Billion Over 10 Years. "The health care bill would require most Americans to have health insurance, would add 16 million people to the Medicaid rolls and would subsidize private coverage for low- and middle-income people, at a cost to the government of $938 billion over 10 years, the Congressional Budget Office said." (Robert Pear and David M. Herszenhorn, "Obama Hails Vote On Health Care As Answering 'The Call Of History,'" The New York Times , 3/21/10)

  • The Bill Required Employers To Offer Coverage To Employees Or Suffer A Financial Penalty. "The bill would require many employers to offer coverage to employees or pay a penalty. Each state would set up a marketplace, or exchange, where consumers without such coverage could shop for insurance meeting federal standards." (Robert Pear and David M. Herszenhorn, "Obama Hails Vote On Health Care As Answering 'The Call Of History,'" The New York Times , 3/21/10)

The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act Repealed The Enforcement Of The Individual Mandate Of The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act Starting In 2019. "The individual mandate's enforcement was repealed, effective in 2019, as part of a major tax bill passed by Congress last month. The mandate remains in effect for 2018." (Dan Mangan, "Trump Touts Repeal Of Key Part In 'Disastrous Obamacare' - The Individual Mandate," CNBC, 1/30/18)

  • President Trump Called The Individual Mandate A "Cruel Tax" On The Middle Class. "'We eliminated an especially cruel tax that fell mostly on Americans making less than $50,000 a year, forcing them to pay tremendous penalties simply because they could not afford government-ordered health plans,' Trump said in the House chamber. 'We repealed the core of disastrous Obamacare. The individual mandate is now gone.'" (Dylan Scott, "Trump's State Of The Union Claims About Obamacare's Individual Mandate, Fact-Checked," Vox , 1/30/18)

On May 4, Pelosi Claimed Democrats Want To "Improve And Update The Affordable Care Act." "Democrats believe Americans deserve A Better Deal, including bold action to drive down the cost of prescription drugs that burdens seniors and families everywhere. Republicans should join Democrats to improve and update the Affordable Care Act, bring down Americans' health care costs and expand the availability of affordable, quality coverage to more Americans." (Press Release, "Pelosi Statement On Anniversary Of House Passage Of Trumpcare," Rep. Nancy Pelosi , 5/4/18)

Pelosi Has Claimed The Affordable Care Act Took Care Of "The Great Unfinished Business Of Our Society," Claiming Health Care "Is A Right And Not A Privilege." "Winding up the debate, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said: 'After a year of debate and hearing the calls of millions of Americans, we have come to this historic moment. Today we have the opportunity to complete the great unfinished business of our society and pass health insurance reform for all Americans that is a right and not a privilege.'" (Robert Pear and David M. Herszenhorn, "Obama Hails Vote On Health Care As Answering 'The Call Of History,'" The New York Times , 3/21/10)

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) Said "Clearly, Obamacare Is Part Of Nancy Pelosi's Legacy." "'Clearly, Obamacare is part of Nancy's legacy,' said Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.). 'Nancy is a very skilled tactician and strategist, and Democrats need both right now.'" (Heather Caygle and John Bresnahan, "Pelosi Battles GOP To Save Obamacare-And Her Legacy," Politico , 3/8/17)

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) Said The Affordable Care Act "Would Not Have Gotten Through Without" Pelosi. "'This is a very big deal. She shepherded it through, it would not have gotten through without her,' Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said." (Heather Caygle and John Bresnahan, "Pelosi Battles GOP To Save Obamacare-And Her Legacy," Politico , 3/8/17)

Pelosi Once Claimed The Affordable Care Act Was "Bringing The Cost Of Health Care In Our Country Down." REP. PELOSI: "Many of the initiatives that he passed are what are coming to bear now, including the Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Act is bringing the cost of health care in our country down in both the public and private sector." (Becky Bowers, "Nancy Pelosi Says Obamacare Is Bringing Down Health Care Costs," Politifact , 5/16/13)

Pelosi Has Claimed Obamacare Is " A Bridge To European-Style Universal Coverage, " A Proposal Which Has The Support Of Pelosi And Her Fellow Leaders In The House

Pelosi Has Long Supported A Single-Payer System And Believed That The Affordable Care Act Could Be "A Bridge To European-Style Universal Coverage." "'I supported single-payer since before you were born,' said Pelosi, who has argued since the passage of the Affordable Care Act that it could be a bridge to European-style universal coverage." (David Weigel, "With AHCA Defeat, Some Democrats See Chance To Push For Universal Coverage," The Washington Post , 3/26/17)

Democrats Have Embraced A "Government Takeover Of Health Care." "Now, cast out of power in Washington and most state capitals, Democrats and activist leaders seeking political redemption have embraced an unlikely-seeming cause: an actual government takeover of health care." (Alexander Burns and Jennifer Medina, "The Single-Payer Party? Democrats Shift Left On Health Care," The New York Times , 6/3/17)

"Most House Democrats Have Now Endorsed A Single-Payer Proposal ." "In a sign of shifting sympathies, most House Democrats have now endorsed a single-payer proposal." (Alexander Burns and Jennifer Medina, "The Single-Payer Party? Democrats Shift Left On Health Care," The New York Times , 6/3/17)

Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) Introduced "H.R.676 - Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act" Which "Establishes A Medicare For All Program." "This bill [H.R. 676] establishes the Medicare for All Program to provide all individuals residing in the United States and U.S. territories with free health care that includes all medically necessary care, such as primary care and prevention, dietary and nutritional therapies, prescription drugs, emergency care, long-term care, mental health services, dental services, and vision care." ("H.R.676 - Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act," Congress.gov , Accessed 6/25/17)

  • The Bill Has 122 Democratic Co-Sponsors Which Includes Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) And Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC). ("H.R.676 - Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act," Congress.gov , Accessed 5/23/18)
  • Ellison Is The Deputy Chair Of The DNC. "Tom Perez used his first motion as chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) on Saturday to appoint his top rival for the position, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), as deputy chair of the DNC." (Jesse Byrnes, "Perez Appoints Ellison Deputy DNC Chair," The Hill , 2/25/17)
  • Clyburn Is The National Mobilization Chair For The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). "The Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn will be National Mobilization Chair." ("Democratic House And Caucus Leadership,"DCCC, Accessed 6/26/17)

During The 2016 Presidential Campaign, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) Released His Single-Payer Health Care Plan. "Bernie Sanders released the details of his 'Medicare for all' single-payer health care plan just two hours before the Democratic debate here on Sunday night, escalating the bitter wrangling over health care with Hillary Clinton." (Gabriel Debenedetti, "Sanders, Clinton Clash Over His New 'Medicare For All' Plan, Politico , 1/17/16)

The Urban Institute's Health Policy Center Estimated Sanders' Health Care Plan Would Cost $32 Trillion Over Ten Years. "In total, federal spending would increase by about $2.5 trillion (257.6 percent) in 2017. Federal expenditures would increase by about $32.0 trillion (232.7 percent) between 2017 and 2026..[.]" (John Holahan, et al., "The Sanders Single-Payer HealthCare Plan," The Urban Institute , 5/16)

IF ELECTED SPEAKER, PELOSI WOULD OPPOSE BORDER SECURITY, SUPPORT SANCTUARY CITIES, AND PUT THE INTERESTS OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS OVER HER CONSTITUENTS

In The Past, Pelosi Has Put Illegal Immigrants Ahead Of Americans By Defending MS-13 Gang Members And Supporting A Government Shutdown For DREAMERS

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Defended MS-13 Gang Members When She Said "Calling People Animals Is Not A Good Thing." REP. PELOSI: "And so when the President of the United States says about undocumented immigrants, 'these aren't people, these are animals,' you have to wonder, does he not believe in the spark of divinity, the dignity and worth of every person? 'These aren't people, these are animals,' the President of the United States… Calling people animals is not a good thing." (Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Remarks At A Press Conference, Washington, DC, 5/17/18)

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Pelosi Said "Democrats Will Insist On Safeguards For Those In The DACA Program" In The House Spending Bill. "Speaking to reporters in the Capitol, Pelosi said Democrats will insist on safeguards for those in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program before the holiday recess, suggesting Republicans will be on their own to prevent a government shutdown if that language is excluded. 'We will not leave here without a DACA fix,' Pelosi said." (Mike Lillis, "Pelosi: We're Not Leaving Town Without DACA Fix," The Hill , 12/7/17)

Pelosi Said "We Will Not Leave Here Without A DACA Fix." NANCY PELOSI: "We will not leave here without a DACA fix." (Nancy Pelosi, Remarks At Press Conference, Washington, D.C., 12/7/17)

Pelosi: "Democrats Won't Provide Votes To Help The Republicans" Pass The Spending Bill. "In what may be a preview of the next round of budget votes, Pelosi said Democrats won't provide votes to help the Republicans pass Thursday's continuing resolution, citing the exclusion of not only the DACA fix, but a host of other provisions Democrats deem must-pass this year. That list includes the reauthorization of a popular children's healthcare program and funding to combat the opioid crisis and provide emergency relief to victims of hurricanes and wildfires, among other things. 'The reason why: Because it does nothing about the opioid epidemic; it has nothing about veterans funding; nothing about CHIP ... nothing about the Dream Act ... emergency disaster funding; saving some of the pensions,' she said." (Mike Lillis, "Pelosi: We're Not Leaving Town Without DACA Fix," The Hill , 12/7/17)

Pelosi Voted Against The Budget Extension On January 19 Along With All But Six Members Of The Democratic Delegation. (H.R. 195, Roll Call Vote #33 : Passed 230- 197; R 224-11; D 6-186; 1/19/18, Pelosi Voted Nay)

Pelosi Suggests "Mowing The Grass" As An Alternative Security Measure To The Wall And Supports Sanctuary Cities

Pelosi Suggested "Mowing The Grass" Along The U.S.-Mexico Border As A Solution To The Border Security Crisis. REP. PELOSI: "But again, let's sit down and talk this through and see what makes sense. Not some commitment to a promise that we're going to build a wall and Mexico is going to pay for it. That's never going to happen. But let's talk about where a more serious structure might be necessary, where fencing will do, or mowing the grass so that people can't be smuggled through the grass - that's something. Levies, technology, personnel." (Nancy Pelosi, Remarks At An Interview With The Arizona Republic, Phoeniz, AZ, 2/20/18)

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In 2017, Pelosi Called A Border Wall "Immoral," "Expensive," And "Unwise." REP. PELOSI: "The wall is, in my view, immoral, expensive, unwise, and when the president says, 'Well, I promised a wall during my campaign.' I don't think he said he was going to pass billions of dollars of cost of the wall on to the taxpayer." (NBC's " Meet The Press ," 4/23/17)

In 2017, 166 House Democrats Voted Against Kate's Law, Which Would Have Increased Prison Sentences For Undocumented Immigrants Who Repeatedly Enter The United States Illegally. (H.R. 3004, Roll Call Vote #344 , Passed 257-167: R: 233-1; D:24-166, 6/29/17)

  • Pelosi Voted Against Kate's Law. (H.R. 3004, Roll Call Vote #344 , Passed 257-167: R: 233-1; D:24-166, 6/29/17)

Pelosi Said "People Don't Understand" That Sanctuary Cities "Help Law Enforcement" And "Help Public Safety." "'People don't understand-the one problem I think the current occupant of the White House-they don't understand that sanctuary cities is [sic] what helps law enforcement. It helps public safety,' Pelosi said." (Charles Russell, "Pelosi On White House Immigration Framework: 'A Campaign To Make America White Again,'" Washington Free Beacon , 1/26/18)

In 2017, 188 House Democrats Voted Against The No Sanctuary For Criminals Act, Which Would Restrict The Ability Of States And Localities To Receive Federal Grants If They Refused To Comply Or Interfered In The Enforcement Of Federal Immigration Laws. "A state or political subdivision not in compliance with such immigration enforcement provisions shall be ineligible to receive grants or assistance for: (1) incarceration of undocumented aliens; (2) the Cops on the Beat program; (3) the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice program; or (4) any Department of Justice (DOJ) or Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grant substantially related to law enforcement, terrorism, national security, immigration, or naturalization." ("H.R. 3003 - No Sanctuary For Criminals Act," Congress.gov , Accessed On 2/6/18)

  • Pelosi Voted Against The No Sanctuary For Criminals Act. (H.R. 3003, Roll Call Vote #342 , Passed 228-195: R: 225-7; D:188-3, 6/29/17)

PELOSI SUPPORTS LIBERAL SOCIAL POLICIES INCLUDING A $15 MINIMUM WAGE

Even Though It Will Cost Her Home State Of California 400,000 Jobs, Pelosi Supports A $15 Minimum Wage

Pelosi Has Promised A $15 Minimum Wage Within The First 100 Hours Of The Next Congress If Democrats Retake The House. "House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday vowed to take up a $15 minimum wage in the first 100 hours of the next Congress if Democrats take back the chamber next year." (Elana Schor, "Pelosi: Dems Will Pass $15 Minimum Wage If We Take Power," Politico , 5/25/17)

Pelosi Said "Twelve Dollars May Be What Can Pass, But I'm For $15 Per Hour." "'Twelve dollars may be what can pass, but I'm for $15 per hour,' Pelosi said as she headed into the weekly Democratic Caucus meeting in the Capitol, according to her office." (Mike Lillis, "Dem Leader Pelosi Backs $15 Minimum Wage," The Hill , 7/28/15)

Pelosi's Commitment To A $15 Minimum Wage Aligns Her With Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) On The Issue Which Has "Broad Democratic Support." "Pelosi endorsed a $15 minimum wage in 2015, aligning with Bernie Sanders on an issue that became a foundation of the Vermont independent senator's unsuccessful bid for last year's Democratic presidential nomination. The broad Democratic support for Thursday's minimum wage hike illustrates the extent of Sanders' influence on the agenda of the party whose leadership he has joined - without formally becoming a Democrat." (Elana Schor, "Pelosi: Dems Will Pass $15 Minimum Wage If We Take Power," Politico , 5/25/17)

The Shift To A $15 Minimum Wage Is Championed By The Leaders Of The Progressive Caucus. "Pelosi's endorsement is also something of a departure from an earlier strategy by Democratic leaders to unify around a lesser rate. In April, top Democrats - including Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) and Labor Secretary Thomas Perez - had rallied behind legislation hiking the wage to $12 per hour. But since then, liberals in both chambers - including Sanders, a 2016 presidential hopeful, and the leaders of the Progressive Caucus - have introduced legislation pushing the rate to the $15 level by 2020." (Mike Lillis, "Dem Leader Pelosi Backs $15 Minimum Wage," The Hill , 7/28/15)

The Minimum Wage In Pelosi's Home State Of California Was Raised To $15 In 2016. "A deal to raise California's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022 was reached Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown and state legislators, making the nation's largest state the first to lift base earnings to that level and propelling a campaign to lift the pay floor nationally." (Paul Davidson, "California Reaches Deal On $15 Minimum Wage," USA Today , 3/28/16)

Pelosi Praised California's Raise In Minimum Wage And Used It As An Opportunity To Call For A Higher Minimum Wage At The Federal Level. "Meanwhile, the federal minimum wage has been frozen at a scant $7.25 for nearly seven years. While we have secured vital progress for the workers of California, hard-working families across America are still waiting for a long-overdue pay raise. As California leads the way toward bigger paychecks for working families, the need for Congressional action is clearer than ever." (Press Release, "Pelosi Statement on Signing of California's $15 Minimum Wage Law," Rep. Nancy Pelosi , 4/4/16)

California Is On Track To Lose About 400,000 Jobs As A Result Of The Implementation Of A $15 Minimum Wage. "Based on the state's historical minimum wage experience, they estimate California will lose approximately 400,000 jobs by 2022 when $15 is phased in. Retail and food service employees are hit especially hard by wage increases; nearly half of all job loss comes from these industries." (Michael Saltsman, "Why The $15 Minimum Wage Will Cost California 400,000 Jobs," Forbes , 12/15/17)


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