For the first time the U.S. House of Representatives has a woman as Speaker - number two in line of succession to the presidency. She easily has the toughest job in American politics today, though President Bush may be a close second in the tough job category - can he prove his policies and programs have relevance? A question for you, dear readers, follows.
The Democrats elected Pelosi by a slim margin of 29 votes to the leadership position. Democrats are pushing for an ambitious agenda for the first 100 hours of the 110th Congress. Here is a summary of their plans:
* Good Government: Cutting off lobbyist gifts and restoring fairness and transparency in the way laws are passed
* Fiscal Responsibility: Stop recklessly driving up the national debt
* National Security: Implement all of the 9/11 Commission security recommendations
* Fighting Poverty: Increase minimum wage to $7.25 an hour, helping 15 million working families
* Health Research: Increased funding and availability for stem cell research
* Affordable Health Care: Negotiate for lower prices on prescription drugs, passing savings on to seniors
* Education Access: Cut interest on federal student loans in half
* Clean Energy: Cut oil company subsidies and invest in safe alternatives
And you can go here for a more detailed account.
How much - if any - of these legislative plans will be adopted?