President Joe Biden gushed over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., at an event on Sunday evening.
“It’s wonderful to see Speaker Pelosi,” Biden said at the 2021 Kennedy Center Honors event.
“I’m mildly prejudiced. I think she’s the finest speaker in the history of the country,” Biden continued.
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During Biden’s first year in office, Pelosi managed a slim Democratic majority in the House and managed to pass several major pieces of legislation.
In March, the House passed Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan designed to boost the economic recovery as well as provide funds to speed up vaccinations against the virus.
After that legislation, House Democrats squabbled for months over the bipartisan infrastructure bull and social spending package.
Progressive lawmakers sought assurances that the Senate would pass the roughly $2 trillion Build Back Better Act, a spending package, before they voted for the smaller infrastructure bill.
In October, meanwhile, the president and the Speaker pressed House Democrats to pass both measures.
“I don’t think it’s hyperbole to say that the House and Senate majorities and my presidency will be determined by what happens in the next week,” Biden reportedly told lawmakers then.
But despite the pressure campaign, Pelosi was forced to cancel the vote after resistance from her party’s left-wing faction. But the chamber went on to pass the infrastructure bill Nov. 5 and send it to Biden for signature.
Two weeks later, the House narrowly voted to pass Biden’s Build Back Better Act; every Republican and one Democrat voted against it.
Pelosi then spurred some speculation that she is planning to retire at the end of her current term, telling reporters, “I just told members of my leadership that the reconciliation bill was a culmination of my service in Congress because it was about the children.”
After a reporter said the word “culmination” usually refers to the end of something, Pelosi responded: “Get out of here.”
Some Republicans have speculated that Pelosi may be headed for the exits because her party is set to lose its House majority during the 2022 midterms.
House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik of New York lambasted Nancy Pelosi in late July ahead of the first meeting of the Speaker’s 1/6 Committee, as several other top GOP members piled on as well.
Claiming that Pelosi “is the most disliked elected official in America,” Stefanik went on to suggest that her days in the Speaker’s chair are numbered ahead of the 2022 midterms.
“She always puts her own partisan politics over what’s best for the American people,” Stefanik added. “She is an authoritarian who has broken the people’s House. She is a lame-duck Speaker and everyone knows it.
“The reason why Pelosi is refusing to seat accomplished and well-respected, hard-working Republicans like Jim Jordan and Jim Banks is because she doesn’t want the American people to know the truth or learn the facts” about what happened the day of the Capitol protest, she added.
Former Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., meanwhile, called Pelosi the “greatest threat to constitutional liberty” he has seen in his lifetime.
“As a 20-year member of Congress and four-year Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, let me speak bluntly and directly,” Gingrich noted in an August column.
“Speaker Nancy Pelosi is the greatest threat to constitutional liberty in our lifetime,” he added.
Gingrich knocked the California Democrat for iron-fisted rule over the House that he said was more akin to dictators like the Castro brothers in Cuba or Chinese President Xi Jinping before going on to list a number of recent examples.