Speaker Nancy Pelosi

U.S. House of Representatives

Pelosi Statement on President Trump’s Reversal on Proposed Rescissions

August 22, 2019
Press Release

San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the President agreed to abandon his short-sighted proposed State Department rescissions package:

"The President’s proposed State Department rescissions package was harmful to our national security, opposed by the Chairs and Ranking Members of the Committees of jurisdiction on a bipartisan basis and a violation of the good faith of our budget negotiations as it sought to override the Congress’s most fundamental Constitutional power of the purse.  It was also clearly illegal, as stated by the Government Accountability Office.

"It is important for us all to recognize first and foremost our national security interests and Congress’s Constitutional power of the purse as was acknowledged in a bipartisan way in the rescission discussion, as we move forward in the upcoming budget negotiations."