Speaker Nancy Pelosi

U.S. House of Representatives

Pelosi Announces Opening Session of 110th Congress

November 21, 2006
Press Release
Washington, D.C. - Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi announced today that the House of Representatives will open the first session of the 110th Congress on January 4, 2007 and will remain in session for several weeks in January to take up crucial legislation that will address the urgent priorities of the American people.

'From economic security to national security, the American people have resoundingly called for a New Direction.  It is imperative that we waste no time in addressing the pressing needs facing our nation,' Pelosi said.  'In the first 100 legislative hours, Democrats will get to work immediately to restore civility, integrity, and fiscal responsibility to the House, while increasing prosperity, opportunity, and security for all Americans.'

Included in House Democrats' first 100 legislative hours are:

  • Draining the swamp - break the link between lobbyists and legislation and commit to pay-as-you-go budgeting, no new deficit spending
  • Making America more secure - implement the independent 9/11 Commission recommendations
  • Giving Americans a raise - increase the minimum wage
  • Making college more affordable - cut the interest rate in half on federally subsidized student loans
  • Making health care more affordable - negotiate for lower prescription drug prices
  • Ending subsidies for Big Oil
  • Giving hope to families with devastating diseases - allow stem cell research