How will you implement your innovation platform?
Since 1987, Nancy Pelosi has represented California's Eighth District in the House of Representatives. The Eighth District includes most of the City of San Francisco including Golden Gate Park, Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, and many of the diverse neighborhoods that make San Francisco a vibrant and prosperous community. Overwhelmingly elected by her colleagues in the fall of 2002 as Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi is the first woman in American history to lead a major party in the U.S. Congress.
Before being elected Leader, she served as House Democratic Whip for one year and was responsible for the party's legislative strategy in the House. On January 4, 2007, Nancy Pelosi was elected Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. She has been a proponent of increased investments in health research and authored legislation to create an independent national commission to assess the overall performance of the federal government before, during, and after the September 11 attacks.
Question: How will you implement your innovation platform?
Nancy Pelosi: The policy has been passed overwhelmingly for innovation agenda. Even with the opposition of the Republican leadership, we had a majority of the Republicans voting with us. So from a policy standpoint it's passed the Congress. It was called the COMPETES Act [The America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science Act (COMPETES)].
It's paying for it that is a problem for the President of the United States [George W. Bush]. They don't want to pay any bills.
And so these investments in research and development and education that are essential to innovation, that our country needs, need to be paid for. We put some money of that into the supplemental, calling an emergency, putting it in the supplemental--not enough, but a signal that science and research and development is essential to innovation and we intend to follow through.
Recorded on: June 24, 2008
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