Preparing to shatter the highest marble ceiling in US: Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi

Pelosi and a group of women lawmakers took the podium to celebrate the historic occasion of Hillary Clinton being nominated as the first woman presidential candidate.

By: PTI | Philadelphia | Published: July 27, 2016 7:51 am
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks on the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., July 26, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks on the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US. (Source: Reuters)

Americans are now preparing to shatter the highest and strongest marble ceiling in the country, Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi said after the Presidential nomination of Hillary Clinton at the party’s national convention .

Her sentiments were echoed by a group of Democratic women lawmakers who hailed the party’s “historic” decision. “In 1776, not very far from Philadelphia , our founding fathers created our nation. Ninety-six years ago, America’s women first won the right to vote…We are preparing to shatter the highest, strongest, marble ceiling in our country, by electing Hillary Clinton President of the United States,” Pelosi said.

She is the first woman to be elected as the Speaker of the US House of Representatives. Moments after Clinton was nominated as the first women presidential candidate of a major party, Pelosi and a group of women lawmakers took the podium to celebrate the historic occasion. “When women succeed, America succeeds,” they said one after other in brief speeches.

Americans need Clinton in the White House, said California Senator Barbara Boxer. “Are you ready to elect the first woman President of the United States? I am beyond ready!” she exclaimed.

“We need Hillary in the White House! We need a president who knows it’s just plain wrong that women make 79 cents for every dollar paid to a man. And yet her opponent refuses to support equal pay because ‘the marketplace is going to make sure of it. Well, its 2016 and we’re still waiting!” Boxer said.

“Democrats are fighting back against the Republicans anti-woman crusade. Its 2016, and American women are not going back, we are moving forward,” said Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky from Illinois.

“Women of colour, and women veterans are quickly transforming the face of entrepreneurship in our country. They need the capital to grow and the tools to thrive,” said Congresswoman Nydia M Velazquez.

“Hillary Clinton has a plan that will ensure all of America’s small businesses can compete and succeed in the global economy. Because Hillary sides with the little guy, that is why I am with her,” she said, repeating Hillary’s campaign slogan.

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Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman said: “Democrats led by Hillary Clinton, know that we must make college more affordable and lift the crushing burden of student debt, that weighs on the futures of many young Americans and their families. America is stronger when everyone has a chance to succeed.”

“As Democrats, we believe that we have a responsibility to insure every veteran gets the support, the healthcare, the education and the job training he or she needs to succeed. “And we’re proud to stand by Hillary Clinton, a candidate with clear plans to improve the lives of our veterans,” said Congresswoman Lois Frankel.

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For Congresswoman Katherine M Clark, Clinton’s nomination meant a stronger America that is free from the grip of the gun lobby. “Ninety-one Americans are killed by gun violence every day. Republicans and the big money gun lobby shouldn’t be blocking common sense legislation to keep guns out of the wrong hands. We held a sit-in but now it’s time to stand up and stand together to demand change,”” she said.

Stephanie Murphy, a Congressional candidate from Florida said Democrats know a stronger America means confronting the threats abroad without blinking and without undermining their value.

“Democrats are strengthening our fight against terror, by working with our allies, not abandoning them. Democrats know, we need to be strong and smart, to destroy ISIS and protect America, not reckless and rash.

“Democrats are insuring our military has the resources they need to do their job and our military know how to do their job better than anyone else in the world,” she said.

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