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27

Feb

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers unveiled Tuesday a statue of civil rights legend Rosa Parks that will stand in National Statuary Hall.
Rosa Parks is famous for refusing to give up her seat to a white man on an Alabama public bus in 1955. She died in 2005 and became the first woman to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol rotunda.
"We celebrate a seamstress slight in stature but mighty in courage," President Barack Obama said. "She defied the odds. She defied injustice. In a single moment, with the simplest of gestures, she helped change America and change the world."
Obama was joined by House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, members of the Parks family and other top officials.
“May this statue long be at tribute to her strength and spirit, her legacy and her leadership,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said. 
Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., a civil rights leader, said the rights Parks fought for could be rolled back, referring to the Supreme Court case being heard today that could invalidate parts of the Voting Rights Act.
Parks was a symbol of the civil rights movement that reached its climax in the 1960s, when she collaborated with the NAACP and other famous figures like Martin Luther King Jr.
—Marshall Cohen

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers unveiled Tuesday a statue of civil rights legend Rosa Parks that will stand in National Statuary Hall.

Rosa Parks is famous for refusing to give up her seat to a white man on an Alabama public bus in 1955. She died in 2005 and became the first woman to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol rotunda.

"We celebrate a seamstress slight in stature but mighty in courage," President Barack Obama said. "She defied the odds. She defied injustice. In a single moment, with the simplest of gestures, she helped change America and change the world."

Obama was joined by House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, members of the Parks family and other top officials.

“May this statue long be at tribute to her strength and spirit, her legacy and her leadership,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said. 

Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., a civil rights leader, said the rights Parks fought for could be rolled back, referring to the Supreme Court case being heard today that could invalidate parts of the Voting Rights Act.

Parks was a symbol of the civil rights movement that reached its climax in the 1960s, when she collaborated with the NAACP and other famous figures like Martin Luther King Jr.

—Marshall Cohen

11

Jul

In a press conference this morning, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi criticized Republicans for wasting the House’s time on a vote to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act. Representatives are debating on the House floor now, and the final vote is expected this afternoon. The House has voted more than 30 times to repeal all or part of the law. 

- Elizabeth Bunn and Jenna Barnes, Medill News Service

29

Jun

ROOT, ROOT, ROOT FOR THE DEMS, PELOSI CHEERS

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., cheers on the Democrats at the 51st annual CQ-Roll Call congressional baseball game at Nationals Park. The Democrats walloped the Republicans, with a final score of 18-5.

— Malena Caruso/Medill News Service

28

Jun

HOUSE TO HOLDER: YOU’RE IN CONTEMPT

The Republican-led House voted Thursday 255-67, with one member abstaining, to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to respond to a subpoena in the Fast and Furious gun inquiry. President Barack Obama has invoked executive privilege to keep the Justice Department from turning over internal documents in the failed Arizona-based border mission. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and more than 100 other Democrats walked out in protest of the vote. Full coverage of the historic vote from Medill reporters Samson Adams, Elizabeth Bunn and Shaina Humphries will appear later on medilldc.net.

— Simone Del Rosario/Medill News Service

PELOSI REACTS — After the Supreme Court’s landmark decision, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday said those wanting to overturn the Affordable Care Act are “contemptible” and she encouraged her colleagues in Congress to move ahead. Pelosi, who was Speaker of the House when President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul passed, has been a vocal advocate for reform.

— Meghan Schiller/Medill News Service

17

Jan

New session of Congress: Plans abound

2012 Congress: Much ado about nothing

http://medillonthehill.net/2012/01/2012-congress-much-ado-about-nothing/

Hoyer: GOP should learn from ‘black eye’ as Congress reconvenes

http://medillonthehill.net/2012/01/divided-agenda-do-nothing-congress-starts-new-session/