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Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (C) is joined by (L-R) Rep.
Linda Sanchez (D-CA), House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD),
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) and Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) for a news
conference in the House Vistiors Center in the U.S. Capitol March
24, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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  • House minority leader Nancy Pelosi was jubilant as she
    celebrated the Democratic Party’s comeback in the House of
    Representatives following Tuesday’s midterm elections.
  • Pelosi said Democrats would work to restore checks and
    balances and be a buffer against Senate majority leader Mitch
    McConnell’s “assault” on Medicare, Medicaid, affordable
    healthcare, and on Americans with pre-existing conditions.
  • “Let’s hear more for pre-existing medical conditions,” she
    said, as the crowd broke into applause.

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi struck a jubilant tone late
Tuesday night when she celebrated Democrats flipping the House of
Representatives in the closely watched midterm elections.

“Today is more than about Democrats and Republicans,” Pelosi
said. “It’s about restoring the Constitution and checks and
balances to the Trump administration. It’s about stopping the GOP
and [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell’s assault on
Medicare, Medicaid, affordable health care, and millions of
Americans living with pre-existing medical conditions.”

Pelosi added, “Let’s hear more for pre-existing medical
conditions,” as the crowd broke into applause.

Just after 10 p.m. ET, multiple media outlets projected that
Democrats had flipped a dozen red seats in all corners of the
country — including in Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, and
Colorado.

Tuesday night’s results mark a comeback for the Democratic Party,
which last held control of the House in 2010, and will
fundamentally shift the balance of power in Washington.

Flipping seats in every corner of the country, Democrats beat
Republican incumbents with an energized and expanded voter base
fueled by the anti-Trump resistance movement. A surge in
millennial and black voters, coupled with a deep gender gap,
helped propel Democrats to victory in dramatically different
districts.

And Democrats ran the most diverse slate of candidates for the
House in US history. Women and people of color made
up nearly
60%
 of Democratic House candidates.

Enthusiasm for Tuesday’s elections — exhibited in huge voter
turnout — reached levels unprecedented in modern history with 28
states far exceeding (and some doubling) 2014 midterm turnout.


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“In stark contrast to the GOP Congress,” Pelosi said Tuesday, “a
Democratic Congress will be led with transparency and openness.
So that the public can see what’s happening and how it affects
them and that they can weigh in with the members of Congress and
with the President of the United States.”

Pelosi added that Democrats would hold the president accountable
and strive for bipartisanship when possible.

“We will have a responsibility to find our common ground where we
can, stand our ground where we can’t, but we must try,” she said.
“A Democratic Congress will work for solutions that bring us
together because we have all had enough of division.”

Earlier Tuesday, Pelosi cautioned against speculation that
Democrats will impeach Trump now that they’ve regained control of
the House.

Asked about the move, Pelosi said, “It depends on what happens in
the [Special Counsel Robert] Mueller investigation, but that is
not unifying and I get criticized in my own party for not being
in support of it. But I’m not. If that happens, it would have to
be bipartisan, and the evidence would have to be so conclusive.”

Pelosi said she and other Democrats would instead focus on
addressing the concerns of everyday voters.

“They want to see us working to get that done for them,” Pelosi
said. “They want resolve. They want peace, and that’s what we’ll
bring them.”

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