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Pelosi Warns Of 'diminished Options' For New Congress

Nancy Pelosi gave her first post-election press conference Wednesday, offering a sober analysis of the Democratic agenda in the near term.

“Many of our options have been diminished because of the downturn in the economy over the last couple months,” Pelosi said.

Pelosi said the economy is “the top item” on the agenda moving forward and said she plans to continue to push for a second economic stimulus package. She also mentioned a children’s health care bill and stem cell research legislation as key priorities in the short-term.

The speaker acknowledged the enormous expectations facing Obama after Democrats increased their majorities in both chambers, but warned that Democrats will face some tough decisions in the coming months.

“We have to choose our priorities very carefully according to what is achievable,” she said.

“Some of the issues may have short-term solutions, but many of them require long term attention,” Pelosi said. “We need to do them right. If you are talking about access to health care, we have to think in a comprehensive way.”

Pelosi said she congratulated Obama in a brief phone call Wednesday morning.

She also declined to speculate on stories linking Rep. Rahm Emanuel to the White House chief of staff job.

“I have not been informed of that decision,” Pelosi said.


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