Speaker Nancy Pelosi dismissed concerns that Democrats could lose control of the House in this falls elections, and the California Democrat argued that her party will do much better than has been predicted.No, Im not nervous, Pelosi said during an interview on ABCs This Week, explaining that a Democratic grass-roots mobilization plan makes her feel very confident about the elections.Pelosi also downplayed recent comments by White House spokesman Robert Gibbs questioning whether Democrats can keep control of the House. With all due respect, I dont spend a whole lot of time thinking about what the presidents employees say about one thing or another, she said.Pelosi made clear that Democrats will tout their accomplishments while making the case that Republicans have sought to block Democratic agenda items rather than offer alternatives. Were very proud of the agenda weve put forward for the American people. ... Weve been legislating for the last 18 months; the other side has been in campaign mode for the last 18 months, she said.While careful to avoid prejudging the ethics case against Rep. Charlie Rangel, Pelosi warned that her personal affection will not save the New York Democrat. Personal respect and affection we may have for people makes us sad ... but we have to pull to a high ethical standard, she said.Pelosi also downplayed complaints about the hyperpartisan atmosphere in Washington, arguing that it is less about politics and more about deep differences in philosophy. This isnt about interparty bickering, she said. This is about major philosophical differences.
On January 3, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., raises her right hand as her son Henry messes up her hair while Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., delivers the ceremonial swearing-in in the Old Senate Chamber. Gillibrand's other son Theodore, lower right, looks on.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.