Pelosi announced Wednesday that she will stay on as minority leader in the 113th Congress.
The California Democrat declined to say what advice President Barack Obama had offered her, but said her House colleagues had repeatedly told her, “don’t even think of leaving.”
Pelosi said she made her final decision late Tuesday.
Although the minority leader position is a far cry from wielding the speaker’s gavel she once held, Pelosi said this year’s election results, while far from returning Democrats the majority, offered her an improved climate to stay on in.
Particularly with Obama being re-elected, “I don’t want to say it’s better than having the gavel, but it’s better than it was the last term,” she said. Some of the “anti-government ideologues” are gone and “that message has largely been rejected,” Pelosi said.
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
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.