Cong. Stephen Lynch – citing what he described as several days of productive conversations and growing clarity on the future direction and priorities of the Democratic House – announced Friday he will support Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the House of Representatives.
“Leader Pelosi has assured me that the priorities of average working families will be the priorities of the upcoming Congress,” Lynch said in a statment. “In the recent past, working class Democrats have felt that they were taken for granted in our party and candidate Donald Trump exploited that perception. My goal was to get some reassurances that we are going to adopt an agenda that will include a real focus on issues that will make life better for the every working family, issues like; pension reform, rebuilding America’s transportation infrastructure, roads and bridges, college affordability and protecting Social Security and Medicare. We had one of the best conversations we’ve had since I’ve been in the House and we are aligned on making those issues a priority.”
Lynch also said he got assurances that Pelosi will “re-empower” the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, where Lynch is a senior member and poised to become chairman of the National Security Subcommittee.
“During the last two years of the Trump administration, Republicans obstructed any meaningful oversight from taking place,” Lynch said. “There were many instances where our committee could have shown the American people that we take our oversight role seriously, and that we put country over party. Instead, Democrats were blocked from honest, diligent work and our requests for hearings on important issues were repeatedly denied. Leader Pelosi has assured me that the Oversight Committee will have her full support fulfilling that important role and that we will be encouraged to follow the facts wherever they may lead.”
“I’m excited for the work ahead,” Lynch added. “Democrats are energized and being in the majority in the House gives us a real opportunity to move our country forward and make some progress on meaningful issues. From our conversations, I believe Leader Pelosi understands not only the job that needs to be done, but also how to bring disparate voices in our party together to make good things happen for the people we represent. I’m happy to be supporting her and look forward to the upcoming session.”