February 6, 2008
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HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI QUESTIONS
SENATE DEMOCRATS’ STIMULUS PACKAGE
ON NPR NEWS ALL THINGS CONSIDERED
TODAY, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6

FULL TRANSCRIPT BELOW; AUDIO TO BE AVAILABLE AT 7:00PM (ET) AT www.NPR.org


February 6, 2008; Washington, D.C. – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), in an exclusive interview with NPR News, tells host Michele Norris that there exists “a difference of opinion between the House and Senate, not that we need a stimulus, not that it should go to a low- and middle-income people, but we have a difference as to how expensive that package will be.” The interview with Rep. Pelosi is airing tonight on All Things Considered.

In the interview, Rep. Pelosi continues to say that, if Senate Democrats pass their stimulus package: “We will have to act upon it. And, again, we have been really leaders in terms of fiscal responsibility. We don’t want – in all of the bills we passed last year, we did not go into deficit, not one dollar. Everything was paid for or we realigned priorities so that there were no additional, there was no additional spending in any of those bills that wasn’t paid for. And, now, in the stimulus, we are holding it to that same standard. First of all, is what is in there stimulus? And second of all, is it so laden down with additional measures that it increases the deficit and hinders a recovery?”

A full transcript of the interview with Rep. Pelosi is below. All excerpts must be credited to NPR News All Things Considered. Television usage must include on-screen NPR News credit with NPR logo. The audio of the interview will be available at approximately 7:00PM (ET) at www.NPR.org

All Things Considered, NPR's signature afternoon news magazine, reaches 11 million listeners weekly, and is hosted by Melissa Block, Michele Norris and Robert Siegel. To find local stations and broadcast times, visit www.NPR.org/stations