Madam Speaker: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the U.S. Speaker of the House
(July 10 — 16)
On Monday, Speaker Pelosi held a virtual meeting with Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal of Ukraine. On Tuesday, she visited the Japanese Embassy to offer condolences to the people of Japan on behalf of the House of Representatives in the wake of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s tragic killing.
On Wednesday, she joined Congressional Leadership and Members of Florida’s Congressional Delegation to unveil a statue honoring Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune of Florida: a civil rights pioneer and a champion for African American women’s rights. Speaker Pelosi later attended a portrait unveiling ceremony for House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Peter Defazio, and then accepted the Global Health Guardian award from Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
On Thursday, Speaker Pelosi joined Congressional Leadership, senior Biden Administration officials and other Members of Congress to honor Chief Warrant Officer 4 Hershel Woodrow “Woody” Williams — the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient of World War II. After hosting her weekly press conference in the Capitol Visitor Center, she later recognized the service of her longtime Senior Advisor, Jaime Lizárraga, as he prepares to begin his service as a Commissioner at the Securities and Exchange Commission.
On Friday, Speaker Pelosi met with California Governor Gavin Newsom and Members of California’s Congressional Delegation. Shortly after, she joined Members of the Democratic Women’s Caucus and reproductive freedom advocates on the steps of the United States Capitol for a press event ahead of the House’s passage of the Women’s Health Protection Act and the Ensuring Women’s Right to Reproductive Freedom Act.
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