House Dems pass bill allowing staffers to unionize, Pelosi takes victory lap

Capping off a busy Tuesday on Capitol Hill, House Democrats passed a bill allowing for congressional staffers to unionize, a vote that was hailed as a “historic action” by Speaker Nancy Pelosi who along with her fellow party members celebrated their momentous achievement.

The vote comes days after Pelosi proudly announced that the minimum wage of House staffers would be bumped to $45,000 per year, a move that she said was necessary out of fairness and the need to recruit and retain talent. Her Friday press release also confirmed that the vote to allow the staffers to organize and collectively bargain would take place.

“Today, the House took historic action paving the way for Congressional staffers to choose to join together in a union,” Pelosi said in a statement after the bill cleared the lower chamber by a tally of 217-202. “By empowering staffers to advocate for themselves and each other, we take an important step to ensure the House is best able to serve the American people.”

“These new steps build on the actions that I have been proud to take as Speaker to strengthen and diversify our Capitol Hill workforce, including establishing the House Office of Diversity and Inclusion to help open the doors to public service for underrepresented communities,” she added.

“Every day, the House’s work For The People is made possible by the immense talent and devoted service of our Congressional staff. Our Democratic House Majority remains firmly committed to ensuring that Congressional staffers have the resources and support they need to carry on this essential mission,” said Madame Speaker.

Michigan Rep. Andy Levin, who spearheaded the bill to unionize, basked in the glory of the moment.

“I’m so proud that Congressional Democrats upheld our values of believing in the collective voice today. If there is any place in the country that needs to walk the walk and respect the will of workers, it is the U.S. Congress—the bedrock of democracy,” he tweeted.

Pelosi’s House minions also took to Twitter to toot their own horns.

The vote comes at a time when regular Americans outside of the Beltway are being relentlessly battered by record fuel prices, budget-busting inflation that has sent food costs skyrocketing, and most recently, a baby formula shortage that is more befitting of a third world country than the greatest nation in the history of the planet. But while ordinary people suffer, Pelosi and her fellow Democrats can be counted on to take care of their own.

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