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Pelosi Remarks at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Annual Legislative Conference
Date:9/23/2009

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivered opening remarks at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Annual Legislative Conference "Capitol Hill Day Summit" this morning in the Capitol Visitor's Center. Below are the Speaker's remarks as prepared for delivery:

"Thank you, Chairwoman Barbara Lee for your leadership of the Congressional Black Caucus -- the conscience of the Congress.

"Essential to the CBC's efforts on behalf of all Americans is your 'Opportunities for All - Pathways Out of Poverty' agenda. As we strengthen our economy for all Americans, we must pay particular attention to those who have been facing long-term economic hardship.

"I would also like to acknowledge Chairman Kendrick Meek for his leadership of one of our nation's foremost institutions for improving the lives of African Americans: the CBC Foundation.

"From across the country, you have come to Washington during a historic moment of opportunity.

"Congress, led by the CBC, is making progress on behalf of all Americans.

"We are guided by the three pillars President Obama established for our nation. They are the foundation of American economic growth and job creation for decades to come: education for all of our children; energy independence and the creation of new green jobs; health insurance reform that ends disparities.

"Essential to the strength of our nation is a quality education for all of our children, and affordable higher education for all who qualify. In that regard, last week the House kept our promise to millions of college students, passing legislation that marks the greatest investment in higher education since the GI Bill.

"I am particularly proud that this legislation will invest more than $2.5 billion in our Historically Black Colleges and Universi
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