BEVERLY — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke to a standing-room-only crowd of mostly women at the Cummings Center yesterday, appearing with Democratic Congressman John Tierney to outline an economic agenda to help women and families.
Pelosi focused on equal pay for women, paid medical leave, a hike in the minimum wage and the need for affordable childcare.
“Let’s get to work to get it, all of it done, and just put it to people: You would vote against your wife, your daughter, your mother, your sister being treated equally in the workplace? Forget that, forget that,” she said.
The event, hosted by Tierney in conjunction with North Shore Community College, drew an audience of more than 100 to hear the former speaker of the House roll out a new economic agenda called “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds.”
Pelosi also praised Tierney as a champion for women and Americans in the workplace, noting that the Salem Democrat serves on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
“Everybody professes to care about these issues and that it’s important, and I support that,” Pelosi said. “But John Tierney makes it a priority.”
During a press conference, reporters asked Pelosi why she was appearing alongside Tierney, given that the House Ethics Committee is considering whether to open an investigation into his failure to disclose money that his wife had received from her brother.
Tierney’s wife received more than $200,000 from her brother, who was involved in illegal gambling, in return for managing a bank account for him. Tierney has said the money was a gift from a relative and did not need to be disclosed.
The committee will decide by Sept. 11 whether to launch an investigation.
“A champion for the agenda in Congress has been John Tierney,” Pelosi told reporters. “I’m here to recognize that and meet his constituents and to hear their views on the subject.