Spanberger Revolts Against Pelosi: ‘Party Needs New Leaders’

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 29: U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger speaks with attendees following a press conference highlighting the introduction of the Summer Barrow Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Act at the U.S. Capitol March 29, 2022 in Washington, DC. The bipartisan legislation would combat rising rates of substance use disorder and addiction in Virginia and across the country. The legislation is named after Summer Barrow, a Central Virginian who lost her life to a fentanyl overdose in January 2020. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Virginia Democrat Rep. Abigail Spanberger lit into House Speaker for a “failure of House leadership” after Pelosi blocked legislation to ban stock trading by members and their families.
  • Spanberger: “After first signaling her opposition to these reforms, the Speaker purportedly reversed her position. However, our bipartisan reform coalition was then subjected to repeated delay tactics, hand-waving gestures, and blatant instances of Lucy pulling the football.”
  • She added: “This moment marks a failure of House leadership, and it’s yet another example of why I believe that the Democratic Party needs new leaders in the halls of Capitol Hill.”

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