Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi leave a Democratic Caucus meeting Wednesday. Mr. Biden has made personal pleas to both the Senate and House Democratic caucuses. (Associated Press)
Rep. Maxine Waters took the floor of the House to ask Speaker Nancy Pelosi for an investigation into the ethics committee's decision to place two of its attorneys on administrative leave. (Associated Press)
A special select committee set up by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, in 2007 was used as a vehicle to promote "cap-and-trade" legislation for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. (Associated Press)
This video frame grab image provided by House Television shows Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., stands in the well on the House floor while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reads the censure resolution passed by the House on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010. It was only the 23rd time that the House invoked its most serious punishment short of expulsion. (AP Photo/House Television)
President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, want to repair their injured party after devastating congressional election losses but have diverging mandates at a critical time. (Associated Press)
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, and House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, walk to a news conference on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, after being re-elected as the leaders of the House Democrats, although they will be in the minority in the 112th Congress next year.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. smiles during a photo opportunity on election day, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) office in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California (left) speaks during an enrollment ceremony with small-business owners and advocates before signing the Small Business Jobs Act and sending it to President Obama.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, gives pens used to sign the bill to area children during a ceremony Tuesday after she signed a $26 billion jobs bill to protect 300,000 teachers and other nonfederal government workers from election-year layoffs.
ASSOCIATED PRESS House speaker Nancy Pelosi answers questions during her visit to Portland, Ore. Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010.. The California Democrat toured the home of Heather and Pete Ficht - one of 500 homes in a pilot program called Clean Energy Works Portland that aims to improve energy efficiency.
** FILE ** U.S. President Barack Obama signs the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act at the Ronald Reagan Building, July 21, 2010, in Washington, D.C. Also pictured (L-R) are Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA). (UPI/Win McNamee/Pool)
U.S. President Barack Obama signs the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act before (L-R) Vice President Joe Biden, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) at the Ronald Reagan Building July 21, 2010 in Washington, DC. The bill is the strongest financial reform legislation since the Great Depression and also creates a consumer protection bureau that oversees banks on mortgage lending and credit card practices UPI/Win McNamee/Pool