Why is Nancy Pelosi rushing, rushing, rushing to get porkulus passed before the end of the weekend? The gal’s got her priorities. Here’s a hint from the ANSA Italian News Agency:
Rome, February 12 – The speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, will be in Rome next week for talks with top Italian officials focusing in the global economic crisis and other leading issues. The first woman to hold the third-highest position in the American government, Pelosi has played a key role in pushing through the economic policies drawn up by the administration of President Barack Obama to combat the global recession.
Aside from economic questions, she is also expected to review bilateral relations between Rome and Washington and cooperation between the two countries in regard to the environment and leading international issues, including the situations in the Middle East, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Ample attention is expected to be paid to Italy`s agenda for its rotating presidency of the Group of Eight (G8) this year.
Details of Pelosi`s agenda have not been given in full but it is known that she will arrive Sunday night and on Monday morning she will pay a courtesy call at the Quirinale Palace to President Giorgio Napolitano, before going to the Chamber of Deputies for a meeting with her Italian counterpart, Gianfranco Fini, which will include a working luncheon.
In the afternoon Pelosi is slated to make an address in the lower house on future security challenges, after which she and Fini will hold a joint press conference.
The ways and means of combating climate change will be the focus of a conference she will address Tuesday morning at the American Studies Center, where she will be joined by
former premier Giuliano Amato.
The US House speaker will then be Premier Silvio Berlusconi`s guest for lunch.
Update: House vote on porkulus is expected at 1:30pm Eastern.
Pelosi’s busy packing.