Pelosi: Obamacare, Equal Pay, Amnesty Promote 'Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness’

By Lauretta Brown | April 14, 2015 | 6:34pm EDT

( – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that Obamacare, equal pay, and President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration are fulfilling the Founding Fathers’ vision from the Declaration of Independence about “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” and that such legal and executive steps were “honoring the vows of our Founders.”

Speaking at the Department of Labor to mark National Equal Pay Day, Representative Pelosi said,  “The strength of America” is “families, and that means empowering moms and dads. It means what we did with the Affordable Care Act.”

“Our founders,” she continued, “they said life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Imagine, they put that in a founding document: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. So, all of this with health care and all the related issues, equal pay, all of that, give people a life, a healthier life to pursue their happiness.”

In the Declaration of Independence, it states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, during an event marking Equal Pay Day, and to announce new executive actions to strengthen enforcement of equal pay laws for women. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

“The liberty, the freedom, money gives you freedom but liberty to pursue their happiness,” she told those gathered.  “So we are honoring the vows of our Founders when we do this. This is what they had in mind that every generation would take responsibility to make the future better for the next.”

Pelosi called this “the American dream,” continuing, “people flock to our shores, that invigoration made America the greatest country that has ever existed in the history of the world and will continue to.”

“That’s why we had to fight hard on Homeland Security so that they could not erase what the president did on immigration because that’s what America is,” said Pelosi.  “Every immigrant who comes here with hopes, dreams, aspirations, courage, determination to make the future better for the next generation honors the values of our founders, they make America more American.”

The event, to honor Equal Pay Day, is  held to symbolize how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year based on the debunked statistic that women on average earn 77 percent what men do.

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