House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi says House members would not vote on spending bill topline higher than Senate's McConnell privately urged GOP senators to oppose debt ceiling hike On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE (D-Calif.) on Sunday night received the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for her efforts in expanding Americans’ access to health care, among other things.
At a ceremony Sunday night in Boston's John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Pelosi was the star of the night, lauded with several speeches before taking the stage to accept her award.
“I’m totally at a loss for words. I’m speechless. I’m overwhelmed by the honor of it all,” she said.
Caroline Kennedy, daughter of President Kennedy, presented Pelosi with the award after a short speech in which she applauded Pelosi for “consistently acting in service of our highest principles and our most vulnerable citizens.”
Pelosi was joined by several members of the Kennedy family onstage after receiving the award.
The California Democrat also touched on the recently passed near-total abortion ban in Alabama, saying the government should not be involved in the choices women make regarding their own bodies.
“I don’t think any politician should have anything to say about a woman’s timing or size of her family or a women’s health,” she said, according to local outlet CBS 4 WBZ.
Pelosi was honored with the prestigious award for her role in “putting the national interest above her party's interest to expand access to health care for all Americans and then, against a wave of political attacks, leading the effort to retake the majority and elect the most diverse Congress in our nation's history,” according to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum’s website.
Previous honorees of the annual award include former Presidents Obama and Ford and prominent lawmakers including Rep. John LewisJohn LewisHarris, CBC put weight behind activist-led National Black Voter Day Budowsky: High stakes drama for Biden, Manchin, Sinema Stacey Abrams backs Senate Democrats' voting rights compromise MORE (D-Ga.) and the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainBiden falters in pledge to strengthen US alliances 20 years after 9/11, US foreign policy still struggles for balance What the chaos in Afghanistan can remind us about the importance of protecting democracy at home MORE (R-Ariz.).