for their ineffectiveness. http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/pelosi-sours-on-senate-2007-10-17.html Pelosi sours on Senate By Mike Soraghan and Manu Raju October 17, 2007 Frustrated by lack of legislative progress in the Senate, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is increasingly touting Democratic achievements in the House. Her statements represent a significant shift from the stance she took six months ago. In March, the Speaker celebrated the first 100 days of the congressional majority by stating, “Democrats have brought the winds of change to the Capitol.” These days, she’s confined to claiming those winds are blowing on her side of the building. In the minds of her caucus members, the Senate is in the doldrums and House members are paying the price for Senate inaction on Democratic priorities. When pressed on the slow progress of spending bills during ABC’s Sunday morning talk show “This Week,” Pelosi passed the buck to the Senate, saying, “In the House we’ve passed every one of our bills.” SNIP Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) dismissed the House Democrats’ concerns, arguing that had it not been for House opposition in the past, there would already be a law on the books governing security outfits like Blackwater USA, which has come under withering criticism for a recent controversy involving shootings on Iraqi civilians. The House has since followed course, overwhelmingly approving a bill this month to provide more accountability for contractors. “We’ve been kind of ahead of the curve on that,” Levin said.