WASHINGTON – House minority leader Nancy Pelosi defended the decision to digitally add four female congresswomen to a group photo taken this week when the new session of Congress began.
The photo was taken Thursday when lawmakers were sworn in as members of the 113th Congress.
Four members arrived at the capitol steps late, but were digitally inserted later. The altered picture was uploaded to Pelosi’s Flickr site.
Instead of holding the entire group for the absent four members, Reps. Clarke, Wasserman Schultz, Lee, and Brown posed for a separate photo together, which was apparently added to the official photo.
“It was an accurate historical record of who the Democratic women of Congress are,” Pelosi told a news conference. “It also is an accurate record that it was freezing cold and our members had been waiting a long time for everyone to arrive and … had to get back into the building to greet constituents, family members, to get ready to go to the floor. It wasn’t like they had the rest of the day to stand there.”
There are 61 Democratic congresswomen including Pelosi.
The newly inaugurated Congress includes 78 women voting members. Nineteen of the congresswomen are freshmen. Pelosi’s count included three non-voting delegates to Congress.