President Barack Obama briefed 18 congressional Democrats at the White House Wednesday night about his coming executive action on immigration – but House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi wasn’t one of them.
Singer Billy Joel, recipient of the 2014 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, stands alongside Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and James Billington, librarian of Congress, during a tribute concert in his honor at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., Nov. 19, 2014. (AFP/Saul Loeb)
Pelosi instead opted to attend a Billy Joel concert, the Hill reported. She was among other lawmakers and celebrities attending the event honoring the music icon at DAR Constitution Hall, which is two blocks from the White House. Joel received the 2014 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
“Leader Pelosi has a busy schedule this evening with five events including a longstanding commitment with constituents in town from San Francisco," Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill told the Hill Wednesday.
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting had previously announced Pelosi would be among the presenters at the event, according to the Hill. Her office said before the White House meeting that she had a prior commitment. The event will air on PBS next year.
Outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) attended the meeting with Obama, along with other top members in the House and Senate Democratic caucuses, including House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.) and Sens. Dick Durbin (Ill.) and Chuck Schumer (N.Y.). No Republicans were included.
Cecilia Munoz, the director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, briefed Pelosi on Obama's policy, a Pelosi aide said.
Neither the White House nor Pelosi's office immediately responded to inquiries from TheBlaze Thursday morning.
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was on hand for the Joel event; celebrities slated to perform included John Mellencamp, Tony Bennett, Josh Groban, LeAnn Rimes and Natalie Maines.