From NBC's Mike Viqueira
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is welcoming the appointments of Hillary Clinton, Robert Gates, et al, today, praising the choices as a message of confidence to the rest of the world.
She told reporters at a morning photo-op that she had just gotten off the phone with Clinton and that she congratulated the senator.
Pelosi was meeting with governors Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania and Jim Douglas of Vermont to discuss the impending economic stimulus package. She says that she expects that Congress will have something ready for President Obama shortly after he takes the oath of office on January 20. The new Congress convenes on January 6.
She rejected the notion that the stimulus will be a 1930's style bill oriented solely towards public works projects, saying that the focus will be on "innovation." Rendell mentioned that there is $136 billion in infrastructure projects waiting on the shelf and ready to go once a bill is passed.