Pelosi unopposed as Dems meet to nominate House speaker

Pelosi unopposed as Dems meet to nominate House speaker

Pelosi unopposed as Dems meet to nominate House speaker

Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) announced today that he will cast his vote in support of Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to serve as the Speaker of the House of Representatives for the 116th Congress.

"I also said that I was not willing to make change just for the sake of making change [Dash] that we needed to build upon the work that came before, not just toss it aside", she continued. First, Democrats continued to win House races that had been too close to call on election night, slowly building their majority to what could ultimately be a 40-seat gain.

"I'm going to have to look at that and learn about a little bit", Rep. -elect Jeff Van Drew (D-NJ) said when asked about whether he might vote present.

"I am saying the same thing that I said during the campaign", Brindisi said.

The vote came after Pelosi struck a tentative deal with the Problem Solvers Caucus, an offshoot of the bipartisan and business-friendly No Labels organization.

Pelosi and her supporters think that winning back the House - and the fact that she has no clear successor - should be enough to pave her path back to the speaker's office.

Steny Hoyer and James Clyburn, were elected by unanimous consent to their respective posts of Majority Leader and Majority Whip.

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The ongoing rebellion against Pelosi - of which another MA delegation member, Representative Seth Moulton, is a leader - has revealed frustration in the caucus about how long Pelosi, 78, and her top two deputies have held on to power.

The California Democrat now faces a final floor vote with the entire House of Representatives on January 3, when she'll have to scrounge for additional support. In recent years a growing number of Democrats have pushed behind the scenes for a younger, more diverse House leadership team. Votes were still being counted, but she was assured of victory. She declined, they said.

Her nomination comes as some Democrats are calling for new leadership.

In particular, Hayes said she was seeking assurance that Pelosi was open to hearing the concerns of people who have been traditionally left out of the political process. But one by one, Pelosi has picked off the would-be challengers and smoothed the skeptics.

"We met with Leader Pelosi and tried to engage her in a reasonable conversation about leadership transition", Rice said in a statement.

So far around two dozen Democrats have said they will not vote for Pelosi, but many of those members have not specified whether they would vote against Pelosi in the caucus meeting or on the House floor, making an exact count of her detractors hard to nail down. She was the first female speaker, from 2007 to 2011, until Republicans took control, and hopes to return to a role few men have reclaimed - most recently, legendary Speaker Sam Rayburn a half-century ago. "Meanwhile, we have a very skilled, tested experienced leader who doesn't need on-the-job training", he said, referring to Pelosi.

In breaking with the San Francisco Democrat, Cisneros aligned himself with a small, dissident group who want a new face to lead the chamber that Democrats will control next year. She'll be the only one who ran for, and won, the nomination for speaker. "But in the end, it's up to them to build an operation and go for it", Thornell said.

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