House Democrats to hold leadership elections, pick speaker nominee

House Democrats to hold leadership elections, pick speaker nominee

House Democrats to hold leadership elections, pick speaker nominee

Despite an ongoing rebellion to install new leadership in the Democratic Party, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) won the Democratic Caucus' nomination to be the next speaker of the House.

The Hill reports that Pelosi - unsurprisingly - secured the nomination from party leaders Wednesday afternoon, in a caucus meeting in the House Visitors Center.

The California Democrat faces tougher math in January, when she'll need 218 votes, the majority of the full House, to be elected speaker. Are there dissenters? Yes. "Under Speaker Pelosi's leadership in the next Congress, we will cultivate and empower that new generation of leaders as we prepare for the generational change that will renew and revitalize our caucus for the years to come".

House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi listens during a discussion at Center for American Progress Action Fund in Washington, D.C., July 16, 2018. They have pledged to vote against her and say she doesn't have enough support to win the floor vote, even as some of their members have reversed course to say they're open to voting for her.

Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, was reportedly considering running for speaker against Pelosi but ultimately decided not to.

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The nine Democratic members of a bipartisan coalition calling itself the Problem Solvers Caucus are insisting that Pelosi embrace their proposals or risk losing power when Democrats take control of the chamber in January. 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.

In the next Congress, the CBC will have more than 50 members for the first time since its founding in 1971, accounting for more than 20 per cent of all Democratic votes. Joe Cunningham of SC and Abigail Spanberger of Virginia are among those who said they'd vote against Pelosi on the House floor. "And she has shown her willingness to be out front on Democratic priorities, like addressing the opioid epidemic and gun safety, where it is clear the American people are demanding action", said Tsongas, who is retiring at the end of the year.

Among those set to vouch for Pelosi in her formal nomination on Wednesday were Rep. Joe Kennedy III of MA, the 38-year-old grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, who was to formally nominate her, and a dozen others spanning the ideological and age spectrum, including Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, the 78-year-old civil rights icon, and Rep. -elect Katie Hill of California, 31, a political neophyte and unabashed progressive who ran advocating an assault weapons ban and a federal "Medicare for all" initiative. Organizers say only with a floor fight in view will new leaders emerge.

He was backed by the campaign arm of the House controlled by Pelosi, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and later, a super PAC with ties to the Democratic leader. "Meanwhile, we have a very skilled, tested experienced leader who doesn't need on-the-job training", he said, referring to Pelosi. "Unfortunately, our concerns were dismissed outright", said Democrat Kathleen Rice of NY.

Pelosi predicted their opposition will not stymie her speakership.

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