Published: Thu, November 29, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Democrats nominate Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the House

Democrats nominate Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the House

Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday was nominated by fellow Democrats to be speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, as expected, but her level of support may fall short of what she needs for a sure win in January's election for speaker.

In August, Hayes said she would not support Pelosi; this week, Hayes said she'll cast her first vote on the floor for Pelosi when the incoming House Democratic caucus votes Wednesday on its new leadership slate. If Democrats win the two House races yet to be called and where their candidates are leading, they will hold 235 seats, meaning Pelosi could afford to lose 17 Democratic votes if all Republicans oppose her in January.

Pelosi wrote her Democratic colleagues just before Thanksgiving, encouraging the caucus to stick to tradition and support the closed-door election victor on the floor.

Pelosi still lacks the vote tally she'll need in January, when the new Congress convenes, to ascend to the post.

Nancy Pelosi is heading into House Democratic leadership elections in an unusual position: She's running unopposed.

Moulton's letter signers hoped to create the opportunity for other candidates to run for Speaker, the aide said. "We are hopeful Leader Pelosi will invite us back to the table to plan for the future success of the Democratic Party".

"Nancy Pelosi is a proven leader who has delivered time and again on core Democratic values".

Pelosi, a House veteran from California, is attempting the rare feat of securing the speaker's gavel for a non-consecutive term, having become the first female speaker in US history in 2007.

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Pelosi still has to face a House floor vote from both parties on January 3, when the next Congress begins.

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.

Her main opposition comes from a small group of rebellious Democratic lawmakers, including Rep. Tim Ryan, who challenged Pelosi for the speakership in 2016, and Reps.

"Leader Pelosi wants to boil this down to a personal argument, but this is so much bigger than her", Moulton said in a statement. It's there that the insurgents feel they can block Pelosi's ascension, even as Pelosi and her allies have projected nothing but confidence that she'll retake the gavel she lost following the red wave elections of 2010. Joe Cunningham of SC and Abigail Spanberger of Virginia are among those who said they'd vote against Pelosi on the House floor.

Clark also wants to help elevate the newly elected women, many of whom she grew close to during the campaign.

"Are there dissenters? Yes", Ms Pelosi said.

"The battle is the floor", said Rep. Linda Sanchez of California, among those who signed a letter calling for new leadership. "Unfortunately, our concerns were dismissed outright".

I served in the California State Assembly during her prior tenure as Speaker, and watched with great admiration as she worked with House climate champions to pass the landmark American Clean Energy and Security Act, a comprehensive bill to create clean energy jobs, combat climate change, and transition America to a clean energy economy.

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