Democrats Nominate Nancy Pelosi For House Speaker

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To become speaker when Democrats take majority control, she'll need 218 votes if all Republicans vote against her after lawmakers are seated in January.

In Wednesday's vote, 32 Democrats voted against her and three did not vote.

Pelosi ran unopposed as the nominee for speaker in a closed-door Democratic caucus election Wednesday despite unrest from those clamoring for new leadership. More than two-thirds of the class will represent red-leaning districts while others, like Rep. -elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, were elected on leftist platforms in deep blue districts to replace longtime Democratic incumbents.

They worry about their re-elections when Pelosi appears as a punchline at President Donald Trump's rallies and in countless Republican-fueled TV ads against them.

While it's not clear who will sign the letter besides Slotkin, the demand acknowledges that the new lawmakers aren't necessarily united on policy specifics.

It remains unclear whether Pelosi has the votes to reclaim her title as Speaker, but party insiders believe her election is all-but imminent.

This comes as Pelosi is working fastidiously behind the scenes to convince her colleagues - new and old - to support her bid for speaker, as an insurgent group of Democrats pushes for new, younger leadership.

Rice escalated this argument on Friday, "I find it fascinating that the very people who are characterizing our call for new leadership as a sexist campaign are also ignoring the women leading the charge".

In fact, Democrats voted to return their entire top leadership team, including Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland in the No. 2 spot as majority leader and Rep. Jim Clyburn of SC in the No. 3 spot as whip. And Pelosi will work the levers of power by doling out the many committee seat assignments, subcommittee chairmanships and other perks as incentives.

The first act of business will be electing a new speaker. Rashida Tlaib of MI, who that she would "probably not" vote for Pelosi because Democratic leadership isn't listening to the grassroots of the party, said of Pelosi "She's willing to listen".



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