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Pelosi Clears First Hurdle For Speakership

29 Novembre 2018

While she needs only a simple majority to be nominated for speaker this week by the Democratic Caucus, Pelosi must win a majority to be formally elected on the House floor January 3, meaning she could afford to lose only 15 Democrats if all lawmakers were present and voting and no Republicans supported her.

On the day that Nancy Pelosi moved a big step closer to a return as House speaker, Representative Katherine Clark clinched a key leadership spot in the House Democratic caucus Wednesday, a prime role that could help her climb further up the ranks in the coming years.

During Tuesday's "Morning Joe" on MSNBC, Representative-elect Jahana Hayes (D-CT) shared her support of House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in her bid for House speaker. No other Democrat is challenging her for the speakership post, but they were allowed to vote against her in the caucus balloting.

"Pelosi has released some members to vote no in caucus and then vote present on the House floor", the lawmaker told the Hill before the Wednesday caucus vote. Are there dissenters? Yes.

What matters to Pelosi much more than Wednesday's caucus vote is the floor vote in January, when Republicans will also get a say over the speaker. Still, there seem to be more than enough votes to stop Pelosi in January.

Pelosi was the first female speaker in US history and is attempting the rare feat of securing the speaker's gavel for a nonconsecutive term.

A little over a year ago a resolution was introduced to the central committee of the San Francisco Democratic Party titled "Resolution Urging Senator Feinstein and Leader Pelosi to Support Medicare for All".

Pelosi, now the House Democratic leader and a national political fixture for decades, wants to lead the party's challenge to President Donald Trump's political and legislative agendas.

McAdams campaign had criticized Love, saying she put party first, and pointed to statistics indicating she voted with President Donald Trump more than 95 percent of the time.

Even if Pelosi does not garner 218 votes on Wednesday, she'll have six more weeks to firm up support, cut deals and flex her power before the January 3 vote.

The lack of a formidable challenger to Pelosi has dogged her Democratic critics. Many of the Democrats who lost blamed Pelosi.

A spokesman for Moulton said Pelosi has not reached out for a meeting with the congressman.

Pelosi entered the closed-door caucus election in an unusual position - running unopposed for the nomination despite the clamor by some Democrats for new leadership. Organizers say only with a floor fight in view will new leaders emerge.

Leah Greenberg, a co-founder of the progressive grassroots group Indivisible, said opposition to Pelosi was coming from a small group of moderates "who are to the right of the party".

"Moments ago we met with Leader Pelosi and tried to engage her in a reasonable conversation about leadership transition", Rep. Kathleen Rice of NY said in a statement. "Unfortunately, our concerns were dismissed outright", said Democrat Kathleen Rice of NY.

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.

Pelosi Clears First Hurdle For Speakership