Nancy Pelosi, a mainstay of American politics for almost two decades, on Wednesday was nominated by her fellow Democrats to again be the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives as she manoeuvred to squelch a small group demanding younger leadership.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California won her unopposed bid to be leader of the Democratic caucus.
After the secret ballot voting concluded, Pelosi said, "I'm proud to be the nominee of the House Democratic caucus once again for speaker of the House". Are there dissenters? Yes.
The Massachusetts Democrat said in a statement Monday she's backing Pelosi because of her "progressive track record and her express commitment to bring a background check bill to the floor". Marcia Fudge, an Ohio Democrat, briefly considered throwing her hat in the ring, but last week she said she won't run for speaker and will support Pelosi.
Pelosi's detractors have argued that they could control just enough votes to topple her during the vote by the full House.
Pelosi was the first female speaker in USA history and is attempting the rare feat of securing the speaker's gavel for a nonconsecutive term.
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. "That's why I appreciate that Leader Pelosi has embraced input from new voices on rules changes that we'll be voting on as soon as the new Congress is sworn in and I'll continue to push for that vote".More news: Hey, who’s up for a government shutdown over the border wall?
On the campaign trail, dozens of Democrats in red districts promised that if elected they would not vote for Pelosi for speaker. Pelosi can afford to lose, as of this writing, 17 votes from members of her own party and still come out victorious. Some who opposed her Wednesday could still flip to support her on the floor.
On top of that, nine Democrats in the bipartisan group called the Problem Solvers Caucus have vowed to oppose her unless she backs several rules reforms created to make it easier for rank-and-file members to advance bipartisan bills.
Pelosi also met with Reps.
"The battle is the floor", said Rep. Linda Sanchez of California, among those who signed a letter calling for new leadership.
During the debate about her nomination, Ms Pelosi received support from top Democrats such as civil rights leader and congressman John Lewis, former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State John Kerry. Organizers say only with a floor fight in view will new leaders emerge. Moulton said the meeting was at Pelosi's invitation, but an aide familiar with the events said Moulton requested it to discuss the possibility of a transition plan, only to be, in Rice's words, "dismissed outright".
Between now and January, Pelosi will be working the levers of power by doling out the many committee seat assignments, subcommittee chairmanships and other perks she is able to offer, or withhold, as incentives to win over supporters. "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.