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Nancy Pelosi Claims Democrats Nomination To Be US House Speaker Brindisi says he'll continue to oppose Pelosi for speaker, work with Trump when possible
Leonard Rios | 29 November, 2018, 07:55

Nancy Pelosi secured the overwhelming support of her fellow House Democrats in her bid for speaker of the House, winning over key holdouts while looking ahead to a vote by the full House in January. "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".

'I'm focused on standing up for everyone - white, black, Latino, Asian, Native American - every single American deserves us, here in the United States Congress to work, Democrats and Republicans, on their behalf to make their life better, ' he said afterward. Nobody came to me, and at this point, I think it's unreasonable for anyone to expect a vote when they haven't even asked.

Once there is a resolution, the caucus will likely announce the winner's tally publicly, revealing Pelosi's level of support from within the caucus.

Her detractors have argued that they could control just enough votes to topple Pelosi during the vote by the full House.

In fact, the Democrats are poised 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 as the whip.

The powerful House speaker sets the chamber's legislative agenda and is second, behind the vice president, in the line of emergency succession to the president. She already made a deal with the so-called Problem Solvers Caucus ― a bipartisan group of lawmakers who wanted specific rules changes to open up Congress ― even though that group had already vowed to not support Pelosi if she didn't agree to their rule changes, in writing, by a deadline of almost two weeks ago.

"Moments ago we met with Leader Pelosi and tried to engage her in a reasonable conversation about leadership transition", Rice said after Wednesday's meeting. And she would have brought these perspectives, she said, to the progressive base.

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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.

Seth Moulton and Stephen Lynch - have opposed Pelosi as speaker.

No one has stepped forward to directly challenge Pelosi in Wednesday's party election.

Rep. Brian Higgins removed his name from the letter and flipped his position to back Pelosi after receiving assurances that a couple of his policy priorities would top the list for Democrats in 2019, with him being "the lead person on the Medicare buy-in", according to an interview with The Buffalo News.

Pelosi took a similar approach with several other House Democrats who had either promised to vote against her or had refused to say which way they would cast their ballots. She'll be the only one who ran for, and won, the nomination for speaker. "Meanwhile, we have a very skilled, tested experienced leader who doesn't need on-the-job training", he said, referring to Pelosi. She previously served as speaker of the House from 2007 to 2011.

"This November, voters sent a loud and clear message: They want Congress to get real results on health care, immigration, and infrastructure", the statement reads.

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