House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi in California has been elected by her party to be a speaker in the Chamber…
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House Democrats nominated minority leader Nancy Pelosi to serve as the next speaker in the House. If approved by the entire house, Pelosi would again use the gable in January – a dozen years after she became the first female speaker in 2007.
The vote was 203 votes for Pelosi, 32 opposed her and three members left their voices empty. One member was absent.
After more than a year of party color about having fresh and younger faces in the lead, the House Democrats will almost certainly come out of their internal choice of choice with the same three people in their three posts: Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer and James Clyburn.
The secret democratic vote is the first of two key choices that Pelosi has to win to officially become the first house speaker because Sam Rayburn holds the post and then enters the minority and then wins the job again. Pelosi was a speaker from 2007 to 2011, the last time the Democrats held the House.
The full House of Representatives will formally vote for its next speaker on January 3rd, the first day of Congress’s next session.
Speak to the reporters when the voices were counted down in the corridor, Pelosi said it was “so inspiring to hear my colleagues put my name in nomination again for the Speaker in the house. “
Prior to the internal vote, Pelosi had met the most serious challenge of her leadership assignment. Sixteen House Democrats had signed a letter vowing to oppose her in January’s ground vote for home speakers. While it was not enough to block Pelosi from being selected on Wednesday, the figure was just shy of the threshold for the votes needed to keep Pelosi from winning the necessary 218 votes on House floor in January.
Two things have happened since anti-Pelosi letters arose. First, the Democrats continued to win house rides that had been too close to call night and slowly built their majority to what could ultimately be a 40-seat win. Each additional democratic seat gives Pelosi more room for winning the speaker, even with several Democrats voting against her.
Second, the Pelosi letter removed the threat by winning the support of Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge, the only democrat who had considered challenging Pelosi for the loudspeaker. Pelosi sent an agreement with Fudge, created a new house committee on elections and named Fudge as chairman.
Pelosi took a similar approach with several other House Democrats who had either promised to vote against her or refused to say what way they would cast their votes. She got the New York Rep. Brian Higgins failed to sign the letter to approve his speaker bid by promising to work with Higgins on two of his priorities: lower the age of Medicare eligibility and improve the infrastructure
In addition to choosing his nominee for speakers, Democrats elect their majority leader, majority whip and several other leadership positions. In a small surprise, 48-year-old Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., As a caucus chair who defeated the Rep. Barbara Lee in California for the fourth leading lead position.