Nancy Pelosi Cuts Deal With Democratic Rebels To Ensure Return To Speakership

April FrancisDec 15, 2018

And some House Democrats, including members who have been waiting for Pelosi to step aside so they could rise in leadership, are grumbling over the deal she cut to impose term limits for top leaders. Her deputies, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D., Md.) and Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn (D., S.C.), will also be limited in how long they can remain in their posts.

"We are proud that our agreement will make lasting institutional change that will strengthen our caucus and will help develop the next generation of Democratic leaders", the rebellious lawmakers said in a written statement.

"What we've seen this week is another demonstration of how effective Pelosi is, in both her negotiation skills and in her ability to stand up publicly to a president of the opposite party", he said.

"We wish to thank Nancy Pelosi for her willingness to work with us to reach this agreement".

Andrew Harnik/APHouse Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, right, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY walk out of the West Wing to speak to the media outside the White House in Washington, December 11, 2018.

The small group of rebels, led by Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton, struggled to block Pelosi from reclaiming the speakership - a post she previously held from 2007-2010, when she was the first female speaker in House history.

Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) announced that he supports an agreement with Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi where she would transition out of her leadership role by the end of the next Congress, or if she can obtain two-thirds support of the Democratic Caucus, at the end of the 117th Congress.

California Rep. Nancy Pelosi and fellow Democrats who have tried thwarting her drive to become House speaker seem near an accord that would all but ensure she wins the job next year.

That essentially guaranteed she will be elected speaker when the full House votes for its leader on January 3.

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On November 28, Democrats voted overwhelmingly to nominate Pelosi as the next House Speaker in the secret-ballot vote 203-32, with three lawmakers leaving the ballot blank.

She'll still lose some Democratic votes in the formal speakership elections, but she's promised not to retaliate against opponents.

It's still unclear whether the term limits will be officially adopted, as the caucus still has to approve a rule change and many Democrats have already expressed staunch opposition to the idea.

The term limits would not extend to committee chairmen, a proposal that has been deeply controversial among House Democrats.

"I am against term limits because I have a term limit".

Within minutes of her statement, seven Democratic holdouts announced the would back Pelosi. Is anybody confused?" he told reporters on Tuesday, before reiterating it emphatically. "I. Am. Not. For.

According to an aide, Ms Pelosi said Mr Trump's fixation with building a wall was "like a manhood thing for him".

Rep. Cedric Richmond, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, also said he opposed the idea, saying if people don't like a leader, they can just vote them out at the end of a term.

One would likewise hope that Pelosi is not ignorant enough to truly believe her own border security proposal of "mowing the grass so people can't be smuggled through grass". "Land the plane, vote for her, and let's please get in with trying to raise the minimum wage or something", he added.

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