Democrats shun idea of Pelosi floor fight in speaker's race

Congresswoman-elect Sharice Davids on election night

Congresswoman-elect Sharice Davids on election night

"We're for impeachment. We're not for get-sworn-in-on-Jan-1-and-start-taking-votes, ' Kevin Mack, lead strategist for billionaire Tom Steyer's Need to Impeach campaign, said". "If the case is there, then that should be self-evident to Democrats and Republicans, ' she said".

"Doesn't matter if they support me, what matters is that they support a Democratic agenda to make progress for American working families".

The apparent weakening of resolve among Pelosi's foes came as a separate coalition of nine House Democrats, dismayed by partisan gridlock, threatened to withhold support for Pelosi unless she backed an overhaul of the rules. There are at least 233 Democrats in the 116th U.S. House [with two seats still undetermined, ] so the nine members of the Problem Solvers Caucus alone could not deny her election.

Along with incoming House Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern of Massachusetts, Pelosi has already worked to incorporate some of the rule changes sought by the caucus into the rules of the next Congress, aides say, including the requirement for bills with 290 cosponsors to get expedited markup and floor consideration, and fairly balancing minority and majority members on legislative committees.

Since then, Pelosi has muted much of the opposition, and key opponents such as Representatives Marcia Fudge of OH and Brian Higgins of NY now say they plan to support her.

Pelosi praised her colleagues' views and participation as the party works to implement changes in the next Congress. Democrats will be back in the majority in the House after picking up more than three dozen seats from Republicans in the November 6 midterm election. Though they could register their disapproval by voting "present" on the House floor, which could still allow Pelosi to be elected by a majority, their letter says they are "committed to voting for new leadership".

Last week, a group of 16 House Democrats, a mix of moderate and conservative current and incoming members, released a letter pledging to support new leadership on the House floor, in addition to roughly four incoming members who have pledged not to support Pelosi but declined to sign on to the effort. Those pressing for impeachment acknowledge they don't expect action on Day One of the new majority, but they do want to see Democrats start laying the groundwork for proceedings. It's not a coincidence that most of us who won in tough districts.

Nancy Pelosi had an exceptional 2018 midterm election cycle. "You don't run away from the fight", Pelosi said. Many bristle at dumping her at a time when President Donald Trump and the #MeToo movement have helped attract female candidates and voters to the party. She is, for now, the only declared candidate for speaker.

During an interview with a local television station on Sunday, flagged by Politico, Lynch said that during the January vote for speaker he would "obviously" support Pelosi over a Republican.

Davids also noted that the lack of a challenger to Pelosi among the Democratic House caucus made the decision more clear.

Others signing were incumbents Jim Cooper of Tennessee; Bill Foster of Illinois; Brian Higgins of New York; Stephen Lynch and Seth Moulton of Massachusetts; Ed Perlmutter of Colorado; Tim Ryan of Ohio; Kurt Schrader of OR and Filemon Vela of Texas.

Some congressional Democrats had been pressuring Ohio Representative Marcia Fudge to challenge Pelosi for the job, but Fudge said she will endorse Pelosi. Incoming freshmen were Joe Cunningham of South Carolina, Max Rose from NY and Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey.

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