Congressman Seth Moulton says 'no agreement' reached in meeting with Nancy Pelosi

29 November, 2018, 07:51 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption The return of the woman Republicans love to hate

Democratic Rep. -elect Sharice Davids plans to cast one of her first votes for Nancy Pelosi as House speaker, saying Kansans didn't elect her to go to Washington "to play political games and take symbolic protest votes". The group was formed several years ago by the centrist organization No Labels, in part to blunt the power of ultraconservative Republicans who have had an outsize influence on their leaders during their years in the majority. At a debate over the summer, she declared she would not back the California Democrat as speaker.

A robust resistance movement has demanded a new generation of leadership following a strong showing in this month's midterm elections, when Democrats snatched the House majority from President Donald Trump's Republicans.

Democrats nominated Nancy Pelosi to be the next Speaker of the House, but she will need to convince a significant number of dissenters to back her bid for leadership when elections are held as the next Congress convenes on January 3.

"I came into Washington with an open mind, " Hayes said on MSNBC. "I am not going to support Nancy Pelosi, whether it is in caucus, I'm not going to vote for Nancy Pelosi on the floor".

That is the exact number of House Democrats who signed the November 19th anti-Pelosi letter - and one of those, Brian Higgins, has since recanted and said he would support her.

The House speaker sets the chamber's legislative agenda and is second, behind the vice president, in the line of succession to the president.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California has been chosen by her party to be speaker of the House come January. The deal included tentative agreements to bring any bill that has the support of two thirds of the full House to the floor, and grant a vote to any amendment that has backing from twenty members of each party. Some who opposed her Wednesday could still flip to support her on the floor. In total, 16 current and incoming members of the caucus have signed a letter urging new leadership in both the caucus and the floor, indicating they wouldn't vote for Pelosi in either case. Fudge then swiftly backed Pelosi just before Thanksgiving in exchange for restoration of a House Administration Subcommittee on Elections, of which Fudge would become its new chairwoman.

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Democrats clamouring for fresh faces to rise into House leadership got a boost on Wednesday when Representative Hakeem Jeffries, 48, defeated Representative Barbara Lee, 72, to head the Democratic caucus.

Yet one of those opponents, Rep. Kathleen Rice, told The Atlantic's Elaina Plott on Wednesday that after meeting with Pelosi she would maintain her opposition.

The Problem Solvers Caucus is making its request after weeks of quiet negotiations with Pelosi on its top priorities failed to produce a breakthrough.

"She has shown her capacity to work hard, traveling the country without fanfare to support extraordinarily talented candidates she helped recruit from coast to coast". She is scheduled to meet with the group Tuesday.

"We're in pretty good shape" for January, she said.

Jahana Hayes, a Democrat who was elected to a seat in CT, expressed frustration that Pelosi's opponents haven't offered an alternative candidate. The newly-elected freshman said she'll be voting yes.

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