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Pelosi Formally Seeks Another 2 Years As Speaker

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“I am writing to request your support to be re-elected as Speaker.”

Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants another two-year term running the House, cementing her role — for now — as the most powerful woman in Washington.


“Our vision for the next two years must be built on the success of Democratic House Majority in the 116th Congress, and to harness the extraordinary visions, values and vibrancy of our Caucus to secure the progress that the American people deserve,” Pelosi wrote.

“In that spirit, I am wring to request your support to be re-elected as Speaker. I do so with utmost respect for the diverse viewpoints in our Democratic Caucus, the gravity of this role the urgency of the challenges ahead. I also do so with the great joy and appreciation to so many of you who have already offered your support.”

Pelosi also pledged to work closely with “President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris,” who are now leading the race for the White House.

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House Democrats will formally begin choosing their leaders on Nov. 18. No challenger to Pelosi is expected to emerge, and none could defeat her, although a small number of disgruntled House Democrats want a change atop her caucus.

With Pelosi having declared her intentions, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) also is expected to stay in his role, as is the No. 3 Democrat in the House, Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S. C.). Hoyer is 81, while Clyburn is 80. The octogenarian triumvirate of Pelosi, Hoyer and Clyburn has held the top three spots in the Democratic Caucus for the last 14 years.

Pelosi has repeatedly refused to answer questions about her 2018 promise to step down after two terms, and the letters the California Democrat sent to colleagues made no mention of the issue. However, some lawmakers have privately raised the topic since Tuesday night, saying it’s a questi… (Read more)

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