Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Pelosi Opponents Have Enough Votes to Defeat Her, Democrat Says

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Although Konst said Pelosi does bring "expertise" and "knowledge" and is "very likable when it comes to some progressive issues", she warned that Pelosi is not in line with "corporate issues".

While Pelosi needs just a majority of Democrats to nominate her as their candidate for speaker when the caucus holds leadership elections on November 28, she will need at least 218 Democrats' support on the floor assuming all 435 members participate and all Republicans vote against her.

"I think she'll navigate it", Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., a rising star in the party who is running for a lower-level post, said Tuesday. "We are not doing any investigation for a political objective, but to seek the truth", Pelosi said. While she's expected to lock up the caucus speaker vote with a majority of members on November 28, they're hoping to publicly release their letter before that vote to hammer their point home.

One option they are exploring is tinkering with the threshold she needs to clinch the gavel: Pelosi can win on the floor with less than 218 votes if she can convince her critics not to vote, or vote "present", instead of for her or another candidate. "We're trying to do the right thing for the party by solving this ahead of time".

"This is a simple letter saying we want new leadership, which is what a vast majority of Democrats and the American people want", Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., a member of the group, told reporters Tuesday.

Pelosi served as the first and only female U.S. House speaker from 2007 to 2011 and helped spearhead the effort to pass former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

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Meanwhile, Pelosi is seeking to reclaim the speakership of the House as some anti-Establishment incoming and incumbent members of the House refuse to support her. As the demonstrators greeted her with wild applause and cheers, she told them that their protest was "not just about confrontation" but also about "real, meaningful unity". But the longtime Democratic leader is working aggressively behind the scenes to rally members behind her bid, with the first test of her support likely to come Wednesday, when Democrats will debate a change to party rules.

For days, Pelosi herself expressed no doubt she'd be elected speaker.

According to Axios, the Dems now have at least 85 avenues of investigation that they can take regarding the president and his dealings.

"We are inspired by the energy and activism of the many young activists and advocates leading the way on the climate crisis, which threatens the health, economic security and futures of all our communities", Pelosi said in a statement on Tuesday.

"There is [discussion] and we are awaiting their vote count", Reed said.

"We took the House of Representatives back". She's the one that is driving this to a floor vote. After the 2016 elections, 63 Democrats opposed Pelosi in the leadership races but almost all of them voted for her later on the floor.

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