House Democrats re-elect Pelosi as speaker

The full House must approve the speaker’s candidacy of Representatives in early January.

Democrats in the US House of Representatives on Wednesday re-elected Nancy Pelosi as the House speaker for another two years.

The speaker’s nomination must be approved by the full House of Representatives in early January when Republicans will nominate their candidate for the post. However, it is unlikely that they will succeed in electing their own candidate since they will still be in the minority, despite the additional seats obtained due to the election.

As a speaker, the 80-year-old Pelosi sets the agenda in the House of Representatives and is second in line for the presidency in the event of a vacancy.

During a closed-door meeting of Democrats in the House of Representatives, Pelosi said that one of her priorities would be to pass a law enforcement reform bill and health and environmental initiatives.

“The coronavirus exposes an injustice in our health care system that we must eliminate to eradicate the virus, honor the memory of our heroes, and provide monetary support to American citizens,” Pelosi said in a published text of the speech.

Democrats and Republicans have been at loggerheads for months over a new economic aid package in response to the pandemic. If the parties fail to reach an agreement in the next few weeks, this issue will likely be one of the main items on the agenda in early 2021.

Also re-elected were majority leader Steny Hoyer, majority Caucus Secretary James Clyburn, and some other lawmakers currently serving in various leadership positions.

Democrats had hoped to strengthen their majority in the House of Representatives after the election, but they could lose about a dozen seats, complicating the legislative agenda.

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