House Democrats back Pelosi for speaker in next Congress

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A full House floor vote for the speakership will take place in January, and Pelosi is poised to remain in the top leadership post for House Democrats. At a news conference, Pelosi appeared to affirm that she will stand by an earlier commitment to serve just two more years as speaker, though her answer was somewhat vague in response to a question about whether the next session of Congress will be her last in the leadership role. “There was a move to put limits on the leadership and the chairs of committees. They said they were going to do it, they didn’t do it. But what I said then, was whether it passes or not, I will abide by those limits,” Pelosi said, adding, “I can’t wait to be working with Joe Biden … I don’t want to undermine any leverage I may have, but I made the statement.” Pelosi pledged in 2019 that she would only serve four more years as speaker, meaning the next Congress would be her last. The fact that Pelosi is expected to remain on as speaker is a sign of how strong her hold is over House Democrats even after they suffered disappointing losses in the 2020 …

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