Nancy Pelosi was just reelected Speaker of the House

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Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) narrowly dodged her hardest check but to stay Home Speaker, after she received a vote Sunday by a razor-thin margin with 216 votes, beating Republican Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) who obtained 209. 

Pelosi confronted uniques circumstances in her bid for Speakership of the 117th Congress. Democrats held their slimmest lead ever through the previous 20 years once they have been within the majority, and Pelosi needed to cope with new insurgency from inside her personal get together, with extra progressive members saying that she wanted to get replaced.

Pelosi hadn’t confronted a lot resistance from Democrats throughout her first and second phrases as Speaker, however issues modified in 2018 when 15 Democrats voted towards her. She ran unopposed by a Democratic challenger this time, however the coronavirus posed new hurdles that just about saved a number of members from with the ability to present as much as vote. Three lawmakers in quarantine have been capable of vote behind enclosed plexiglass and, according to CBS, different coronavirus security measures have been launched, together with enhanced air flow and strict limits on the variety of lawmakers allowed on the ground at any given time. Even so, three Democrats abstained, whereas Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois) and New York Rep. Hakim Jeffries every obtained one vote.

Members of the Home broke into applause after her reelection was introduced. 

Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wisc.) who simply disclosed her coronavirus an infection final week, attended the vote, to the consternation of Republicans who questioned if she had remoted for sufficient time. Moore informed reporters that she hadn’t examined destructive but, however had adopted tips to isolate for 2 weeks in accordance with a docs’ orders. 

Previous to the vote, the Home held a second of silence honoring Luke Letlow, congressman-elect from Louisiana who died of the coronavirus final week. 

Different Republicans appeared to haven’t any points with coronavirus concerns. Two Republicans together with vocal QAnon supporter Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Georgia) appeared on the ground with out masks, earlier than they have been informed to depart, inciting a yelling match. 

Notably Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and members of the group of progressive lawmakers in “The Squad,” who’ve been crucial of Pelosi, voted for her on Sunday. Ocasio-Cortez had informed the Intercept earlier in December that the longtime Democratic speaker wanted to get replaced however acknowledged that no clear alternative was apparent.

This might be Pelosi’s fourth time period as Home Speaker. 

“I’m enormously grateful for the belief that Members have positioned in me,” Pelosi wrote to fellow Democratic lawmakers on Sunday, in a letter supplied to CNN. “I’m assured that the Speaker’s election immediately will present a united Democratic Caucus prepared to fulfill the challenges forward, and that we’re ready to set our nation on a brand new course, beginning with the Electoral School assembly on Wednesday.”

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