Published: Thu, November 29, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

It's Time for Nancy Pelosi to Embrace Medicare for All

It's Time for Nancy Pelosi to Embrace Medicare for All

While she needs only a simple majority to be nominated for speaker this week by the Democratic Caucus, Pelosi must win a majority to be formally elected on the House floor January 3, meaning she could afford to lose only 15 Democrats if all lawmakers were present and voting and no Republicans supported her.

In a private vote on Wednesday, House Democrats reelected Pelosi as speaker for the upcoming 116th Congress, which begins early next year.

During Tuesday's "Morning Joe" on MSNBC, Representative-elect Jahana Hayes (D-CT) shared her support of House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in her bid for House speaker.

Pelosi is expected to win Wednesday's internal caucus election but the California Democrat still faces opponents as she tries to shore up support before whole House votes on speaker in January.

Pelosi wrote her Democratic colleagues just before Thanksgiving, encouraging the caucus to stick to tradition and support the closed-door election victor on the floor. If approved by the full House, Pelosi would again wield the gavel in January - a dozen years after she became the first female speaker in 2007. No one has asked me for a vote other than Nancy Pelosi.

Some lawmakers had pressed, but so far failed to convince, the caucus to adopt a rule where only a candidate receiving 218 votes in the caucus election could be the floor nominee for speaker.

In the most recent cycle, he said repeatedly he would honor the principles laid out by the Problem Solvers and, if necessary, oppose Pelosi.

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At the time, the anti-Pelosi faction was buoyed by victories by scores of candidates who had said on the campaign trail they would not support Pelosi as the party's leader in the House.

"We need a brand change", Ryan told Rolling Stone in mid-November, adding that he wants a less coastal Democratic Party and lamenting the dearth of House Democratic leaders from the heartland.

But Pelosi has been deftly picking off opponents - including nine who announced their support Wednesday as voting was underway - a trend she'll need to accelerate in the weeks ahead.

Among those set to vouch for Pelosi in her formal nomination on Wednesday were Rep. Joe Kennedy III of MA, the 38-year-old grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, who was to formally nominate her, and a dozen others spanning the ideological and age spectrum, including Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, the 78-year-old civil rights icon, and Rep. -elect Katie Hill of California, 31, a political neophyte and unabashed progressive who ran advocating an assault weapons ban and a federal "Medicare for all" initiative.

If nobody is nominated to challenge Pelosi, there will be a motion to expedite the process with a unanimous consent voice vote, which would mean that there wouldn't be a recorded vote tally. She can not afford to lose more than 15 votes on January 3 if all lawmakers are present and voting. "She will get the votes".

"Are there dissenters? Yes", Ms Pelosi said. They say there are plenty of Democrats who could step up to the job. Moulton said the meeting was at Pelosi's invitation, but an aide familiar with the events said Moulton requested it to discuss the possibility of a transition plan, only to be, in Rice's words, "dismissed outright".

Frustration with the Old Guard seems unlikely to dissipate even if Pelosi pulls off a return to House speaker.

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