Nancy Pelosi Says She’s Seeking Another Term: NPR

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., launched her campaign for re-election to her San Francisco-based congressional seat. She has yet to announce her plans on whether she will seek another term as Democratic House leader.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., launched her campaign for re-election to her San Francisco-based congressional seat. She has yet to announce her plans on whether she will seek another term as Democratic House leader.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, confirmed in a video released Tuesday that she is running for re-election from her San Francisco-based district, but did not say whether she plans to run for another term as Democratic House Leader.

Pelosi, 81, made history when she took the gavel as the first female Speaker of the House in 2007.

She led efforts to enact the Affordable Care Act in 2009 and 2010, then-President Barack Obama’s landmark legislative achievement and his most enduring legacy as a speaker. The backlash from the new health care law helped fuel a massive midterm loss in 2010 as Republicans took control of the House. But Pelosi touted the law’s growing popularity midterm in 2018 and pledged to shield the law from the GOP’s vows to “repeal and replace it.”

When Democrats regained a majority in 2019, Pelosi promised she would limit herself to two more terms as president. She became the second person to hold the gavel twice as a speaker in 60 years. Its pitch at the time was that it would serve as a “bridge to the future”. She proposed rules to bring younger members into leadership positions on committees and her leadership team.

Pelosi won re-election to her fourth term as president in 2020, although her party suffered bigger-than-expected losses in that year’s election.

Even some of the Democrats who argued the party should seek new leadership in the House a few years ago now praise Pelosi as an experienced and pragmatic legislator and political tactician. She has received widespread praise for her interactions with former President Donald Trump that have often gone viral, and President Biden credits her for leading his agenda in a tightly divided chamber.

While there are discussions about who might succeed her if she decides not to serve another term in the House or run for her leadership role, no one openly challenges her. In recent cycles, Pelosi has delayed announcing his personal policy plans until shortly after the election results are clear in November and the Democratic caucus begins planning for the new session of Congress.

The House Democratic Caucus has never formalized rules to limit the leadership terms of Pelosi or other top executives or committee chairs — some of whom, like Pelosi, are over 80. For her part, the speaker regularly dismisses questions about her political future, stressing that she is focused on an unfinished legislative agenda.

“The president is not in office, she is on a mission,” Pelosi spokesperson Drew Hammill told NPR, reiterating a familiar refrain about her approach to the job.

Most political analysts and many Democrats on Capitol Hill agree that the party’s prospects of retaining its narrow House majority in 2023 are dim.

Historically, the ruling party loses seats in midterm elections and Biden’s low approval ratings and fallout from redistricting efforts across the country also add to a daunting political environment for Democratic incumbents and challengers. of this cycle.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., predicted his party would win far more than the five net seats the GOP needs to overthrow control of the House. He frequently refers to Pelosi as a “lame duck speaker”.

In Tuesday’s announcement, Pelosi explained her driving reason behind her career in public service — working on issues that impact children. “As you hear me say, when you’re in the arena, you have to be able to take a punch or throw a punch, for the kids.”

Pelosi accepted the hammer smashing what she called “the marble ceiling” in 2007 surrounded by young children in the House bedroom.

The California Democrat cited legislation passed to tackle the coronavirus and building infrastructure, but added, “While we’ve made progress, there’s still a long way to go to improve people’s lives.” The speaker referred to the “truth assaults” and the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, and added, “This election is crucial. Nothing less is at stake than the future of our democracy.” .

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