House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) urges Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to perform the $ 2,000 stimulus checks during her weekly press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, the United States, on December 30, 2020 forward to the Americans.
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The House re-elected Nancy Pelosi as spokeswoman on Sunday, extending the second term of the Democrats who headed the chamber.
Pelosi, the only woman serving as spokesperson, will hold the job for a fourth term. The 80-year-old regained the hammer in 2019 after eight years of Republican control. Minority leader Kevin McCarthy of California will lead the GOP for a second term.
Pelosi received 216 votes while McCarthy received 209. Five Democrats did not support Pelosi. Three voted for “in attendance,” one supported Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., And another supported Senator Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill.
The California Democrat leads a thinner majority after the GOP swapped at least 10 seats in the 2020 election. Her party entered Sunday with an estimated 222 members, four more than the 218 needed for a majority across the House.
Pelosi and President-elect Joe Biden will strive in the new Congress to address issues such as coronavirus relief, health care and infrastructure. Tuesday’s runoff election in Georgia, which will determine whether Republicans hold the Senate, will determine how much the couple can achieve.
Before the new congress opened on Sunday, Pelosi said she was “immensely grateful” to be nominated again as speaker.
“We are starting the new Congress at a time of extraordinary difficulty,” she wrote to the House Democrats. “Each of our communities has been severely affected by the pandemic and the economic crisis: 350,000 tragic deaths, over 20 million infections, millions without jobs – a number that is almost incomprehensible.”
Pelosi and Biden have announced that they will be pushing for another round of pandemic aid in the coming weeks. They called the $ 900 billion package signed last month a down payment.
Pelosi has insisted that her party’s loss of seats will not reduce their leverage or force them to change their strategy. She said the election of Biden, who will take office on January 20, will give Democrats more power for the next two years.