By contrast, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is holding a conference call with his members, and later this afternoon will publicly deliver a statement at the Capitol on "fiscal cliff" issues, set for 3:30 p.m.
Pelosi's silence is only adding to speculation over whether the San Francisco Democrat might actually be mulling not seeking to remain as minority leader next session - now that it is assured her party will not regain the House majority it lost in 2010.
But one Democratic aide to a member noted that Pelosi did a similar thing in the days following her party's big losses of seats in 2010, and her loss of the Speaker's gavel. However, she eventually broke that silence by tweeting she would be running to be minority leader.
"In last night's election, House Democrats surpassed historical trends and recent predictions - more than doubling the seats historically gained by a President's party in a re-election campaign. While we are very proud of those outstanding Members of our Caucus who will not be returning to the House, as a result of Chairman Steve Israel's magnificent leadership, we won at least 200 races on Tuesday."In January, the Democratic Caucus will bring to the 113th Congress the first 'majority-minority' Caucus in our history, reflecting the great diversity and strength of our nation. This larger, more diverse Caucus will play a greater role in support of President Obama and our colleagues in the Senate."President Obama's victory reflects the American people's optimism and their renewed confidence in his leadership. We celebrate President Obama's re-election, pledge to work alongside him on our top priorities: creating jobs, strengthening the middle class, protecting Medicare, and growing the economy. We will stay focused on reigniting the American Dream, building ladders of opportunity for anyone willing to work hard, take responsibility, and play by the rules. We have work to do, and we stand ready to work with President Obama and across the aisle to move our nation forward."
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