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Pelosi Open to Term Limits for Committee Chairs

Two incoming freshmen indicated they will back Pelosi on the floor, despite campaign pledges.

Dec. 6, 2018, 11:06 a.m.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi "is considering a push to enact term limits on Democratic committee chairs ― a move that could help her secure the votes to once again be House speaker. According to two Democratic sources, Pelosi held a meeting with one of her holdouts Tuesday," Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO 07), "and offered to support term limits for chairs in exchange for his vote for her as speaker. While Perlmutter was noncommittal, the move could be a significant concession for Pelosi ― one that would anger many senior members in the House Democratic Caucus but also provide a pathway for newer members to move up in Congress." (HuffPost)

Meanwhile, two incoming Democratic freshmen, who stated opposition to Pelosi on the campaign trail, signaled an openness to backing her on the floor in January.

"Even though Pelosi didn't get her vote in caucus, Rep.-elect Haley Stevens (D-MI 11) "does plan to vote for the longtime congresswoman next month on the House Floor. She said voting 'no' on the House Floor is a lot different because it would be a vote for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy." Stevens: "I do not to intend to vote for anyone who tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act." (Oakland Press)

Rep.-elect Gil Cisneros (D-CA 39): "While I maintain my call for new leadership, I refuse to jeopardize a Democrat being Speaker of the House and our Democratic legislative agenda. I will not support the Republican designee." (Medium)

PLANNING AHEAD. Dan Conston, the "strategist taking the helm of the House Republicans’ official super PAC tells the Washington Examiner he plans to maintain the group’s extensive field program in 2020." After "Democratic money began to overwhelm GOP defenses and it became clear the party was on track to lose the House majority, other party operatives criticized the super PAC’s voter turnout effort and" outgoing Executive Director Corry Bliss’s "decision to invest so heavily in it. Naysayers argued House Republicans needed that money for air cover and that field work should be have been left to the Republican National Committee." (Washington Examiner)

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