Jahana Hayes says she supports Pelosi for house speaker

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"I think that she's going to get the votes for this, but understand that for members, it's all about leverage - it's all about what you do and when you do it", Higgins said.

Sixteen members and members-elect have signed a letter promising they will not support Pelosi, but already one has backtracked and others have said they will support Pelosi only if there is no one else running, as now appears to be the case. In an interview with WCBV-Boston, Lynch said that while he still wants a change in leadership, "If it becomes a choice between a Republican and Nancy Pelosi, I'll obviously support Nancy Pelosi".

In fact, Democrats voted to return their entire top leadership team, including Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland in the No. 2 spot as majority leader and Rep. Jim Clyburn of SC in the No. 3 spot as whip.

The ongoing rebellion against Pelosi - of which another MA delegation member, Representative Seth Moulton, is a leader - has revealed frustration in the caucus about how long Pelosi, 78, and her top two deputies have held on to power.

Even if Pelosi does not garner 218 votes on Wednesday, she'll have six more weeks to firm up support, cut deals and flex her power before the January 3 vote. As New York's Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who beat a top Pelosi ally in an upset primary earlier this year, recently wrote on Twitter, she wants to see a change in leadership, but Pelosi "remains the most progressive candidate". "The American people sent Democrats to Congress so that we would fight for the values they care about and to act as a check on this administration", Hayes said.

'She's making a lot of headway, ' said Rep. Joyce Beatty of OH, an ally. In a statement, Rice said their concerns were "dismissed outright" and they will not support her.

"The nine Democratic members of a bipartisan coalition calling itself the Problem Solvers Caucus are now insisting that Ms. Pelosi embrace their proposals or risk losing power when Democrats take control of the chamber in January".

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"We had the most unifying meeting", Pelosi told reporters while the votes for her nomination were still being counted.

When an amendment (a proposed change) to a bill has at least 20 Democratic and 20 Republican cosponsors, it will get a debate and a vote when that bill is considered on the floor.

Pelosi was the first female speaker in US history and is attempting the rare feat of securing the speaker's gavel for a nonconsecutive term.

"Moments ago we met with Leader Pelosi and tried to engage her in a reasonable conversation about leadership transition", Rep. Kathleen Rice of NY said in a statement.

Ms Pelosi was the first woman to be speaker when Democrats had the House majority from 2007 to 2011.

Other Democratic members of Congress, including Reps. The No. 4 slot as assistant leader went to Ben Ray Lujan, 46, who helped lead Democrats back to the majority as campaign chairman. "Meanwhile, we have a very skilled, tested experienced leader who doesn't need on-the-job training", he said, referring to Pelosi. She'll be the only one who ran for, and won, the nomination for speaker.

Mr. Jeffries said the caucus will be "member-driven" and focus "like a laser beam" on making sure they have a successful two years.