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Nancy Pelosi fends off challenger Tim Ryan to maintain her leadership of House Democrats

House Democrats re-elected Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to serve another term leading the party beating insurgent Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio in a closed-door meeting, 134-63.

The leadership elections were scheduled to take place before Thanksgiving, but the vote was delayed to give Democrats more time to discuss a recovery plan. Pelosi, 76, promised to make some changes to appease those frustrated in her caucus. She pledged to add a member of the freshmen class to her leadership team.

After the vote, Ohio Rep. Joyce Beatty put out a statement explaining her vote for Pelosi:

Arizona Rep. Kyrsten Sinema released her own statement expressing her disappointment:

The party faces a rough 2017, with the GOP consolidating efforts to repeal Obamacare and other initiatives championed by President Barack Obama. Pelosi was a pivotal player in pushing the Affordable Care Act through Congress. Pelosi’s re-election was not unexpected, but conservative pundits and political commentators criticized Democrats for maintaining the status quo.

Taylor Link.

Source: Salon: in-depth news, politics, business, technology & culture > Politics

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