Democrats in the US House of Representatives on Wednesday re-elected Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House of Representatives for another two years.
The candidacy of the speaker must be approved by the full composition of the House of Representatives in early January, when the Republicans will nominate their candidate for this post. However, they are unlikely to succeed in getting their candidate elected, as they will remain in the minority despite the additional seats won.
As Speaker, 80-year-old Pelosi sets the agenda in the House of Representatives and is second in line to the presidency if there is a vacancy.
During a private meeting of House Democrats, Pelosi said that one of her priorities will be the passage of the law enforcement reform bill, as well as health and environmental initiatives.
“The coronavirus exposes injustices in our health care system that we must eliminate in order to eradicate the virus, honor the memory of our heroes, and provide financial support to American citizens,” Pelosi said in the published speech.
Democrats and Republicans have been struggling for months on a new economic aid package amid the pandemic. If the parties fail to agree in the next few weeks, this issue is likely to become one of the main items on the agenda in early 2021.
Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Majority Secretary James Cliburn, and a number of other lawmakers currently in various leadership positions were also re-elected.
The Democrats hoped that they would be able to consolidate the majority in the House of Representatives in the elections, but they could lose about a dozen seats, which could complicate the legislative agenda.