January 6, 2021

Pelosi Brings in Covid-Infected Congressmen to Narrowly Win 4th Term

  • The Hill

By: Amy Jo Underwood

In Brief:

Nancy Pelosi won a fourth term as Speaker of the House, achieving victory by a narrow margin after encouraging multiple Covid-positive Democrat House Members to attend and cast their vote for Speaker. Democrats lost thirteen seats in the House in the November elections, and now hold the smallest majority in decades. 

The Background:

According to the Associated Press, Nancy Pelosi won a fourth term as Speaker of the House - but just barely. Pelosi received seven more votes than the minimum, and relied on the votes of Covid-infected representatives to secure her position for a fourth term. 

As The Hill writes: “...The margins were so tight that some Democrats who had recently tested positive for COVID-19 traveled to Washington anyway to cast their vote for Pelosi.” One of the representatives reportedly was given permission by a doctor, yet had released news of her Covid-positive status only a week prior to her presence in the chamber. 

Pelosi’s win was 216-209, with Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)  maintaining his position as Minority Leader.  Five Democrats did not support Pelosi, with two voting for other Democrats, and three voting as “present.” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who has repeatedly called for fresh leadership and a transition in the Democrat party, stated that it was imperative to vote for Pelosi, or else risk losing the majority to the Republican Party. “We are just an extremely slim amount of votes away from risking the speakership to the Republican Party. It's bigger than any one of us,” she stated. 

According to the Daily Signal, Pelosi has big plans for the 117th Congress, including removing gendered language from the House floor (including terms such as “mother”, or “son”), and pushing for the embrace of the Green New Deal and Medicare for All. Additionally, Pelosi intends to instate censorship of social media posted shared by Congress members.  

Notable Quotes:

“‘Now is a time for our nation to heal. Our most urgent priority will continue to be defeating the coronavirus. And defeat it, we will,’ she added, pledging that further aid would follow the latest $892 billion package that Congress passed in December.” - Reuters

“Expect more wokeness, rejection of minority input, financial recklessness, and show trials to be the major themes for the next two years.” - The Daily Signal

Amy Jo Underwood writes from Alabama

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