Skip to comments.Problem Solvers Dems: We 'cannot support' Pelosi for Speaker 'at this time'
Posted on 11/23/2018 7:56:05 PM PST by Libloather
A band of Democrats who are demanding House rule reforms have yet to reach a deal with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the group announced Friday, putting up a potential roadblock in Pelosis quest to reclaim the Speakers gavel.
Nine Democrats on the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus have vowed to withhold their votes for Speaker unless the candidate agrees to overhaul the House rules. Pelosi, who has been open to such changes, met with the group last week and promised to put in writing the changes to which she would commit.
But the Democrats say they have yet to receive any specific commitments, calling the situation a stalemate. They had initially requested a response by last Friday but agreed to give the California Democrat a few more days.
While we appreciate Leader Pelosis broad commitment to our effort, we have yet to receive specific commitments to our proposed rules changes that would help Break the Gridlock and allow for true bipartisan governing in this new era of divided government, the Democrats said in a statement provided to The Hill.
Although we are at a stalemate in our discussions, and therefore cannot support Leader Pelosi for Speaker at this time, we will keep working with the Leader and others in hope of reaching consensus on specific rules changes for more bipartisan, common sense governing.
An aide to Pelosi said negotiations are ongoing.
The Democrats who signed onto the statement are Reps. Josh Gottheimer (N.J.), Jim Costa (Calif.), Tom O'Halleran (Ariz.), Kurt Schrader (Ore.), Tom Suozzi (N.Y.), Daniel Lipinski (Ill.), Stephanie Murphy (Fla.), Vicente González (Texas) and Darren Soto (Fla.).
Schrader was also among 15 other Democrats who earlier promised to vote against Pelosi on the House floor. Together, the groups could have the numbers to block her ascension.
But Pelosi has already cut a number of deals this week to win over her detractors, and she has plenty of time to propose a package of rule reforms and win over remaining holdouts.
Pelosi only needs a simple majority to become the partys nominee for Speaker during the closed-door caucus vote on Wednesday. The floor vote in January is when Pelosi needs the majority of the entire House, or 218 votes.
The Problem Solvers rules package consists of 10 proposals designed to empower individual members and grease the skids for passage of popular bipartisan bills that, in recent years, have frequently been ignored.
Central to their reforms is a proposal requiring a supermajority vote three-fifths of the House to pass any legislation brought to the floor under a closed rule, and another ensuring fast-track consideration of any bill co-sponsored by at least two-thirds of the chamber.
It also proposes changes designed to prevent a small group of hard-liners from using threats to vacate the chair as a bludgeon to keep certain legislation off the floor, as the far-right Freedom Caucus has done in recent years.
Yes, Occasional-Cortex for Commie ‘RAT Speaker!
I’ll drink to that. She can be president of those 3 chambers of whatever she called...
“...Just put Cortez in charge....”
That’s just what the commie RATs need: an Occasional Kotex.
The chronic liar criminal hillary for speaker.
What do they want, having Nancy burn the original copy of the Constitution on the Floor of the House?
Kotek has the bird brain to go with a 3 chambered heart.
Occasional Cortex is good, but I think her official nickname should be She Guevera
the far-right Freedom Caucus
Partisan Media Shill from The Hill alert.
Never heard of any of them. Pelosi will cut them down to size like Patton did to Rommel.
They could just nominate and elect Paul Ryan as the Speaker and continue to accomplish all the House Dem objectives!
The names aren’t familiar to me either
I see one at least is from CA
If Nancy turns on them, which she will certainly do by backing out of any of the deals she made, after she is voted in.
Even if it is in writing, she will betray them
She is evil
All of the dems that were betrayed should then become Republicans
It looks like some of them might have some conservative ideals in them
I don’t think Ryan would take the job.
He wants strong democrats running things
He is SUCH a TURNCOAT!
She pretty much did that, when she certified Obunghole as the democrat candidate for President.
AOC capitulated. Shes voting for Nanzi.
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