Pelosi all but assured of becoming House speaker

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The deal was presented to the rest of Pelosi's critics Wednesday morning and was announced in the afternoon. They'll be targeting newly elected Democrats who vote for Pelosi for speaker when the new Congress convenes January 3, especially those who had vowed on the campaign trail to oppose her. Pelosi won high marks from fellow Democrats for firmly but calmly going toe-to-toe with Trump. It's the start of a long final act of the 78-year-old mother of five and grandmother of nine, and she's more comfortable than ever taking her seat at the table.

"House Democrats won a decisive victory in November, winning a historic majority of at least 40 seats by almost 10 million votes".

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But Thursday, the speaker-in-waiting capped off the week-that-was by recapping what had just happened - in case anyone missed the social media memes of Pelosi in that coat, exiting the White House. She cut deals with individual lawmakers for committee assignments and roles leading legislative efforts.

The Washington Post reported at least six of those Democratic holdouts plan to back Pelosi's bid after the announcement, and at least one member of the House who opposed her nomination, Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.), publicly expressed her support on Wednesday after the decision.

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With 235 Democrats in the House - 40 more than in the current term - she can lose only 17 Democrats and still reach 218 in a House vote.

Pelosi had described herself as a transitional leader over the last several weeks. "No, I don't think that's a lame duck".

The term limits agreement, which still needs to be formalized by a vote of House Democrats, would limit caucus leaders to three terms, and a fourth term if two-thirds of the caucus agrees to it. Pelosi, of course, is well aware of how the Congress works, which is what makes her remarks so intentionally deceptive.

Pelosi's opponents have argued it was time for younger leaders to command the party.

Congressman Ryan also said that this change is positive for the Democratic party.

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The public display this week points to the return of one of the more powerful leaders in the history of the House, even if she's now term-limited herself to serving as speaker no more than four years.

"Our majority came on the backs of candidates who said that they would support new leadership because voters in hard-won districts, and across the country, want to see real change in Washington".

Pelosi and Schumer have urged Trump to support a bill that includes a half-dozen government funding bills largely agreed upon by lawmakers, along with a separate measure that funds the Department of Homeland Security at current levels through September 30. It all but guarantees that she will win the votes she will need to regain her job when the new Congress convenes on 3 January. It will retroactively apply to the two leadership terms she and her counterparts, Minority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, and Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn, D-South Carolina, served from 2007 to 2011. Both are also in their late 70s.

In a November 28 meeting, Moulton, Rice and Ryan and Pelosi failed to reach an agreement because they said the minority leader did not produce a transition plan for "a new generation of leadership" to take over in the future.

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