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Democrat Pelosi agrees to term limits, smoothing road to be House speaker

Democrat Pelosi agrees to term limits, smoothing road to be House speaker

Pelosi said she will abide by the rule whether it is approved by the caucus in February or not. I think that point is 2020.

Aides said that before backing Pelosi, rebellious Democrats were awaiting a statement from her to ensure it follows the proposal.

Democrats won back a majority in the House in November 6 elections.

In addition to Perlmutter, Sanchez, and Foster, Rep. Filemon Vela (D., Texas), Rep. Tim Ryan (D., Ohio), Rep. Seth Moulton (D., Mass.), and Rep. -elect Gil Cisneros (D., Calif.) will support Pelosi in the floor vote. She cut deals with individual lawmakers for committee assignments and roles leading legislative efforts.

Six other Democrats who had opposed Pelosi's return to the speakership joined Ryan in a statement vowing to "support and vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker". He told reporters that the two spoke a dozen times before the agreement was reached.

"This process has given us the time to choose who we want to be as a party, not let inertia decide for us", Moulton added.

Pelosi met with Reps.

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By agreeing to limit senior leaders to three, two-year terms, which would apply retroactively, Pelosi hopes to mollify a small group of Democrats who had opposed her bid for the top job in the House and wanted a new generation of leaders. There is no guarantee that Democrats will formally approve the plan, but Pelosi embraced it anyway.

Although Pelosi agreed to stick to the term limits outlined in the agreement, Hoyer, who will be majority leader, said Pelosi "doesn't negotiate for me". Her opponents say Pelosi and her top lieutenants should step aside for younger leaders. They also said her demonization as an out-of-touch radical in tens of millions of dollars' worth of Republican television ads was costing Democrats seats. But 32 Democrats also voted against her nomination, signaling that she may not possess the 218 votes needed early next month when the entire chamber votes to install a new speaker.

Pressure to back Pelosi seemed to grow after she calmly went toe-to-toe with Trump at a nationally televised verbal brawl in the Oval Office on Tuesday over his demands for congressional approval of $5 billion for his proposed border wall with Mexico.

"Over the summer, I made it clear that I see myself as a bridge to the next generation of leaders, a recognition of my continuing responsibility to mentor and advance new Members into positions of power and responsibility in the House Democratic Caucus", Pelosi said in a statement on Wednesday".

Under the term limits proposal, senior leaders could serve three, two-year terms, with an additional term possible if they receive two-thirds support of the Democratic caucus. Several aides said they believed restlessness by younger members to move up in leadership would make that hard for her to achieve.

The change also would affect her top two deputies, Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland and Rep. James Clyburn of SC. Both are also in their late 70s.