Republicans picked up an impressive and surprising number of new seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to overtake the Democrats’ majority control, which means House leadership is already laying the groundwork for the next two years.
According to the Daily Wire, part of that groundwork includes Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s plans to retain her powerful position, officially informing House Democrats on Thursday that she will be once again running to maintain the title of House Speaker.
Pelosi penned a letter to her colleagues in which she thanked them for their perceived success in what will soon be the previous 116th Congress while remaining optimistic about what the body will accomplish in the upcoming 117th Congress.
“Our vision for the next two years must be to build on the success of the Democratic House Majority in the 116th Congress, and to harness the extraordinary vision, values and vibrancy of our Caucus to secure the progress that the American people deserve,” she wrote.
Politico posted the entire letter, in which she used language to suggest that former Vice President Joe Biden and California Sen. Kamala Harris have already won the election, despite there being no official call as of this writing and a growing number of litigation initiated by President Donald Trump’s legal team that could stall results for days or weeks.
“Working together with President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, the Democratic House will be ready on Day One to advance extraordinary change For The People,” Pelosi wrote.
Pelosi also suggested in the letter that Democrats “strengthened” their position in the House, which by all accounts is factually untrue given the number of seats flipped from blue to red, which was a result that fell monumentally short of the expected “blue wave” overtaking both chambers of Congress.
Assuming the results from Tuesday’s election holds and Democrats retain a majority grip on the lower chamber, it does appear that Pelosi will continue her role as Speaker of the House.
However, given the high chance that House Dems will attempt to enact an untold number of radical pieces of legislation over the next two years, hopefully Republicans will have a solid chance at coming back as the majority party in 2022 if Republican voters step up in the way that they did in 2010.