Sunday marks the swearing-in of the 117th Congress, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., prone to win re-election regardless of a shrinking Democratic majority.
Pelosi is operating unopposed however, with Democrats holding a smaller majority than the prior Congress, she will be able to solely afford to have a small handful of lawmakers peel off and choose to write-in another person.
“Well, Nancy Pelosi will be the next speaker of the House of Representatives,” Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., instructed “Fox News Sunday.” “There is incredible enthusiasm for Speaker Pelosi because she’s done the work.””
In a letter to colleagues Sunday morning, Pelosi stated the brand new Congress will convene “during a time of extraordinary difficulty.”
“Each of our communities has been drastically affected by the pandemic and economic crisis: 350,000 tragic deaths, over 20 million infections, millions without jobs — a toll almost beyond comprehension,” she stated. “Thank you for your generosity of spirit and patriotism to take on this challenge For The People.”
“I am enormously grateful for the trust that Members have placed in me,” she added. “I am confident that the Speaker’s election today will show a united Democratic Caucus ready to meet the challenges ahead.”
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the vote for speaker— which have to be carried out in individual— will look completely different than in previous years. Members can be damaged up into separate teams quite than having the entire elected representatives gathered on the ground directly. This roll name vote is predicted to take a number of hours after it begins Sunday afternoon.
At least a handful of members won’t be current for the vote, together with Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., who’s battling pancreatic most cancers, and Rep. David Valadao, R-Ca., and Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar, R-Fla., who not too long ago examined constructive for Covid-19.
Pelosi gained the prior vote for speaker by a 220 to 192 edge over House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.
Senators are additionally being sworn in on Sunday. The ceremonies mark the top of David Perdue’s time period in workplace. Perdue will depart his Georgia seat vacant till both he or Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff is licensed because the winner of considered one of Tuesday’s widely-watched Senate runoff in that state. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., can be dealing with a runoff on Tuesday, however she’s going to stay in her seat by way of the election as a result of she was earlier appointed to proceed a time period that doesn’t expire on Sunday.
The Senate will stand at 51 Republican senators and 48 Democrats following the swearing-in ceremonies. Should Democrats prevail within the Georgia runoffs, that break up would grow to be 50-50, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris serving because the tie-breaking vote, giving Democrats the bulk.
Allan Smith is a political reporter for NBC News.