Does Pelosi have enough votes for Speaker?

Does Pelosi have enough votes for Speaker?


What’s up, everybody? Turns out the blue wave did happen and the Democrats took back the House of Representatives. That means the Democrats get to choose the next Speaker of the House. Out of the 435 members of Congress, it looks like it’s going to end up being 234 Democrats versus 201 Republicans. The only person running for Speaker of the House right now is Nancy Pelosi. To become Speaker of the House, Pelosi needs 218 votes. That would be a majority of the 435 members of Congress. But, it’s not a sure thing. Sixteen members of Congress have signed a letter stating that they are opposed to Nancy Pelosi becoming the next Speaker of the House. So, let’s do a little math. Out of the 234 seats won by the Dems, if you subtract those sixteen who signed the letter, you’re left with 218 votes. That would mean Nancy Pelosi could not lose anyone else voting for her. There are a couple of options here. House rules allow a member to vote “present” instead of casting a vote for somebody for Speaker. By voting “present,” that would still allow a candidate to live up to their promise to their constituents to not vote for Nancy Pelosi. But if too many Democrats vote “present,” that would lower the majority required so much that the Republicans could actually obtain the position of Speaker. That would be absolutely devastating for Democrats. But Republicans could actually play spoiler in another way. Republicans could vote for Nancy Pelosi in exchange for favorable changes to the rules in the House. So, what kind of rules would the Republicans want changed? Well, one example would be a rule that allows a bill with strong bi-partisan support to make its way automatically to the floor for a vote. This would take away some power from the Speaker, who currently holds the authority on deciding which bills make it to the floor for a vote. One other thing to think about is what if there is a tie? The simple answer is: They’ll just keep voting until there’s a winner. The longest race for Speaker was in 1856 with the 34th Congress. It took two months and 133 ballots before they were finally able to decide on a Speaker. So, what’s most likely going to happen here? Well, both caucuses, the Democrats and the Republicans, will have a vote on November 28th. Before that caucus vote, Nancy Pelosi will most likely have secured enough votes to ensure that she becomes the next Speaker of the House. It would be really awkward for Republicans to vote for her and that would cause them a lot of trouble in their districts. So, most likely, Nancy Pelosi will secure the votes she needs before the Democratic caucus so that the Democrats can move forward with a unified front. The entire House will vote on January 3rd. And after that, we’ll know who the next Speaker of the House is. Hey, thanks for watching this video. If you enjoy talking politics as much as I do, come join us on Twitch where I live stream three days a week at twitch.tv/imreallyimportant. We’ve got a diverse community with people from all over the political spectrum and all over the world. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to get out of your echo chamber a little bit and talk to people who may have different opinions than you. I personally have made a ton of friends and I’ve enjoyed hearing everyone express themselves. Thanks again for watching this video. If you enjoyed it, please like. And, if you want to see more videos, make sure you subscribe because I plan on putting out a whole bunch more of educational content. Thanks for watching. Have a good one.

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