Pelosi Faces Difficult Vote For House Speakership

The Washington Post reports:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will embark Sunday on what stands to be her most difficult term yet — thanks to a diminished majority, a potentially fractious corps of left-wing lawmakers, the jockeying of would-be successors and the legislative ambitions of a Democratic president. First, however, she has to get elected.

The speaker election will be the first high-wire act of many Pelosi (D-Calif.) is likely to face over the next two years, which she has signaled could be her last in the House.

The razor-thin margin created by Democratic losses in November has prompted a vote-counting scramble in recent weeks as Pelosi’s lieutenants seek to ensure enough Democrats show up and cast their ballots for her fourth term as speaker.

Read the full article. Pelosi maintains that she has the needed votes but has reportedly said that her main opponent is COVID as the House has seen many absences in recent weeks.