NANCY Pelosi could be ousted from her House Speaker perch next week as new Democrat members refuse to say whether they'll support her bid to be reelected.
Representative-elects Cori Bush and Jamaal Bowman – both progressives newly elected to Congress in November –deflected questioning on CNN's "State of the Union" about whether they would vote for Pelosi.
"I am going to make sure that voices of the people of St. Louis are heard and we have what we need. And so you will find out then," said Bush, who defeated incumbent Rep. William Lacy Clay Jr. in her district in August before winning easily in November, Politico reports.
'That's not a 'yes,'" host Dana Bash noted.
"I'm working with my community," Bush responded.
Bush then turned to Bowman, who ousted longtime New York Rep. Eliot Engel in the state's Democratic primary in July.
Bowman also dodged the question. "You will find out when my vote is tallied and, again, organizing with our community to figure out what's best," he said.
New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the media-savvy self-proclaimed Democratic socialist, suggested earlier this month she would not support Pelosi if the speaker ran again. She claimed it was time for new, more progressive leadership for the Democratic Party.
The 31-year-old New York representative, however, admitted at the time that even if Pelosi, 80, and Schumer, 70, were to go, the progressive wing of the party had no plan on who would fill the vacancies. She ruled herself out of taking on a bigger role right now.
Ocasio-Cortez said the replacement for Pelosi and Schumer could end up being worse and "even more conservative" than the current Democratic leaders.
"How do we fill that vacuum? Because if you create that vacuum, there are so many nefarious forces at play to fill that vacuum with something even worse," Ocasio-Cortez told The Intercept podcast, 'Intercepted,' on December 16.
"And so, the actual sad state of affairs is that there are folks more conservative than even they are willing to kind of fill that void," she said.
"The House is extraordinarily complex and I'm not ready," Ocasio-Cortez said when it was suggested she could take a leadership position in two years. "It can't be me. I know that I couldn't do that job."
Bowman and Bush both said during their interview Sunday that Donald Trump needs to sign the latest bipartisan coronavirus relief legislation, which was overwhelmingly passed by Congress on Tuesday and passed off to the president for his signature.
'The American people need relief right now,' Bowman said when Bash asked him if it was OK for Pelosi to accept a deal that included $600 checks for Americans.
Trump suggested he would veto the legislation if payments were not tripled to $2,000 checks, though he eventually signed the bill on Sunday night. Pelosi plans to push the Trump-backed $2,000-checks in the House today.
Pelosi, the only woman to serve as Speaker of the House, announced in November that she was seeking her fourth two-year term in the position.
Members of the House will vote when they convene for the first time in the new year on January 3.
Democrats have a small overall majority, having lost at least 10 seats in the 2020 election, and some Democrats, likely including Louisiana's Cedric Richmond, will be leaving at some point for positions in the Biden administration.
Pelosi was first elected to the speaker position in 2009 but was ousted in 2011 when Republicans won control of the House in the middle of President Barack Obama's first term.
She was reelected House Speaker in 2019 when Democrats regained control of the House during the 2018 midterm elections.
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