House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced Friday Democratic leadership elections will be held next week, giving the party ample time to prepare for the lame-duck session.
The party weighed delaying votes in October, but in the wake of the Republican sweep in Tuesday’s election, the California Democrat said she’s been encouraged to schedule the elections ahead of Congress’ Thanksgiving recess.
Pelosi sent a dear colleague letter announcing the news following a call with Democratic lawmakers.
“I appreciate hearing views on how and when we go forward. Members have indicated a strong desire to proceed with elections next week in order to prepare forcefully for the lame duck session and the challenges we will face in January,” she wrote. “Therefore, the leadership elections will be held on Thursday, Nov. 17. ”
While pollsters projected Democrats picking up a significant number of seats in both chambers, Democrats only managed to pick up a handful of districts.
“This has been a very sad and trying week for all of us,” she continued. “As always, our Caucus is greatly strengthened by the constructive and candid suggestions from Members. Let us all continue to share our thoughts and prayers with each other.”
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