House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will seek another term if Democrats again control the majority of seats in the House after the November elections.
Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, Oct. 25, the host, Jake Trapper, asked Pelosi, “If Democrats keep the House, are you going to run for another term as speaker?” She replied that, “Yes, I am.”
“But let me also say that we have to win the Senate,” 80-year-old Pelosi added.
Pelosi first served as the House speaker from 2007 to 2011, becoming the first woman in U.S. history to hold the post. She was re-elected during the 2018 midterm election.
In late 2018, Pelosi committed to a self-imposed term limit of a maximum of four years so the next Congress is expected to be her last as the House’s top Democrat, according to The Hill.
During the interview with CNN, Pelosi cited the likely confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s third nominee to be confirmed to the Supreme Court, to emphasize the importance for Democrats to win the Senate.
“This is a very important election, and this nomination makes the election even more important for people’s health, for clean air, … health of our planet, and health of our people,” she said.
Asked if the speaker would hold out on advancing CCP Virus (coronavirus) stimulus bill and then she could get a bill she prefers after the elections, Pelosi said, “We want to do it as soon as possible.”
“I thought the president did too and that was part of the leverage that each side had that we both wanted an agreement,” she said. “Why would we even be talking to each other if we didn’t believe that we could reach an agreement?”
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the White House’s chief negotiator, offered to support a nearly $1.9 trillion stimulus bill, less than the $2.2 trillion bill House Democrats passed earlier this month. Two of the biggest sticking points are how much supplemental unemployment insurance to provide as well as Democrats’ request to send more aid to states and localities, according to National Review.