Pelosi tries to lock up needed votes; American Legislative Exchange Council helps...

Pelosi tries to lock up needed votes; American Legislative Exchange Council helps new lawmakers

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) at her weekly press conference, March 15, 2018, (Photo ©2018 Douglas Christian)
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) (Photo ©2018 Douglas Christian/TMN)

ON THE HILL WITH DOUG CHRISTIAN

CAPITOL HILL – This morning, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi holds her Thursday presser on the heels of an overwhelming Democratic midterm victory and a month before she is likely to once again become speaker of the House.

If she is to take the speaker’s gavel in January, she needs to lock up a balance of about 20 votes from Democratic lawmakers that pledged on the campaign trail not to support her.

Pelosi spokesperson Drew Hammill issued a statement saying:

“Leader Pelosi is sympathetic to the concerns raised by many newer Members, including many in the Freshmen Class, both directly to her but also to Mr. [Ranking Member James] McGovern as part of the rules discussion. This discussion will occur in the Caucus where it belongs.”

Hammill added:

“This debate has been occurring in the Caucus for years and has nothing to do with her nomination for Speaker. Reports to the contrary are false.”

Hammill bespeaks of the issue of lack of experience that confronts freshman lawmakers. One group that works with over 5,000 conservative local lawmakers throughout the United States is the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC.

ALEC’s CEO, Bill Meierling, tells TMN of their mission:

(Audio: Bill Meierling)

And tonight on the West Lawn of the Capitol, the Christmas tree lighting ceremony will be held.

Doug Christian, Capitol Hill

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