Van Hollen 'bets' Pelosi will remain in House leadership


Pelosi will likely announce the decision Wednesday morning.

“If I was betting and — I bet that she’s going to stay. But again, this is all speculation at this point,” Van Hollen said at a Wall Street Journal CEO Council forum.

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Van Hollen is the ranking member of the House Budget Committee, and while he doesn’t technically have a place in Democratic leadership, he occasionally sits in on meetings.

Pelosi told reporters Tuesday that she likely will make a public announcement about her leadership post after meeting with her caucus Wednesday.

Van Hollen said he didn’t want to get ahead of the process when asked if he would like the position if Pelosi steps down.

“I’m not getting ahead of anything. No. No. No ... I’m respecting this process,” he said.

The Maryland Democrat described Pelosi as an effective leader who was willing to compromise during budget negotiations last summer.

“My view is she has done a good job and was very willing, as you probably read in some of the books that have been written about this, to support a budget agreement that might have come out of the discussions between Speaker [John] Boehner and the president,” he said.