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Senior Dem says Pelosi will be Speaker for as long as she wants

Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsVoters elected a record number of Black women to Congress this year — none were Republican Democrats were united on top issues this Congress — but will it hold? 'Kamala' and 'Kobe' surge in popularity among baby names MORE (D-Md.) praised House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPressure builds for coronavirus relief with no clear path to deal Top GOP senator warns government funding deal unlikely this week Houston will send residents checks of up to ,200 for pandemic relief MORE (D-Calif.) in an interview that aired Monday on "Rising," saying she will remain Speaker for as long as she wants if Democrats take back the House in November. 

"I think that she is a phenomenal Speaker," Cummings told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons. "She knows the members. I can't think of anybody in the House that could have seen through the passage of something like the Affordable Care Act." 

"I expect Nancy Pelosi will be Speaker, and I believe that she will be Speaker until she decides to leave," he continued. 

"Nancy has worked hard, and they tried to make her the boogie woman," he said. "The reason why they tried to do that is because she is effective. Even under the circumstances that we're in now, when I look at the budget that we passed, I mean the appropriations that we're doing, clearly her leadership shines through." 

Cummings will become chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee if Democrats take back the majority in the lower chamber in November. 

His comments come as Pelosi, who's led the party for 15 years, has faced some growing opposition from Democrats calling for new blood. 

While Reps. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanHouse Democrats introduce bill to invest 0 billion in STEM research and education Now's the time to make 'Social Emotional Learning' a national priority Mourners gather outside Supreme Court after passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg MORE (D-Ohio), who unsuccessfully challenged her in 2016, and Seth MoultonSeth MoultonUS national security policy in the 117th Congress and a new administration Overnight Defense: Trump fires Defense chief Mark Esper | Worries grow about rudderless post-election Pentagon | Esper firing hints at broader post-election shake-up | Pelosi says Esper firing shows Trump intent on sowing 'chaos' Democratic lawmakers lambast Trump over Esper firing as GOP remains mum MORE (D-Mass.) have been floated as potential opponents, Pelosi's critics have yet to name an official challenger. 

— Julia Manchester