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

Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsRepublicans defend drug company in spotlight over HIV medication prices Advocate praises Warren's opioid proposal: 'The scale of the plan is absolutely right' Overnight Health Care — Presented by Campaign for Accountability — House lawmakers offer measure on surprise medical bills | Top Dems press DOJ on ObamaCare document requests | Pennsylvania AG sues Purdue Pharma over opioid epidemic MORE (D-Md.) praised House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiOn The Money: Treasury rejects Dem subpoena for Trump tax returns | Companies warn trade war about to hit consumers | Congress, White House to launch budget talks next week | Trump gets deal to lift steel tariffs on Mexico, Canada Maxine Waters: Trump 'has done everything that one could even think of to be eligible for impeachment' Trump knocks Mulvaney for casting doubt on chances of infrastructure deal 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) John RyanMomentum builds behind push to pass laws enshrining abortion rights Poll: Biden is only Dem candidate that beats Trump outside of margin of error Eye-popping number of Dems: I can beat Trump MORE (D-Ohio), who unsuccessfully challenged her in 2016, and Seth MoultonSeth Wilbur Moulton2020 Dem Seth Moulton calls for expanding cannabis access for veterans Momentum builds behind push to pass laws enshrining abortion rights 'SleepyCreepy Joe' and 'Crazy Bernie': Trump seeks to define 2020 Dems with insults MORE (D-Mass.) have been floated as potential opponents, Pelosi's critics have yet to name an official challenger. 

— Julia Manchester