Top House Dems on investigative committees endorse Pelosi for Speaker

Top House Dems on investigative committees endorse Pelosi for Speaker
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The top three Democrats on the House's investigative committees endorsed Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiWhite House: Window for finalizing sweeping budget package 'closing' Emanuel to take hot seat in Senate confirmation hearing Fixing Congress requires fixing how it legislates MORE (D-Calif.) for Speaker on Sunday.

"She's got my vote. Nancy Pelosi has been battle-tested," said Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsFormer GOP congressional candidate Kimberly Klacik suing Candace Owens for defamation Former Cummings staffer unveils congressional bid McCarthy, GOP face a delicate dance on Jan. 6 committee MORE (D-Md.), who is slated to become chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee next year, on ABC's "This Week."

"I have watched her — I've said it many times, she's a phenomenal Speaker," he said. "And now that we have all of these women coming into the Congress it would be a damn shame that you then replaced this fearless leader with a man."

Cummings added that he looks forward to "working with [Pelosi] as Speaker."

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"I'm going to vote for her and encourage all my colleagues to vote for her."

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffJan. 6 panel votes to hold Bannon in contempt Press: Steve Bannon behind bars in Capitol basement? Paris Hilton to visit Capitol Hill to advocate for bill on children's treatment centers MORE (D-Calif.), the soon-to-be chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, agreed with Cummings's endorsement.

"We need the strongest general that we have. We need the best tactician. We need the best organizer," Schiff told NBC's "Meet the Press." "And that's her. There's no one else, honestly, that comes close."

The likely next chairman of the Judiciary Committee also echoed that endorsement.

"I think she's one of the finest legislative craftspeople of our time," Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said on CNN's "State of the Union," referring to Pelosi.

"Without her leadership, we wouldn't have the Affordable Care Act, we wouldn't have pre-existing conditions," he said. "She most certainly has my support, I would do anything I can to make sure she's the Speaker again."

Pelosi has been working to become Speaker when Democrats take over the chamber next year, but has faced some opposition.

She has been more moderate on impeaching President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump defends indicted GOP congressman House to vote Thursday on holding Bannon in contempt Youngkin calls for investigation into Loudoun County School Board amid sexual assault allegations MORE than some Democrats.

In an interview with The Atlantic published Sunday she said that she wants to see irrefutable evidence before she launches an impeachment effort so that Republicans would be on board.