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Live coverage: House elects new Speaker as Dems take charge

It’s a huge day in the House, with Rep. Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBrown says Biden's first moves as president should be COVID relief, voting rights Sunday shows - Spotlight shifts to positive tests among Pence aides Pelosi dismisses talk of White House compromise on stimulus: They 'keep moving the goal post' MORE (D-Calif.) being elected to a second stint as Speaker and Democrats ready to take control of the body and pass legislation that would end the shutdown. 

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The day began with the Speaker’s vote and will also include the swearing in of new members.

Votes on the legislation to end the shutdown will come later. The bills have been rejected by President TrumpDonald John TrumpFox News president, top anchors advised to quarantine after coronavirus exposure: report Six notable moments from Trump and Biden's '60 Minutes' interviews Biden on attacks on mental fitness: Trump thought '9/11 attack was 7/11 attack' MORE and the Senate, which remains in GOP hands.

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Pelosi sworn in as House Speaker

2:45 p.m.

Pelosi took her oath and was sworn in as the new Speaker of the House after inviting her grandchildren and all the other children in the audience to join her at the front of the chamber.

The oath was administered by the dean of the House, Rep. Don YoungDonald (Don) Edwin YoungDemocrats, GOP fighting over largest House battlefield in a decade Coordinated federal leadership is needed for recovery of US travel and tourism Alaska may select our next president MORE (R-Alaska).

Pelosi then swore in the other members of the House.

House elects Pelosi to second Speakership

2 p.m.

Pelosi won the Speaker’s gavel for the second time, marking a historic return to power for the nation’s first female Speaker and ushering in what Democrats promise will be a new era of oversight for Trump and his administration.

Pelosi won the Speakership in a 220-192 vote over Rep. Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyRocky Mountain National Park closed due to expanding Colorado wildfire Trump is out of touch with Republican voters on climate change The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Iran, Russia election bombshell; final Prez debate tonight MORE (R-Calif.), the House minority leader.

Twelve Democrats voted against Pelosi, who worked to crush a Democratic insurgency that initially appeared to threaten her Speakership bid. Three Democrats voted "present."

Six Republicans voted against McCarthy.

Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanSunday shows preview: Trump, Biden gear up for final sprint to Election Day McCarthy faces pushback from anxious Republicans over interview comments McCarthy: 'I would think I already have the votes' to remain as House GOP leader MORE (R-Ohio) received five votes.

— Mike Lillis and Juliegrace Brufke

Incoming New Jersey rep is 15th protest vote against Pelosi

1:47 p.m.

Incoming Rep. Jeff Van DrewJeff Van DrewThe Hill's Campaign Report: Trump to leave Walter Reed l Post-debate polls show Biden building big lead l Coronavirus concerns ahead of VP debate Democrat-turned-Republican Van Drew trails Amy Kennedy in New Jersey House race: poll The Hill's Campaign Report: 19 years since 9/11 | Dem rival to Marjorie Taylor Greene drops out | Collin Peterson faces fight of his career | Court delivers blow to ex-felon voting rights in Florida MORE (D-N.J.) voted "present" after originally voting "no," to become the 15th Democratic protest vote against Pelosi as Speaker. Van Drew succeeds Republican Rep. Frank LoBiondoFrank Alo LoBiondoVan Drew wins GOP primary in New Jersey Amy Kennedy wins NJ primary to face GOP's Van Drew Stimulus price tag of .2T falls way short, some experts say MORE in Congress.

— Naomi Jagoda

Incoming Michigan, Virginia reps are 13th and 14th protest votes against Pelosi

1:42 p.m.

Rep.-elect Elissa SlotkinElissa SlotkinOvernight Health Care: Following debate, Biden hammers Trump on coronavirus | Study: Universal mask-wearing could save 130,000 lives | Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight Democratic House chairman trusts Pentagon won't follow 'unlawful orders' on election involvement Overnight Defense: National Guard says no federal requests for election security help | Dems accuse VA head of misusing resources | Army official links COVID-19 to troop suicides MORE (D-Mich.) and Rep.-elect Abigail SpanbergerAbigail Davis SpanbergerDuring pandemic, 'telehealth' emerging as important lifeline to connect patients with caregivers Chamber-backed Democrats embrace endorsements in final stretch Spanberger's GOP challenger raises over .8 million in third quarter MORE (D-Va.) became the 13th and 14th Democratic members to vote against Pelosi.

Slotkin voted "present" and Spanberger became the fourth vote for Rep. Cheri BustosCheryl (Cheri) Lea BustosGOP sees chance to take out Democratic House campaign chief Energized by polls, House Democrats push deeper into GOP territory Cook Report shifts 12 House races, all but one toward Democrats MORE (D-Ill.), the incoming chairwoman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

— Naomi Jagoda

Oregon rep, New Jersey rep become 11th and 12th Democratic votes against Pelosi

1:40 p.m.

Rep. Kurt SchraderWalter (Kurt) Kurt SchraderHouse members race to prepare for first-ever remote votes The 14 Democrats who broke with their party on coronavirus relief vote House votes to condemn Trump Medicaid block grant policy MORE (D-Ore.) voted for Rep. Marcia FudgeMarcia Louise FudgeOfficials urge social media groups to weed out election disinformation targeting minority voters Letter from Trump taking credit for aid now mandated in government food boxes: report This week: House returns for pre-election sprint MORE (D-Ohio) for Speaker. Fudge had contemplated a run for Speaker. Fudge cast a vote for Pelosi.

Rep.-elect Mikie SherrillRebecca (Mikie) Michelle SherrillOvernight Defense: Armed Services chairman unsold on slashing defense budget | Democratic Senate report details 'damage, chaos' of Trump foreign policy | Administration approves .8B Taiwan arms sales Democratic House chairman trusts Pentagon won't follow 'unlawful orders' on election involvement Overnight Defense: National Guard says no federal requests for election security help | Dems accuse VA head of misusing resources | Army official links COVID-19 to troop suicides MORE (D-N.J.) became the third member to vote for Bustos.

— Cristina Marcos

New York rep becomes 10th Dem vote against Pelosi

1: 38 p.m.

Rep.-elect Max RoseMax RoseCentrist Democrats got their COVID bill, now they want a vote Lawmakers fear voter backlash over failure to reach COVID-19 relief deal The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - Pence lauds Harris as 'experienced debater'; Trump, Biden diverge over debate prep MORE (D-N.Y.) became the second vote for Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthAmy Coney Barrett's extreme views put women's rights in jeopardy Trump slight against Gold Star families adds to military woes McConnell focuses on confirming judicial nominees with COVID-19 talks stalled MORE (D-Ill.) to become Speaker.

— Cristina Marcos

Rice becomes ninth Dem vote against Pelosi

1:35 p.m.

Rep. Kathleen RiceKathleen Maura RiceHillicon Valley: Simulated cyberattack success | New bill for election security funding | Amazon could be liable for defective products Lawmakers introduce bill to help election officials address cyber vulnerabilities House lawmakers to launch probe into DHS excluding NY from Trusted Traveler Program MORE (D-N.Y.), a leader of the group of House Democrats who were hoping to oust Pelosi as speaker, voted for Stacey Abrams, who lost her competitive race for Georgia governor in November.

— Naomi Jagoda

Florida rep backs Jordan over McCarthy

Rep. Scott PerryScott Gordon PerryHouse Republicans ask Amtrak CEO for information on Biden's train trips Hillicon Valley: House votes to condemn QAnon | Americans worried about foreign election interference | DHS confirms request to tap protester phones House approves measure condemning QAnon, but 17 Republicans vote against it MORE (R-Pa.) became the fifth Republican vote against McCarthy for Speaker, casting his vote for Jordan.

— Melanie Zanona

Utah rep is eighth Democratic protest vote against Pelosi

1:29 p.m.

Incoming Rep. Ben McAdams (D-Utah) cast his Speaker vote for Rep. Stephanie MurphyStephanie MurphyDemocrats scramble on COVID-19 relief amid division, Trump surprise Bank lobbying group launches ad backing Collins reelection bid House Democrats call on State Department for information on Uighur prisoner Ekpar Asat MORE (D-Fla.), the leader of the moderate Blue Dog Coalition.

— Melanie Zanona

Massie votes Jordan to 'drain the swamp'

1:26 p.m.

Rep. Thomas MassieThomas Harold MassieHouse in near-unanimous vote affirms peaceful transfer of power Ron Paul hospitalized in Texas GOP lawmaker praises Kyle Rittenhouse's 'restraint' for not emptying magazine during shooting MORE (R-Ky.) became the third Republican to vote against McCarthy. Massie voted for Jordan, saying it was a vote to "drain the swamp."

— Melanie Zanona

Pennsylvania rep is seventh Pelosi protest vote

1:23 p.m.

Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Pa.) voted for Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyDozens of legal experts throw weight behind Supreme Court term limit bill Presidential debate proves the power of the climate movement Democrats see fundraising spike following Ginsburg death MORE III (D-Mass.).

Kennedy was seen having a good laugh with the people sitting around him after Lamb's vote. 

— Cristina Marcos

Wisconsin rep becomes sixth protest vote against Pelosi

1:20 p.m.

Rep. Ron KindRonald (Ron) James KindDemocrats, GOP fighting over largest House battlefield in a decade Republican fears grow over rising Democratic tide Wisconsin Rep. Ron Kind wins primary MORE (D-Wis.) voted for civil rights icon Rep. John LewisJohn LewisBrown says Biden's first moves as president should be COVID relief, voting rights Harry Reid: Biden should give GOP three weeks to see if they will work with him NY Times slammed for glowing Farrakhan op-ed: 'You would think he was a gentleman' MORE (D-Ga.). Kind was an expected "no" vote on Pelosi after voting against her as Democratic leader in November 2017.

— Cristina Marcos

Jordan backs McCarthy for Speaker

1:15 p.m.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who received some votes for Speaker, cast his vote for McCarthy.

— Naomi Jagoda 

Pelosi, McCarthy receive first protest votes

1:03 p.m.

Incoming freshman Rep. Anthony Brindisi (N.Y.) became the first Democrat to register a protest vote against Pelosi as Speaker. Brindisi voted for former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFox News president, top anchors advised to quarantine after coronavirus exposure: report Six notable moments from Trump and Biden's '60 Minutes' interviews Biden on attacks on mental fitness: Trump thought '9/11 attack was 7/11 attack' MORE to serve in the role.

Shortly after Brindisi's vote, Rep. Jim CooperJim CooperHouse Democrat to DeJoy: 'Is your backup plan to be pardoned like Roger Stone?' House Democrats call on State Department for information on Uighur prisoner Ekpar Asat Pelosi weighing bringing House back from August recess early over USPS issues: reports MORE (D-Tenn.) voted "present," drawing murmurs in the chamber.

Cooper in past years has voted for Colin Powell for Speaker.

Incoming Rep. Jason CrowJason CrowGiffords launches national Gun Owners for Safety group to combat the NRA House approves .2T COVID-19 relief bill as White House talks stall Lawmakers grill Pentagon over Trump's Germany drawdown MORE (Colo.) cast his vote for Duckworth (D-Ill.), a fellow military veteran who also served in the Iraq war.

Incoming Reps. Joe CunninghamJoseph CunninghamMichigan Republican isolating after positive coronavirus test Chamber-backed Democrats embrace endorsements in final stretch GOP Rep. Mike Bost tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (D-S.C.) and Jared Golden (D-Maine) also broke ranks, voting for Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.), the incoming chairwoman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Cunningham will represent a district that President Trump won in 2016.

On the other side of the aisle, most Republicans voted for McCarthy.

Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashEnergized by polls, House Democrats push deeper into GOP territory Ocasio-Cortez draws hundreds of thousands of viewers on Twitch livestream Hillicon Valley: House votes to condemn QAnon | Americans worried about foreign election interference | DHS confirms request to tap protester phones MORE (R-Mich.), broke ranks to vote for Massie and Reps. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) and Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarHillicon Valley: House votes to condemn QAnon | Americans worried about foreign election interference | DHS confirms request to tap protester phones House approves measure condemning QAnon, but 17 Republicans vote against it Pelosi must go — the House is in dire need of new leadership MORE (R-Ariz.) voted for Jordan. 

— Melanie Zanona

Jeffries drops Naughty by Nature reference in nominating Pelosi

12:54 p.m.

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesA tearful lesson of 2016: Polls don't matter if people don't vote Overnight Health Care: House Democrats slam pharma CEOs for price hikes driven by revenue, executive bonuses | Ex-FDA employees express worries to Congress over politicization of vaccines | Fauci said his mask stance was 'taken out of context' by Trump Top House Democrat: Parties 'much closer' to a COVID deal 'than we've ever been' MORE (D-N.Y.), who is often discussed as a future Speaker, rose to nominate Pelosi.

To roaring applause from Democrats, Jeffries showcased his knowledge of 1990s hip-hop and said, "Dems are down with NDP," referencing Naughty by Nature's hit song, "Down with OPP."

Nancy Patricia D'Alesandro Pelosi is expected to be elected Speaker later Thursday. 

— Julliegrace Brufke

Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezSunday shows - Spotlight shifts to positive tests among Pence aides Ocasio-Cortez says Democrats must focus on winning White House for Biden The Memo: Five reasons why Trump could upset the odds MORE, meet Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsPence's 'body man' among aides who tested positive for coronavirus: report Murphy says US would be 'better off' if Trump admin 'did nothing' on coronavirus Biden: Meadows coronavirus remark a 'candid acknowledgement' of Trump strategy 'to wave the white flag' MORE

12:51 p.m.

Progressive firebrand Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) could not be missed on the House floor.

Clad in all white, the congresswoman-elect blew kisses to supporters in the gallery, gave high fives to fellow freshmen and took pictures with fellow Democrats Ann McLane Kuster (N.H.), Barbara LeeBarbara Jean LeeOcasio-Cortez, progressives call on Senate not to confirm lobbyists or executives to future administration posts Democrats accuse tech companies of deceitful tactics in campaign against Calif. ballot measure Congress fiddles while the US burns, floods, and ails MORE (Calif.), Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson LeePocan won't seek another term as Progressive Caucus co-chair Grand jury charges no officers in Breonna Taylor death Hillicon Valley: Murky TikTok deal raises questions about China's role | Twitter investigating automated image previews over apparent algorithmic bias | House approves bill making hacking federal voting systems a crime MORE (Texas) and Jahana HayesJahana HayesMichigan Republican isolating after positive coronavirus test Connecticut congresswoman's town hall Zoom bombed in racist attack GOP Rep. Mike Bost tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (Conn.).

At one point, Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) wandered across the aisle to shake hands with and say hello to Ocasio-Cortez. The two bomb throwers from opposite ends of the political spectrum smiled and chatted for a bit before Meadows moved on.

— Scott Wong 

Tony Bennett, Tim Gunn among Pelosi guests

12:24 p.m.

Pelosi has invited a star-studded guest list to witness history when she reclaims the Speaker’s gavel on Thursday.

In addition to her children and grandchildren, Pelosi has asked legendary singer Tony Bennett, Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart and television personality Tim Gunn to sit in the House gallery during the Speaker’s vote.

Also in attendance will be D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Stephanie Shriock and Ellen Malcolm of EMILY’s List, and the presidents of Georgetown University and Trinity Washington University.

— Melanie Zanona

Pelosi supports hearings on 'Medicare for all'

11:55 a.m.

Pelosi supports holding hearings on "Medicare for all," her spokesman said Thursday, a major step forward for the movement.

Some Democrats had already been talking about holding hearings on the issue and having Pelosi's support could boost that effort.

Pelosi had said last year only that Medicare for all would "have to be evaluated" and is "on the table."

The Washington Post reported that the hearings would be in the Rules Committee and the Budget Committee. 

Notably, that would leave out the main committees with jurisdiction over the issue, Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means. The chairmen of those committees have not given their backing to Medicare for all, while the chairmen of Rules and Budget have.

— Peter Sullivan