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Biden congratulates Pelosi on Speaker nomination

Biden congratulates Pelosi on Speaker nomination

President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenHarris says she has 'not yet' spoken to Pence Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year Obama: Republican Party members believe 'white males are victims' MORE phoned Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGovernors take heat for violating their own coronavirus restrictions Spending deal clears obstacle in shutdown fight Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation MORE (D-Calif.) on Wednesday to congratulate her on being nominated Speaker of the House for another term.

“President-elect Biden called Speaker Pelosi to congratulate her on her election as Democratic nominee for Speaker of the House and express that he looks forward to working with her and Democratic leadership in the House on a shared agenda to get COVID-19 under control and build our economy back better,” Biden’s office said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

House Democrats voted privately on Wednesday to nominate Pelosi to serve another two years as Speaker. Pelosi has led the party since 2003 and has been serving her second stint as Speaker since Democrats regained control of the chamber in 2018.

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She indicated to reporters that her next term as Speaker would be her last.

Wednesday’s phone call is the third between Biden and Pelosi since the former vice president was projected the winner of the presidential election on Nov. 7.  Pelosi called to congratulate Biden following his victory, and the two spoke along with Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerUS national security policy in the 117th Congress and a new administration Voters say Biden should make coronavirus vaccine a priority: poll New York City subway service could be slashed 40 percent, officials warn MORE (D-N.Y.) last week about addressing the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Pelosi and Schumer will be key allies in Congress for Biden as he looks to shepherd his agenda. While Democrats will control the House in the next Congress, the balance of power in the Senate remains up in the air as two races in Georgia head to runoffs in January.