Incoming Democratic House members sidestep questions on voting for Pelosi as speaker

Incoming Democratic House members sidestep questions on voting for Pelosi as speaker
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Incoming Democratic House members Cori Bush (Mo.) and Jamaal Bowman (N.Y.), both of whom won their races after primary victories over longtime incumbents, would not commit on Sunday to voting to reelect Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump White House associate tied to Proud Boys before riot via cell phone data Greene sounds off on GOP after Hill story 'Bloody Sunday' to be commemorated for first time without John Lewis MORE (D-Calif.) 

“What I'm going to do is make sure that the voices of the people of St. Louis are heard and that we have what we need. And so you will find out then,” Bush told CNN’s Dana BashDana BashKhashoggi fiancée: Not punishing Saudi crown prince would be 'stain on our humanity' Senate Democrat: Saudi relationship being 'recalibrated' Sunday shows - Trump's reemergence, COVID-19 vaccines and variants dominate MORE on Sunday on “State of the Union.”

Bash responded, “That’s not a yes,” with Bush answering, “I'm working with my community.”

When asked the same question, Bowman was similarly noncommittal, saying, “You will find out when my vote is tallied and, again, organizing with our community to figure out what's best.”


Bash asked Bowman what input he was soliciting from his constituents ahead of the vote.

“We got to bring H.R. 40 to the floor for a vote. We need reparations for the African American community,” Bowman said, referencing legislation that would authorize a commission to study reparation proposals. “We need a federal jobs guarantee. We need 'Medicare for all.'”

House Democrats’ underperformance in the 2020 elections significantly narrowed the party’s majority to single digits, which will lessen further after President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Myanmar military conducts violent night raids Confidence in coronavirus vaccines has grown with majority now saying they want it MORE tapped Reps. Marcia FudgeMarcia FudgeWe need to lay the foundation for meaningful housing policy change Black Caucus members lobby Biden to tap Shalanda Young for OMB head Sanders votes against Biden USDA nominee Vilsack MORE (D-Ohio), Cedric RichmondCedric RichmondPadilla has 'big Chuck Taylors to fill' in replacing Harris Bottom line Biden pledges action on guns amid resistance MORE (D-La.) and Deb HaalandDeb HaalandTrump promises to travel to Alaska to campaign against Murkowski Indigenous leadership is a linchpin to solving environmental crises The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Virus relief bill headed for weekend vote MORE (D-N.M.) to be members of his administration in January.