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 PelosiNew Alzheimer's drug sparks backlash over FDA, pricing Sunday shows preview: Biden foreign policy in focus as Dem tensions boil up back home It's not just Manchin: No electoral mandate stalls Democrats' leftist agenda 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 BashCaitlyn Jenner compares herself to Trump: We need another 'disrupter' Sunday shows - Infrastructure, Jan. 6 commission dominate Former GOP senator says Jan. 6 commission 'should be a no brainer" 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.'”

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