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U.S. Rep. Fudge says she will not challenge Pelosi for House speaker

FILE PHOTO U.S. Representative and Convention Chair Marcia Fudge (D-OH) gavels within the second session on the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 26, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nancy Pelosi’s bid to develop into the following speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives received a lift on Tuesday when fellow Democratic Representative Marcia Fudge introduced that she would assist her election to the highest submit.

Fudge, who has been mulling a challenge to Pelosi, mentioned in a press release, “I now join my colleagues in support of the leadership team” that may be headed by Pelosi.

Democrats who’ve been elected to the House for the Congress that begins in January are scheduled to satisfy on Nov. 28 to select their celebration leaders and their nominee for speaker of the House. The full House will vote in early January on the speaker place.

Pelosi, at present the House Democratic chief, enjoys broad assist. However, a small group of Democrats who’re clamoring for recent management have threatened to crew up with Republicans and vote in opposition to Pelosi in January.

In saying that she would not run for speaker, Fudge, a former head of the Congressional Black Caucus, mentioned that she has gained assurances from Pelosi that “black women will have a seat at the decision-making table.”

Pelosi introduced that Fudge subsequent 12 months will chair a House subcommittee overseeing elections actions to assist be sure that voting throughout the United States is performed based on legislation.

With Fudge not coming into the race for speaker, there at present are not any different Democrats who’ve mentioned that they had been contemplating working for the submit.

The House speaker units the legislative agenda within the chamber and is second in line for the presidency if President Donald Trump had been to die in workplace or develop into incapacitated.

Reporting by Richard Cowan; Editing by Sandra Maler and Lisa Shumaker

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