House Democrats have begun looking for a replacement for Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who will likely step down after the midterm elections in November. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., is the early favorite to succeed Pelosi, but infighting between the party’s far-left and moderate wings might complicate the process.
Moreover, after various far-left initiatives in President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Act were pulled out owing to lack of support from the party’s more moderate wing, Democratic infighting may focus on maintaining his plan. The law has yet to clear the Senate, and if the Democrats lose control of Congress in November, it may collapse.
Rep. Ro Khanna of California, a Sen. Bernie Sanders presidential campaign backer, has urged House Democrats to adopt a stronger left-wing platform. Khanna says he hoped they take progressive stances, listen to the wide caucus, and establish consensus.
Furthermore, he believed there was a “holding of power” paradigm that worked very well for a long time, and he thought today it is more about a recognition of multiple centers of interest within the Democratic caucus that has to be brought in and brought together, said Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Washington.
Therefore he wanted to make sure it’s someone who can bring the party together, said Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill. “Our diversity is our strength, and our unity is our power,” adds Pelosi. On the other hand, he stated that he wants a candidate who can maintain the party’s unity.