House Democratic leader threatens to tie Mueller protections to spending bill

Chuck Schumer

Senate Minority Leader Chuck

"And it seems that on a number of those issues, we're aligned".

Costa also asked for more movement on health care - specifically on work to lower prescription drug costs - and immigration. Lynch, who represents the MA 8th district, said he spoke with Pelosi Wednesday.

Pelosi said the "committees of jurisdiction will determine how they proceed", with investigations into the administration and affirmed that Democrats will exercise due diligence with regard to oversight responsibilities.

They point to Trump's refusal to release his tax returns, his reported business dealings with Russian Federation, and his frequent attacks on Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III as areas of concern worthy of further inquiry. "Then at a time when she has led us to have one of the greatest number of women that we've ever had, I would say to them, 'what do you want?'"

While Pelosi was running uncontested on Wednesday, it was notable that the votes cast against her were well below the 63 votes won by Representative Tim Ryan in his 2016 challenge to the longtime Democratic leader.

Some Democrats, however, could vote "present" instead of voting for either Pelosi or incoming Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy.

"We have to have a government voters can trust, and this is the first step to building a government they can trust", said Rep. -elect Veronica Escobar, D-Texas.

The 116th Congress will convene on January 3, 2019.

Some Democrats have said they want to impeach the president.

House Democrats on Friday unveiled their first bill for the new Congress, a good-government package to limit big money in politics, make it easier for citizens to vote and require presidents to disclose their tax returns.

Pelosi previously held the position from 2007 to 2011.

Those numbers leave her short of the 218 she needs to win the post.

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