From right: Reps. Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer and James Clyburn watch as Republicans take control of the 112th Congress on Wednesday.
“He meets with a lot of different groups within the Democratic Caucus. ... That’s his mode of operation,” the Utah Democrat said. “He likes to sit down and make sure he’s touching a lot of different components of our Caucus.”
A senior House Democratic aide said Hoyer will continue to manage Democratic floor efforts “in conjunction with the leader’s office.” This aide also said it’s not unusual for Pelosi to step in and manage meetings with ranking members and staff directors.
“It has always been the role of the Minority Leader to handle the rankers and the staff directors meeting,” the aide said.
Pelosi spokesman Nadeam Elshami said Democratic leaders are on the same page — focused on articulating a strong message on creating jobs, strengthening the middle class and reducing the deficit.
“That is a unified Democratic message, and together we will move forward and make clear where we stand on the issues,” Elshami said. “We will stand firm on the issues that we believe are under attack.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.