Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced to her caucus she is staying on as the top House Democrat, sources in a Wednesday morning meeting said.
“She will continue to lead a united Democratic Caucus that will play a crucial role in developing a responsible deficit reduction package — working with President Obama and our colleagues in the Senate — that protects Social Security and Medicare, the middle class and children, while asking the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share,” a source close to Pelosi said.
Budget Committee ranking member Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., said he was pleased. “I think it’s a great decision,” he said.
The decision by Pelosi continues her 10-year reign of the House Democrats and thwarts ambitions of her second-in-command and sometimes rival, Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md.
Additionally, Rep. Steve Israel of New York is expected to remain at the helm of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for a second cycle. Pelosi told caucus members, “I’ll stay if Steve Israel stays on at the DCCC,” according to a source.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.