Pro-abortion Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi was voted Speaker of the House today in a vote that saw her narrowly defeat pro-life Republican opponent Congressman Kevin McCarthy. The House of Representatives voted 216-209 to re-elect Pelosi by the smallest margin in over two decades. Pelosi has led the House Democrats since 2003.
Five Democrats defected. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich), Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) and Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-N.J.) voted “present.” Two Democrats voted for candidates other than Pelosi. Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Pa.) voted for Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.). Rep. Jared Golden (D-Maine) voted for Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.)
Spanberger explained her “present” vote in a statement.
“In a time marked by historically low trust in government, new voices are necessary to moving forward and achieving real progress,” Spanberger said. “Last Congress, I kept my promise to vote for new leadership upon my swearing-in—and in this Congress, I remain consistent in my commitment to ushering in new leadership. Accordingly, I did not vote for Speaker Pelosi.”
Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) a Black Lives matter activist, and socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) both did not initially vote when it was time to vote, but both later cast their ballots for Pelosi.
House Republicans castigated those Democrats who promised they would not support Pelosi on the campaign trail, but who turned around and voted for her anyway.
“After telling their constituents they wouldn’t support Pelosi for Speaker last Congress, 5 House Democrats just went back on their promise and handed Pelosi the gavel for two more years of her failed and radical leadership,” they said.
McCarthy won the vote of every House Republican and he will continue leading GOP opposition efforts. he was credited for expanding the Republican majority — Democrats saw a dozen incumbents lose during the 2020 election and did not defeat a single Republican representative.
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Pelosi’s first agenda item will be to try to force Americans to fund Planned Parenthood’s abortion agenda and to overturn the Hyde Amendment, which stops most all taxpayer funding of abortions.
Meanwhile, former Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards called Nancy Pelosi one of the best abortion activists ever.
Richards wrote a glowing profile for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2018 list praising her as a woman who “has done more than anyone else in office to advance women’s equity and opportunity, and to build a stronger future for generations to come.”