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If we want to inform our opinion as to whom is the best choice to serve as House Speaker, it is important to understand the complexities & responsibilities of the position.Thanks to Kirk Bailey at we can take a look at the job of Speaker of the House./1
The Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, serves as the presiding officer of the U.S. House of Representatives./2 #SpeakerOftheHouse
The Speaker fulfills several roles, including representing constituents as a Member of Congress, acting as administrative head of the House, and serving as leader of the majority political party in the House. /3 #SpeakerOftheHouse
The U.S. Constitution authorizes the House to choose their Speaker, who is selected by roll call vote on the first day of every new Congress. Customarily, each party (Democrat and Republican) nominates a candidate and members normally vote for the candidate of their party. /4
Roll call votes are repeated until a candidate receives an absolute majority of all votes cast. The Constitution does not require the Speaker to be a Member of Congress,(I did not know that) although all Speakers have been members./5 #SpeakerOftheHouse
The Speaker of the House exercises duties as a Member of Congress, as presiding officer of the House of Representatives, and as leader of the majority political party in the House./6 #SpeakerOftheHouse #Congress
These responsibilities include voting on legislation, administrative duties such as maintaining order within the House chamber, and other tasks such as appointing special committees./7 #SpeakerOftheHouse
Foremost, the Speaker represents voters in his or her congressional district. As a Member of Congress, he or she advocates for constituents’ needs, votes on key legislation, conducts town halls and meetings in-district and otherwise serves voters in their home districts./8
The Speaker’s duties as presiding officer include administering the oath of office to Members,calling the House to order,preserving order & decorum within the House chamber and galleries,recognizing members to speak on the House floor, and making rulings about House procedures./9
The Speaker usually delegates some of these administrative duties to other members of the majority party, such as acting as Speaker pro tempore and leading House legislative sessions./10 #SpeakerOftheHouse
In addition, the Speaker appoints members and chairpersons of regular committees, special or select committees, conference committees, and designates a majority of the Committee on Rules./11 #SpeakerOftheHouse
The Speaker presides over all joint sessions with the Senate because these official gatherings are usually held in the House of Representatives./12
By tradition,the Speaker is the head of the majority party in the House.This means the Speaker is held responsible for passing legislation supported by the majority party.The Speaker usually has a less prominent role as party leader when the president belongs to the same party/13
In contrast, the Speaker’s prominence and public role typically increases when he or she is from a different political party than the president./14
Famous examples include Speaker Tip O’Neill’s vocal opposition to President Ronald Reagan’s policies, Speaker Newt Gingrich’s bitter fights with President Bill Clinton over domestic spending, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s clashes with President George W. Bush over the Iraq War./15
In this climate of uncertainty, corruption and divisions in politics and society, we must ask ourselves who will best serve the American people, protect and advance liberal and progressive values and restore faith and dignity to the American politic through 2020?/16 #Speaker
Nancy Pelosi is vastly experienced, she has been tested, she has persevered and never wavered on our Democratic values. She has managed to work across the aisle and has proven incredibly effective at choosing and passing legislation that benefits #AllThePeople /17 #TeamPelosi
“Mrs. Pelosi is arguably the most powerful woman in American history. There have been female governors, secretaries of state and Supreme Court justices, but only one female Speaker.” – The Economist, March 2010 /18 #TeamPelosi #DemForce
Among those circulating letters of support for Leader Nancy Pelosi to once again fill the role of Speaker: the head of Emily’s List; leaders of the healthcare group Protect Our Care; and the heads of several labor groups. (
Support has also come from fellow members who are expected to lead committees, including Reps. Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, Richard E. Neal of Massachusetts, Nydia M. Velazquez of New York and Eliot L. Engel of New York.(
Supporters argue that Pelosi has more than proven herself an effective leader and is ready to stand up to President Trump or Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell./21 #SpeakerOfTheHouse #SpeakerPelosi #TeamPelosi
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.): “She’s been in the room where it happens. She really understands, as one of the smartest strategists I’ve ever seen — even in the minority she has managed to run circles around the Republicans.”(
“The question is,” Schakowsky said, “will some minority of the Democratic caucus try to sideline her on the floor, which I think will be very destructive.”( #SpeakerOfTheHouse #TeamPelosi
Please read the accomplishments of the 110th Congress under Pelosi leadership. This record is why the Republicans fear her return. /24 #SpeakerOfTheHouse #SpeakerPelosi #TeamPelosi
Democrats must not let Republicans and others with an agenda, dictate who we choose as Speaker or any other leader. Consider all this info carefully before deciding what the next two critical years will look like for our party and our country./26 #SpeakerOfTheHouse #TeamNancy
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