Ohio’s Tim Ryan Reaches ‘Deal’ With Pelosi That Will Hand Her the Speakership

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA-12) now has a clear path to the speakership after the last remaining cohort of Democratic hold-outs announced Wednesday that they had reached a deal with the current minority leader.

Among those Democrats is Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH-17), who said in a Wednesday press release that he had brokered a deal with Pelosi that will pave “the way for a speedy rise of the next generation of Democratic leaders.”

“The deal would see Leader Pelosi agree to transition out of her leadership role by the end of the next Congress or—if she can obtain two-thirds support of the Democratic caucus—at the end of the 117th Congress,” Ryan elaborates.

The deal could also change the Democratic Caucus’ rules to “implement term-limits for the top three leaders of the Caucus.” As a result of the deal, however, Ryan and six of his fellow Democrats have now agreed to vote for Pelosi as speaker during the upcoming 116th Congress.

The move effectively guarantees that Pelosi will have enough support to win the job during the January 3 floor vote for speaker.

“When I joined this effort four weeks ago I said our goal was to think seriously about transitioning our caucus leadership to a new generation of Democrats in the House. The agreement announced today is a historic step in that direction,” Ryan said Wednesday.

He went on to thank Pelosi for being an “honest partner throughout these negotiations,” and applauded her “commitment to creating a system that will ensure the speedy rise of new leadership.”

“I am very proud to have joined with my colleagues to make lasting positive change to our party—change that will ensure Democrats are in the best possible position to fight, and win, for hard working families,” he concluded.

According to CNN, Ryan is joined by six other Democrats in announcing support for Pelosi, including Reps. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO-07), Bill Foster (D-IL-14), Linda Sanchez (D-CA-38), Seth Moulton (D-MA-06), Filemon Vela (D-TX-34), and Rep.-elect Gil Cisernos (D-CA-39). Noticeably absent from the list is Rep.-elect Dean Phillips (D-MN-03), who continues to decline to state his position on Pelosi.

Pelosi released a statement of her own Wednesday, noting that the term-limits on leadership roles mentioned by Ryan will still need to pass a vote in the Democratic Caucus on February 15.

“Over the summer, I made it clear that I see myself as a bridge to the next generation of leaders, a recognition of my continuing responsibility to mentor and advance new members into positions of power and responsibility in the House Democratic Caucus,” she added.

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Anthony Gockowski is managing editor of Battleground State News and The Minnesota Sun. Follow Anthony on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected].
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