Pelosi Retakes Gavel as Speaker of the House

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Pelosi Retakes Gavel as Speaker of the House

Lindsey Ingrey, Global and Domestic News Editor

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This past Thursday, January 3rd, the 116th session of Congress commenced. While the Republicans held on to the Senate, the House turned blue. Although there was initially some question as to whether Nancy Pelosi (D-California) would retake her position as the first female Speaker of the House, she ultimately received 220 votes, securing the position. Some Democrats cast symbolic votes for prominent individuals within the party like Georgia Gubernatorial candidate, Stacy Abrams.  

Led by Pelosi in the House, the Democrats have newfound leverage over President Trump as they now have the power to introduce legislation, though it is unlikely that the Republican Senate will pass it. As we enter an era of divided government,  it is important for both parties to work together on common issues like infrastructure, though divisive partisan politics and the looming 2020 presidential election may thwart that.