I’ve been dreading this moment for weeks, but Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was just elected Speaker of the House by a vote of 233-202 – entirely along party lines. She is the first women to ever fill the role. Congratulations to Pelosi and Democrats.
Pelosi will accept her new position “in the spirit of partnership, not partisanship,” according to an advance text of her remarks. “With today’s convening of the 110th Congress, we begin anew.”
The Democratic takeover after spending most of the past dozen years in the minority comes as President Bush echoes congressional calls for bipartisanship — but with indications of partisan fights to come.
Joining Pelosi in leading Congress is Sen. Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, who takes over as Senate majority leader.
“Let us join together in the first 100 hours to make this Congress the most honest and open in history,” Pelosi’s text said.
Amid bursts of applause, new members of Congress took oaths of office in ceremonies on Thursday in the Capitol.
Welcome to the 110th Congress… it is going to be a VERY long two years. But in the “spirit of partnership” I wish all in the new Congress the very best.