Pelosi narrowly reelected speaker, faces difficult 2021

By ALAN FRAM Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has retained her hold on the House's top job.

The new Congress convened Sunday and in its first vote reelected the California Democrat to the post. Pelosi has led House Democrats since 2003 and is the only woman to ever hold that post. She retained the job despite a narrow Democratic House majority and absences of a handful of lawmakers due to COVID-19.

Ahead of her lies a challenging legislative and political terrain. Democratic President-elect Joe Biden wants to bolster the economy and government efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic, but the slender Democratic margin will make that tough.

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