Pledge to limit tenure as speaker wins over Pelosi critics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi appears to have sealed her return as House speaker when the new Congress convenes next month.

The California Democrat won over several rebellious Democrats on Wednesday by agreeing to limit her tenure to no more than four years. That pledge immediately drew the support of seven of her critics.

Not only will Pelosi be second in line to the presidency as House speaker, she will be the government’s highest-ranking Democrat and assume a leading role in confronting President Donald Trump for the second half of his term.

The question of whether Pelosi would be elected speaker has distracted attention from Democrats’ 2019 agenda focusing on health care, jobs and wages, and infrastructure projects. They also are expected to investigate Trump, his presidential campaign and his administration.

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