US Congress will have first black male party leader

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US House Democrats chose the caucus chairman, Hakeem Jeffries of New York, to succeed Nancy Pelosi as leader of the House Democrats next year, a historic move that will make him the first black person to lead either major party in either chamber of Congress.

House Democrats met behind closed doors on Wednesday morning (30) on Capitol Hill to make their decision.

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Jeffries ran unopposed as leader, with Massachusetts Representative Katherine Clark the current assistant speaker.

Republicans have a majority in the next Congress, so Jeffries, Clark and Aguilar will all lead in a Democratic minority, their first in two terms.

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At 52, Jeffries will represent a generational shift from the current triumvirate of House Democratic leaders who are three decades his senior. He became the chairman of the Democratic caucus in 2019, becoming the youngest member serving in the lead.

His rise to leadership comes after Nancy Pelosi, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and House Majority Leader Jim Clyburn announced that they would step down from their current leadership roles. Clyburn is expected to become assistant leader in the new Congress.

Pelosi — who was designated “Speaker Emeritus” in a unanimous vote by the House Committee on Democratic Policy and Direction late on Tuesday — blessed the new trio of leaders expected to succeed them in a statement, when she announced that she would step down and return. to be a post – and – file member in the new Congress.

“A new day is dawning – and I am confident these new leaders will competently lead our Caucus and Congress,” Pelosi said.

For months, Democratic lawmakers have speculated that Pelosi’s potential departure from Congress could pave the way for Jeffries.

Jeffries said he looks forward to “leading an effort that centers our communications strategy around the messaging principle that values ​​unite, problems divide.”

He also praised past leadership, but said “more must be done to fight inflation, defend our democracy, ensure reproductive freedom, welcome new Americans, promote equal protection under the law, and improve public safety in All country”.

Source: CNN Brasil

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