According to a Democratic aide, Leader Pelosi told members of her caucus, "They say a picture is worth a million words. Well, this picture is worth millions of aspirations of the American people. This new class makes our caucus historic. The first time in legislative history that a caucus will be a majority of women and minorities."Additionally, it's been confirmed that Rep. Steve Israel will continue on as DCCC chair.
"The message is clear from the American people," she continued, echoing remarks she delivered at a press conference yesterday. "They want us to work together to get things done. And that's what these folks are here to do. Just like all of you."
Having Pelosi maintain her leadership post is good news for the next Congress, but also for the lame duck session in this one. Pelosi will be a stronger voice for protecting critical programs than her would-be successor, Blue Dog-leaning Steny Hoyer.