78-Year- Old Nancy Pelosi Elected As Speaker US House

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Nancy Pelosi

California Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi has again been elected as Speaker – the third most powerful role in Washington – in the US House of Representatives.

She reclaimed the gavel after the most diverse freshman class of House lawmakers were sworn in and took control of the lower chamber.

Her victory came as the government remained partially shut down over the president’s border wall.

Ms Pelosi has said she wants to end the shutdown but will not support the wall.

“I’m particularly proud to be a woman speaker of the house of this Congress, which marks the 100th year of women having the right to vote,’ she said.

“And, that we all have the ability and the privilege to serve with over 100 women members of Congress – the largest number in history. ”

Ms Pelosi, 78, seized the gavel as the House made history with more women than ever before, including the first-ever female Muslim members of Congress as well as the first two Native American women.

Ms Pelosi and her fellow House Democrats have vowed to pass spending bills to end the shutdown, but have insisted the bills will not include any funding for President Donald Trump’s border wall with Mexico.

Republicans, meanwhile, say they will not pass any bills without the president’s approval, meaning the gridlock will probably continue.

The partial shutdown began when Congress and Mr Trump failed to reach an agreement over a budget bill in December.

Mr Trump’s Republicans had passed an initial funding bill including $5bn (£4bn) for the wall, when they still had a majority in the House, but they could not get the necessary 60 votes in the 100-seat Senate.

Democrats won the majority of the House in the November mid-term elections.

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