Pelosi re-elected as House speaker with slim Democratic majority

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Nancy Pelosi on Sunday clinched enough votes in the House of Representatives to secure her fourth term as House speaker. 

The California Democrat, who has led her party in the House since 2003 and is the only woman to be speaker, had been widely expected to retain her post. Pelosi received 216 votes to 209 for Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who again will be the chamber’s minority leader.

Earlier, 427 members announced themselves as present — 220 Democrats and 207 Republicans. Pelosi needed a majority, or 214 votes, to return as speaker, meaning that she could afford to lose just six Democratic votes.

Democratic congresswoman votes on House floor 6 days after announcing positive coronavirus test.

Rep. Gwen Moore announced on Dec. 28 that she tested positive for coronavirus.

Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., returned to the House floor on Sunday to vote for Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., as speaker, despite announcing six days ago that she tested positive for coronavirus.

Moore announced on Dec. 28 that she had tested positive for coronavirus, though she did not specify which day she tested positive. She told reporters on Capitol Hill Sunday that she did not gotten a negative COVID-19 test, arguing she didn’t need to because she quarantined for two weeks.

She said Dr. Brian Moynihan, U.S. Capitol attending physician, said she was cleared to return to Capitol Hill.

“Thank you all for the well wishes,” Moore wrote on Twitter on Sunday. “I am feeling good! My quarantine is over and I am medically cleared to travel and work on behalf of Wisconsin’s Fourth Congressional District.”

Meanwhile, three other members of Congress were be allowed to vote on Sunday via “special arrangements” because they are still in their quarantine windows despite testing negative for the virus, Politico’s Heather Caygle and Melanie Zanona reported.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has detailed two acceptable quarantine periods, although it noted that the previously established 14-day quarantine is the best way to reduce the risk of virus spread. Officials said quarantine can now end after 10 days without a COVID-19 test if the person reports no symptoms, or after seven days with a negative test result if the person reports no symptoms.