Costa: I voted against Pelosi, but she could win my vote in Jan­uary

Merced Sun-Star (Saturday) - - Front Page - BY RORY AP­PLE­TON rap­ple­[email protected]­

Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno, re­leased a state­ment Fri­day say­ing he was one of 32 Democrats to vote against House Mi­nor­ity Leader Nancy Pelosi in this week’s cau­cus lead­er­ship elec­tion.

Pelosi won the party’s nomi­said na­tion with 203 votes but fell short of the 218 votes she will need to be elected speaker of the House on Jan. 3.

In his state­ment, Costa praised some of Pelosi’s moves to el­e­vate new lead­ers in the Demo­cratic cau­cus and reach an un­der­stand­ing with the Prob­lem Solvers Cau­cus, of which Costa is a mem­ber.

But the 14-year in­cum­bent Pelosi must com­mit to so­lu­tions for the San Joaquin Val­ley, specif­i­cally a bi­par­ti­san in­fra­struc­ture bill that would ad­dress the area’s wa­ter and trans­porta­tion is­sues. Costa has said pre­vi­ously that such a bill may be the only leg­is­la­tion the in­com­ing Congress may get through, given Repub­li­can con­trol of the Se­nate and White House.

Costa also asked for more move­ment on health care – specif­i­cally on work to lower pre­scrip­tion drug costs – and im­mi­gra­tion.

He said through­out his most re­cent cam­paign that he was in fa­vor of new lead­er­ship in the House. Pelosi ap­pointed sev­eral younger mem­bers to lead­er­ship po­si­tions, but there doesn’t ap­pear to be a clear line of suc­ces­sion to the speaker’s chair.

Costa said he was hope­ful that con­ver­sa­tions with Pelosi will be fruit­ful and that he will be able to sup­port her in Jan­uary.

Pelosi’s of­fice did not re­turn a re­quest for com­ment.


Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno.

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