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Stephanie Murphy, Darren Soto and 'Problem Solvers' reach agreement with Nancy Pelosi
“I appreciate Leader Pelosi’s willingness to work with the Problem Solvers Caucus to support concrete reforms that will facilitate bipartisan cooperation in what will be a divided Congress,” Murphy said in a statement.Orlando Sentinel
The standoff between Central Florida U.S. Reps. Stephanie Murphy, Darren Soto and the Problem Solvers Caucus is over, after the group came to an agreement with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi over House rules changes.
With the agreement in hand, Pelosi deflected a separate attempt from another group of moderate Democrats to deny her the necessary votes for speaker as she secured her party’s nomination in a caucus meeting Wednesday.
Murphy, Soto and seven other Democrats in the Problem Solvers group had withheld their votes for speaker unless leadership agreed to its “Break the Deadlock” proposals that would make it easier for bipartisan bills to come to a vote.
After a series of negotiations, Pelosi agreed to an eight-point deal, and Murphy and Soto cast their votes for Pelosi for Speaker at Wednesday’s caucus meeting.
Among the rules changes agreed to Wednesday is the creation of a “consensus calendar” that would require a vote on a bill with 290 co-sponsors of both parties for every week Congress is in session. Other rules will make it easier for amendments with 20 co-sponsors of both parties to come to a vote and create fairer party breakdowns on committees.
The final vote for speaker, which requires a 218-vote majority of all congress members, will come in January. Pelosi would need about 18 of the 32 members who voted against her Wednesday to swing in her direction in order to be elected.
“I appreciate Leader Pelosi’s willingness to work with the Problem Solvers Caucus to support concrete reforms that will facilitate bipartisan cooperation in what will be a divided Congress,” Murphy said in a statement.
Soto said in a statement that the reforms would make the next Congress “the most transparent, accountable and productive one in recent history.”
“At its core, our goal was to give each member a greater voice and ability to get things done on behalf of their constituents,” Soto said. “We applaud Nancy Pelosi for her visionary support of these critical good government reforms and I am excited to cast my vote for her for Speaker today,”To read this article on the Orlando Sentinel website, click here.