CBC pans move that could help Pelosi in speakership battle

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The powerful Congressional Black Caucus wants to kill a proposal to enact term limits on committee chairmen.

An idea being floated to help Nancy Pelosi round up the final votes to become speaker is causing an uproar in the Congressional Black Caucus.

The California Democrat has personally been supportive of term limits for years but has never spent the political capital it would take to get them enacted. Such a move would certainly trigger the wrath of the CBC, which strongly opposes term limits on the grounds that they undermine minority members who spent years working to get to influential positions.

But Pelosi faces a tricky political calculation over whether it’s in her best interest to break her silence on the matter and fully endorse it as she looks to win the 218 votes needed to reclaim the speakership.

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