On Monday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was sworn in as House Minority Whip for a second time.
The first time, she held the position for just eight months.
Now she will be in charge of a party that has held the White House for two decades.
She’s also a leader who’s had to navigate a culture of dysfunction, the rise of Trump and the growing threat of the Islamic State, as well as a political landscape in which Republicans and Democrats have been in constant disagreement.
But that won’t stop her from bringing the House back to its former relevance.
“I’ve always been a pragmatist, and I’ll do whatever it takes to get things done,” she told Fortune at the Capitol on Monday.
“But the way things are going, that means that I’ll have to be more pragmatic.
So I’ll be working on my pragmatism and thinking about how I can be effective, but also I’ll take more risks to be successful.”
This time, Pelosi is likely to be tasked with helping Democrats win back the House in 2018, and her approach to the legislative process is expected to be a focus of the legislative agenda, which will be led by the House Democrats caucus.
It’s also possible that she’ll be able to help her party reach some sort of deal with the White Houses Democratic minority.
“We will continue to work together with President Trump and Vice President Biden,” Pelosi said in a press conference.
“And we’ll work together to pass the president’s agenda.”
It’s possible that some of that will require Pelosi to be the face of the deal that helps Democrats win the House and retain control of the Senate.
But it’s also expected that the two parties will reach some kind of agreement to pass some kind, even if that deal doesn’t include some kind that includes more money for Medicaid and Medicare, or some sort that includes some kind in terms of tax reform, or even some kind involving more funding for public education.
“There’s a lot of uncertainty, but we can’t rule anything out,” Pelosi told Fortune.
“All of these things are possible.”
Nancy Pelosi is expected in the White Senate for a Senate vote on healthcare reform in the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 18, 2020.
(Photo: Evan Vucci/AP) It’s likely that some sort will be included, but that will likely involve some kind to the amount of money the two sides are willing to give to the Medicaid and the Medicare programs, which could include tax reform.
It also would be important to ensure that there are no cuts in the Medicaid program that will hurt the poor and the sick, but there is a lot at stake, as the Democrats caucus continues to fight against Trump’s agenda.
“What I’m very concerned about is that this could potentially leave the country worse off,” Nancy Pelosi told Forbes in March.
“So I think we have to continue to push for the kinds of reforms that will create a sustainable economic recovery.”