Democratic aides say House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is trying to help find a solution to the conflict in the leadership race for the next Congress but is not actively brokering a deal.
A senior Pelosi aide says, "In the course of the preparation for the lame duck, the Speaker has had conversations with Mr. Hoyer and Mr. Clyburn and other members of the leadership and she wants them both to remain in leadership."
The No. 2 and No. 3 Democrats, Steny Hoyer and Jim Clyburn, are both seeking the same position because their party loses one leadership job in the minority.