House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi leaves a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Nov. 15, 2018. Her bid to return as House speaker is putting newly-elected Democrats in a spot.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi leaves a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Nov. 15, 2018. Her bid to return as House speaker is putting newly-elected Democrats in a spot.

House Democrats are laying out a vision for their new majority, and there's one item that's noticeably missing from the to-do list: President Donald Trump's impeachment.

They're putting in motion plans for spending on public works projects, lowering health care costs and increasing government oversight. But impeachment is firmly on the margins.

It's the balance that Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is trying to strike in the new Congress.

On the one hand, the Democrats' left flank is eager to confront the president. But Pelosi's instinct is to prioritize the kitchen-table promises that Democrats made to voters who elected them to office.

Democratic leaders of House committees will be conducting oversight of the president's business and White House dealings. The goal is to take it one step at a time.