Nine House Democrats who are also veterans of the military signed a letter released Monday that backs Rep. Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: Biden unveils virus plan and urges patience | Fauci says it's 'liberating' working under Biden | House to move quickly on COVID-19 relief Overnight Defense: House approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee | Biden to seek five-year extension of key arms control pact with Russia | Two more US service members killed by COVID-19 On The Money: Pelosi says House will move immediately on COVID-19 relief | Biden faces backlash over debt | 900,000 more Americans file for unemployment benefits MORE (D-Calif.) as Speaker, arguing she has a proven record on national security and issues related to veterans.

The letter was spearheaded by Reps. Anthony BrownAnthony Gregory BrownDemocrats to levy fines on maskless lawmakers on House floor Growing number of lawmakers test positive for COVID-19 after Capitol siege Democrats offer bill fining lawmakers who don't wear masks in Capitol MORE (Md,), Ted LieuTed W. LieuHouse Democrats introduce measures to oppose Trump's bomb sale to Saudis Washington state rep joins list of Republicans voting to impeach Trump Growing number of GOP lawmakers say they support impeachment MORE (Calif.) and Jimmy PanettaJames Varni PanettaLawmakers want Pentagon, DOJ to punish current, former military members who participated in riot Capitol riots spark fear of Trump's military powers in final days Americans want to serve — it's up to us to give them the chance MORE (Calif.), and comes as opponents of Pelosi also flex their muscle.

“When Democrats were last poised to be in the majority, then-Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi made national security and the commitment to our veterans her top priority in the ‘Six for ‘06’ agenda,” states the letter.

ADVERTISEMENT

“As we emerge into the 116th Congress, we need a Speaker who has a proven record of serving our veterans and advancing policies that enhance our national security interests. Nancy Pelosi has that record.”

The pressure from Democrats with a military background is important given the fact that a number of the lawmakers pressing for a new leader also have military or national security backgrounds.

They include Rep. Seth MoultonSeth MoultonLawmakers want Pentagon, DOJ to punish current, former military members who participated in riot House chairman endorses Michele Flournoy for Biden's Pentagon chief Trump critic: I am not afraid of Trump MORE (Mass.), a former Marine Corp. officer who signed a letter released Monday that call for Democrats to back a new Speaker. Rep. Connor Lamb (Pa.) is another former Marine in Congress who has said he will not vote for Pelosi, while Rep.-elect Abigail Spanberger (Va.) is a former CIA officer.

Brown said it was important that Pelosi be elected to a second stint as Speaker because of her experience.

“I support Nancy Pelosi – I’m also a big supporter of Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerBudowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Congressional leaders present Biden, Harris with flags flown during inauguration LIVE INAUGURATION COVERAGE: Biden signs executive orders; press secretary holds first briefing MORE for Majority Leader, my good friend Jim ClyburnJames (Jim) Enos ClyburnClyburn: Bush told me I'm 'savior' for Biden endorsement LIVE INAUGURATION COVERAGE: Biden signs executive orders; press secretary holds first briefing Clyburn confident House will pass Biden agenda despite narrow majority MORE for Majority Whip…we’ve got a lot of important, and will prove to be difficult work to do, so we need our very best, our most experienced,” he said during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Monday.