DNC chair backing plan to cut superdelegates opposed by Dem lawmakers

DNC chair backing plan to cut superdelegates opposed by Dem lawmakers
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The Democratic National Committee (DNC) appears poised to dramatically reduce the influence of superdelegates on the party's presidential nominating process despite vocal criticism from House Democrats.

CNN and Politico report that DNC Chairman Tom PerezThomas PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE has thrown his support behind a plan floated by American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten that would deny superdelegates a vote on the first ballot of the party's presidential nominating process, while allowing them to vote on subsequent ballots and proposed rule changes.

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The plan would likely strip superdelegates of their votes in all but a few cases, as the party rarely moves to a second ballot in the nominating process.

This week, Perez met with several Democratic members of Congress, including Reps. David PriceDavid Eugene PriceSecret Service: Optics of Trump greeting supporters outside Walter Reed wasn't a factor GOP ramps up attacks on Biden's border wall freeze The US has a significant flooding problem — Congress can help MORE (N.C.), Grace MengGrace MengHouse Democrats include immigration priorities as they forward DHS funding bill Here's what Congress is reading at the beach this summer House sends anti-Asian hate bill to Biden's desk MORE (N.Y.), Gregory MeeksGregory Weldon MeeksUS delegation departs Haiti after reports of gunshots at ex-president's funeral Biden announces delegation to attend Haitian president's funeral Critical race theory becomes focus of midterms MORE (N.Y.) and Rosa DeLauroRosa DeLauroPublic charter schools group blasts proposed Democratic cut For true American prosperity, make the child tax credit permanent Overnight Health Care: FDA adds new warning to J&J COVID-19 vaccine | WHO chief pushes back on Pfizer booster shot | Fauci defends Biden's support for recommending vaccines 'one on one' MORE (Conn.), who pushed back against the proposal while offering their own.

However, the lawmakers' proposal was rejected due to it not meeting the Unity and Reform Commission's earlier decision to reduce the number of unpledged delegates by two-thirds, CNN reports.

Reducing the influence of superdelegates has been a charged issue for the party, supported largely by labor activists and backers of Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Overnight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia US launches second Somalia strike in week MORE (I-Vt.). The party will vote on the proposals in August.

The Unity and Reform Commission, which was formed following the heated 2016 Democratic presidential primary, voted earlier this year to both reduce the number and role of these delegates at the party's conventions, which CNN reports could result in some members of Congress losing their status as superdelegates.

Still, House Democrats said they felt "heard" by Perez during the meeting and expressed interest in the possibility of a compromise.

“I was able to talk about some ways the twin objectives could be achieved: to significantly reduce the number of unpledged delegates, and secondly, to do that without denying or overriding anyone’s vote at the convention,” Price told Politico.

A statement from Perez's press secretary said that the DNC would ensure that any proposal adopted by the DNC would "significantly" reduce the role of unpledged delegates at the convention.

“The DNC heard concerns that members of Congress had with the current consensus and discussed how any proposal must significantly reduce the role of unpledged delegates, a commitment that the full DNC voted for in March,” DNC press secretary Michael Tyler told Politico in a statement.

“We'll continue to seek input from members of Congress who are integral to our efforts to strengthen the Democratic Party and ensure that our 2020 nominee sprints out of the gates ready to defeat Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump hails Arizona Senate for audit at Phoenix rally, slams governor Arkansas governor says it's 'disappointing' vaccinations have become 'political' Watch live: Trump attends rally in Phoenix MORE.“